Givenchy has just launched two new products for 2021, Le Rouge Sheer Velvet lipsticks and L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Rouge, the newest addition to the growing L’Interdit fragrance family. The brand was kind enough to send both along for me to try, and I won’t get into detail here, but I’ll leave it at … wow.
Le Rouge Sheer Velvet Lipstick (CAN $49.00/each) | The brand’s iconic leather cases now come in luxe velvet for this range, completed by a “stud” closure. This innovate texture can best be described as a soft velvety matte, and while it’s said to provide up to 12 hours hold, the feeling upon lips is lightweight and comfortable throughout wear. Excellent coverage is seen from the very first swipe and what I found interesting is the actual blurring effect of the finish; so unique and unexpected. The formula contains cutting-edge waxes to create a supple, even film upon lips, while a brand new powder strengthens the vibrant & blurring effect of each shade. Finally, wild mango butter in the mix is there to provide continuous hydration. The biggest surprise for me, however, is how much I absolutely LOVED both shades — neither of which is traditionally a colour I’d reach for, but found both to be not only utterly wearable, but so so flattering.
Available in 10 shades (Sephora), 11 shades (Holt Renfrew), with 4 being refillable: N16, N24, N36, & N37)
By the way, we’ve been undergoing a major heat wave here in Montréal and even though I tried to shoot everything as fast as possible, the lipsticks literally started “sweating” the second I pulled them out of their casings. Ugh.
- 17 Rouge Erable – a creamy brown/brick red, gives lips a very natural “bitten” effect when lightly applied
- 23 Rose Irrésistible – a bright pink which somehow manages to be be flirty & elegant at the same time — totally gorg either loaded up or as a stain
L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Rouge (CAN $145.00/50 ml, 1.7 fl. oz) | The latest iteration in the range, this tweaks the signature of the original to add an overall carnal vibe. The shape of the bottle remains the same, but pays homage to Givenchy’s iconic L’Interdit red hue. With a “lit-from-within” effect, the translucent dark red inside lacquer is a technical feat and unprecedented in the perfumery market. Finally, a black woven ribbon is tied around the neck, with the last touch being the 4G logo done in silver.
Created by Master Perfumers Dominique Ropion, Anne Flipo, and Fanny Bal, this is said to be a “burning red accord, heightened by sensuality“. The floral bouquet of the original has been heated up with the help of Blood Orange for a tangy burst, while the addition of Ginger provides freshness. Pimento Leaf brings an elemental touch, at once grounding and seductive to help create an entirely unprecedented composition. I’ve said often enough that fragrance is very subjective and what works for one, may not work for another (and vice versa), and I’ve also talked about how scent-sensitive I am in that certain notes can trigger an instant migraine. Fortunately [for me], the L’Interdit range is one that I’ve embraced with ease and while not all versions have been my speed, I can honestly say that this Rouge iteration was love at first spritz. Opening up with a zingy tone, that sparkling freshness lingers for a bit before merging with a floral heart — but one that’s unique and so non-traditional in essence. Finally, everything takes on a smokier, almost incense-like vibe at the end, leaving behind a lingering sensual trail.
- Top notes: Blood Orange, Ginger
- Heart notes: Tuberose, Jasmine, Pimento Leaf
- Base notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Even though I’m so not ready for summer to end (NEVER), it’s inevitable that we’ll be transitioning into Fall and usually that implies some changes, whether to wardrobe, makeup, and even fragrance. The beauty of these products, is that I feel like they’re wearable all year round … and that’s what I intend to do. As to this lipstick formula? It’s amazing and one that needs to be tried to be fully understood — you can thank me later!
Available at Sephora and select retailers nationwide
Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration