Meet Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter, Le Rouge’s taller and slimmer baby sister. She might be just another formula in the sea of new lipsticks that have rolled out recently, but she happens to be the one that speaks to me the most personally!
Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter is clad in leather and studs just like Le Rouge, only longer and slimmer. There is something very feminine about the shape, despite the fact that it has a rock-n’-roll vibe! It shares the same lipstick rose scent with Le Rouge. Le Rouge-À-Porter contains less product than Le Rouge (2,2 grams/0,07 oz versus 3,4 grams, 0,12 oz), but the retail price in Belgium stays the same (around 32,50 euros). I guess that’s the not-so-cool thing about it!
Weight reduction aside, there is not a single thing I dislike about Le Rouge-À-Porter. The formula is billed as balmy, hydrating, sheer, and ready to wear, and it is all of those things. At this point, you are probably wondering:” but Sunny, there are so many similar formulas out there! What makes Le Rouge-À-Porter stand out for you?”
Great question, my friend. What makes Le Rouge-À-Porter interesting for me is the staining power and buildability. I am aware that building a lipstick up for more coverage isn’t exactly a novel idea, but if you are working with a very “slippery” formula, it wouldn’t really increase the lasting power at all. Le Rouge-À-Porter on the other hand, glides on impeccably with not that much of any “texture”. It feels comfortable and smooth when I press my lips together, but doesn’t have too much slip. My lips are smooth, plump, and hydrated. One layer gives you semi-sheer color payoff, but then this is when the most interesting thing happens: even with the lack of texture and strong color payoff, Le Rouge-À-Porter leaves a stain after a couple of drinks. If you build up on that stain, it is suddenly pretty much opaque with a hint of translucency. Also, the glossy finish becomes more prominent. The second layer can get you through a light meal as well as a couple more drinks afterwards, which I think is a pretty awesome deal!
I received *Rose Perfecto (204) as a sample (the shade you see in the promo image, although suffice to say they definitely applied more than one layer on Mariacarla Boscono), and I have purchased two more in the meantime (find a sneak peek on my Instagram).
Rose Perfecto is a fuchsia pink. From what I can see, none of the shades contains shimmer.
Givenchy Rose Perfecto Le Rouge-À-Porter one pass/built up:
Here you see one layer of Rose Perfecto on me:
In retrospect, I should have applied a second layer to show you how much more intense it could be. Let me make it up to you when I review the two other shades I have!
If you go through my bag, you will find a couple of Dior Addict Extremes for similar reasons. While I love a bold lip and that’s really what catches people’s eye in photos, I don’t wear full-on opaque lipsticks on a daily basis. Reason number one: I don’t always go to places that are more glamorous than the supermarket. Reason number two: bold lipsticks require more effort and coordination. You need to pair them and apply them right. If I am not in the mood or going anywhere special, all I want is often something I can quickly slap on and know it will look right. Both Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter and Dior Addict Extreme offer the added bonus that they are truly buildable. Therefore, they are more versatile. If I feel like adding a bit more color later in the day, I only have to build up on the stain. That is something you don’t always get with sheerer lipsticks.
All in all, Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter gets a thumbs-up from me. If you want the same things from your everyday lipstick, I’d urge you to take a look at the 16-shade line-up (quick swatches on my Instagram here and here). I will do more testing with the two shades I purchased and keep you posted about how consistent the formula is!
What is your favorite lipstick formula? What makes it so great for you? I’d love to know!