“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Lovely Lips Review: Guerlain Rouge Automatique #168, L'Heure Bleue

Okay, okay. So I know I made all sorts of promises recently to veer away from my comfort zone of brilliant red lips in an effort to find more toned-down shades, but when I saw Guerlain's Rouge Automatique #168, L'Heure Bleue at Sephora the other day, I just had to make an exception. It's such a pretty, pretty color, with lovely sparkles to boot, that I just had to try it. And I've found it to be a perfect holiday shade!

L'Heure Bleue is a gorgeous berry red with slight pink-blue undertones and tons and tons of ruby and gold shimmer. It literally glows, both in the tube and on the lips. I was transfixed the moment I saw it, especially since it's a unique red, unlike any of my (many, many) others. So although I'm making a concerted effort to add more neutrals to my collection, I found it necessary to take this little lovely home with me. I simply could not resist. 

Here's a shot taken in shade: 

Note the berry hue. I can almost convince myself it isn't really red, so I'm not actually breaking my vow!!

In sunlight, the golden shimmers stand out: 

Seriously, how gorgeous is THAT??!!??

As for the specifics of the formula, it's fantastic. It applies opaquely and with a creamy feel. Due to the high shimmer content, I do feel a bit grittiness, but it's nothing distracting or uncomfortable, and is much less apparent than I would have imagined. Wear time is outstanding. This lipstick made it through lunchtime and lunch itself, merely fading evenly to a bright berry shade. There was no glitter ring around my mouth as the color wore down...it simply became more subtle and drier as time went on. There was never a telltale ring around my lips, either. 

I did not find this lipstick moisturizing, nor was it drying. My lips were comfortable all day. The finish started off with a glossy shine and as the lipstick wore off it became more matte, ending as a deep, uniform stain. At no point did I catch a glimpse of myself and think "Oh, God, I've got to reapply NOW!!" 

Bottom Line: If you're into reds, this is a great one. It's not typical, and will be a standout in your collection. Even if you don't normally go the red route...it's the holiday season! When better to try one? Who knows, you might end up a fanatic like me! And crazy loves company. 


Zuzu's Petals said... .

Whoa I have really been out of the loop. what a gorgeous color!

December 22, 2011 at 6:56 AM
Shannon (Lipstick Musings) said... .

Isn't it, Zuzu? I keep swearing I'll stop with the reds, but then I come across something like this. I guess I need to accept the fact that reds are my destiny. :)

December 23, 2011 at 2:17 PM

divinem said... .

The swatch on your lips looks like a blue red rather than berry red. I thought for sure it would have more of a cool hue to it. Do you have highly pigmented lips?

I'm trying to decide on Samsara (124) or L'Heure Bleue (168). They're both gorgeous!

December 25, 2011 at 2:50 AM
Shannon (Lipstick Musings) said... .

@divinem...you're right, on my lips it has a blue-red look, although not quite as dramatic in real life as it is in the close-up (of course, everything looks more dramatic in close-up). I actually have very pale lips, but a lot of pink in my skin...that tends to warm things up on my lips for some reason. Berries turn redder, reds turn orange if I'm not careful. Warm reds are hideous on me most of the time.

I personally love #168 as a different type of red for me, but I believe that on most people it would be a bit cooler or more berry. I highly recommend you try to test it first.

December 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM

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