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This review will be on the Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in the shade “204 Rose Boudoir.”
A semi-matte lipstick encased in genuine leather.
What it does:
Enjoy perfectly defined lips that last as long as you do—and a genuine leather goods item. This lipstick-as-accessory delivers intense colors and a semi-matte finish, all in one stroke, and as the first lipstick to come in real leather, it imparts a soft, supple touch and sensual feeling.
My Experience with Givenchy #204 Rose Boudoir Le Rouge Lipstick:
Packaging: The packaging is absolutely classy and luxurious. The lipstick has a cap covered in genuine leather and has a decent amount of weight to it which gives it a feel of being a high-end product. Only the cap has weight to it, the tube inside is fairly light. The cap has a slot and the tube slides through it with some resistance, like two pieces of puzzle, and closes securely.
Texture and Pigmentation: These lipsticks are super creamy and smooth, and just glide on the lips like butter. There is a good amount of slip to it which prevents it from tugging on the lips. They do go on evenly and opaque in one swipe, good enough to cover pigmented lips too.
Shade and Finish: The shade “#204 Rose Boudoir” is described as a pink-toned red. To me, this shade has more rosy pink than red. It has more pink and a bit more brightness than shade #103 (Brun Createur), which was more of a dusty rose shade. This shade is also a perfect everyday wearable color and pairs well with most makeup looks. It is also a great office-wear color. This shade will suit most skin tones.
During the initial couple of hours of wear, the finish is creamy with a slight sheen and after that, it settles down to a more semi-matte finish. The finish is not flat matte, instead it makes the lips look soft and supple.
Feel and look on the lips: This lipstick is fairly hydrating during the initial hour of wear when it is still in the creamy stage, but once it settles to a more matte finish, it is neither too hydrating nor drying. It does feel very comfortable and lightweight on the lips. Also, once it does settle down to a matte finish, I can see it accentuating fine lines and clinging on to dry patches (just a little bit noticeable, that too from up close); this can be fixed by swiping a fresh layer of the lipstick.
Staying Power: Staying power is pretty good. It stays for 6-7 hours with light snacks and drinks before I notice some fading, but the color is still visible by the 8-hour mark. It does transfer during the creamy stage, but once it settles down to matte, the transfer is considerably lesser. You will need re-application after a full meal. It does leave a nice stain behind.
Fragrance: It has a very subtle makeup-type scent which is not at all noticeable once it is on the lips.
Overall, I am truly very impressed with this lipstick. I feel that you get best of both worlds of a creamy and matte lipstick with this semi-matte lipstick. I love the super creamy texture of this super-wearable color and the decent staying power. Givenchy as a brand has been pretty consistent in quality regardless of the shades from this range; I highly recommend this lipstick.
Pros of Givenchy #204 Rose Boudoir Le Rouge Lipstick:
- Luxurious lipstick case.
- Super rich and creamy texture, glides on without tugging.
- Opaque pigmentation in one swipe.
- Beautiful pink shade, flattering on all skin tones.
- Semi-matte finish.
- Good staying power.
- No overpowering scent.
- Feels very comfortable and lightweight on the lips.
Cons of Givenchy #204 Rose Boudoir Le Rouge Lipstick:
- None for me.
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