Givenchy Le Rouge 307 Grenat Initié is a deep brick red semi-matte lipstick. Givenchy claims that it “defines, plumps, and moisturizes” the lips.
Grenat Initié is a definite power red. Dark reds like this are colors many people assume they just can’t wear, but many actually can. It’s taken me some time to embrace shades like this one, but now I see them as my “power reds” and love wearing them.
Applying Grenat Initié is the easiest thing in the world – it goes on smooth as cream, but seems to set instantly. It doesn’t move around or have any slip, and it feels weightless on my lips. On me, it keeps its shine for 2-3 hours, then it loses the mild shine and becomes completely matte and wears that way for a good 2 more hours, then begins to fade evenly and actually still looks good. While it is moisturizing like Givenchy claims, toward the end of 4-5 hours, my lips start to feel dry in spots. This is easily fixed by just touching it up – and by the time it feels dry, it’s starting to fade anyway. This is a lipstick that’s so even in color that you actually can just “touch it up” rather than reapply everywhere.
Givency also says this one defines lips – well, definitely, as any good bold colored lipstick should – and that it plumps them. The plumping is very minimal, just a “your lips at their most hydrated” effect. This effect also brings out the dimension in the color, which is nice.
Grenat Initié hasn’t even remotely tried to feather on me. I don’t generally have trouble with feathering anyway, but sometimes red lipsticks will do it just a little bit into those little vertical lines right on the edge of my lips. This one – not even close. I can’t promise it won’t feather on those of you who have trouble with that more often than I do, but for me it really stayed put.
When I remove this one by just wiping it with a tissue, it does leave a bit of a stain, which is not very noticeable and is actually rather pretty. The stain will disappear completely if you use makeup remover instead of just a tissue.
Beautiful packaging, kind of heavy.