Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge
Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz. each) recently released twelve new shades in the range, and I purchased all twelve through Sephora. I’m working my way through testing each one, so you should reviews sooner rather than later! The formula is described as having a semi-matte finish and intense, “one stroke” color. Each lipstick is housed in a tube that is encased in a thin layer of leather. They are rose-scented with no discernible taste. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed previously here. Here are reviews for the first three I’ve tested:

Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “medium peach beige.” It’s a slightly-lighter-than-medium peach with beige and warm undertones. The finish is luminous with a soft sheen. The consistency was lightweight, very creamy and smooth, but it had a little more slip than darker and more mid-tone shades in the range. It was mostly opaque, and for as much creaminess/slip this had, it only very, very lightly showed “lines” if you pressed your lips together. This shade lasted four hours on me. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more beige. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is more beige. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is more orange. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Yash (P, $16.00) is more beige, more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower in tone. MAC Freckletone (P, $16.00) is darker but sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Beige Deshabille (108) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “muted light peach beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with subtle, warm undertones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it is one of the sheerer shades I’ve come across within the formula. It is a lot less forgiving applied as well; one of the qualities I really like about the Le Rouge formula is how much smoother lips usually look with it on, but my lips look almost crumbly at times with this shade. A lot of lighter shades, such as this one, have similar issues, but it is always disappointing when a brand doesn’t improve upon it. It has a bit more slip than average, and it does show “lines” if you press your lips together. This shade only lasted three hours on me. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is slightly rosier. MAC Pure Decoration (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Peachstock (P, $16.00) is a bit lighter. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones–it almost has a gray-ish cast. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it suffered from the same problems as Beige Deshabille did–uneven, not smooth, appearance once on, and it, too, will show some “lines” where the color will gather on itself if you press your lips together. This color wore well for three hours when I tested it. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. theBalm Milly (P) is darker, more matte. MAC Fun Finds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

These are the last of the Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) shades I have to review! You can check out previously reviewed shades here. :) The brand describes them as “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 and one that I haven’t found any shade to live up to (or even last close to that).

Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “old pink.” It’s a muted, rosy pink with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff that could be applied opaque in a single layer or sheered out for a softer look. This shade was creamy but quick to dry down, so I would recommend working one eye at a time to ensure blendability throughout application. On me, this shade wore well for twelve hours before creasing. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is slightly warmer, powder. LORAC Mauve (P) is cooler-toned, powder. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with a pink base and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it took two to three layers (you could get away with almost two if you went heavy) to get more opaque coverage. The consistency was lightly creamy, dried down to a powder finish, and lasted for almost twelve hours before creasing. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is a powder product. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is more metallic, powder. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted, powder. MAC Luxury Touch (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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

Availability: Now at Sephora

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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)