Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium yellowed green, burgundy, mauve-y pink, and shimmery beige. I thought it was an interesting color combination to try, but I was very disappointed in the quality of the eyeshadows in practice. Givenchy describes the formula as having an “intuitive application [that] offers immediate and even coverage for pure, intense color payoff … comfortable to wear and luminous, it stays true all day long.” They swatched with promise, but they just didn’t adhere well, blend easily, or wear for long. The initial application made it look like I had been wearing the eyeshadows for sixteen hours in humid weather–faded, muddied, and uneven, when it was more like five minutes. You know it’s bad when you apply the product, see the end result, apply more, still get the same result, and have ended up packing so much product on that you have more eyeshadow underneath your eye than above it, then say, “screw it!” and remove and try again another day, only to endure the same frustrating, dismal results as before a week later.

Tentation #1 is a medium, yellowed olive green with a smattering of light gold sparkle over a satin finish. It seemed like it had good color payoff, but it sheers out really easily in practice and doesn’t stick to the skin well. I felt like I applied the color, blended carefully, and then it seemed to disappear, like some kind of horrible magic trick. It was noticeably faded and creased after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Rebel (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is a cream. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #2 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but had a dry, hard-to-blend texture that faded quickly. The color applied and remained uneven on the skin, as it just wouldn’t blend. It showed signs of creasing after six hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is similar. Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #3 is a light-medium, pink-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was sheer, firm, and difficult to get color to translate onto the skin, as it went on unevenly and tended to blend away to nothingness. On me, it seemed like it had vanished within four hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #1 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S812 Tea Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is brighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $15.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #4 is a light, sparkly beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer texture that didn’t play well with the skin. It sheered out as soon as you went to blend it, and the sparkles got everywhere. It looked like it had totally faded within four hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product, less sparkly. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I can totally see how it looks like it disappeared on your lid! I’d noticed this palette earlier and been intrigued by the color combination which is really quite pretty…. but you can’t even see how pretty the combo is once its applied to the lid so it doesn’t matter. Oh well!

So disappointing! I think I’ll just use it as “inspiration” for a look or color scheme with eyeshadows I already own.

Oh man, those eye shots tho…. Come on Givenchy, wtf is this!! Now I’m afraid that the other quads are gonna suck. Are they even worth my time, ugh.

Why or why do these high end companies put these things out without better product testing? I don’t know what we would do without your reviews, Christine. I guess we would be making a lot of costly mistakes. Thank you!

I love the color combos. I saw the top photo and was, “Oooooh!” Then I scrolled down, and went, “Oh.” How can Givenchy sell this kind of crap for $58?

Why didn’t you add a look? Oh, wait, you did! That’s what you mean about the eye shadow fading away as you put it on. I guess if someone wants a no makeup look for $58 dollars.
I was eyeing these but such a pass. Thanks for bearing the pain and saving the rest of us.

Quite frankly, an F is not low enough for this palette. I find it insulting that Givenchy cares so little about its makeup consumers that it would even put this palette out there. They should recall it & refund the customers who they ripped off with this really bottom of the barrel product.

OMG, this is so sad 🙁 It’s SO pretty in the pan and swatched, but such a disaster on the eyes. I can’t even tell there’s any purple or green on your lids. I don’t understand how this can even make it out of the QC department, unless there is no QC. For $ 58, I could get almost 12 Colour Pop shadows that outperform this. I thought the Hourglass Modernist shadows were bad, but this is even worse

LOL! The green is on the inner corner, beige on the middle, pink on the outer lid, and then burgundy in the crease, but it was so bad.

YIKES. This was the colour combination that interested me the most. As others have suggested, I think I’ll just use the colour mix as inspiration and find shades that work in my extensive stash.

I’m sure that you’ve said this before, but I wanted to be certain- Both your swatches and your application are done over bare skin, no primer, correct?

Correct, over bare skin! The skin on my forearm (where I swatch) tends to be a bit drier. I am really careful to dry down my arm after I remove the previous swatches (because any dampness or residue from the remover can falsely amplify a powder product OR worsen a cream/liquid product).

Wow..such abject failure.. I thought the swatches looked pretty good, but I’m aghast at your eye look. I like the colour combo..the only bright note.

