Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Givenchy Le Rouge
Givenchy Le Rouge

Le Rouge ($36.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Brun Vintage (105) Muted rose
  • Nude Guipure (106) Brownish nude pink
  • Beige Caraco (107) Medium peach beige
  • Beige Deshabille (108) Muted light peach beige
  • Rose Boudoir (204) Rosy pink-toned red
  • Rose Perfecto (209) Electric bright pink
  • Rose Dahlia (210) Bubblegum pink
  • Rose Ruban (211) Pale pink
  • Hibiscus Exclusif (302) Muted neon pink
  • Corail Decolette (303) Pink-toned coral
  • Rouge Egerie (305) Coral red
  • Corail Signature (317) Coral orange

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a more recently released cream eyeshadow that’s supposed to be “creamy, waterproof, [and] long-lasting.” It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it feels like a cream initially but dries down to a powder finish. Givenchy actually states that this lasts for 16 hours, which is quite a tall order. I reviewed three shades here, and I have a few more to share with you now.

Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “top coat.” It’s very much as described: a sheer, sparkling top coat that can be layered over whatever your heart desires. The consistency is thin, lightly creamy, and spreads easily, so you can apply an even layer of sparkle over another cream or powder eyeshadow. The sparkle is finer, though larger than shimmer. Worn alone, the sparkles don’t gather in my creases, but I do have noticeable fall out within eight hours. Dior Atlantique #1 (LE) is similar. Divergent Transform (LE) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is more pigmented. MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is more pigmented. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “marine blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue that leans slightly purple with a satiny finish. This wasn’t too shimmery, and it had fairly good color payoff, though it needed two layers for fully opaque color. It wore well for ten and a half hours before creasing on me. NARS UbangiU (P, $25.00) is less purple. MAC Bleuluxe #4 (P) is powder. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Gris Organza (7) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with silver sparkle. It had really good pigmentation, which was opaque in a single stroke, but it was creamy enough that it could be sheered out easily, if desired. This shade lasted for ten hours before it showed signs of creasing. theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is darker, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #4 (P) is a powder. NARS Transvaal (P, $25.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer, powder. MAC Nehru (P, $15.00) is a powder. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $28.50) is a powder. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

How about a pop of vibrant coral on your lips this summer? Here are a few of my favorites… Check out swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Shocking Coral — medium-dark, pink-coral
  2. Givenchy Rose Dressing –a bright pop of, light-medium coral-pink
  3. Guerlain Geneva –a brightened orange-coral
  4. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral — a bold, bright coral
  5. Bite Beauty Crush — extremely neon coral

What are your favorite bright coral lipsticks?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for cheek and face products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Clinique Cheek Pop (review) are so incredible, I can recommend every single shade without hesitation. Great texture, pigmentation, and not too pricey! (Pictured: Plum Pop)
  2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (review) are soft, lightly luminous blushes that are great for everyday wear. They’ve gone in and out of stock during the sale, so you might have to look in-store for them if they’re on your list. (Pictured: Ethereal Glow)
  3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush (review) are forgiving, easy-to-use cream blushes that wear well, come in a variety of shades, and have a great texture. (Pictured: #215)
  4. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls (review) is a fantastic way to add subtle glow and softening to the face after applying your favorite foundation, and they’re an indulgence to be sure! (Pictured: Clair)
  5. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush (review) is incredibly finely-milled, velvety, and smooth in texture, so the blush goes on evenly and looks natural on the skin. (Pictured: It-Girl Purple)
  6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review) might be “old news” now, but they’re products that can easily be used often and add soft luminosity to the skin. (Pictured: Luminous Light)
  7. Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder (review) is a sweet fix for a craving for rose gold.
  8. Illamasqua Blusher (review) is a lovely option for anyone looking for more satin and matte finish blushes. (Pictured: Lover)
  9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush (review) is a richly pigmented, long-wearing, silky-smooth formula. (Pictured: Sensous Rose)
  10. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder (review) is a classic option for a finely-milled, silky-smooth, long-wearing bronzer. (Pictured: Moyen Brunettes)
Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for lip products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creams (review) are really intensely pigmented liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried three shades and have loved all three! (Pictured: Moscato)
  2. Guerlain Rouge G (review) is my all-time favorite lipstick formula, and it’s by no means inexpensive, so a sale is a great time to indulge. Love shades like Gemma, Girly, Gisela, Genna, Garconne, Gigolo. (Pictured: Genna)
  3. YSL Glossy Stains (review) are glossy, pigmented, and long-wearing lip colors that come in a wide variety of shades. These are lovely for someone who likes a glossy lip but needs longer wear. (Pictured: Fuchsia Dore)
  4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (review) is a pigmented, comfortable, hydrating, and moderately longer-wearing lipstick that comes in a good variety of shades from beige to plum. I really love shades like Anarchy, Naked, Streak, and Venom. (Pictured: Anarchy)
  5. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss (review) is my go-to formula for sparkling, shimmery gloss with a high-shine, high-shimmer finish. I love shades like Canary, Naked Plum, and Plum Gold. (Pictured: Citrus)
  6. Too Faced La Creme (review) is an excellent formula if you love a lipstick with a very creamy, emollient texture, good color payoff, and hydration. (Pictured: Bon Bon)
  7. Givenchy Le Rouge (review) is one of my favorite formulas for its satiny finish, intense color payoff, and comfortable, hydrating, long-wear.
  8. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick (review) is a richly pigmented, longer-wearing, comfortable formula that won’t break the bank! (Pictured: Menace)
  9. Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel (review) is hydrating, emollient lipstick with a lot of shine and pigmentation. Some of my favorites are Showstopper and Seduce Me. (Pictured: Seduce Me)
  10. Jack Black Lip Balm (review) is a must-have for me at all times.
Monday, March 17th, 2014

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy, waterproof, long-lasting eyeshadow.” The formula says that it will last for 16-hours (!). The three shades wore around 12 hours well on me, which is good wear but not quite 16, before I saw some slight creasing. I did have some fall out with the more sparkly shades, which are deceptively matte-looking in the pots initially, but as soon as you disturb the top layer, you’ll see the sparkles. The pigmentation across all three shades was good, and the consistency was lightly creamy without being heavy or thick, but the colors spread evenly and smoothly over the lid.

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (2) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, peachy-orange with white sparkle over a matte base. It had excellent color payoff, and it really blended easily across the skin. I did have noticeable fall out after eight hours with this shade that progressively worsened as it wore on. Too Faced Salted Caramel (P, $16.000) is a powder, browner. NARS Ramatuelle #3 (LE, $24.00) is a powder, more shimmery. MAC Tete-a-Tint (P, $15.00) is a powder, darker. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $15.00) is a powder, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, olive brown undertones and a soft gold sparkle over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was easy to apply and blend on the lid. I had very slight fall out with this shade after eight hours, but it was less sparkly (and finer shimmer) than Beige Mousseline. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is powder, less warm-toned. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is powder, more shimmery. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is powder, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (P, $20.00) is powder, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dark, gray-tinged brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was just right and made for easy application and blending. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is powder, darker. Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is powder, slightly cooler-toned. LORAC Sable (P) is powder, warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is powder, lighter. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is powder, darker. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is powder, darker. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is powder, slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is powder. See comparison swatches.

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