Swatch & Review: Guerlain Coque d’Or (120) Rouge Automatique (Takes Lipsticks to Another Level)

If you read beauty blogs, you have probably come across Guerlain lipsticks. I feel that there is less hype about them because the majority are not “limited edition (and also, let’s face it, they are by no means cheap thrills),” but people who have tried seldom report disappointment. I had to try it on for myself, and basically it felt like hitting the jackpot!

The packaging of Rouge Automatique is what you would expect from a luxury brand and some more. It is not as elaborate as Rouge G, but the much friendlier price and reduced bulk are good in my book. The gold casing renders it a regal air, and it gets brownie point from me because it doesn’t hold fingerprints! I’m pretty sure it’s plastic, but it’s luxurious-looking plastic! It doesn’t have a cap. You only need to drag the square trigger (that has the Guerlain logo on) down, and the lipstick emerges in front of you. It certainly feels very high-tech and gadgety!

As you can see, Rouge Automatiques have fine and precise tips. I personally adore precise tips, as they make my lips look more sculpted. The texture is by far the best I have ever tried. It’s creamy and moisturizing, highly possibly more comfortable to wear than a lot of lip balms. It is lightweight without being slippery. You wouldn’t see a dent in your lipstick soon, and it stays pretty well on my lips. In my experience, it survives drinks but not really food, but it easily wears for 4 hours or more. In other words, you get the best of both worlds with Rouge Automatique: it is creamy enough to glide beautifully, smoothly on, but not slippery so that the color doesn’t go all over the place on your lips. Now we’re talking about perfection! With one pass there is enough coverage, and it leaves a lovely stain behind once most of it is worn off during eating/drinking. It has a perfume-y smell, but it’s not very strong and disappears quickly enough.

Coque d’Or (meaning golden shell. It is originally the name for a Guerlain perfume launched in 1937) is a sheer, juicy red with golden shimmer. The shimmer is amazingly fine, and I can’t feel it (no grittiness) on my lips. It doesn’t have the tendency to travel around my face, either. It is a training wheel red, and one that exudes class. If I compare it with Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart, which is the other of my training wheel red, you will see the base color is similar enough (Cherry Tart on the left, Coque d’Or on the right).

However, the texture, precise application, staying power, and lack of traveling glitter make Coque d’Or beat Cherry Tart hands down (I do understand it is unfair to compare a luxury item with a drugstore one). This is not a lipstick you have to make compromises for. It takes lipsticks to another level.

The only thing I would caution you about then, is once you know how good a lipstick can be, it is very difficult to fall in love with anything else. I received this one from a dear dear friend, but I am sure this won’t be the only Rouge Automatique I own!

Marina from Makeup4all wrote about the upcoming Guerlain Shine Automatique lipsticks that are coming out in March. Most of them look very shimmery, but with my positive experience with their older sisters, I am really looking forward to seeing them in person!

What do you think? Have you tried any Guerlain lipsticks? If you own any, what are they? I’ve got my eyes on 103 Chant d’Aromes (it’s the perfect nude for me), but I could always explore more!

Sunny xx

25 responses

  1. Oh wow it looks gorgeous! I really do need a terra-cotta toned red in my collection, and I’ve been wanting one of these rouge automatiques for awhile.

    • Yeah, the price is really the ONLY “flaw” of this product. I kind of prefer to own some that I really love than a whole bunch that I am not entirely happy about, but that’s just my perspective 😉

    • Hey Ashley, thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment! Having to pick out colors online is a bit trickier, but there are so many good swatch photos on the Internet so I hope you’ll get what you want! By the way, I’m in awe of your blog! I can’t apply nail polish properly to save my own life lol

    • That’s such an adorable pinky coral (with gold shimmer too. I can’t resist anything that has gold shimmer)! You should put it on your birthday wish list or something 😉

    • That’s a innovative way of putting it lol. A tomato?

      You need this in your life, even if it’s not this particular shade. I know they have bolder reds which might be right up your alley! xx

    • Hey Jacqueline, thanks for dropping by! I have a friend who has exactly the same name, and for a while I was confused lol

      I just checked out your collection of Rouge Automatiques, and now I wish I could bang my head on the wall just so that I could get the pretty shades out of my head!!!! Tooo tempting!

      Anyways, thanks for popping by and leaving a comment! Love your site! Just subscribed to it too 🙂

  2. Wow cherry tart really does look similar. I actually just bought that color this weekend at the drugstore too. The Guerlain lipstick looks so luxurious though – sometimes it’s nice to splurge on a pricier lipstick once in awhile 🙂

    I love how the lipstick dispenses too. It’s definitely very high techy and plus you don’t have to worry about dropping the lid somewhere.

    • Hey Rinny, how do you like Cherry Tart? The base color really is a close dupe. But as I said, if you want to be able to fall in love with anything else, don’t try Guerlain lipsticks because they raise your expectations sky-high!

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