Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

To coincide with the launch of Phenomen’Eyes – a revolutionary high-precision mascara with a patented ground-breaking spherical brush – Parfums Givenchy commissioned British artist Ian Wright to create a work of art using approximately 5,000 of the Phenomen’Eyes brushes. The result was “5045 Lashes,” a work that symbolizes the “remix” of a fashion-inspired beauty collection with art.

The project began in August 2008 and was completed 12 days later. In the end, Wright chose to recreate an illusion of a 45′ record using only the mascara brushes as his medium. The unique circular brush shape brought back memories of Wright’s early childhood, listening to the voices of Dusty Springfield and Roxy Music on the record player. The pure glamour of glistening black vinyl became thoughts of glistening black lashes, and the inspiration for the Phenomen’Eyes project was born.

Looks kind of cool, doesn’t it? Definitely reminds of black vinyl. It makes me REALLY want to try Phenomen’Eyes now. Between the raves I’ve heard from some of you and my own indulgent nature, I might have to cave soon.

“5045 Lashes” was unveiled at the Christopher Henry Gallery (127 Elizabeth Street), and will now appear throughout New York City in pop-up galleries this fall (Oct 10th and 11th at Sephora SoHo; Oct 17th and 18th at Sephora Union Square).

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

For Autumn/Winter, Givenchy’s Dandy Collection is a nice mix of smokiness and ultra glossy lips. Givenchy continuously does an amazing job on packaging. The eyeshadow quartet is so portable and compact, and the polka-dot theme for both product packaging and the eyeshadow itself is adorable. However, don’t count on the cuteness of the black and white polka dotted eyeshadow, because the polka dots vanish upon first swipe. Givenchy shadows are well-pigmented, but what always amazes me is how utterly soft they are–like butter. The above quartet is #43 Smoky Shimmer ($49.50), and I like the polka dotted shadow the most, actually. It’s this grayish black, really sultry. A nice way to tone down a smoky eye if you don’t want to use black.

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Friday, August 29th, 2008

GIVENCHY FOR HOLIDAY 2008

Nicolas Degenees envisions a night filled with sparking stars and brilliant fireworks, all reflected in a makeup palette that’s both fanciful and wearable. Eyes got defined with navy, grey and black tones, offset by twinkly hints of shimmering pink, lilac and gold. Velvety red, brilliant raspberry and glossy pinks accentuate lips, and skin becomes perfected with highlights to create a glowing visage. The final touch is soft skin, kissed with a hint of sexy fragrance and subtle glimmering shine. This feminine, enchanted collection is the ultimate preparation for the joyful season’s occasion.

Holiday Offerings

  • Very Couture Palette ($65.00)
  • Rouge Interdit Shine ($26.50) in 02 Nude Shine, 07 Rose Shine
  • Rouge Interdit ($26.50) in 39 Absolutely Irresistible Red (Limited Edition)
  • Pop Gloss Crystal ($23.50) in 4443 Rose by Night, 444 Plum by Night (Limited Edition)
  • Prisme Again! Blush Glow ($40.00) in 71 Glowing Rose (Limited Edition)
  • Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($27.00) in 751 (Limited Edition)
  • Vernis Please! ($15.00) in 160 Purple by Night (Limited Edition)
  • Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen ($31.50) in 71 Dawnlight

Availability: October 2008

See fabulous shots of the products for the holiday season! Continue reading →

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

2008 autumn-winter collection by Nicolas Degennes

  • Pocket Beauty Case Accessory for Glowing Lips and Cheeks $55 (Sweet Dandy)
  • Prisme Again! Shimmer Eyes Mat & Shimmering Eyeshadow Quartet $49.50 in 43 Smoky Shimmer and 44 Precious Shimmer
  • Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation $63 in 73 Dandy Beige
  • Captiv’Eyes Intense Volume Mascara Magnetic Eyes $25 in 6 Dandy Black
  • Magic Khôl Eye Liner Pencil $21.50 in 14 Dandy Blue
  • Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick Irresistible Color $26.50 in 37 Romantic Dandy and 38 Fatal Dandy
  • Pop Gloss Crystal Crystal Lip Gloss $23.50 in 441 Romantic Dandy and 442 Fatal Dandy

Available: August 2008 at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Hear from Degennes on his inspiration for this fall’s launch, plus plenty of lemming-inspiring photos! Continue reading →

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Givenchy Launches Online Campaign to Create a Customized Makeup Compact with Brickfish

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 6, 2008) — Givenchy, the luxury fashion and beauty brand, and Brickfish, the social media advertising platform, today announced the “Prisme Foundation” campaign located at http://www.brickfish.com/fashion/GivenchyPrisme.  This campaign invites beauty enthusiasts to create a sassy slogan for Givenchy’s iconic Prisme Foundation Compact, a bestseller from their luxurious Le Makeup collection. Created slogans will be imprinted in the powder online giving a true-to-life look at what the finished product will look like. The grand prize winner, chosen by Givenchy’s expert panel, will receive a production piece of his or her customized Prisme Foundation compact, ten extras to share with friends, and a year’s supply of Givenchy products, worth $3,000, including early access to new collections.

“Makeup is a distinct and personal form of expression, and we created this campaign to give consumers a new way to personalize their makeup like never before,” said Linda Maiocco, Vice President of Marketing for Parfums Givenchy. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to see how consumers interpret Givenchy’s Le Make Up collection, and look forward to learning how many consumers create, promote and share the variety of slogan concepts.”

The grand prize winner, as well as the five highest scoring participants and the five top influencers whose creations become the most viral, will win $500 worth of Givenchy products.

Now I’m not very creative, so sloganizing is not my trade, but hey, $3,000 in Givenchy products?  I’m so there!  Early access?  Yes, please!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Dior’s Goldfever Quint | I love Dior quints for their versatility and how the colors pair so well together. I’m a sucker for golds, so this quint is especially (well, hell, the whole collection) to my taste.  Subtle summer shimmers will work well for easy day time looks and even for subdued evening eyes. The gray-mauve and berry-mauve are both deep and dark enough to work as crease colors or to create smoky eyes. My only complaint is that the level of frost in the finish is a bit high to be universally appealing–I’m okay with it, but I do find that sometimes I’ll opt to use a different color (not from the quint) for highlighting my brow.

See details for Dior’s summer launch here.

Guerlain’s Meteorites Pressed Powder |

See details about Guerlain’s summer launch here.

Givenchy’s Prismissime Mat & Glow in Harmony #72 | A small compact palette in checkboard style that features nine squares of color. The first and third columns are matte colors, while the second column consists of shimmery choices. For summer, Givenchy offers Harmony #71 for fairer complexions, while #72 is for warmer/tanner complexions (like mine). I like that they’re separated, because it gives you the opportunity to use them alone, rather than together, but because they are also close together, you could also gently sweep a blush brush over it for an all-over color. The palette can be used on eyes, cheeks, face, or even your decolletage, making it very versatile and multi-tasking. This gives me a nice light bronze on cheeks, and the shimmer lets me highilght cheekbones precisely or lighten up a deeper summer bronze.

See details about Givenchy’s summer launch here.

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