Worth The Hype? | Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick Review

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick Review, 1995, Cherry Cordial, and Nude, Worth the hype, Gerard review, beauty blog
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick Review, 1995, Cherry Cordial, and Nude, Worth the hype, Gerard review, beauty blog

I finally bit the [lipstick] bullet and purchased some lippies from Gerard Cosmetics, which is an extremely popular brand in the beauty community at the moment. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out if bloggers/ YouTubers are being paid to say they love a brand, and that can make purchasing products a little daunting. I purchased these lipsticks with my own money and I am not affiliated with the brand at all. My goal is to give my honest opinion about products because no one likes to be swindled into buying products that really aren’t worth their hard-earned money.

I have heard countless YouTubers talk about how great Gerard Cosmetics is, and especially how great their lip products are. I purchased three of their most popular and widely talked about lipsticks. Their lip glosses are mentioned a lot as well, but I did not purchase any since I personally do not like lip gloss, and I did impulse purchase a collection from them back when they were still Whitening Lightning; I was extremely disappointed. That is why I put off purchasing these lippies, but I haven’t really heard one bad review on them so I wanted to try them out for myself and decide if these were worth the hype. So, here is my honest Gerard Cosmetics lipstick review.

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick Review, 1995, Cherry Cordial, and Nude, Worth the hype, Gerard review, beauty blog

Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks L to R: 1995, Cherry Cordial, and Nude.

1995This lipstick is part of Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with the brand, and it is, as you can probably tell by the name, inspired by the brown toned nude lips of the 90s. This shade is much more wearable and modern than the 90s brown lip, and it has a creamy matte finish. This one is my favorite out of the three I purchased because it is creamy so it glides on nicely and it looks gorgeous on literally everyone. If you are fair this will be a bolder brown toned nude and if you have a deeper complexion it will be a great nude that doesn’t make you look dehydrated. The lasting power of this shade isn’t that great, but it lasted on me around 3 to 4 hours. However, that is expected since it has a creamy finish and those tend to wear off your lips easier.

Cherry Cordial| (Find a dupe here) I was extremely excited for this shade because we all know that I love a good dark berry shade, especially during the fall and winter months. I was a bit disappointed when I applied this because it is extremely dry and it isn’t that pigmented on first swipe. It isn’t necessarily horrible, but this isn’t that great. I think you could find a similar color with a better formula. You really need to build up the opacity of this lip shade to get a dark opaque shade. If you don’t like overly pigmented dark red shades then this could work for you.

NudeOut of the three shades I purchased this was the most disappointing and underwhelming shade of all. I have seen multiple swatches of this online, but in person it was just very.. meh. The shade isn’t that beautiful, it is dry and hard to apply, it’s not that pigmented, and it doesn’t last on the lips very long. I also think this is more of a peach toned nude so naming it “nude” is a bit misleading since it comes off more peach (at least on my skin tone). I never reach for this shade and the only times I have worn this is around my apartment solely so I could review it for you guys.

The Good |

  • Packaging looks cute
  • Variety of shades
  • Always a discount code

The Bad |

  • Drying
  • Dragged on the lips
  • Not pigmented
  • Not opaque
  • Packaging feels cheap
  • Too expensive if paying full price
  • Doesn’t apply nicely


Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick Review, 1995, Cherry Cordial, and Nude, Worth the hype, Gerard review, beauty blog

Gerard Cosmetics lipstick swatches: 1995, Cherry Cordial, and Nude. (one swipe of each)

Worth The Hype?| 

I definitely don’t think these lipsticks are worth the price. If these were drugstore lipsticks that cost around $5 or $7 then I would understand the hype. However, these are a whopping $19. I mean you could purchase a MAC lipstick and save $3, but get better pigmentation, application, and formula. The packaging looks nice, but they feel extremely cheap and fragile. My ColourPop Lippie Stix, which I will be doing a post on as well, apply much better and have better packaging. The one lipstick I do like is 1995 since it is more pigmented and creamy. Is it worth $19? No, but if you can find a coupon code that also gives you free shipping then this one is a good one to check out. Overall, I think this brand is completely overhyped and that means many people will give in and purchase their products, but I would save my money. I think I was just expecting a lot more, and it didn’t deliver. The number one thing we learned in marketing is always undersell expectations and over-deliver on service. This didn’t do that for me.

