Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lise Watier Rouge Gourmand Lipstick in Guimauve - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Before I start talking about this beautiful lipstick from Lise Watier, I believe we need a little vocabulary lesson:

Gourmand: gour·mand [goo r-mahnd, goo r-muh nd]  noun
1. a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminately and to excess.
2. a gourmet; epicure.

Guimauve: gui·mauve [gi-mohv] nom féminin (feminine name) noun
1.  Sens Plante de la variété des mauves dont les racines ont des propriétés émollientes [Botanique]. English: marshmallow 

Marshmallow: marsh·mal·low [mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh] noun
1. a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the marsh mallow.
2. a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring.

Mauve: [mohv] noun
1. a pale bluish purple.
2. a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.
Mauve  adjective
3. of the color of mauve: a mauve dress.
1855–60 French:  literally, mallow

So what have we learned?

The Lise Watier Gourmand Lipstick is fashioned after various foods.  The names for the foods are in French.  Guimauve means "marshmallow" in French.  The word for the color "mauve" is of French origin and literally means "mallow".  Therefore, i.e. ergo, the Lise Watier Gourmand Lipstick in Guimauve can be toasted over an open flame and sandwiched between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate inside making what is called a s'more.

Wait.  No.

It means they have taken the name of a marshmallow - Guimauve and a play on the "mauve" in the word guimauve to create a stunning cool toned blue based purple mauve lipstick that smells like marshmallow and feels like silk.

I knew I had that mixed up.

Yes. Lise Watier range of Gourmand lipsticks are all named after various foods...and I happened to pick a shade named after my favorite sweet food in the world, Marshmallow.  However I didn't know that guimauve meant marshmallow until I asked last night while writing this review (I'm playing catch up on my reviews, I'm so behind!)

The lipstick is so very hydrating. It is formulated with Lise Watier's special "collagen-restoring ingredient" and it is supposed to visibly increase the volume of your lips.  I did see an increase in my lips but not a huge one.  More so a plumping effect that made the lines less visible. (That is kinda awesome since I have noticed that my lips are looking more lined than usual)

The lipstick itself is fairly slick with good slip (That means is slicks across the lips easily with no drag). It feels incredibly creamy and moisturizing when on.  Almost like it melts into your lips once it is applied.  I love it.

The scent of the lipstick is a mix of vanilla and sweet candy, but it's not offensive, in fact, it's very lightly scented. Once I apply the lipstick, I don't notice an odor at all.  It dissipates quickly, and the lipstick does not have any flavor that I can detect. I hate flavored and overly perfumed lipsticks.  The Lise Watier Gourmand lipstick is not one of those kind of lipsticks!

The Color is deceiving from the website.  I would say the website picture looks like an Aubergine (Eggplant) color, but in reality it is a lighter purple mauve with pink shimmer.  The shimmer is not sparkly, but it gives a touch of depth to the color.  It is a cream formula but fairly sheer.

As you can see in the swatches, the swatch on the left is 4 times and the one on the right is once.  But of course nothing shows you how a lipstick looks until it is on the lips.  Since it is fairly sheer, your natural lip color may change the result of the look on your own lips.  (In other words, Your Results May Vary)

So there you have it.  It is not an actual marshmallow so don't eat this lipstick.  Please do not toast it and sandwich it with a piece of chocolate between 2 graham crackers.    What you should do is apply it to your lips, liberally and often to ensure you look too beautiful to ever go camping and instead have s'mores at a fancy schmancy restaurant on someone else's dime!

Do you NEED this?  YES! If not in the color Guimauve, I would say in any of the 27+ colors available.  At $20 each, this lipstick is on the higher end of the price spectrum. But it won't dry out your lips like some OTHER three letter brand out there, and it won't make you choke on cloying perfume like some OTHER french like sounding name brand out there.  Oh and the Website now accepts PayPal, so it makes purchasing easier!

What do you think?  Is this a color you would like?

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Lanolin Oil, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol Ricinoleate, Candelilla Cera (Cire De Candelilla/Euphorbia Cerifera Wax), Isopropyl Lanolate, Lanolin, Ozokerite, Oleyl Alcohol, Polybutene, Paraffin, Cera Carnauba (Cire De Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera Wax), Aroma (Flavor), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal. +/- Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Silica, CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 22 Lake), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite.


  1. Mmmm.. marshmallow.... and s'mores... please excuse me while I wipe up my drool.

    What a great color... you have a great lip shape to wear it well!

  2. Holy balls, you have a pretty mouth.

  3. LOVE Lise Watier lipsticks! This one I also have and it is gorgeous!

  4. This lipstick looks delicious, delectable and damn right gorgeous (had to get another 'd' in there for alliteration)!

    It does, as mentioned, give your mouth a gorgeous, sexy shape. I doubt I could achieve this as well as you, but I can dream.

    One more thing: how about a full face shot with this shade on? Let's have more fun?

    Yes, I love it on you. It might have to fall into my shopping cart on her website, accidentally, of course. ;))

  5. That shade looks gorgeous on you! You always introduce brands that are new to me. I love reading your blog. Thank you for your creativity and hard work.

  6. Wow!!! This lippie is so pretty. Love the color and the packaging. I wanna try out this one.

  7. When I saw this in the tube, I was thinking 'meh,' but then I saw your lip swatch and instantly fell in love. It's so pink! And beautiful! And the marshmallow association just makes it 10 times better

  8. This is so pretty on you! I love that shade of pink.

  9. oh em gee, it's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! I want to borrow your lips to do swatches.


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