Love, fear, fascination, curiosity; all these emotions it brings out, don’t they just make you want it, with all the superstitions and fantasies? Poets’ escape to an imaginary world fevered by its mysterious face of many messages. It influences nature and sentiments and exerts a magnetic disturbance on our will… I love the Moon for the femininity and softness that it suggests, for its light and shadows, for the adorning veil that it delicately places over our lives. To want the Moon is to want what seems unattainable; that is exciting! But technological advances have now made fanciful lunar voyage possible as well as the mastery of light in this collection.
Les Ombres de Lune, illuminating powder and intense shadow, are the coalescence of this fantasy source light and contrasted moon. The desire to create shadow where there is none inspired me to a great extent; deflected moonlight that gives a different angle to reality. I wanted to take a cinema makeup technique that has always intrigued me and apply it to beauty. The “American night” demands a different way of working with light; complexion must radiate in bold contrasts, like for a black and white image. I wanted the Moon…For you. — Nicolas Degennes
Les Ombres de Lune ($58.00)
An illuminating powder for cheeks, eyes, complexion and an intense eye shadow for a twilight effect.
Lune Mysterieuse No. 1 Black moon in a creamy white sky (Limited Edition)
Lune Mordoree No. 2 Night blue moon in a golden sky (Limited Edition)
Le Prisme Blush-Glow
Lune Rosee No. 41 Dainty sculpting blush with fun pearly colours (Limited Edition)
Lune Carmin No. 52 Dark sensual red (Limited Edition)
Lune Carmin No. 31 Dark sensual red (Limited Edition)
Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, bright orange with a touch of darkness that keeps it from being a completely neon shade. The finish is satiny with a soft sheen but a creamy texture and nearly full color coverage. Illamasqua’s Temptress is a touch redder, while shades like MAC Neon Orange are closer but a little lighter.
my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Interdit formula is creamy without being slippery nor clingy. It wears comfortably and holds on for four to six hours, with some of the lighter shades lasting only three to four (but those are in the minority). It has a noticeable floral perfumed scent but no taste. I do find that this formula is moisturizing, too, while still wearing really well.
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This quad contains a rich, medium-dark chocolate brown with a satin finish; soft, burnt orange with a flashy golden orange shimmer-sheen; soft, pale peach with a satin sheen and pale peach-gold micro-shimmer; and a light yellowed chartreuse with a soft frost finish.
The shades work well together, and there is something about the overall combination that is unexpected. None of the colors feel too warm, which is uncommon in oranges, peaches, and chartreuses. Even the brown seems more neutral, because sometimes it looks cool-toned but other times, warm. The only downside to this quartet is the amount of product you get–a mere 0.14 oz. for the $56 price tag.
my thoughts on the formula: Soft, finely milled eyeshadows apply smoothly and blend effortlessly. You won’t find chunky shimmer or powdery fall out in these shades. Each shade was nicely pigmented.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
final thoughts: For cooler skin tones that have always wanted to find a more wearable orange, you may want to check out this particular palette. It just might work!
Travelling all over the world nourishes me with discoveries. Diversity is the richness that comes from such wanderings. And yet, in certain ways, the places where people live their lives all seem to follow the same rhythm. No matter the geographic location, no matter the culture, there are always meeting points where the barriers of solitude are broken down. Places for rambling, for celebrating or for dreaming, like guiding beacons drawing us to their light. Sparkling and seductive, the neon lights call out in every language to join the life of the community, to share. Their glow brightens the darkest corners and beautifies the eyes with a tangy multicoloured brilliance.
It mutes the volumes and makes the materials come alive. Like veins of light, pulsing with a unifying electrified energy that sweeps away all inertia, the neon colours resonate and amplify each other, stirring up a rebellious atmosphere in a world that knows no inhibition. Bridging the gap between day and night, neon is the vital force of summer 2011. A season that’s a call to enjoyment, to enjoy greater freedom. And we dare to answer that call, fearing no other consequence than a moment of happiness… to be shared.
Happy new Acid Summer! — Nicholas Degennes
Le Prismissime Yeux ($53.00) (Limited Edition)
Turquoise Blues, Anise Green, Golden Yellow, Coral Orange, Mauvish Pink, Frappe Coffee, Sparkling White
With its orange colour, the unique packaging highlights the acidic character of an eccentric, varying intensity palette. Like a mirror ball for the third millennium, its textures, matte or glittery, enliven the eyes with a hypnotic “electrical field”. Offering interplays of layers or contrasts, it lends itself to all desires and flights of fancy.
Like the reflections of a neon tube, the palette of Le Prismissime Yeux comprises shades that look sharp and vibrant in the case, but produce a softened result on the skin. Spherical polymers and micronised pigments make the colour easy to smooth onto the eyelids, while three esters with emollient properties ensure long hold.