I’ve wanted their liquid illuminator, which is also raved about, but I think I will pass considering it is $36 and they only offer free shipping on orders over $75. I think I’ll just pick up another NARS illuminator, which is cheaper at $30!

Interested in more Gerard Cosmetics? Read more about their liquid lipsticks here.

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Have you tried any products from Gerard Cosmetics? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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  • I love your honesty!! I’ve never even wandered over to their site because there’s so much hype around them, and it’s only with CERTAIN TYPES of “beauty gurus.” If you like the color 1995, check out Maybelline’s touch of spice. It’s a really similar color for like 6 bucks! I’m also loving ColourPop’s Lippie Stix!!!


    • cakedtothenines

      Thanks! I really hate when bloggers say products are great when they really aren’t. I’ve been wanting to purchase Touch of Spice. I’ll have to pick it up! Thanks :)

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this post and it’s refreshing to see someone being honest. I felt their products were over hyped I only purchased 1 lipstick and find it very drying and the packaging is cheap and flimsy compared to other brands like mac and limecrime. The glosses are ok but all the youtubers claim they are not sticky when they are actually very sticky I personally do not mind that though. I would recommend their glosses over the lipsticks :)

    • cakedtothenines

      Thank you! I totally agree.. I don’t see the fascination with this company or their lipsticks considering how expensive they are! Thank you for reading :)

  • Eb

    Thank you for your honest review, I ordered using a coupon code for 4 for 39 and I was disappointed. The glosses are ehhh but honestly I love my NYX megashine gloss better, and the lipsticks are not worth the money, they are more of drugstore quality def do not compare to MAC. I won’t be ordering again. Don’t hate them, they are just overhyped as you noted and not worth the money.

    • I’m sorry you were disappointed too :(. I hate investing in expensive products that are overhyped. I agree, the quality does not compare to MAC, and I won’t be ordering again. Definitely not worth the money in my opinion!

  • Forsythia

    I agree. I ordered from them and got lipglosses and lipsticks. Highly disappointed. The lipsticks smell like gross crayons. They don’t last at all, and if you pucker your lips the color moves around and fades so easy. I was also sent lipsticks with small hairs stuck to the lipstick! And finger prints!! I only used the one lipstick that seemed to not be contaminated. I then did some simple swatches on my hand to compare colors with my other lipsticks. I agree you can find something cheaper and better quality elsewhere. All reviews that hype this product seem to be paid reviews.

    Now with my lipglosses they smell more fruity but they came broken, I repeat broken, in the package so they leaked all over everything. I sent photos and they won’t refund unless I send it all back and even then I don’t know if I am going to be refunded.

    Waste of money.

    • Oh no! I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! Small hairs stuck to the lipstick… disgusting! You can definitely find cheaper lipsticks that are better quality elsewhere, which is why I hate how overhyped this brand is.

      I definitely think you should keep complaining about how you received broken lip glosses, and how the lipsticks came contaminated. That’s absolutely horrendous. I hate companies with such bad customer service. I hope you get your money back!!

  • Khalida

    Thought I was getting a deal when I decided to purchase the 3 for $40 bundle. The worst experience I’ve EVER had. It took a MONTH to ship to Canada. On top of that, I had to pay an extra $20 at customs. Ended up paying regular price. The lipsticks are okay. Nothing special. Bought the same exact ones as above. Not satisfied. I’ve got better drugstore lippies. OVERPRICED

    • Oh no! I’m extremely sorry that happened to you! I hate that these are so overhyped because I think you can find cheaper and better quality lipsticks out there, but they have such great reviews that it’s hard to resist the urge. I know that’s what sucked me in, but I’m definitely disappointed and agree they are overpriced!

  • Sophie

    Im so desappointed!! The lipgloss are too thick and sticky not even a nice color!! The lipstick are NOT good!! It dry up my lips! Really bad product! Never again! Everybody on youtube are talking about them but they getting paid that it for sure! Go with colourpop cosmetic they are amazing lippie and only 5$ each :)

    • Aww I’m so sorry you were disappointed as well! I agree, they’re not good products. I definitely prefer my ColourPop lippie stix way more and they’re a lot cheaper. I most definitely agree that a lot of the bloggers are getting paid to talk about the products!

