Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Givenchy Candide Garden Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Candide Garden Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Spring 2011: Candide Garden

Givenchy Candide Garden (78) Le Prisme Eyeshadow Quartet ($56.00 for 0.14 oz.) is easily one of the best quads I’ve seen Givenchy put out that I’ve had the pleasure of testing. Candide Garden is stunning in its color combination and a joy to swatch.

This quad contains a rich, medium-dark chocolate brown with a satin finish; soft, burnt orange with a flashy golden orange shimmer-sheen; soft, pale peach with a satin sheen and pale peach-gold micro-shimmer; and a light yellowed chartreuse with a soft frost finish.

The shades work well together, and there is something about the overall combination that is unexpected. None of the colors feel too warm, which is uncommon in oranges, peaches, and chartreuses. Even the brown seems more neutral, because sometimes it looks cool-toned but other times, warm. The only downside to this quartet is the amount of product you get–a mere 0.14 oz. for the $56 price tag.

my thoughts on the formula: Soft, finely milled eyeshadows apply smoothly and blend effortlessly. You won’t find chunky shimmer or powdery fall out in these shades. Each shade was nicely pigmented.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: For cooler skin tones that have always wanted to find a more wearable orange, you may want to check out this particular palette. It just might work!

where to buy: Sephora

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011


Givenchy Summer 2011 Collection

Givenchy Summer 2011 Collection: Acid Summer

Travelling all over the world nourishes me with discoveries. Diversity is the richness that comes from such wanderings. And yet, in certain ways, the places where people live their lives all seem to follow the same rhythm. No matter the geographic location, no matter the culture, there are always meeting points where the barriers of solitude are broken down. Places for rambling, for celebrating or for dreaming, like guiding beacons drawing us to their light. Sparkling and seductive, the neon lights call out in every language to join the life of the community, to share. Their glow brightens the darkest corners and beautifies the eyes with a tangy multicoloured brilliance.

It mutes the volumes and makes the materials come alive. Like veins of light, pulsing with a unifying electrified energy that sweeps away all inertia, the neon colours resonate and amplify each other, stirring up a rebellious atmosphere in a world that knows no inhibition. Bridging the gap between day and night, neon is the vital force of summer 2011. A season that’s a call to enjoyment, to enjoy greater freedom. And we dare to answer that call, fearing no other consequence than a moment of happiness… to be shared.

Happy new Acid Summer! — Nicholas Degennes

Le Prismissime Yeux ($53.00) (Limited Edition)

Turquoise Blues, Anise Green, Golden Yellow, Coral Orange, Mauvish Pink, Frappe Coffee, Sparkling White

With its orange colour, the unique packaging highlights the acidic character of an eccentric, varying intensity palette. Like a mirror ball for the third millennium, its textures, matte or glittery, enliven the eyes with a hypnotic “electrical field”. Offering interplays of layers or contrasts, it lends itself to all desires and flights of fancy.

Like the reflections of a neon tube, the palette of Le Prismissime Yeux comprises shades that look sharp and vibrant in the case, but produce a softened result on the skin. Spherical polymers and micronised pigments make the colour easy to smooth onto the eyelids, while three esters with emollient properties ensure long hold.

Mister Radiant ($TBA)

It’s a veritable revolution in material — or more precisely in non-material. It’s life in suspension in an ethereal fluid. Three different kinds of microbeads trapped in a gel texture with a high water content. Brown and light yellow microbeads containing pigments and illuminating pearlescent particles. Dark yellow microbeads saturated with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Diluted by the gel, the microbeads are instantly diffused on the skin by the fingertips, for a transparency of material and a genuine sensation of freshness. The result is an instant healthy glow, buildable depending on the desired result.