Mister Radiant ($TBA)
It’s a veritable revolution in material — or more precisely in non-material. It’s life in suspension in an ethereal fluid. Three different kinds of microbeads trapped in a gel texture with a high water content. Brown and light yellow microbeads containing pigments and illuminating pearlescent particles. Dark yellow microbeads saturated with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Diluted by the gel, the microbeads are instantly diffused on the skin by the fingertips, for a transparency of material and a genuine sensation of freshness. The result is an instant healthy glow, buildable depending on the desired result.
This newcomer joins the Interdit family, which already includes Rouge Interdit, Rouge Interdit Shine and Gloss Interdit. A colourful, sparkling transparency in a balm with multiple beneficial properties: Immediately upon application, moi s tur i s ing and replumping properties through microspheres of hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally present in the skin). Taking action instantly, they slip into the fine lines on the lips and, like tiny sponges, fill up with water from the skin’s surface, trapping it and swelling to smooth the lips.
Over the longer term, revitalising and smoothing properties through the action of a botanical extract that stimulates cellular renewal in the epidermis to help prevent the accumulation of dead cells. Hydration is boosted by camelina oil, an ingredient found in all products of the Interdit line, to give the lips a final touch of comfort. For the first time, the clear formula that allows the pigments to shine through is wax-free. Its non-sticky texture offers an all-new sensation on the lips: the feel of a balm with a delicate scent of lychee.
Of the 13 different shades* of the Gelee d’Interdit line, three vivid, tangy colours were chosen by Nicolas Degennes to echo the concept of ACID SUMMER. The vibrant, feminine fuchsia of Explosive Raspberry; the magnetic, voluptuous violet of Electric Purple; and tart, luminous Neon Orange.
Givenchy #14, MAC Prussian, Dolce & Gabbana #8, YSL #03, MUFE #3L, MAC Marine Ultra, UD Binge, Chanel Marine, tokidoki Skeletro, MUFE #15L
Dark/Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisions & Dupes
As promised, here are navy blue pencil eyeliner comparisons!
Givenchy #14 Magic Khol is a sheer violet-toned navy blue.
MAC Prussian Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a darkened blue with a subtle violet edge.
Dolce & Gabbana #8 Eyeliner is a navy blue with satin sheen. (Review)
YSL Oriental Blue (03) Eyeliner is a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a creamy finish. (Review)
Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes is a navy blue with satin sheen. (Review)
MAC Marine Ultra Chromagraphic Pencil is a medium-dark ocean blue with a creamy finish. (Review)
Urban Decay Binge 24/7 Liner is a darkened navy blue with purple tinge. (Review)
Chanel Marine Long-Lasting Eyeliner is a deep navy blue with a black-blue base and silver shimmer. (Review)
tokidoki Skeletro Glitter Eyeliner is a deep navy blue with a black-blue base and silver glitter. (Review)
Make Up For Ever #15L Aqua Eyes is a lightened dark blue with soft sheen. (Review)
DUPE ALERT! It appears that Dolce & Gabbana #8 Eyeliner and Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes are rather similar — possibly just the slightest difference in blue-ness.
DUPE ALERT!Both Chanel Marine Long-Lasting Eyeliner and tokidoki Skeletro Glitter Eyeliner are not far behind, just slightly darker and with a stronger blacker base, but the two themselves are quite similar. Skeletro has more glitter (whereas Marine has shimmer).
Formula/Wear: I have not tested Givenchy Magic Khol, so I cannot attest to its wear. YSL Eyeliners don’t seem to last all day on me, and Dolce & Gabbana can be hit or miss, but this particular shade lasted through a yoga session (and all day). tokidoki’s Glitter Eyeliners can be scratchy on the lash line because of the size of the glitter particles but wear fine otherwise.
Givenchy Spring 2011 Collection: Naivement Couture
If the world’s first woman were to be born today in the primeval garden, she would no doubt have a different vision of paradise. Nature would be tamed, its energy restrained, creating an ambiance in which she would more likely cut down the Tree of Knowledge than water it. But springtime always manages to awaken desires and dispel gloomy ideas. The impulse to seek gratification is driven by a sixth sense, making us eager for any and all sorts of sensations. A breath of pure air to be discovered or devised. The Must-Have, Blush Gelée, is a rich elixir of youth, illuminating a self-assured candour with fresh energy. NAÏVEMENT COUTURE (“naively couture”) is an autosuggestion of happiness.
Prisme Yeux Quatour ($56.00) (Limited Edition)
Candide Garden (No. 78) Earth tones, oranges and browns