Thursday, January 30, 2014

Givenchy 308 Rouge D'Exception Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense is one the most beautiful range of matte lipsticks I've tried. From the luxurious case (embossed leather over metal, quite heavy) to the texture and wear.  Le Rouge Intense is a bit more matte than the regular Givenchy Le Rouge (though from what I've seen the finish varies slightly between colors, so it's probably not a universal rule). What they have in common is the non-drying quality. The feel of the lipstick when I wear it is almost buttery and very comfortable, though it's as lightweight as they come. The finish is matte, though, which requires one's lips to be in an excellent shape prior to application.  I made the mistake once of not exfoliating or moisturizing enough before wearing the lipstick on a cold day and could see and feel the consequences.

Matte lipsticks accentuate every line on the surface, so I highly suggest applying a lip serum or a balm before starting your skincare/makeup routine, letting it soak and wiping off the excess just before painting your lips.
Le rouge Intense leaves a good semi-opaque stain that lasts for about 6 hours. The way the color melds with the lips prevents flaking and feathering. Since there's no gloop factor the lipstick will not migrate to your teeth (paging Lena Dunham).

 Rouge D'Exception (#308) is a warm red, more tomato than the "berry" in the Sephora description. It's an elegant color but not formal, and requires mindful application, as with all full-coverage reds. I admit that sometimes I top it with a hint of gloss, but it has to do with the cold weather-- I need extra protection.

Bottom Line: a great wearable red.

Givenchy 308 Rouge D'Exception Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36) is exclusive to Sephora (not available at Barneys).


  1. I absolutely agree with you. There's nothing better and more sophisticated than a Givenchy matte lipstick.
    Gorgeous red, which sadly, I cannot really wear since tomato reds dont flatter my complicated tone. Blue based reds are more forgiving to me.

  2. This is so delicious looking! My FAVORITE lipstick color.....orangey tomato red. I've never tried a Givenchy lipstick....thanks for the review! I'm putting it on my shopping list!

  3. This is actually one of my favorite shades. Love it.


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