  • Indy

    I was extremely disappointed with them. I can’t even remember which ones I purchased other then 1995. Which for me was as creamy & a bit drying. Didn’t care for lipgloss & I don’t even know where they are. They are way too expensive in my opinion. The packaging is super cheap. Milanis packafing is way better & it’s cheaper. It’s funny because no one talks about illuminater anymore, Katheleenlights once said she had problems opening it & wasn’t easy for product to come out. I honestly won’t purchase again.

    • I agree with you completely! I’m sorry you were so disappointed as well. They’re way too expensive for what they are and I really think the brand just needs to reformulate and rebrand themselves. They need better formulas and packaging for sure.

  • Sarah Beth

    Gerard Cosmetics is unprofessional and unethical. I wouldn’t buy their products if I was paid. They bully youtubers who don’t like their products which makes no sense. They really need to post a public video apologizing.

    • Oh no, I didn’t know they bullied YouTubers. I saw the video posted by Karina Kaboom, and that was very horrible.

  • Mosa

    Thank you for the honesty. The site had 4 on sale for $36 w/ free shipping but I’d rather order my Burberry and get points on sephora.

    • I think you’d be happier with the Burberry lipstick! I know I wish I had saved my money and purchased a lipstick I’d actually wear. I haven’t worn any of the three lipsticks I bought in months!

  • Artemis

    Thank you for your honesty! Nice to read a review by someone genuine who isn’t getting bribed. After hearing such terrible things about their behaviour and very mixed reviews of their products, I defintely won’t be giving them any support!

    • Thank you, that means a lot :). I’d definitely suggest spending your money elsewhere because their lipsticks just aren’t great, and yeah the business itself has been shady in the past!

  • Ivy

    Wow!! Im so surprised to see this review and everyone else’s experiences that have commented on this post, I have only had positive experiences with them and the product (I had no idea they bullied you tubers :/ ), I own SO MANY LIPSTICKS from Mac to Clinique to NYX to Chanel and I am absolutely in love with the 1995 colour, it is my perfect shade and texture, on me it stays for a long time and its the perfect matte without drying me out. Is it maybe a difference in skin? Or maybe a different batch quality?? I have gone back for more and am about to go back for more because Im in love! Very interesting to see the same product work polar opposites for different people. Some of the shades didn’t suit me but 1995, berry smoothie, rodeo drive (and about to give French Toast a go) all work amazingly well on my NC40 olive toned skin (I have dry skin too but hate glossy finishes, I prefer matte and cream finishes). I’d probably look like a zombie in the Underground and Nude colours.

    • I’m glad you had a good experience and continue to have positive experiences! Yeah, if you google Karina Kaboom, she talks about what happened to her.

      I don’t mind the 1995 lipstick, it’s probably my favorite out of the three. I also own way too many lipsticks from MAC, YSL, Kat Von D, Urban Decay, Revlon, Tom Ford, Maybelline, and more and these just weren’t up to snuff in my book– even compared to my drugstore favorites. Difference in skin tone? I’m also NC40 olive and yellow toned so i don’t know if that’s the problem. It could be a bad batch, but if all three of them, all different shades, were somehow bad batches then I’d be a bit concerned about the quality of their brand. It’s true though, it’s very interesting to see the same product work amazingly for some and so badly for others. It all just comes down to preference and expectations. I hope you enjoy your GC goodies :)

      • Ivy

        Oh awesome! Love following people that have the same skin tone then I can see how certain colours/products would work on me too! ;)

        Yeah it’s so odd, I honestly prefer and reach for GC over some of my high end ones that were $50 a tube (down here in Aus anyway – things down here are SO EXPENSIVE *sigh*, so the GC ones are even a budget option for us). I have another order on the way so we’ll see, hopefully the quality hasn’t plummeted :/


        • I feel the same way haha. Everything looks different on different skin tones so it’s nice to find someone who has the same as you!

          Ahh yeah, Australia is so expensive! My cousin moved there and even drugstore there is around how much we pay for some medium range cosmetics. Crazy! I’m sure the quality is still good! A lot of people do like their lipsticks :). I ordered some of their liquid lipsticks to try and I prefer them much more than their lipsticks. Working on a review of them :).