Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour 325 Rouge Kiss Review and Swatch

August 21, 2014

Currently going through a phase of bright and sheer red lips at the moment, so the newly released Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour 325 Rouge Kiss caught my attention immediately as soon as I saw this shade worn on the stunning Natalia Vodianova in their promo picture.
Love the packaging of this new range of lipsticks by Guerlain, which comes in a black lacquered tube (prone to finger prints though..) that looks much more modern and chic than the other KissKiss ranges.

Guerlain lipsticks have always been quite underrated, and this revamped version certainly deserves more attention and love for its superior quality. I have very dry lips at the moment due to the cold weather, and I am very pleased that this lipstick feels very moisturizing and does not enhance any flakes and lines on my lips. It is hydrating and silky smooth with a solid texture (harder than YSL Rouge Volupte but slightly more emollient than the Tom Ford’s sheer lipsticks), so it applies very lightweight rather than feeling like you have a thick layer of lip balm on.  The pigmentation is on the rich side for a sheer lipstick – it applies to its true color with a translucent glossy finish in only 2 swipes, and you can always apply more layers to build up the opacity. It lasts for 4-5 hours on me, and it fades into a lip stain after drinking and eating.

325 Rouge Kiss is a warm translucent watermelon red in semi-gloss finish. I love a sophisticated bright red that brightens up my complexion, and the hydrating formula makes my lips appear more plumped and youthful looking.

Lip swatch of 325 Rouge Kiss

guerlain-shaping-cream-lip=colour-kisskiss-325-rouge-kiss-review-swatch-2guerlain-shaping-cream-lip=colour-kisskiss-325-rouge-kiss-review-swatch-3Compared to some of my other “sheer” red lipsticks

From Left to Right: Guerlain Rouge Kiss, Tom Ford Firecracker (reviewed here), YSL 12 CORAIL INCANDESCENT (reviewed here), Suqqu KARAKURENAI (reviewed here)

guerlain-shaping-cream-lip=colour-kisskiss-325-rouge-kiss-review-swatch-4guerlain-shaping-cream-lip=colour-kisskiss-325-rouge-kiss-review-swatch-5I bought mine here for AUD$41 (FYI Guerlain recently had a price decrease around 20% in Australia), and they are also available at Nordstrom and Saks in the US.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzy September 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

Hi Reika,

I love your blog and I am a loyal reader. I went out and bought this exact lipstick because it looked so great on you, but sadly, the lipstick did not look quite right on me. Did you have to do something special when you applied it? The color looks so pretty, glossy, and sheer on you. On me it looked a bit matte and just very red. Not sure what I did wrong…Thanks for all your help!


Reika September 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Hi Suzy sorry about the late reply. I applied the lip color by gently dabbing the lipstick on to the center of my lips, then puck the lips to make the color more ‘sunk in’ like a stain. I then dabbed more colors on to the lips with my fingers to make it more glossy. Hope it helps! 🙂


suzy September 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Thanks so much for the reply, Reika! I dabbed straight from the tube ( but not so gently haha) so that might have been my problem. Your lipstick always looks awesome so I will definitely try your tips. Thanks again and your baby boy is beautiful!


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