Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a natural shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but for such a light shade, I was surprised it was really sheer! The texture was smooth when applying, but the lighter color seemed to cling a little more noticeably. On me, it lasted for three hours but settled into lip lines. It was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Real Redhead (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Rose Fantaisie (202) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that had a tendency to pull into lip lines, and it looked a little streaky. The color stayed put for two and a half hours, and the color migrated more and more noticeably into lip lines over time. Urban Decay Sheer Obsessed (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is darker. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Real Doll (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Moka Imprime (304) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though it could have applied better. The texture was lightweight, a little clingy but not drying. This shade wore for three and a half hours on me. Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $50.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Scenario (P, $35.00) is warmer. Chanel Suzanne (438) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is cooler. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, sheer coverage lipstick packaged in a slim tube that’s a riff off of the original Le Rouge formula. This formula is significantly lighter in weight and look, as well as much sheerer (and that is by design). The texture has a very smooth, velvety feel to it, almost like a stiffer lip balm, but it doesn’t tug on the lips. The color tended to look more like a stain of color, and it felt a little clingy, even if it wasn’t actually drying. For me, the formula was lightly hydrating at most and tended to wear only a few hours. These have a floral scent that’s noticeable in the tube and once applied, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on fairly evenly and lasted for three hours. It was slightly hydrating over time. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter, glossier. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Viva (95) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had sheer, even coverage that noticeably tinted the lips but had a very lightweight look on the lips. This shade wore for three hours and was lightly moisturizing. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Nahema (P, $37.00) is cooler, glossier. MAC Fashion Force (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter, glossier. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. MAC Play It Soft (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $35.00) is darker. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark red with warm orange undertones and a natural finish. It hda semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more pigmented shades from the six I bought (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences for coverage). This shade lasted for four hours on me, so it was also one of the better-wearing ones. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is brighter, glossier. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Chanel Dialogue (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Flaming Lips (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is brighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, sheer coverage lipstick packaged in a slim tube that’s a riff off of the original Le Rouge formula. This formula is significantly lighter in weight and look, as well as much sheerer (and that is by design). The texture has a very smooth, velvety feel to it, almost like a stiffer lip balm, but it doesn’t tug on the lips. The color tended to look more like a stain of color, and it felt a little clingy, even if it wasn’t actually drying. For me, the formula was lightly hydrating at most and tended to wear only a few hours. These have a floral scent that’s noticeable in the tube and once applied, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling mix of shades with warmer undertones. This was the more pigmented of the three quads I bought from the range, but it wasn’t worth the price tag due to lower color payoff, fall out, and generally uneven color application. It was more frustrating to use than anything else. I give Givenchy credit for coming up with a more interesting color combination that you don’t often see in a set of four shades (though it is harder to combine as a result). I think you’d need to use a glitter adhesive and possibly sponge-tip/fingertips for applicators to manage this one.

Inattendue #1 is a medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden bronze sparkle. It had the least sparkly finish of the four shades, and it was the easiest to work with, as it applied with better color coverage and went on evenly. It had a small amount of fall out but creased after seven hours of wear. YSL Aquatic Copper (07) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #2 is a medium-dark black with silver glitter. It had a drier texture that was prone to applying unevenly, and the color payoff was weak. There was so much fall out during wear, as well as some when initially applied, that by the end of six hours, it had creased and turned into more of a satin finish eyeshadow! Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Moonspoon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #3 is a sparkling, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and pink and white glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency where the sparkle often came loose. There was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear, and the base color was quick to crease (six hours). Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #4 is a muted, blackened plum with warm, brown undertones and lighter silver and plum sparkle and glitter that gives it a very high-shine finish. It had good color payoff with a gritty, glittery texture where the glitter adhered initially but easily dislodged from the base color as soon as you went to blend it out at all. The color lasted for seven hours but had a lot of fall out over time. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Modern Majesty (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter

Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00) (New)

In Leather. In Colors. The ultimate Couture lipstick reinvents itself with a balmy and sensorial texture… The perfect balance between lipstick and lip care, this ultra-elegant leather-clad whipped lipstick is your best ally for a casual chic, ready-to-wear look. Like all must-have fashion accessories, it comes in a wide palette of 16 shades, from the most nude to the most sophisticated. Thanks to its unique texture, Le Rouge-A-Porter can be applied generously onto the lips like a balm. Apply it once or several times to adjust and reach the color intensity you want.

