We tried Gucci's limited edition Rouge à Lèvres Mat lipsticks
All six shades
Sometime last month while we were all brooding at home midway through circuit breaker, Gucci Beauty unveiled a series of six limited edition shades to the Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat range. Designed by Gucci's creative director, Alessandro Michele, himself, these six spring shades were "inspired by the season's flowers blossoming," the brand stated in a release.
The renowned Thomas de Kluyver, also Gucci's global makeup artist broke down the individual shades and how you can wear them:
These lipsticks make fantastic blushers –– particularly Julie Rose, Kay Rosewood (both beautiful brownish-pinks) and Louise Orange (a really special rusted orange) warm up with your fingers and lightly dab onto the apples of your cheeks. The unique creamy, matte texture means they melt into the skin while being long-lasting.
Madge red is a beautiful deep red that looks amazing applied directly from the bullet. However, you can blur out the edges with a clean finger or cotton tip to create a diffused, bitten look that feels fresh.
Purple & Brown
The collection has some bold colours that are fun to experiment with, such as Jenny Purple or Elliott Brown. Try them paired with a few coats of Gucci Mascara L'Obscur and a dab of Gucci Eclat de Beaute Effet Lumiere –– a weightless, multiuse gloss –– in the centre of your eyelids. Apply a few coats of lipstick, blotting in between with tissue, for a dramatic look that's both chic and unconventional.
Mix & Match
Experiment with your look by mixing your lipsticks to create new ones –– Julie Rose and Madge Red mix beautifully together to create a deep bitten pink tone.
Try "rust" tones as an alternative to –– Lucy Dark Orange is a perfect deep rusty colour that brings warmth to your skin. It has the impact of a red lipstick but without feeling so intense and is flattering for all skin tones.
Armed with Thomas' advice, we gave them all six shades a go:
Shade #210, Julie Rose
Let's start with the shade: this ain't no rose. It carries a heavy dose of brown with just a light pop of pink. You kinda get a dusty pink in bright daylight, but it comes across as brown in shaded areas. As with most matte lippies, the formula's on the dry side of things, so do prep your lips with a balm. –– Guan Tan, associate beauty editor
Shade #307, Louise Orange
This isn't one for the faint of heart. Or if you haven't been vigorously brushing your chompers, I might add. The neon pop of colour can further emphasise stained teeth, so I recommend you clean out those pearly whites thoroughly before application. Other than that, it's a playful new addition that sports Gucci's classic Rouge à Lèvres Mat formula: budge-proof, long-lasting, and a ton of fun. –– Emily Heng, beauty writer
Shade #308, Lucy Dark Orange
At first glance, the lipstick bullet appears a little more russet red than orange –– but I found that the colour lived up to its name once I slicked it on. I liked how the hue toes the line between versatile and vibrant, making it a breeze for me to transition from day-to-night makeup. The matte finish is a tad drying, but it's nothing good ol' lip balm can't fix. –– Emily Heng, beauty writer
Shade #111, Elliott Brown
If you're feeling particularly vampy, Elliott Brown is a good shade to try. For a less intense look, I apply the colour on with my fingertips instead of straight from the tube. –– Elizabeth Lee, editor-in-chief
Shade #511, Madge Red
Madge Red is a great true red with a blue undertone. I love the texture –– it's matte but glides on comfortably without drying out lips. –– Elizabeth Lee, editor-in-chief
Shade #711, Jenny Purple
I've always thought purple was something I'll never attempt –– well, not until this Gucci lippie came along. The shade is a bright, bluish kind of purple. Again, you'll most likely need some balm to coat your lips first. The first layer's going to be a patchy one so Thomas' advice (see above!) came in real handy: blot your lips with a tissue between every layer. It took me three layers to get a full, seamless lip. And the purple? Surprisingly wearable for a night out. –– Guan Tan, associate beauty editor
The new limited edition Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat is available at $53 each, tangs.com.