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