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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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!
Here you can see the duo (and yes I got engaged last week):
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!
Is Givenchy Rose d’Exception your shade? Have you tried Givenchy Le Rouge (because you really should)?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx