Recently, I've been on a mission to somewhat revamp my lipstick collection; I swatched, compared and roadtested most of my stash and then gave away a significant portion to make room for some newer and better lipstick specimens. And so, via the irresistible incentive of Sephora VIB sale and an equally alluring post from Driveller Kate
, came into my possession this luxe beauty: Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Taffetas no. 201
($36 for 3.4g/ 0.12 fl oz).
(As a side note, does anyone else find the name just a touch pompous? It's like calling your product 'The Lipstick'. I know the French can get away with almost anything and sound glamorous, but isn't this kind of a tall order to fill...? The Lipstick? I'm not quite sure if it's more impressive or just megalomaniac.)
Lo and behold, this lipstick is a true beauty; in fact, I do not own a single piece of make-up that is more beautifully packaged than Le Rouge. The cap is envelopped in genuine soft black leather interrupted by a silver metallic accent, engraved with the brand's name and decorated with a single stud at the base. The design under the cap is just as harmonious, and the lipstick bullet comes engraved with the Givenchy logo of quadruple G's. The attention to detail is so tremendous that I honestly had a hard time bringing myself to actually using this product.
Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Taffetas is described as a 'light pink coral' but could also be categorized as a warm rosy pink. All of Les Rouges 'deliver intense color and semi-matte finish all in one stroke' (as per Sephora's website), and if you're wondering about the semi-matte, it's almost like a velvety effect - it's not completely matte like the Revlon or MAC offerings, but it's definitely not a cream either; there's no visible glossiness or shine to the product. If anything, the finish is very much like the bare skin of one's lips.
In terms of consistency and wear, Le Rouge goes on smoothly on the lips with no tugging, and covers very well in a couple swipes. It doesn't seem to plump up my lip lines but doesn't make them more apparent either. After 3-4 hours wear, it does start to feel a bit clingy and drying, though this can be alleviated by adding another layer without compromising the finish. I would say it lasts somewhere around the 5 hour mark (by which point I obviously have to eat... and it doesn't make it through the meal without needing to touch up). My lips do feel a bit dry after wearing Le Rouge for the day, however they're not completely parched like they would be after wearing a full on matte, and wearing a good matte lip balm underneath (Nuxe Reve de Miel, of course!) helps a lot as well.
Compared to my other light pink corals, Rose Taffetas (left) is similar to MAC Viva Glam Cyndi (middle) but more vibrant, opaque and obviously without shimmer. Compared to YSL Rouge Pur in Pink Grenadine (right), it's quite a bit lighter and with more pink rather than red undertones. On the lips, it also doesn't look like anything else I have in my collection and goes with a variety of different eye looks as a slightly brighter but still rather classic option.
Have you tried Givenchy Le Rouge formulation? What is your favorite matte or semi-matte lipstick?
Love the color,perfect for summer!ReplyDelete
Ahh Monika, Rose Taffetas is so pretty on you! I have one of these (Carmin Escarpin), and the formula is not drying at all on me! Another matte formula I really like is Burberry Lip Velvet, though for some reason not many shades in the line-up speaks to me (good for my wallet though)!ReplyDelete
I've only looked at Burberry's Lip Covers more thoroughly so far and I only liked one shade in the line-up (and it's still tempting me quite badly). I don't know, their shades are a bit... brown?Delete
Lol, Monika. It's true. "Le Rouge" is a tad pretentious. I love the satin finish, though, and the packaging truly is chic. Going to give these a look, finally.ReplyDelete
Glad I'm not the only one who secretly smirks at the name!Delete
Ooooh, this is so pretty! Just about the same luxurious attention to detail that the Guerlain Rouge G packaging provides except the Rouge G's are hefty, somewhat ugly and impractical, therefore never to be purchased by me. This one though,... *swoons*.ReplyDelete
It looks great with your coloring, it's just blends right in! I never paid attention to it in Kate's review...Guess I was busy gawking at her face...ReplyDelete
Anyway, I have only one matte lipstick from Max Factor, and it's also a coral pink (I have another rimmel one but haven't touched it yet) and I have been digging the color, it's refreshing since I got too many orange-coral.
I'm quite curious about the Rimmel one you have, I'll be on the lookout for your review!Delete
This looks great on you...the finish really is "lips like"! When I read that I thought hmm really, but the picture says it all! Plus that leather and metal packaging...wow!ReplyDelete
GORGEOUS on you Monika!! It goes so well with your creamy peachy complexion!ReplyDelete
I have Magnolia Organza and love it! I want to get another one that's more subdued now!
Hahah, I think I want to check out the real in-your-face brights now, Trakee! :)Delete
Dammit woman! This looks much prettier on you *shakes fist*ReplyDelete
I guess I love this formula (and those sexy cases) so much I forgave "Le Rouge". I share your thoughts about Kanebo Sensai's "The Lipsticks" though! What overpriced pretention, lol
Oh you, I think it looks way nicer on you, Kate! Hahah, I had no idea Kanebo had a lipstick range called 'The Lipstick', that's pretty hilarious :DDelete
That's the kind of colors I gravitate to when its comes to lipstick. It's a nice happy medium. Not too light and not too bright. Perfect for day or night.ReplyDelete
SO beautiful! Can you believe I had my TF lipstick swapped for one! I can't wait to get my hands on it! <3ReplyDelete
I want to buy this for the packaging alone! Le Lipstick be damned! Well, hopefully I will find a colour that looks as good as the Rose Taffetas look on you:)ReplyDelete