I've reviewed this line before (click here to see what I said about Rouge G Gigolo) and decided I wasn't happy with the ridiculous price tag or the totally extra packaging; I mean, for about $65 NZ you get quite a nice lipstick, a shitload of chrome and two mirrors, neither of which will throw a faithful reflection. Thusly I vowed never to stump up retail for this lippy again.
I stuck to my guns on that and scored this unused example from a local auction site for a whole fifteen bucks. Which is pretty orgasmic, I think you'll agree.
What does one get for so much dosh? On my own dark lips I get a slight lightening and evening-out effect and that would count as a total fail if it wasn't for the one thing Guerlain does best; that legendary shimmer of yore, the microsparkle of the gods, the sheen of an angel's tittays etc. etc. Not quite gold, not quite silver, definitely not disco. In fact, the only thing I can say for certain about the 'frost' (I hesitate to use the term) in Beatrix is that it looks $expensive$. You can see it best in the slightly underexposed swatch directly below. It's the same inexplicably divine lustre I get from my Meteorites pressed powder and if you're familiar with that particularly luxe sparkle you'll know what I'm on about. The effect is flattering, dewy, plumping and sophisticated and that was something missing from my lipstick collection, to be sure.
Texture is creamy and comfortably slippy without feeling palm-oil greasy or nasty and you can smoosh it around your lips for a good three hours without fear of clown-face. The flip-side of low payoff is low maintenance, I suppose.
To conclude- would I happily drop sixty bucks for a piss-weak pink, upmarket attributes notwithstanding? Erm, no. $15 is fine for a posh gloss, though, and that's basically all Rouge G Beatrix is. It plugs a hole in my stash, is pretty enough, completely safe for work and will please those into a muted/subtle effect. Paler lips might find more to love, but it doesn't rock my world beyond its shimmery lustre.