Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


Givenchy Velvet Purple, Glamorous Fuchsia, Lilac Confession, Capricious Pink

Givenchy’s Latest Lip Gloss Launch

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect ($24.50 for 0.21 oz.) is a new product launch by Givenchy which features twelve shades of the new lip gloss.  I tried out four of those twelve shades, and I gotta say, I like the new formula!

  • Velvet Purple is a semi-sheer berry-burgundy shade with subtle shimmer and lots of glossy sheen.
  • Glamorous Fuchsia is a semi-opaque, medium bubblegum pink that goes on more creamy in finish and look but still has lots of glossiness.
  • Lilac Confession is a semi-opaque, medium pink laced with lightly cooled lilac with a frosty shimmer finish.
  • Capricious Pink is semi-sheer, light shimmery pinky-beige shade that goes on more sheerly and more of a muted, light pink, which is a bit different compared to the swatch (which is more of a bright pinky-coral).

The gloss does lightly plump up lips, but there is no noticeable burn/tingle that is often associated with lip plumping products.  (Trust me, I am no fan of that lip plumping tingle.)  It’s a medium-thick, non-sticky gloss that can be semi-sheer to more opaque, depending on the shade chosen.  Glamorous Fuchsia and Lilac Confession both had good pigmentation, while Velvet Purple was most certainly noticeable, it still appeared as more of a sheer gloss.  Capricious Pink had the least color pay off of the four, but that is the nature of lighter lip glosses.

I find that these wear for four or five hours with minimal fading, and they don’t leave behind any residue when they do fade away after eating/drinking.  They’re also moisturizing and feel really lovely on your lips–lightweight and not thick or tacky.  They’re a bit pricey relative to other brands’ lipglosses, but the price is right in line with what I’d expect from Givenchy.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation:  Lipgloss lovers will likely enjoy this new formula, and if you want some fuller lips… even better.  The way the gloss looks helps to further amp up your natural lip shape, too.  A wee bit pricey for some, but if it’s within your budget or you feel like splurging… not a bad choice!

Availability: Sephora

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Friday, August 7th, 2009

Givenchy Launches Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Pumping Effect Lip Gloss

A vibrant gloss with a high-performance formula, a sophisticated silhouette, and a professional brush applicator. With its infinitely light texture, Gloss Interdit provides spectacular shine and leaves lips smoothed and plumped. The formula is enriched with high-performance skincare ingredients developed by Givenchy Laboratories. The scent of Gloss Interdit is an elegant, sensual, and sophisticated new facet of the “Espièglerie” concentrate found in Rouge Interdit and Rouge Interdit Shine. The fragrance is composed of top notes of bergamot, litchi, and red fruit; middle notes of rose, jasmine, and lily of the valley; and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, amber, and musk.

Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect ($24.50)

  • Capricious Pink Vibrant pink
  • Impertinent Nude Light neutral pink
  • Coral Frenzy Soft coral
  • Rose Taboo Rose mauve
  • Indiscreet Beige Rosy nude
  • Lilac Confession Bright lilac
  • Glamorous Fuchsia Hot pink
  • Succulent Orange Reddish orange
  • Rouge Passion Bright cherry red
  • Delectable Brown Warm golden beige
  • Sensual Chocolate Plum brown
  • Velvet Purple Blackberry plum

Availability: July 2009.

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

Givenchy Les Poetiques Collection for Fall 2009

Limited Edition

  • Gloss Poetique in Poetique Rose
  • Prismissime Eyes in Poetique Browns, Poetique Blues
  • Base de Teint in Poetique Tulip
  • Poudre Libre in Poetique Orchid
  • Phenomen’Eyes in Poetique Grey Lavender
  • Parad’Eyes Liner in Poetique Lavender
  • Rouge Interdit Shine in Poetique Iris, Poetique Camelia
  • Le Vernis in Poetique Lily

Permanent

  • Photo’perfexion in Perfect Vanilla
  • Mister Light in Mister Milk
  • Mister Bright in Dawn Light
  • Lip Liner in Lip Litchi and Lip Pink
  • Eyebrow Show in Brunette Show

Availability: August 2009

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Givenchy’s Summer 2009 Collection is a natural, glowy-bronzy compilation of products for the face, eyes, and lips.

