I am a lipstick lover. My collection is proof of that but it is not every day that I meet a red that I would consider wearing more than once a month. Garconne's vinyl [a sophisticated sheen, not glossy or shimmery] finish and opaque coverage remind me that the power of a red lipstick should never be underestimated. This lipstick truly enhances my pout in a way that lipsticks rarely do and I believe that it has something to do with the luxurious texture. It hugs my lips yet plumps them! I will recreate the Guerlain Fall 2011 ad campaign look - a classic black smoky eye with Garconne - later this month and I will update this post with the video so you can see the color in action against my tanned skin. This shade, however, is neutral and universally flattering so I am positive I will feel just as confident wearing it when I return to my fair self in the dead of winter.
I have only one other Rouge G in my collection, a pink from Spring this year, and as much as I love it, it is very unlike Garconne - sheer and glittery. The creaminess and intensity of Garconne is unsurpassed. My roommate even commented that it appeared as though I was wearing blood on my lips! Garconne also has a slight staining effect, as many reds tend to do, but it still manages to moisturize my lips while lasting a solid 6 hours. That's a long-lasting lipstick, as I tend to eat or drink at least every hour so 6 hours is top-notch. And my last note: the signature violent fragrance [which I adore] is incredibly subtle but as I have said before, my sense of smell is rather weak.
On my lips, Chanel's Dragon reads a tad darker with a little more shimmer and Chanel's Excessive is a touch warmer. YSL's Rouge Pur Couture 20 is also warmer but has too much slip to compare to Garconne's texture.
You don't have to panic and purchase it now because Garconne is a permanent addition to the Rouge G line but let's just I'm hooked. I can't wait to try more Rouge Gs. Let me know what your favorite shades are!
Bottom Line: I need it and you most likely will, too.