  • N°101 Nude Ultime
  • N°102 Beige Mousseline
  • N°103 Beige Plumetis
  • N°104 Beige Floral
  • N°105 Brun Vintage
  • N°106 Parme Silhouette
  • N°201 Rose Aristocrate
  • N°202 Rose Fantaisie
  • N°203 Rose Avant-Garde
  • N°204 Rose Perfecto
  • N°205 Violine Inspiration
  • N°206 Corail Decolleté
  • N°301 Vermillon Creation
  • N°302 Rouge Atelier
  • N°303 Framboise Griffée
  • N°304 Moka Imprimé

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor
Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a set of lightly warm-toned neutrals with more matte finishes. Often, when a new formula comes out, I try to pick a shade that is more of a “gimme” and one that may be more challenging, and if a brand can’t put out decent warm-toned neutrals, then it really isn’t looking good for the formula. This quad is better than Tentation, but it still suffers from a texture that while soft to the touch, is firmer that makes it harder to blend and apply. I was able to get a decent look out of it, and it was only the deepest shade that was really difficult to work with. I don’t recommend it, because I think you can get better performing neutrals right out-of-the-palette at an assortment of prices equal or less than this from a myriad of brands, but if you were looking to make it work, I would highly recommend a primer or good base underneath to help combat some of the blending, pigmentation, and longevity issues present.

Delicate #1 is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, thinner consistency that stuck to the skin but didn’t move well. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. LORAC Unedited (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is similar. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Kat Von D Leather (LE) is similar. MAC Clove (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Stila Being (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #2 is a medium, golden brown with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly blendable, moderately soft texture that was workable. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is more matte. LORAC Undeniable (P) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is darker. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is more matte. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #3 is a light-medium, golden beige-brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a drier, thin texture that wasn’t powdery but required building on the lid. It blended decently but faded after six and a half hours. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Undeniable (P) is darker. Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #4 is a brightened ivory with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was soft and blendable but thin. It lasted for six hours on me. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of very, very similar options. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium yellowed green, burgundy, mauve-y pink, and shimmery beige. I thought it was an interesting color combination to try, but I was very disappointed in the quality of the eyeshadows in practice. Givenchy describes the formula as having an “intuitive application [that] offers immediate and even coverage for pure, intense color payoff … comfortable to wear and luminous, it stays true all day long.” They swatched with promise, but they just didn’t adhere well, blend easily, or wear for long. The initial application made it look like I had been wearing the eyeshadows for sixteen hours in humid weather–faded, muddied, and uneven, when it was more like five minutes. You know it’s bad when you apply the product, see the end result, apply more, still get the same result, and have ended up packing so much product on that you have more eyeshadow underneath your eye than above it, then say, “screw it!” and remove and try again another day, only to endure the same frustrating, dismal results as before a week later.

Tentation #1 is a medium, yellowed olive green with a smattering of light gold sparkle over a satin finish. It seemed like it had good color payoff, but it sheers out really easily in practice and doesn’t stick to the skin well. I felt like I applied the color, blended carefully, and then it seemed to disappear, like some kind of horrible magic trick. It was noticeably faded and creased after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Rebel (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is a cream. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #2 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but had a dry, hard-to-blend texture that faded quickly. The color applied and remained uneven on the skin, as it just wouldn’t blend. It showed signs of creasing after six hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is similar. Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #3 is a light-medium, pink-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was sheer, firm, and difficult to get color to translate onto the skin, as it went on unevenly and tended to blend away to nothingness. On me, it seemed like it had vanished within four hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #1 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S812 Tea Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is brighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $15.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #4 is a light, sparkly beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer texture that didn’t play well with the skin. It sheered out as soon as you went to blend it, and the sparkles got everywhere. It looked like it had totally faded within four hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product, less sparkly. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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