Guerlain is the leader when it comes to elevating lipstick to the absolute symbol of femininity and seduction – not just in today’s world but since the time when lipstick first came into the public limelight – before that, lipstick was considered as an object to be applied in secrecy and was always kept in covers. Fast-forward to January 2021, Guerlain has launched their first makeup product of this year and it is a lipstick. Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte is the new luminous matte lipstick which is said (by the brand) to be as tender as a kiss.
Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte is a very lightweight lipstick but very pigmented. The lipstick has impressive longevity. I was curious about why ‘tender’ – the reason is the tender formula which offers a very lightweight, bare-lipped and moisture with comfort sensation without drying the lips. There are three active ingredients in the formula hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and rose petal extract that not only keep the lips comfortable and moisturized but also provides treatment to the lips while imparting a very nice pigment.
“The light, delicate scent of a vanilla “floriental” leaves its incomparable mark on KissKiss. Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness. The vanilla and tonka bean dry-down gives KissKiss all of its intensity.”
Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte is available in 15 tender matte shades that range from nude to rosewood, pink to coral and red. An interesting thing about the numbering of the Tender Matte lipsticks is that each of the 15 tender shades boasts its own lucky number.
I have swatched 3 shades of this newest lipstick:
219 Tender Rose – a tender rosewood shade that symbolizes eternal love
775 Kiss Rouge – a delicate poppy red that states an unequivocal ‘kiss me’
940 My Rouge – a deep red that translates to ‘i love you’
I have to say both the formula and the pigment is stunning. The formula is comfortable to wear and is worth having in your collection if you love good luminous matte lips. Guerlain KissKiss Tender Matte and Guerlain Beauty Products including Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.
To celebrate the holiday season, Guerlain has launched their 2020 Holiday Collection and the limited edition launches are beyond gorgeous. The holiday launches include Golden Bee Palette, Terracotta Golden Bee, Meteorites Golden Bee, and All in one Rouge G lipstick in a prestigious edition. I am going to review and swatch the Golden Bee Eyeshadow palette, Meteorites Golden Bee from the holiday collection and some new launches from the house that I have been totally enjoying.
Golden Bee Palette is a limited-edition eyeshadow palette that has 10 matte to iridescent shades which are perfect to create an everyday eye look as well as a special glam look for this time of the year. First of all, I am totally impressed by how sleek and luxe the case of the palette is. The elegant golden packaging is beyond gorgeous.
It includes a double-tipped applicator which comes in very handy during travel or for regular touchups and use. The palette gives the flexibility to work with smooth sheer iridescent shades which give a hint of glow while the matte shades give the opportunity to play with the pigment and its intensity. The formula is very creamy, smooth, applies and blends very well. The mattes work nicely to use for day to day makeup look, the satiny shades and the iridescent shades nicely work for a sophisticated, festive look.
Meteorites Golden Bee is the reinvention of the iconic meteorites in a limited edition colour harmony and packaging. Meteorites revisit its iconic sparkling golden case and are decked out in an embossed lid that celebrates the Bee, a symbol very dear to Guerlain. The new colour harmony is meant to add warmth and a delicate glow to the complexion. This new harmony is inspired by the emblematic shades of the best selling 02 harmony and includes a new golden pearl.
There are 6 iridescent and matte pearl powders for a luminous matte result, in tones of luminous gold to reveal glow, white and champagne gold to reflect the light, mauve to catch the light and green for a corrective halo effect. There is the signature delicate violet fragrance that I have always adored.
I have loved Meteorites for many years and have collected many over time. As always, I am so in love with this new limited edition version. I love how radiant and beautiful they make the complexion look. The powder is very soft and finely milled, a little dip in the product is all I need for the application. This limited edition version is suitable for all skin types and on my medium skin tone with golden undertones, it gives the most beautiful and subtle hint of radiance that is noticeable and yet very put together, perfect for everyday wear.
Now, coming to the new launches from Guerlain which I have been enjoying a lot. The sheer shine lipsticks in new cases are a new accessory I am keeping it on my desk, in my bag, and everywhere – there is one to suit your mood and place. There are two parts to the customizable lipstick I am talking about – one is the shade that you can choose based on your preference and the other is the double mirror lipstick case that comes in a variety of colours and finishes to choose from. I have two new double mirror cases in my collection including the new Ruby Passion and Quartz Illusion – both from the new Guerlain Stunning Gems Collection, inspired by the art of fine jewelry making. This collection is composed of 7 natural sheer shine colours with a gem-like facetted bullet and 8 exceptional jewel cases.
The formula of the Sheer Shine lipstick is so hydrating, creamy, comfortable and glides like a dream on the lips. The sheer luminous finish looks very elegant. I have Sheer Shine Lipstick in shade No 699 which is a beautiful magenta shade. I have Rouge G in No 000 Balm & Primer which is a lovely balm and lip primer combo in one. It is comfortable on the lips, not too thick but good enough to stay and prep the lips while keeping the lips nourished.
