Goodnight, my dear makeup lovers!
Today we are talking about Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte Creamy Velvet Lipcolour. And you know what? Unfortunately, I have almost nothing good to say about this product. As much as I like Guerlain (for example, their Cils d’Enfer So Volume! mascara is my must-have product) I should be honest with you.
In my opinion, all the matte lipsticks can be divided into two groups: first ones dry out completely, they are not sticky, they are usually transfer proof, so you can kiss someone on the cheek and they won’t stain. However, as a downside, they can be a little (or even not a little) drying. I’m talking right now about the lipsticks like BH Liquid lipstick or The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid lipstick or Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick etc. And the representatives of the second group never dry out completely, they stay creamy and obviously stain. But they are also much more comfortable to wear because of their moisturizing properties. These are the lipsticks like Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion lipsticks, Lancome and L’Oreal had similar lipsticks etc.
The problem is that Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte Creamy Velvet Lipcolour doesn’t fit any of these groups. It doesn’t become completely dry but at the same time it doesn’t stay creamy. It feels creamy when you apply it but when it dries out it becomes sticky. So if I press my lips together it feels uncomfortable and sticky. And it is such an unpleasant feeling! It’s driving me nuts!
It is said on the official website that “Guerlain invents Intense liquid Matte: a smoothing matte liquid lipstick that’s easy to apply: creamy like a gloss and pigmented like a lipstick, with a stunning matte finish. A smoothing texture, which gives to the lips a highly pigmented and long lasting plumping look. The formula based on hyaluronic acid and tiger grass ensures a soft and enjoyable sensation. Seven captivating shades have been created for every mood”.
I’m sorry, but I can confirm neither of these statements. As I’ve told before I don’t like the texture, I haven’t noticed that it “ensures a soft and enjoyable sensation“. I’ve noticed unpleasant stickiness and even when it becomes as dry as it can get it still feels a little heavy and uncomfortable.
Now let’s move to the application and color. I have the shade M69 Attractive Plum and the color itself is gorgeous. Sometimes it looks like a rich plum shade and sometimes it gravitates towards burgundy. It is beautiful but not unique. It has micro shimmer but it is barely noticeable.
The lipstick is opaque and the application is pretty easy. But there is one huge BUT: as it settles and becomes matte it gets uneven. And I don’t mean a little, it’s very noticeable. It always looks darker on the edges of your lips, as if you’ve used the lip pencil that is too dark. And it always looks much lighter in the center of your lips. Honestly, I don’t feel this “ombre” effect. It doesn’t look good at all. Also if your lips are not perfectly moisturized it will emphasize all the imperfections you have. Moreover, as the lipstick never dries out completely, when you move your lips you drag the color 🙁 And as the result it starts to look even worse.
I tried to apply it in different ways: on completely dry lips, on the lip balm, with a pencil and without it. Nothing helped. It never looked good enough for me so I could go outside wearing it.
I don’t think that I would try to use it ever again because it’s simply unacceptable for a € 35 lipstick to be that bad. So for me it’s a complete fail and I can’t recommend this product to anyone.
To end this review on a positive note I can suggest you to try Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion lipstick
It’s just so much better. It’s creamy, moisturizing and it’s very comfortable to wear.
The shade 340 Strange Bloom is pretty close to M69 Attractive Plum, but it’s a little bit more red than plum. And the shade 430 True Liar is a deep purple plum. I wear it a lot by itself and sometimes I mix it with Strange Bloom to get a new color option.
I hope this review was helpful, my friends. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask 😉