Gelee d’Interdit – Balm Smoothing Gloss – Crystal Shine ($26.50)

This newcomer joins the Interdit family, which already includes Rouge Interdit, Rouge Interdit Shine and Gloss Interdit. A colourful, sparkling transparency in a balm with multiple beneficial properties: Immediately upon application, moi s tur i s ing and replumping properties through microspheres of hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally present in the skin). Taking action instantly, they slip into the fine lines on the lips and, like tiny sponges, fill up with water from the skin’s surface, trapping it and swelling to smooth the lips.

Over the longer term, revitalising and smoothing properties through the action of a botanical extract that stimulates cellular renewal in the epidermis to help prevent the accumulation of dead cells. Hydration is boosted by camelina oil, an ingredient found in all products of the Interdit line, to give the lips a final touch of comfort. For the first time, the clear formula that allows the pigments to shine through is wax-free. Its non-sticky texture offers an all-new sensation on the lips: the feel of a balm with a delicate scent of lychee.

Of the 13 different shades* of the Gelee d’Interdit line, three vivid, tangy colours were chosen by Nicolas Degennes to echo the concept of ACID SUMMER. The vibrant, feminine fuchsia of Explosive Raspberry; the magnetic, voluptuous violet of Electric Purple; and tart, luminous Neon Orange.

Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Acid Blue Klein blue

Vernis Please! ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

  • Acid Orange Orange

Availability: April 2011

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


Givenchy #14, MAC Prussian, Dolce & Gabbana #8, YSL #03, MUFE #3L, MAC Marine Ultra, UD Binge, Chanel Marine, tokidoki Skeletro, MUFE #15L

Dark/Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisions & Dupes

As promised, here are navy blue pencil eyeliner comparisons! :)

  • Givenchy #14 Magic Khol is a sheer violet-toned navy blue.
  • MAC Prussian Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a darkened blue with a subtle violet edge.
  • Dolce & Gabbana #8 Eyeliner is a navy blue with satin sheen. (Review)
  • YSL Oriental Blue (03) Eyeliner is a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a creamy finish. (Review)
  • Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes is a navy blue with satin sheen. (Review)
  • MAC Marine Ultra Chromagraphic Pencil is a medium-dark ocean blue with a creamy finish. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Binge 24/7 Liner is a darkened navy blue with purple tinge. (Review)
  • Chanel Marine Long-Lasting Eyeliner is a deep navy blue with a black-blue base and silver shimmer. (Review)
  • tokidoki Skeletro Glitter Eyeliner is a deep navy blue with a black-blue base and silver glitter. (Review)
  • Make Up For Ever #15L Aqua Eyes is a lightened dark blue with soft sheen. (Review)

Thoughts

DUPE ALERT! It appears that Dolce & Gabbana #8 Eyeliner and Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes are rather similar — possibly just the slightest difference in blue-ness.

DUPE ALERT!Both Chanel Marine Long-Lasting Eyeliner and tokidoki Skeletro Glitter Eyeliner are not far behind, just slightly darker and with a stronger blacker base, but the two themselves are quite similar. Skeletro has more glitter (whereas Marine has shimmer).

Formula/Wear: I have not tested Givenchy Magic Khol, so I cannot attest to its wear. YSL Eyeliners don’t seem to last all day on me, and Dolce & Gabbana can be hit or miss, but this particular shade lasted through a yoga session (and all day). tokidoki’s Glitter Eyeliners can be scratchy on the lash line because of the size of the glitter particles but wear fine otherwise.

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Givenchy Spring 2011 Collection: Naivement Couture

If the world’s first woman were to be born today in the primeval garden, she would no doubt have a different vision of paradise. Nature would be tamed, its energy restrained, creating an ambiance in which she would more likely cut down the Tree of Knowledge than water it. But springtime always manages to awaken desires and dispel gloomy ideas. The impulse to seek gratification is driven by a sixth sense, making us eager for any and all sorts of sensations. A breath of pure air to be discovered or devised. The Must-Have, Blush Gelée, is a rich elixir of youth, illuminating a self-assured candour with fresh energy. NAÏVEMENT COUTURE (“naively couture”) is an autosuggestion of happiness.

