Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide (£28) should be top of your beauty shopping list next time you’re looking for something with a wow factor. It’s really quite unlike any of the other liquid lipsticks I’ve (so far) come across – not just in terms of how it looks and lasts, but also because of its unusual application method.
Although its slim leather tube looks like it houses a conventional lipstick, Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide has a clever mechanism – once you’ve taken the lid off, you simply twist the tube once to release the exact amount of lip colour that’s required for decent coverage of two lips. The colour seeps through a spongey applicator tip which is ideally shaped for painting on liquid lipstick – not something that you can always say about these sorts of products.
Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide itself is a rich, almost balm-like cream which glides onto the lips, lightly dressing them with intense colour thanks to the very finely ground pigments in its formulation. It also gives the lips a sculpted appearance. The look is velvety but the comfort level is much better than you might expect from a semi-matte liquid lipstick – almost balm-like. Not only that, but the colour lasts and lasts – and lasts!
There are 14 shades of Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide; I’ve tried, and loved, the fabulously vibrant Corail Popeline – a strikingly intense coral shade which is simultaneously retro and very now – and the Nude Cachemire, which is a particularly sumptuous and flattering nude pink. It’s also, I like to think, the shade that the original Givenchy woman, Audrey Hepburn, would have worn!