Saturday, May 12th, 2012

 

Givenchy Summer 2012 Collection — Ete a Fleur de Peau

Nicolas Degennes invites us to a summertime break and discover once again the strength and wisdom of taking things slowly. With second skin textures that barely enhance eyes and the lips while the complexion is subtly sun kissed. The Givenchy woman gives into the softness of a draped dress, to the light and tingling caress of sea breezes, to the sweetness of the first rays of daylight… in an airy-light Collection.

Ombre a Fleur de Peau Luminescent Cream Eyeshadow ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

For this 2012 Summer devoted to lightness, softness and simplicity, the creamy & airy-light texture of this new eyeshadow blends into your eyelids like a second skin, adapting effortlessly and providing an immediate sensation of freshness and comfort. A creamy texture that transforms into a smooth powder upon application for an airy-light result. It is very easy to apply with the fingertips and very resistant, even to the water… Perfect for the hot, sticky summer!

  • Pearly Rose Rose
  • Pearly Nude Nude

Magic Kajal Eye Pencil Intense Look ($22.50)

  • Delicate Nude #2 Nude (Limited Edition)

Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Delicate Rose #56 Light pink (Limited Edition)

Rouge Interdit Shine Ultra-Shiny Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Delicate Brown #28 Transparent brown (Limited Edition)

Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer ($17.00)

  • Delicate Brown #179 Delicate brown (Limited Edition)

availability: June 2012 at Sephora

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011


Givenchy Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Fall 2011: Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune ($58.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a two-in-one product that includes an illuminating powder (for cheeks and eyes) and “intense eyeshadow.” Mordoree is described as a “night blue moon in a golden sky.”

The moon-shaped shade is a dusky navy blue with a hint of purple and a pearled sheen. It had a drier texture than I’d like to see, because drier textures often make for more difficult blending and application. For something that is described as “intense,” I also expected better pigmentation. It reminded me of MAC Later, and I imagine a comparison could be drawn to MAC Contrast as well.

The sky shade is a pale, yellowed gold with a fair amount of sheen in its finish. The texture of this shade is much better–it’s smoother, softer, and silkier. It blends out better and doesn’t have the dryness of the darker shade. It looks a bit like theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer when blended out. It’s darker than MAC Nylon.

Givenchy did an outstanding job on the packaging–the outer packaging reflects what you should expect to see inside, while the product itself is practical in size so that both sections can be used as intended. There is a pull-out drawer with three sponge-tipped applicators, and while they’re softer than super cheap sponge-tipped applicators, they aren’t noteworthy. I’d rather them omit those and make the compact even slimmer. Inside the compact is also a mirror.

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Givenchy Lune Mordoree Les Ombres de Lune Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
Lune Mysterieuse is the better of the two. The darker shade in this palette has both texture and pigmentation issues, while the lighter shade is better, it is not as smooth or as rich as Lune Mysterieuse was.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Fall 2011: Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune

Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune ($58.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a two-in-one product that includes an illuminating powder (for cheeks and eyes) and “intense eyeshadow.” Mysterieuse is described as a “black moon in a creamy white sky.”

The moon-shaped shade is a smoky, gray-black with multicolored shimmer and a pearled sheen. It has good color payoff, but the color itself is more muted than it appears in the pan–there is a very soft, dusted quality to it and the way the shimmer plays with the color makes it almost seem tinged with purple. The color reminded me of theBalm Feisty Felicia.

The “sky” is a creamy white–it’s warm but still white, with a shimmer-sheen. It has a lovely buttery texture that’s dense and luxurious–very blendable and soft. It’s similar to theBalm’s Envious Erin. As a cheek highlighter, it reminded me of MAC Too Chic, which has more of a peach color.

Givenchy did an outstanding job on the packaging–the outer packaging reflects what you should expect to see inside, while the product itself is practical in size so that both sections can be used as intended. There is a pull-out drawer with three sponge-tipped applicators, and while they’re softer than super cheap sponge-tipped applicators, they aren’t noteworthy. I’d rather them omit those and make the compact even slimmer. Inside the compact is also a mirror.

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Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse Les Ombres de Lune Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's well-done and seems thoughtful, but I expect that, for many, the two shades will wind up too dupeable to merit plunking down the $58.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 14th, 2011


Givenchy Demesure Audacious Lashes for Fall 2011

Nicolas is overflowing with imagination and is always ready to venture beyond bounardies. Today he reveals his own professional secrets to interminable lashes with staggering volume. The new Givenchy mascara, the mascara that is superlative in all aspects, bears his signature: DEMESURE, Audacious Lashes. This High Tech accessory at the cutting edge of innovation combines an extensible brush and a finishing tool. An exnclusive hyaluronic acid-based formula adds volume to the base of lashes without weighing down thetips. A super-audacious product for extravagant, breathtaking volume.

Generously coat lashes, wrap them in the material like you would a luxurious black sheat. Shape lashes one by one with an ultra thin accessory for a singular definition. It took two years of intensive research to finally create this exceptional item: the first three dimensional telescopic brush.

To create density: the volumising shaft has 16 inlaid grooves which serve as reservoirs for material. Each time it is dipped in the vial, they are engorged with mascara so that the base of eyelashes is covered with a thick coating on application.

To define: enclosed in the shaft, a totally clean elastomer separating brush is released by activating the base of the cap. Its cone shape guarantees ease of use combined with ultra-precision. The finishing tool gives the ultimate touch of precision. Its finesse provides a customized, unequalled, lash-by-lash result.

Three shades: Audacious Black, Audacious Brown, Audacious Green (which is limited edition).

availability: Fall/Winter 2011

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011


Givenchy Je Veux La Lune Collection for Fall 2011

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)

Rouge Interdit

  • Lune Carmin No. 52 Dark sensual red (Limited Edition)

Gloss Interdit

  • Lune Carmin No. 31 Dark sensual red (Limited Edition)

Gelee d’Interdit

  • Lune Argentee No. 15 Opalescent veil (Limited Edition)

Magic Khol

  • Marine Blue No. 16 Black with bold blue reflections

availability: Fall 2011, prices TBA

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Givenchy Candide Tangerine Rouge Interdit Lipstick
Givenchy Candide Tangerine Rouge Interdit Lipstick

Givenchy Spring 2011: Candide Tangerine

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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Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
This is a shade of orange that will work well on warmer skin tones, particularly deeper skin tones, because it offers a lot of brightness without turning neon.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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