Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


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)

Thoughts

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.

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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.

Blush Gelee

  • Candide Pink

Prisme Yeux Quatour ($56.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Garden (No. 78) Earth tones, oranges and browns

Rouge Interdit Shine ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Nude (No. 27) Natural

Rouge Interdit ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Tangerine (No. 50) Orange

Gloss Interdit ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Tangerine (No. 30) Vivid orange

Magic Khol ($21.50)

  • Coffee (No. 15) Brown

Vernis Please! ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candide Peach (No. 173) Natural

Availability: January/February 2011

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Friday, October 15th, 2010


Givenchy Vintage Christmas Holiday 2010 Collection

My collections is my vision of a story taking shape. A universal reading of a life and what it is made of. The present with its door open to the future and a past that has modeled this present.

A representation built up of different stages which, by definition, are or will be memories. Memories of what one has done and, especially, of what one has not done. A trigger of emotion, Christmas has always been for me the season of grape harvests for these chosen memories. Stages of life that make up the short story.

Each year, under the fir tree, a temporal jewel box opens up and the figures of the past shine out. Matured by time; odours, colours and feelings reappear…

The fragrance of a low-cut neckline powdered for the occasion, lips embellished with blood red that leave their imprint on the blushing cheeks of excitement. It’s the creaking of a door that a little boy would open onto another world of dreams and imagination. It’s the attic and its magic chest of luxurious treasures that would illustrate my dream-like creations.

Vintage Christmas is a Christmas tale revisited. The elegance of a looks back at the past and knows how to draw vital revival from it. A reassuring moment of benevolent nostalgia that chases passing time and makes us grow…

Le Prisme Unique Eyeshadow (Iridescent Finish) ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Silver (19) Iridescent eyeshadow in silver and black

Le Prisme Collector Sparkling Powder ($60.00)

An elegant chest-like box covered in crocodile skin with the signature of Monsieur de Givenchy stamped on its mirror. Memories of trunks of clothes containing the most voluptuous and fragile fabrics… A precious weathered rose powder sensually perfumed with Flower Water, and its generous pink brush imprinted with its story. A magic powder for the face and neckline, this veil of “silk organza” may also be used on the body.

  • Vintage Sequin Subtle, sparkling, translucent powder for the face and body.

Mister Lash Booster

Both a makeup and a treatment, an eyelash primer that deeply nourishes and strengthens the eyelashes thanks to its high-performance transparent formula combined with a new application: its beveled tip equipped with soft spikes gently massages the root of the lashes, stimulating micro circulation and the penetration of ingredients to create lashes that are denser, stronger and more resistant.

Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

  • Vintage Garnet (172) Deep, dark red

Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Carmine (49) Deep red

Gloss Interdit ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Ruby (27) Deep ruby red

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Bronze (5) Bronze

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara and Eye Liner Pencil Set ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This match made in heaven helps you create smoky, alluring eyes. A quick-dry mascara and ball-shaped brush allow for precise application to lift, separate and lengthen each and every lash. A mini eye pencil, formulated with high and low melting point triglycerides, wears beautifully and comfortably throughout the day.

Availability: Now @ Sephora.com

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Monday, June 7th, 2010

Givenchy Blooming Fall 2010

Givenchy Blooming Collection for Fall 2010

Le Prisme Yeux Quatour

  • Purple Show (71)
  • Midnight (72)
  • Pastel Model (73)
  • Khaki Egerie (74)
  • Blue Collection (75)
  • Siena Silhouette (76)

Le Prisme Blush (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Pink

Le Prisme Visage (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Pinks (1) Fresh pink
  • Blooming Apricots (2) Joyful, light orange

Gloss Interdit (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Coral (26) Coral

Rouge Interdit Shine (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Abricot (26) Delicate pink with golden pearl

Rouge Interdit (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Peach (48) Soft pink shade of orange

Pop Gloss Crystal (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Lilac (449) Soft pink with white pearl

Le Vernis (Limited Edition)

  • Blooming Pink (171) Joyous rose

Availability: September/October 2010

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Givenchy Summer 2010

Givenchy’s Summer Collection also featured Fleur de Frangipanier, which is available in two shades:  Island Sun (No. 2) and Island Tan (No. 3).  Each shade retails for $45 and contains 0.35 oz. of product.

I haven’t spotted Island Sun yet, but I know it is the lighter of the two shades available and also has a significant chunk of pink color to part of its flower, so I’d also presume it runs on the pinker/redder side while Island Tan is more on the warmer/orange side.  Givenchy’s Summer Collection is slated to hits stores in May 2010, so you may see it creep onto counters any day now.

Island Tan is a warmed-up, but muted, orange bronze with very, very subtle shimmer. I swatched both heavily and sheerly (and blended out), so you can see the potential intensity along with under more normal usage.   It’s a very soft shade of bronze that will certainly be flattering on warmer skin tones, but I definitely think it’ll have a tendency to turn orange on those with pink or red undertones.  (I would recommend checking out Island Sun instead!)

The texture of the powder is incredibly silky–it’s fine-milled and smooth to the touch.  It blends beautifully and wears well.  The shimmer in it is sophisticated and just barely-there, so it’s great for many skin types.  Not surprising for Givenchy is the palette itself is beautiful with the raised flower and color splotch pattern.  The color splotches range from a bronzed nude to chocolate bronze to peach.

The compact also has a pull-out drawer under the powder that reveals a small face brush, which is usable and certainly a step-up from the majority of included brushes in palettes, but it’s not my favorite!  I’m also pleased (and pleasantly surprised!) that Givenchy didn’t skimp on quantity either–you get plenty of bronzer for your buck.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  For those with warmer complexions and yellower undertones, I think Island Tan is a workable bronzer.

Availability:  May 2010

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Givenchy Summer 2010

Givenchy Will Take You to the Tropics & Back

Givenchy’s Summer Collection is an island themed number featuring quite the variety in products, but in this post, I’m going to concentrate on Island Lagoon (No. 17) Le Prisme Mono ($29).  It’s a multi-colored “quad” that features lighter aqua-blue, medium sky blue, grayish-black, and deep purple-blue.   The powder portion is small enough where using the individual colors is near impossible, but the top two squares are primarily aqua-blue with sky blue, while the bottom two squares are primarily aqua-blue and deep purple-blue, so I kind of looked at it as two shades of eyeshadow in total.

The compact has a pretty blue coloring on the outside, and the compact itself is much slimmer and thinner than previous limited-edition eyeshadow quartets released by Givenchy in the past.  It comes with a tiny sponge-tipped applicator that I wouldn’t bother using myself.

The eyeshadow looks incredibly pretty and artsy in the palette, but I’m not in love with the product itself.  It’s just not as bright and vibrant as it could be.  The first two squares yielded a frosted aqua-blue that’s semi-opaque–it’s noticeably on the sheerer side.  The bottom two squares worked together to create a semi-sheer, muted navy blue with silver sheen.  Over an eyeshadow base, they’ll be less visibly sheer, but the colors won’t pop.  If you want to get them to really pop, try them over a more metallic base–go for a champagne shimmer shade to keep them the same, slightly muted shade or use a colored base (like gold or blue), you can brighten them up a bit.  The eyeshadow itself is incredibly silky and buttery smooth–easy to apply and blend.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  I like it, but it’s not love–for me, it looks prettier than it actually is.  I think if they made it as vibrant as it looks, I’d like it more!   The eyeshadow has an excellent texture and feel but could use a little more pigmentation.

Availability:  May 2010

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