Givenchy Rose d’Exception Le Rouge & Le Vernis

Givenchy Rose d'Exception Le Vernis + Le Rouge

If you love soft, powdery pinks, you’re in luck this autumn with Givenchy Rose d’Exception Le Rouge and Le Vernis from the Soir d’Exception Collection. I was blown away by Givenchy Le Rouge when I tried it last year, and I have been curious about their new Le Vernis. Time to take a closer look!

Givenchy Rose d'Exception Le Rouge packaging

If you have seen packaging of the permanent Le Rouge, you might remember the stud and the leather. For the Soir d’Exception Collection, the leather has a silvery snakeskin pattern. I mean, this is Givenchy. You’ve got to expect something extravagant!

Givenchy Rose d'Exception Le Rouge

Rose d’Exception Le Rouge (206. LE. RRP in Belgium: 34,50 euros) is a soft powdery pink. On me it seems to have a slight mauve undertone (I suspect it’s the olive in my skin). The finish is mostly matte with a bit of a creamy sheen.

Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) Le Rouge closeup

Rose d’Exception Le Rouge yields smooth and opaque coverage in one pass. For a mostly-matte lipstick, it glides on easily enough with no tugging or pulling. It has a slight perfume-y scent that I associate with luxury lipsticks. It wears for about 5 hours on me. I love the fact that it wears down evenly and never smudges out of natural lip line. I don’t find it hydrating, but it is not drying, either.

Here is how Rose d’Exception Le Rouge swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.

Givenchy Rose d'Exception Le Rouge (206) swatch

It seems like every brand is doing matching nail polishes nowadays, and Rose d’Exception Le Rouge comes with Rose d’Exception Le Vernis (09. LE. RRP in Belgium: 21 euros).

Givenchy Rose d'Exception (06) Le Vernis

Givenchy Le Vernis is housed in a square bottle. The silver cap has a leathery black top with the logo embossed on it: very chic! The brush is short, flat, and tapered.

Givenchy Le Vernis brush

Rose d’Exception Le Vernis is a mauvy rosy pink with a crème finish. The consistency is very easy to work with, and it is smooth and fully opaque with two coats. It dries pretty fast as well, so if you don’t have a lot of time/patience, this is a formula you might like!

Here is how Rose d’Exception Le Vernis swatches:

Givenchy Rose d'Exception (09) Le Vernis swatch

As you can see, Rose d’Exception Le Rouge is very soft and muted on me. It is definitely an MLBB (my lips but better) shade!

Givenchy Rose d'Exception Le Rouge FOTD

Here you can see the duo (and yes I got engaged last week):

Givenchy Rose d'Exception FOTD, NOTD

Bottom line: I can see Givenchy Rose d’Exception Le Rouge working for many as a my-lips-but-better shade, and it can certainly be worn year-round. It has a very low-maintenance and long-lasting formula. I wish it were hydrating, but at least it’s not drying! Rose d’Exception Le Vernis is a sophisticated shade that would be perfect for work. The formula and brush are easy to work with, and the short drying time means I’ll reach for it more often!

There is a nice quad (L’Ecrin du Soir), a rusty red lipstick (Rouge d’Exception), and a lavender nail polish (Lilas d’Exception) in the collection. Just in case these two feel a little too safe for you, you should be able to run wild with the other options!

Givenchy Soir d'Exception

Is Givenchy Rose d’Exception your shade? Have you tried Givenchy Le Rouge (because you really should)?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure


  • Emi at Project Swatch

    Congrats on your engagement, Sunny! And the lipstick is beautiful on you, too :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ahh thanks, Emi! <3 The lipstick is definitely an MLBB that I can wear everywhere :)

  • Lily

    Congratulations again on the engagement, Sunny :-) The nail colour looks beautiful!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Lily! It wears pretty well too. I’m happy!

  • Chris El

    Congratulations Sunny!! Both look stunning on you, but I’m especially loving the polish.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Chris! The polish is what I call a “wifey” shade. Very sophisticated and clean!