Glow to Wear in Sun Satin ($37.00) is a sheer, shimmery (golden-bronze) oil that you can apply all over your body for a subtle, barely bronzed sheen. The shimmer is definitely noticeable, though, so if you aren’t into shimmer, you’ll want to pass on this.

There were two Pop Gloss Crystal lipglosses ($24.00 each) launched — Sun Coral and Sun Rose. Sun Coral is a muted, peachy pink with multicolored shimmer. Sun Rose is a coral-orange shade with subtle multicolored shimmer.

Two bronzers were launched in the form of Prisme Again! Compact Powder Quartet ($43.00 each) — Sun Mango and Sun Cinnamon. Sun Mango is a quartet of light beige to peach tones, and it is ideal for lighter complexions. Sun Cinnamon is similar, just darker, so it is more suitable for deeper complexions.

The Sun Reflection Prisme Again! Eyes Quartet ($50.00) is actually quite stunning. These are four incredibly frosty shades of eyeshadow, but they look like shimmering water when swatched. They were so hypnotic, I found it quite difficult to capture what I liked most about them (their sheen/glimmer) in a photo.

The last piece I tested out was the Prismissime Mat & Glow in Sun Caramel ($53.00), which is a product designed to add just a little warmth to face. It contains six shades of matte caramel-toned shades, and then the three in the center are shimmery. These can be used anywhere you want, from face to eyes, which does make it convenient.

Overall, I wasn’t wow-ed by this collection. I much preferred spring’s Maharani Collection over this. I feel this feels too uninspired and traditional for a summer release. The standout product was the Eye Quartet–the shadows are truly stunning with their water-like glimmer.

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Monday, April 13th, 2009

Givenchy Le Makeup Summer 2009 Collection

Glow to Wear (Body Enhancer)

Prismissime Mat & Glow (Face Powder)

Prisme Again! Blush Glow scented with Radiant Blossom

Prisme Again! Visage in Sun Mango and Sun Cinnamon

Mister Bright Sun in Sunlight

Prisme Again! Eyes

Pop Gloss Crystal in Sun Rose and Sun Coral

Vernis Please! in Silver and Gold

Available: May 2009

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Next in Givenchy’s Maharani Collection are the Prismissimes, which are compacts filled with nine shades to be used on the face or the eyes. The Spring collection features #21 Maharani Pinks and #22 Maharani Apricots ($53.00 each). Both palettes feature eight subtly shimmered or matte shadows, plus one frosty shadow smack dab in the middle.

Maharani Pinks contains four shades of soft brown-based beige paired with four shades of soft, subtle pink. In the middle is a frosty, warm, copper bronze color. The way Givenchy does their Prismissimes, the four shades are actually a gradient–meaning there is the lighest brown-based beige, a medium colored, then a medium-dee, and then a darker shade–that are all similar to each other. The same story is repeated with the pink colors, too.

The texture of Prismissimes’ shadows is always velvety smooth. I tend to find that there is not enough variation in one Prismissimes to do a whole host of eye looks, but you can get some good standbys with this quad (what with the beiges) and subtly cheeks with the pinks. For me, each color squaer is too small for me to really love it as a face/blusher, unfortunately. I’d much rather get one of their Prisme Again! Blush Quartets ($40.00).

Maharani Apricots is formatted just like Maharani Pinks, except the colors are a little darker to begin with. Four shades go from light to dark in a neutral brown color family, while the other four are a peachy-brown shade going from apricot peach to peach-brown. In the center is a rich, frosty medium-to-dark brown shade. Again, the textures of this product is the same as Maharani Pinks — smooth and velvety.

Each Prismissime comes with a cute little brush that’s designed to be used as a face brush (since it’s quite wide). What I liked about the brush was that it was also appropriately designed with the same theme as the palettes themselves. It’s just a nice touch, you know? Overall, I’m not sure these are totally worth their value, and I’d probably rather get two of the Blush Quartets instead. Then again, I haven’t tried using either as a face product, and I am curious to see how pinks and browns end up together…

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