OUCH! That F though… these look so beautiful in the pan and swatch nicely, such a bummer they don’t apply well on the eye. For a product at the price point, you really expect perfection!

First, thank you for your creditable work!
With all due respect and without wishing to cause offence, that is something I regard as unacceptable!!!
Even more important than the relationship between high price and great quality of a product is honoring the brand’s name and the confidence that consumer placed in it. The high-end brands like GIVENCHY, Gucci, Burberry and others should remember this essential point.

I saw the photo of this and thought ” Cant wait to see the review” as it looks really nice as a palette. When I got to your rating, I actually gasped out loud! There was almost some wailing and gnashing of teeth. Almost.
I couldn’t believe it! I love Givenchy lipsticks and would have been excited to try their eyeshadows but not after reading this! What a crying shame! My bottom lip will be sticking out so far with disappointment that I’ll have to cart it round in a wheelbarrow…

I feel like their eyeshadow products haven’t been great, but I was hoping the reformulation was going to be an improvement – definitely not here. I think there’s just something about how they’re pressed – too firm even though they feel soft.

I had the same, sad experience with Frisson. I had it packed up and ready to ship back in minutes. It is definitely the first product I’ve returned in a long time – possibly ever. I’m in awe they they replaced a perfectly lovely product with something that is, let’s face it, unusable. I hope it doesn’t become a pattern! I really love a lot of the other make up they produce.

Oh no! I’m so glad you were able to return, Karol. Didn’t get that one, thankfully! 🙁 I love their Le Rouge lipsticks!

F???? Buuu that’s so sad, I was really looking forward to trying this, now I’m not sure it’s even worth the trip to the store..

How horrible is it of me that I see an F and think “this I’ve got to see!” :P.

This is a great reminder to not implicitly trust arm swatches. It’s called EYEshadow, not ARMshadow! Maybe they should remarket it as such! Ohohoho I’m hilarious.

Oh wow! why even bother. I guess some people buy it because it has Givenchy wrote on it. That stinks. I am kinda feeling like the others are not going to do too well now. Thanks for the review and sorry you wasted your time and your eyelids for the day. 🙁

Such a shame!!!!! The product looked so pretty and promising and the colours looked lovely together, but I have seen similar colours in sleek palettes and they seem to be much better than this!

Yeah…Givenchy’s eyeshadows usually don’t work out for me, and especially that light shade looks like it’s completely disappeared on your lid in terms of color.

Wow. It is really disappointing to see such horrible products from high-end brands. The colors look so pretty in the compact. Never thought I would see a day when I could consistently choose products at the drugstore that are better in quality than the department store. I have 2 Wet n Wild shadow compacts that look so much better than that.

Actually I think the colours are awful. They should be great and work together, but the shades are all wrong. I can see what you mean in the swatches and eye look Christine.

But the swatches just look SO good and incredibly pigmented!!! Ugh, that’s why it’s important to include photos of you with the product on. Is it weird that I can totally sense your frustration based on your description, like I was there sitting next to you when you were applying it. Haha

The color combo is interesting…how disappointing.
Your last 2 pictures tell it all. If you can’t put together a decent look, it’s just not possible.

Early on when I really didn’t much understand makeup and was just trying things out, I got quite a few of the Givenchy eye prisms, and with one exception, they were all like that. Dry, flaked off, totally useless. Some friends were into these new shadows, but I was doubtful. The reality is that I cringe when I imagine applying a Givenchy shadow. Love the lip pies though.

I don’t get it. Don’t these companies test their products before launch? I’m a market researcher/focus group moderator, and the big drugstore brands certainly do test. Don’t the luxury brands test, especially since they charge a fortune for 4 shadows?

It just makes me wonder if whoever tests it and whoever decides what the brand is going to say about it never have a conversation together.

F for…FAIL wow! I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I was putting a quad out like this at that price with …that pigmentation !!! Shame on you Givenchy! hehe

*blink blink* Is there eyeshadow on in the last pic? You look like you got a tiny bruise, or discoloration. Definitely not a good look. You would think Givenchy would have much higher quality standards. Bleh.

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