This review will be on Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in the shade 304 Mandarine Boléro.
A semimatte 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 semimatte 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 #304 Mandarine Boléro Le Rouge Lipstick:
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 item. Only the cap has weight to it, the tube inside is fairly light. The cap has a slot in which the tube slides through with some resistance like 2 pieces of puzzle and closes securely.
Texture & Pigmentation:
These lipsticks are super creamy and smooth, and just glide on the lips like butter. There is good amount of slip to it, and that’s why it does not tug during application. It goes evenly and opaque on the lips in just one swipe; it is good enough to cover even pigmented lips.
Shade & Finish:
The shade, 304 Mandarine Boléro, is described as muted a red orange. It is a lovely, bright reddish orange which makes it a favorite among many, including me. This shade is very summery. It is super flattering on all skin tones. A gorgeous shade!!
During the initial couple of hours of wear, the finish is creamy with a slight sheen. After that, it settles down to a more semi matte finish. The finish is not a flat matte, instead it makes the lips look soft and supple.
Feel and Look on Lips:
This lipstick is fairly comfortable and hydrating during the initial hours 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 lightweight on the lips. Also once it does settle to the matte finish, I can see it accentuating the fine lines and clinging to my dry patches just a little bit (only noticeable from up close). This can be fixed with swiping a fresh layer of the lipstick. This lipstick does not provide any additional moisture to my lips, hence by the end of the day my lips do feel a bit parched and in need of some TLC after removal of this lipstick.
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 8th hour mark. It does transfer during the creamy stage, but once it settles to matte, the transfer is considerably lesser. You will need reapplication after a full meal. It does leave a nice, bright stain behind.
It has a very subtle makeup-type scent which is not at all noticeable once it is on the lips.
I am truly very impressed with this lipstick. I feel you get the best of both worlds – creamy and matte with this semi matte lipstick. I love the super creamy texture of it, the super wearable color and the decent staying power.
Pros of Givenchy #304 Mandarine Boléro Le Rouge Lipstick:
• Luxurious case
• Super rich and creamy texture, glides on without tugging
• Opaque pigmentation in 1 swipe
• Beautiful, bright reddish orange color, flattering on all skin tones
• Semi matte finish
• Good staying power
• No overpowering scent
• Very comfortable and lightweight on the lips
Cons of Givenchy #304 Mandarine Boléro Le Rouge Lipstick:
• Does not provide any additional moisture to my lips
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