Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Next in Givenchy’s Maharani Collection are the Prismissimes, which are compacts filled with nine shades to be used on the face or the eyes. The Spring collection features #21 Maharani Pinks and #22 Maharani Apricots ($53.00 each). Both palettes feature eight subtly shimmered or matte shadows, plus one frosty shadow smack dab in the middle.

Maharani Pinks contains four shades of soft brown-based beige paired with four shades of soft, subtle pink. In the middle is a frosty, warm, copper bronze color. The way Givenchy does their Prismissimes, the four shades are actually a gradient–meaning there is the lighest brown-based beige, a medium colored, then a medium-dee, and then a darker shade–that are all similar to each other. The same story is repeated with the pink colors, too.

The texture of Prismissimes’ shadows is always velvety smooth. I tend to find that there is not enough variation in one Prismissimes to do a whole host of eye looks, but you can get some good standbys with this quad (what with the beiges) and subtly cheeks with the pinks. For me, each color squaer is too small for me to really love it as a face/blusher, unfortunately. I’d much rather get one of their Prisme Again! Blush Quartets ($40.00).

Maharani Apricots is formatted just like Maharani Pinks, except the colors are a little darker to begin with. Four shades go from light to dark in a neutral brown color family, while the other four are a peachy-brown shade going from apricot peach to peach-brown. In the center is a rich, frosty medium-to-dark brown shade. Again, the textures of this product is the same as Maharani Pinks — smooth and velvety.

Each Prismissime comes with a cute little brush that’s designed to be used as a face brush (since it’s quite wide). What I liked about the brush was that it was also appropriately designed with the same theme as the palettes themselves. It’s just a nice touch, you know? Overall, I’m not sure these are totally worth their value, and I’d probably rather get two of the Blush Quartets instead. Then again, I haven’t tried using either as a face product, and I am curious to see how pinks and browns end up together…

See swatches & photos!


Maharani Pinks


Maharani Apricots


Maharani Pinks


Maharani Pinks


Maharani Apricots


Maharani Apricots

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16 thoughts on “Givenchy Maharani Spring 2009 Collection – Prismissimes Maharani Pinks, Maharani Apricots Review, Swatches, Photos

  1. Shafiii

    I would buy this collection for the packaging, I love it! haha
    the colors seem a little subtle for Bollywood inspired, but i like the pinks. A lot of them could be used for everyday looks.

    • I wonder if they went bolder, if they wouldn’t be able to sell as well. I’m not sure. But I do find them buildable enough to get good color for my personal preference, so I’m not disappointed at least, lol.

  2. I am dissapointed with how sheer it is! Won’t be getting anything here =[ x

  3. Anitacska

    I really like the pink one, might get it soon. :)

  4. Aww, if the apricot one was more pigmented, I’d be all over it. Such pretty colors though =/

  5. Vivian

    Where have the colors gone? Thanks for doing this, christine, so I know what they look like. to me, they also seem common colors put together. I have a Givenchy Dentelle edition, which I tried on the eyeshadow. The neutral colors look good on me, so I think I am easily passing this off. I couldn’t wear peach, as they look really weird on me and I’ve experienced a lot peach colors..

    They’re $53 dollars each too, such a deep price for 8 sheer wash of colors (1 of each has nice metallic color) That’s why I was told and learnt to stay away from givenchy eyeshadows. :)

    • I like the textures, but I don’t find the colors to be must-haves in any way, you know? If you don’t have a large collection or wear a lot of neutral colors, these might work really well for someone like that!

  6. classic

    I just interest w/ the packaging, the color is to sheer

  7. MiMi

    Hola Christine!

    Wow both of these collections are beautiful colors, however with the cost factor, I would opt for a less $$ brand. But if were something rare with more of a punch I’d have to splurge.

  8. Dana

    I just got Apricots and while the colors are sheer.. they are very buildable like you said. It’s gorgeous.. I wore them on my eyes but will try it as a blush soon :) I’m wondering if I need the pinks now too… hmmmmmmm