Like a Bollywood film, Nicolas Degennes creates an extravaganza of colour to make everyday life a dream. “I saw India as a bombardment of colours bursting forth to the rhythm of filmi music. I had already been a fan of this infectious, upbeat music for a long time, but of course it was the imagery that really grabbed me — Bollywood and its palettes of colours burst with beams of light. Melodramatic love stories… But love stories all the same, with all the emotion, the ardour, the passion of hearts that are torn apart and the struggle through hardship… The stuff of life! And the women! So beautiful, vivacious, dazzling… … and yet so sweetly demure. A homage to Indian beauty, heightened with a discreet air of eroticism and anchored in the purest tradition. What I adore in these love sagas is the eternal femininity in a showcase of flashy, ultra-kitsch glamour and gaudy music.
Precious Sari Glitter Eyeshadow (LE)
- Maharani Silver
- Maharani Gold
Sari Glow Iridescent Blush (LE)
- Maharani Orange
- Maharani Pink
Magic Kajal Eye Pencil (New)
- Maharani Rose
- Maharani Henna
Vernis Please! (LE)
- Maharani Pink
- Maharani Tangerine
Prismissime Visage (LE)
- Maharani Pinks (Fair complexions)
- Maharani Apricots (Darker/tanned complexions)
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Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Euphoric Orange ($40.00) looks intimidating at first, but it is really a great pop of coral for your cheeks. I truly thought, “No way!” when I first saw it, but lo and behold, it is a much subtler color when it’s actually used. What I’ve noticed isn’t that it isn’t pigmented, but the product itself is very silky and fine, so when it lays down on the face, it blends so effortlessly into your skin. This results in a very natural coral glow, nothing garish or clownish whatsoever. Also, the shimmer is very subtle; when you see it, it has more to do with how the light hits your face than seeing chunks of glitter or shimmery bits. Overall, it’s such a natural coloring that I often wear this on my minimal makeup days. I’ll pair it with lightly mascara-coated lashes and a Philosophy Lip Shine. I might have to try some more Givenchy blushes soon!
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To coincide with the launch of Phenomen’Eyes – a revolutionary high-precision mascara with a patented ground-breaking spherical brush – Parfums Givenchy commissioned British artist Ian Wright to create a work of art using approximately 5,000 of the Phenomen’Eyes brushes. The result was “5045 Lashes,” a work that symbolizes the “remix” of a fashion-inspired beauty collection with art.
The project began in August 2008 and was completed 12 days later. In the end, Wright chose to recreate an illusion of a 45′ record using only the mascara brushes as his medium. The unique circular brush shape brought back memories of Wright’s early childhood, listening to the voices of Dusty Springfield and Roxy Music on the record player. The pure glamour of glistening black vinyl became thoughts of glistening black lashes, and the inspiration for the Phenomen’Eyes project was born.
Looks kind of cool, doesn’t it? Definitely reminds of black vinyl. It makes me REALLY want to try Phenomen’Eyes now. Between the raves I’ve heard from some of you and my own indulgent nature, I might have to cave soon.
“5045 Lashes” was unveiled at the Christopher Henry Gallery (127 Elizabeth Street), and will now appear throughout New York City in pop-up galleries this fall (Oct 10th and 11th at Sephora SoHo; Oct 17th and 18th at Sephora Union Square).
For Autumn/Winter, Givenchy’s Dandy Collection is a nice mix of smokiness and ultra glossy lips. Givenchy continuously does an amazing job on packaging. The eyeshadow quartet is so portable and compact, and the polka-dot theme for both product packaging and the eyeshadow itself is adorable. However, don’t count on the cuteness of the black and white polka dotted eyeshadow, because the polka dots vanish upon first swipe. Givenchy shadows are well-pigmented, but what always amazes me is how utterly soft they are–like butter. The above quartet is #43 Smoky Shimmer ($49.50), and I like the polka dotted shadow the most, actually. It’s this grayish black, really sultry. A nice way to tone down a smoky eye if you don’t want to use black.
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GIVENCHY FOR HOLIDAY 2008
Nicolas Degenees envisions a night filled with sparking stars and brilliant fireworks, all reflected in a makeup palette that’s both fanciful and wearable. Eyes got defined with navy, grey and black tones, offset by twinkly hints of shimmering pink, lilac and gold. Velvety red, brilliant raspberry and glossy pinks accentuate lips, and skin becomes perfected with highlights to create a glowing visage. The final touch is soft skin, kissed with a hint of sexy fragrance and subtle glimmering shine. This feminine, enchanted collection is the ultimate preparation for the joyful season’s occasion.
- Very Couture Palette ($65.00)
- Rouge Interdit Shine ($26.50) in 02 Nude Shine, 07 Rose Shine
- Rouge Interdit ($26.50) in 39 Absolutely Irresistible Red (Limited Edition)
- Pop Gloss Crystal ($23.50) in 4443 Rose by Night, 444 Plum by Night (Limited Edition)
- Prisme Again! Blush Glow ($40.00) in 71 Glowing Rose (Limited Edition)
- Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($27.00) in 751 (Limited Edition)
- Vernis Please! ($15.00) in 160 Purple by Night (Limited Edition)
- Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen ($31.50) in 71 Dawnlight
Availability: October 2008
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2008 autumn-winter collection by Nicolas Degennes
- Pocket Beauty Case Accessory for Glowing Lips and Cheeks $55 (Sweet Dandy)
- Prisme Again! Shimmer Eyes Mat & Shimmering Eyeshadow Quartet $49.50 in 43 Smoky Shimmer and 44 Precious Shimmer
- Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation $63 in 73 Dandy Beige
- Captiv’Eyes Intense Volume Mascara Magnetic Eyes $25 in 6 Dandy Black
- Magic Khôl Eye Liner Pencil $21.50 in 14 Dandy Blue
- Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick Irresistible Color $26.50 in 37 Romantic Dandy and 38 Fatal Dandy
- Pop Gloss Crystal Crystal Lip Gloss $23.50 in 441 Romantic Dandy and 442 Fatal Dandy
Available: August 2008 at Sephora and Sephora.com.
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