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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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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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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Givenchy’s Maharani Collection for Spring was definitely captivating as soon as I saw the promotional images for the launch. It also sounded extremely warm-toned and flattering for my skin tone, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to check it all out!
The real standouts from the launch are the two blushes–Maharani Orange and Maharani Pink Sari Glow Iridescent Blush ($42.00 each). The packaging for the entire collection is really fabulous with the rich orange and pink-purple with the gold overlay. On the actual blush product, there is a black design overlay, which will sort of flake away as you use the product, but it’s a nice touch. Both shades are amazingly pigmented and perfect for spring and summer. Maharani Orange is a softly shimmered peachy-orange, while Maharani Pink is softer, almost neutral pink with subtle shimmer. I can’t wait to wear them!
Expect a few more reviews from this launch over today and tomorrow I’m off to meet my mom for a lil’ bit and meet my “friend” Charles Schwab to do boring, adult things (booooo!).
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Like a Bollywood film, Nicolas Degennes creates an extravaganza of colour to make everyday life a dream. “I saw India as a bombardment of colours bursting forth to the rhythm of filmi music. I had already been a fan of this infectious, upbeat music for a long time, but of course it was the imagery that really grabbed me — Bollywood and its palettes of colours burst with beams of light. Melodramatic love stories… But love stories all the same, with all the emotion, the ardour, the passion of hearts that are torn apart and the struggle through hardship… The stuff of life! And the women! So beautiful, vivacious, dazzling… … and yet so sweetly demure. A homage to Indian beauty, heightened with a discreet air of eroticism and anchored in the purest tradition. What I adore in these love sagas is the eternal femininity in a showcase of flashy, ultra-kitsch glamour and gaudy music.
Precious Sari Glitter Eyeshadow (LE)
- Maharani Silver
- Maharani Gold
Sari Glow Iridescent Blush (LE)
- Maharani Orange
- Maharani Pink
Magic Kajal Eye Pencil (New)
- Maharani Rose
- Maharani Henna
Vernis Please! (LE)
- Maharani Pink
- Maharani Tangerine
Prismissime Visage (LE)
- Maharani Pinks (Fair complexions)
- Maharani Apricots (Darker/tanned complexions)
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Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Euphoric Orange ($40.00) looks intimidating at first, but it is really a great pop of coral for your cheeks. I truly thought, “No way!” when I first saw it, but lo and behold, it is a much subtler color when it’s actually used. What I’ve noticed isn’t that it isn’t pigmented, but the product itself is very silky and fine, so when it lays down on the face, it blends so effortlessly into your skin. This results in a very natural coral glow, nothing garish or clownish whatsoever. Also, the shimmer is very subtle; when you see it, it has more to do with how the light hits your face than seeing chunks of glitter or shimmery bits. Overall, it’s such a natural coloring that I often wear this on my minimal makeup days. I’ll pair it with lightly mascara-coated lashes and a Philosophy Lip Shine. I might have to try some more Givenchy blushes soon!
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