September turned out to be month of lipsticks on this Blog. Did you think we were done? Not quite. I’ve got one more for ya. September was also my birthday month and, as you can imagine, I did indulge in a bit of shopping. Though I do have to say it’s been quite tame compared to previous years. Probably has something to do with motherhood. I actually didn’t do anything on my birthday but have been busily planning baby girl’s big day. Love it! Anyway, some of the first lip products I treated myself to (and which I saved for last because they are so good) are the Gucci Luxurious Pigment Rich Lipsticks.
Gucci Beauty products are not as accessible as some other well known luxury cosmetics. They are only sold in a few high end department stores (Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdales) as well as select Gucci Boutiques. Even so, physical displays cannot be found at all locations…department store or otherwise. This makes it hard to know what you’re getting into.
In this case, when Gucci first released their beauty products almost two years ago I had heard and read mixed reviews. And besides that, there weren’t very many reviews to consider – especially when compared to the attention some other brands received. One comment that stuck in my mind, however, was that the lipsticks smelled and tasted soapy (turned out not to be my experience but more on that below). I’m not one who is sensitive to scents but that review, combined with my inability to see the products in person, put the brand at the back of my mind.
So what got me to take the plunge? I received this sample card containing four of the Gucci Luxurious Pigment Rich Lipsticks with one of my Neiman Marcus orders. It may not look like it but I had opened this packet up nearly two months ago. Cleaned it up for photo. Blogger issues. Lol.
Anyway, the first shade I tried was number 40 Rose Dragee. And let me tell guys…it was love at first swipe. I fell so hard that I immediately starting making a list of colors I wanted. And because I considered them a birthday treat, I waited until 1st September rolled around (midnight to be exact) to hit the checkout button!
Gucci says: Retro inspired with a modern feel, the Luxurious Pigment-Rich Lipstick grips the lips for bold, saturated color. The lipstick’s innovative formula contains a mix of waxes and resin for a sophisticated, weightless finish. The sculpted sharp-edged form was specially designed to give incredible coverage in a single swipe.
BTW, when first released the lipsticks were called the Gucci Audacious Color Intense lipsticks. On the Department store websites (and on the packaging) they are called the Gucci Luxurious Pigment Rich Lipsticks. Gucci’s website still refers to them as the Audacious lipsticks in the product title but in the product description, they call them the Luxurious Pigment Rich Lipsticks. Needless to say, it’s a bit confusing. I’m not quite sure which is the official name. Did they have to change the original because it sounded too much like another brand maybe? If anyone’s know the deal, fill us in.
Let’s take a closer look at each shade (I also swatched the ones in the sample card):
Rose Dragee (40)
The one that started it all, Rose Dragee is my perfect nude come to life. It’s a rosy beige with pink and brown undertones that’s not too warm or too cool. And it can be classified as a nude against my light skin tone without looking like concealer. Makes lips look full and pouty – it’s simply perfection!
A drool worthy terra-cotta, Marsala-esque red that’s Autumn incarnate. I’ve actually been rocking this shade almost all week. It’s so flattering even against my fairer skin tone and I think it would be flattering on a wide range of complexions.
Densely packed with super fine copper glitter this is definitely a topper lipstick. But the gold base also has some opacity to it making for some pretty decent coverage. With the right accents and perhaps on medium to deeper skin tones, Iconic Copper can be worn alone, I think.
A stunning, drop dead gorgeous blue-based red that everyone can wear. If I didn’t already have a few statement reds in my collection, I would have purchased a full size of this shade as well.
Violet Jasper (180)
Violet Jasper takes it’s name from a type of tomato known for bearing violet-purple fruit with a jewel-like iridescent glow. Sounds beautiful, right? Well, so is this shade with it’s gorgeous violet-pink tones and subtle iridescence. One of the more unique lipstick colors I’ve come across – it adds nice dimension to the lips. I should also note that it looks darker in the tube than it applies to the lips.
Dark Romance (250)
Another shade that looks darker in the tube than on the lips is Dark Romance – a vampy purple-burgundy. Out of all the colors tested, this was the only one that lacked a little in coverage and opacity. But still very pretty.
O.K. so the Gucci Luxurious Pigment Rich lipsticks are not cheap at $40.00 USD a pop. For me they fall into that luxury category of products that are at higher price point than “high-end”, think Tom Ford versus Too Faced. Speaking of Tom Ford…these Gucci lipsticks are everything I wanted the Tom Ford ones to be. For one, they’ve got the luxe packaging down with nicely weighted black and gold bullets. And I love the gold Gucci embossing on the inside case. The only thing they could have added to make it even better? Magnetic closures which would have taken it over the top.
But the real magic is inside. This formula may be the best I’ve ever tried. And I know that’s a huge statement to be making. Gucci says that the sculpted sharp-edged bullet was specially designed to give incredible coverage in a single swipe. And it does. However, this lipstick is amazing with or without the special edged bullet. The pigment hugs and grabs onto the lips like a second skin. It’s like it becomes one with my lips.
Although offering full color coverage, the lipsticks have a thin, comfortable texture. And while I’d categorize the finish as satin, they’ve got the longevity of a matte. Wear time is between 4 (lighter shades) to 6 hours. Oh and the fade is amazing – one of the most even fades I’ve ever experienced.
Finally, lets talk about the scent. Gucci says that they are infused with the brand’s signature gourmand ‘Blue Chocolate’ fragrance. Now, I don’t know what blue chocolate is meant to smell like but it’s definitely not soapy. I’d compare it to the experience of a lavender macaroon. It’s got that something about it that’s just a little perfumed but also sweet and food like. Yes you can smell it when first applied – and even taste it just a tiny bit. However, it’s not overwhelming at all (to me) and goes away quickly. From my point of view, not a deal breaker but preferences differ, I get it.
Bottom line is that I absolutely adore the Gucci Luxurious Pigment Rich Lipstick and this experience (unfortunately for my bank account) makes me want to try more!
The Gucci Luxurious Pigment Rich Lipsticks retail for $40.00 USD and can be found at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales, as well as Gucci website and boutiques (note that Gucci will only accept merchandise returns in original condition).
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