Blush Gelee

  • Candide Pink

Prisme Yeux Quatour ($56.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Garden (No. 78) Earth tones, oranges and browns

Rouge Interdit Shine ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Nude (No. 27) Natural

Rouge Interdit ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Tangerine (No. 50) Orange

Gloss Interdit ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Tangerine (No. 30) Vivid orange

Magic Khol ($21.50)

  • Coffee (No. 15) Brown

Vernis Please! ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Peach (No. 173) Natural

Availability: January/February 2011

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Friday, October 15th, 2010


Givenchy Vintage Christmas Holiday 2010 Collection

My collections is my vision of a story taking shape. A universal reading of a life and what it is made of. The present with its door open to the future and a past that has modeled this present.

A representation built up of different stages which, by definition, are or will be memories. Memories of what one has done and, especially, of what one has not done. A trigger of emotion, Christmas has always been for me the season of grape harvests for these chosen memories. Stages of life that make up the short story.

Each year, under the fir tree, a temporal jewel box opens up and the figures of the past shine out. Matured by time; odours, colours and feelings reappear…

The fragrance of a low-cut neckline powdered for the occasion, lips embellished with blood red that leave their imprint on the blushing cheeks of excitement. It’s the creaking of a door that a little boy would open onto another world of dreams and imagination. It’s the attic and its magic chest of luxurious treasures that would illustrate my dream-like creations.

Vintage Christmas is a Christmas tale revisited. The elegance of a looks back at the past and knows how to draw vital revival from it. A reassuring moment of benevolent nostalgia that chases passing time and makes us grow…

Le Prisme Unique Eyeshadow (Iridescent Finish) ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Silver (19) Iridescent eyeshadow in silver and black

Le Prisme Collector Sparkling Powder ($60.00)

An elegant chest-like box covered in crocodile skin with the signature of Monsieur de Givenchy stamped on its mirror. Memories of trunks of clothes containing the most voluptuous and fragile fabrics… A precious weathered rose powder sensually perfumed with Flower Water, and its generous pink brush imprinted with its story. A magic powder for the face and neckline, this veil of “silk organza” may also be used on the body.

  • Vintage Sequin Subtle, sparkling, translucent powder for the face and body.

Mister Lash Booster

Both a makeup and a treatment, an eyelash primer that deeply nourishes and strengthens the eyelashes thanks to its high-performance transparent formula combined with a new application: its beveled tip equipped with soft spikes gently massages the root of the lashes, stimulating micro circulation and the penetration of ingredients to create lashes that are denser, stronger and more resistant.

Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

  • Vintage Garnet (172) Deep, dark red

Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Carmine (49) Deep red

Gloss Interdit ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Ruby (27) Deep ruby red

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Bronze (5) Bronze

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara and Eye Liner Pencil Set ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This match made in heaven helps you create smoky, alluring eyes. A quick-dry mascara and ball-shaped brush allow for precise application to lift, separate and lengthen each and every lash. A mini eye pencil, formulated with high and low melting point triglycerides, wears beautifully and comfortably throughout the day.

Availability: Now @ Sephora.com

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Monday, June 7th, 2010

Givenchy Blooming Fall 2010

Givenchy Blooming Collection for Fall 2010

Le Prisme Yeux Quatour

  • Purple Show (71)
  • Midnight (72)
  • Pastel Model (73)
  • Khaki Egerie (74)
  • Blue Collection (75)
  • Siena Silhouette (76)

Le Prisme Blush (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Pink

Le Prisme Visage (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Pinks (1) Fresh pink
  • Blooming Apricots (2) Joyful, light orange

Gloss Interdit (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Coral (26) Coral

Rouge Interdit Shine (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Abricot (26) Delicate pink with golden pearl

Rouge Interdit (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Peach (48) Soft pink shade of orange

Pop Gloss Crystal (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Lilac (449) Soft pink with white pearl

Le Vernis (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Pink (171) Joyous rose

Availability: September/October 2010

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