“The sweet, enveloping scent of a vanilla “floriental” leaves its incomparable mark on Rouge G de Guerlain. Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness. The vanilla and tonka bean dry-down gives Rouge G de Guerlain all of its intensity.”
And another newest launch from Guerlain is a new addition to my favourite Abeille Royale range – it is the new Abeille Royale Repairing & Youth Hand Balm that is launched at the perfect time when we are washing our hands more than usual and winter is almost here. The Repair and Youth Hand Balm nourishes dry hands with its rich, silky smooth texture that absorbs quickly without feeling sticky or leaving any residue. I have to agree that every product in the Abeille Royale range has suited me so well in the past few years and still continues to do so. My hands have been more soft, smooth, and nourished than usual since I started using this hand balm.
Overall, I am loving the holiday launches as well as the newest launches from the brand – they make a perfect gift for yourself or for the loved ones. There is an option for gift packaging the Guerlain products in a custom Guerlain box decorated with assortments which I am totally impressed with. Guerlain Beauty Products and Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.
Guerlain has recently added two new products to the brands Abeille Royale skincare line and I could not be happier. I have had products from the Abeille Royale range in my skincare routine for the last few years and they are my absolute staples. Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil is the only face oil I have been using for my combination skin and it never breaks me out, makes my skin supple, youthful, and radiant. And now that we are in fall, and soon will be in winter, this oil and the Double R Serum are saviours for my skin, keeping it moisturized and cared. If you want to read my detailed thoughts on Abeille Royale Youth Water Oil (here), Double R Serum (here), Abeille Royale Day and Night Cream (here).
Guerlain Abeille Royale skincare line has been around 10 years now. With the advancement of science, technology, and innovation, it has been proven time and again how bee products repair skin. Guerlain’s Abeille Royale skincare line is celebrating 10 years of success and proof of the effectiveness of its products, thanks to the brand’s approach that pairs transparency across production channels with a commitment to the protection of biodiversity and the creation of a beautiful and sustainable world.
“For 10 years, Guerlain Research has focused on the exceptional repairing properties of honey and the science behind the skin repair mechanisms that help combat the principle signs of ageing wrinkles and skin sagging.”
Now coming to the newest addition to Guerlain Abeille Royale skincare line – Cleansing Oil and Fortifying Lotion. Guerlain Abeille Royale Cleansing Oil gently removes makeup from the face, eyes, and lips while helping get rid of the skin impurities and pollutant particles. The cleansing oil has an ultra-fine texture with fresh and airy honeyed scents that transform on contact with water into a milky emulsion that rinses off easily, without leaving a greasy or oily residue. I apply it directly on dry skin and massage gently, then I add some water which turns the oil into a milky emulsion. Then I prefer using a washcloth to remove it, even rinsing with warm water works nicely. The skin feels fresh, supple, and clean. The cleansing oil is gentle for my sensitive eye area and even lips. My skin felt comfortable, no dry skin feels. I did not experience any irritation or breakouts while using this cleansing oil. If it is the evening, I prefer using a second cleanser after this cleansing oil, just to make sure my face is clean before applying my nightly skincare products.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Fortifying Lotion with Royal Jelly is launched just in time for fall and winter when my skin needs extra care and nourishment. The Fortifying Lotion is a fresh aqueous light liquid lotion that has been the first step in my skincare routine after cleansing that helps prepare the skin for the next skincare products like the serum, moisturizer or even before massaging the skin. It rebalances the skin, hydrates it. The results are supple and radiant skin. It has the same fresh, airy honeyed scent as the Cleansing oil. “As the first essential step in the Abeille Royale ritual, the Fortifying Lotion combines microencapsulated Royal Jelly and BlackBee Repair technology to prepare and strengthen the skin.” Since I started using this lotion in my skincare routine, day and night – taking few drops on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, pat on my skin, I feel my skin is smoother, hydrated, and radiant.
Guerlain’s Exclusive Royal Jelly is a very interesting ingredient in the Abeille Royale line. Royal Jelly is the most precious substance from the beehive, capable of transforming an ordinary bee into a queen with exceptional vitality. It is produced in very small quantities in Guerlain’s exclusive sourcing in France. The Royal Jelly is a natural source of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and vitamins. It helps with the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of stress and pollution.
In keeping with the rest of the Abeille Royal line, the new bottles for Cleansing Oil and Fortifying Lotion has been designed to ensure a limited environmental impact. Apart from these amazing new launches, I also had an opportunity to attend the virtual launch event with the brands International Makeup Artist and Skincare Expert Maxime Poulin. He shared some amazing tips and techniques, massage techniques – a few of them are shared in the video here.
I am really enjoying these two new additions to my skincare routine. Abeille Royale skincare line definitely is my most loved and recommended anti-ageing range. Guerlain Beauty Products and Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.