This has a bit of a Halloween theme and it was completely unintentional! But since they look so smashingly Halloweeny together, I figure, hey, what better time to post them than in the middle of October?
These are the Givenchy Gelée d'Interdit Gloss Balms. My boxes are a little crushed. I'm getting pretty tired of things I order from Sephora looking like they've been stomped on by angry gnomes when they arrive. The outside box is always in pristine condition, but this is the sixth time now I've had a brand new item arrived crushed/broken/damaged. Anyway....
The scent is a rather strong perfumey fruity-floral scent and has a perfume aftertaste. It isn't really enjoyable. It smells cheap, like dollar store heavily scented lipstick. Or kind of like your Grandma's makeup.
The texture is the nicest thing about these. It is a gel, it feels light and a little cool, yet, at the same time, a bit oily and slick. I am a fan of how these feel when you apply them. They feel moisturizing and slippery. They do migrate outside my lip line after a while (it's like they melt or something) and the glitter does end up all over my face somehow... They still feel nice on the lips.
But, in all honesty, these look cheap. I'm all for cheap makeup, but when I have paid $26.50 for one lipgloss, I want it to look and feel and smell and perform like a $26.50 lip gloss.
The glitter used in these isn't fancy or special. It's the same glitter in the Wet n Wild glitter lip glosses, which are 99 cents, by the way, and you can't tell the difference between the Givenchy and the Wet n Wild once they're on your lips. For this price tag, they could afford to use some higher-end glitter, like the glass fleck duochrome particles in MAC Dazzleglass.
As cool as these are, as amazing as they look in the tubes, I have to say, they're not worth it. I wanted to buy myself something a little special and different as a gift for reaching a personal milestone, but now I feel ripped off. Ripped off and reminded again of why I'm not a fan of Givenchy's makeup. It's just not a quality befitting the price.
Even after all this, I still want the neon purple one. WHY?! What is wrong with me? I know it's going to be the same crappy gloss for the same absurd price, but because it's neon purple and filled with glitter, I still kinda want it.
The name of these means Forbidden Jelly.... As in, I am forbidden to waste any more money on these!