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Whoa that’s dark!…were the three words that came out of Enzo’s mouth when he spotted me with this lipstick on. I like how he’s observant with the colors I wear — a subtle reminder that he still pays attention, hihi. He almost never comments on my makeup, so getting unsolicited opinions from him (good and bad!) makes my day. I do think that this is the darkest I’ve gone so far though. I usually stick to my pinks and nudes, saving the good ol’ reds for special occasions. Not that I have a variety of reds anyway, I only own two other shades of crimson before this purchase. Speaking of purchase, this one was mostly enabled by Eyeshadow Queen Carina. She suggested this when I asked for non-MAC deep red recommendations on one of my lipstick week entries. It looked so good on her, I almost didn’t need convincing… if not for the mighty high price tag that comes with this tube of lip goodness — Php2500 ($50). Kill. Me. Now. I bit the bullet and decided to get it anyway because it’s exactly the sort of red that
COLOR & PIGMENTATIONOrgeuil is simply described as plum. I won’t pretend to know the different nuances of red because as I’ve previously mentioned in my Lipstick Week post on reds, they’re either just bright red or dark red to me. This one, though, I can categorize as a deep dark red with a hint of that plum/berry that Guerlain describes it as. Pigmentation is off the roof. Super opaque in one pass so you only need a small amount to cover the whole lips.
TEXTURE & LONGEVITYGuerlain L’Extrait is very creamy in consistency and goes on smooth and velvety on the lips. It takes quite some time to dry, though — like 15-20 minutes or maybe more. Once it sets, the finish is a soft matte that feels almost weightless. It’s also (shockingly!) non-drying. For my super dry borderline-hopeless lips, this is a miracle. Compared to my other reds — MAC Viva Glam I & MAC Ronnie Red — this is definitely the deepest, darkest red among the three. Viva Glam is more brown-based and Ronnie Red is more pinky-red (did I get that right? Don’t quote me on that!).
PackagingEven if I don’t see the worth of this lipstick, at least I can feel the weight of it. God, this bullet is a hefty 96 grams. Compare that to a MAC lipstick that usually weighs around 18-20 grams… you do the math. The twist-and-pull function also stumped me there for a while. I seriously spent a good 15-20 minutes trying to close the product properly. I’m not complaining, though. I love feeling the worth of my purchase, especially almost-irrational buys like this. I also appreciate the mirror that comes with the packaging (see photo above!), perfect for touch-ups (even if the weight isn’t anywhere screaming “I’m so handy, you can carry me around!”).
DOWNSIDESFor a super expensive, Tom Ford-level lipstick, I expected this product to be per-fuckin-fect. But sadly, I’d have to call its major transfer issues an almost deal breaker. I wore it various days and every single time, the transfer was too crazy that at two hours, I was left with uneven stains on my lips. I’ve read about the transfer issues, but they are nowhere near minor. The application is also a bit cumbersome because unfortunately, being too creamy and having a doe-foot for an applicator spells lipstick mess for someone like me (can’t color between the lines, got a D in grade school Art, has two left hands). This problem though, at least, can be remedied. Also, I don’t like how it desaturates once it has dried. I love the rich opaqueness of it when freshly applied but once it sets, it tones down its shade.
FINAL THOUGHTSI still really love the color, though — definitely my perfect shade of deep dark berry red. I’ll definitely keep on wearing this but only on occasions I know I won’t be eating or drinking a lot. However, if Orgueil wasn’t the color I chose and the issues I mentioned above remained, this would have been a major bad buy. Especially since I paid a (crazily high!!) premium on this tube of lipstick, I expected more. I am a fan of its lightweight, non-drying, highly-pigmented and opaque formula but feel that it can work on its slight feathering, desaturating and major transfer issues.
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