  • beauties

    congrats Sunny 😀 very elegant ring!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Eva! :)

  • peggy timmermans

    You got engaged last week? Under which stone have i been hiding??, Congratulations Sunny!!!!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks Peggy! I never shouted about it so it’s normal :)

  • Kate Driveller

    What a faultlessly elegant look, my darling! I include the ring, of course — lovely 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Kate! :)

  • Sara_BeauTime

    Lovely combo and a beautiful ring. Once more congratulations on your engagement. I also got the nail polishes and the lip stick. I am a bit sceptical about the nail polishes though because the ones from summer chipped so fast on me. I will give them one more chance with these, if those also chip, I am not getting any more Givenchy nail polishes.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Sara! My nails are still not totally strong and healthy, but I’ve had Rose d’Exception on for a couple of days and it looks pretty intact! I hope these will stay on better for you!

  • Yak Man

    I like the givenchy logo haha :). and wow the package is qquite impressive n_n!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Yak Man, Givenchy always does extravagant packaging! I know many who are big fans :)

  • Icaria

    Soooo gorgeous! I badly want a Givenchy l/s but will have to look at other colors since this one is pretty close to my NARS Tolède and I have a n/p almost identical to this one. Now about that ring… perfect, just perfect! Again, congrats Luv! xoxo :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, the great thing with the Le Rouge range is I’m sure there’s something for everyone! You’ll most probably find a couple that you love! Thanks again, girl <3

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    LOVE. I want this colour and I think it’s worth getting as it’s easy to wear every day!
    Congrats again on your engagement! Your ring is amazing!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! You should try Rose d’Exception on to see how you feel! It is an easy everyday color!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    Congratulations Sunny! Rose D’Exception looks perfect with that ring. I think this duo might be my absolute fave for fall and winter. It’s utter perfection! I might have gone ahead and picked up Lila’s as well! Comgrats!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Taylor! Rose d’Exception looks GREAT on you! It’s a very you shade. Classic!

  • Mariella (Musing on Beauty)

    I love this kind of shade! It suits you really well. I think I have dupes, though, but I’ll check just in case I can justify it 😉
    And the ring is perfection :))

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Mariella! Do check your stash! I think the closest I have is NARS Montego Bay, but they are different enough.

  • Minsooky

    Congrats! Not a big fan of the lipstick color but looks very nice on you.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Minsooky! I’d normally go for something with more of a punch, but admittedly it’s great to have a shade or two like these for days on which I want to lay low 😉

  • Larie


    That shade is gorgeous. I think I need to try a Givenchy lipstick – I like the soft, almost matte finish!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, nope I haven’t posted one anywhere LOL

      You have to try Le Rouge! It sounds like something you’d really enjoy :)

  • Dominique33

    Very classy indeed ! Perfect on you.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Dominique! You can’t go wrong with Rose d’Exception!

      • Dominique33

        I agree, it’s such a lovely pink. I purchase it today with 10% off, I am very glad I did, it deserves its name ” Rose d’Exception “:)

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Whoaa 10% off is always good! I’m glad you like it!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    haven’t tried le rouge but i did just buy a rouge g (which i still haven’t opened yet. bad jenn..) this color is so pretty. i agree with you MLBB status on this, i would totally wear this all year round even if its matte.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, you should open that Rouge G ASAP! Le Rouge is on the matte side, but not the kind of matte that’s too dramatic, if you know what I mean. Definitely a comfortable finish that you can wear all the time!

  • Krystle Kouture

    Ahh I want them both! I love pink lips and tips and these 2 look exceptional. PS Congrats on getting engaged! More ring pics please??!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, then you should check these out! Thanks! I’ll upload some soon!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Gorgeous colour ! And Givenchy really knows how to package their products.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I agree! Everything Givenchy is lavish!

  • robin valentine

    gongrats on the engagement!! love the nails

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Robin!

  • Liz


    The lipstick, the polish, the ring — all amazing!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Liz!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    ❤CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT, SUNNY!!❤ How exciting! Also, I think both the lippie and nail polish are sublime and belong in my collection STAT. I am in love with the polish on you! Gorgeousness. Congrats again, love! XOXO

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Kristen!!! You should check these out! I personally prefer Le Rouge to Rouge Interdit, and I hope you’ll like it as well!