When Illamasqua did a marbled lipstick, I went from, ‘this can’t work’, to ‘wow, this really works’ in a matter of seconds and I now love a marbled lip. It looks wrong, but in a right way, and if you want to draw attention to your lips, it’s an easy win. While the Givenchy Rouge Revelateur isn’t quite as brave in colour jarring as Illamasqua is, the formula is an exact mix of Rouge Interdit No.13 and Noir Revelateur to give an enhanced red. I’d have liked to have seen more strength in the black to be honest – in the swatch below you can’t really see any of the smoked shade but on my lips, it was there in small traces. The smoky shade is there as a colour enhancer (and changes the shade of the red according to your pH) rather than a statement look, so possibly my expectation is skewed by my experience with Illamasqua.
Givenchy Rouge Revelateur is the star of the show of new lipsticks for Givenchy, newly launched HERE with a set of new lip liners.
As far as gorgeous, covetable lipsticks go, this is right up there – the packaging with its ribbon detailing, the marbled bullet and the smack of red on the finish. When I’m wondering why we’re prepared to pay so much for a single lipstick, this reminds me exactly why. If you think you’d like the smokiness without the red, Givenchy’s Noir Revelateur (HERE) is a winner – a translucent grey shade that turns a vampy plum rouge on the lips (pH reactive).
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