54 posts tagged "Givenchy"
Inspired by Bollywood’s kitsch glamour, gaudy music, and retina-burning costumes, Parfums Givenchy’s artistic director, Nicolas Degennes, has created a new makeup collection that pays tribute to India’s national cinema. The range, which hits counters next month and is positioned right in line with spring’s vivid trend, includes two Precious Sari glitter eye shadows, a Magic Kajal eye pencil, two Prismissime Visage nine-color face powder palettes, two Sari Glow limited-edition iridescent blushes, and two new shades of Rouge Interdit lip color and Vernis Please! nail lacquer—all of which combine rich hues of orange, pink, and red. Product names like Maharani silver and packaging that’s adorned with golden bindis help sell the story line. We were particularly taken with the pink and tangerine blush compacts (shown above), covetable pieces that are so beautifully crafted you almost don’t want to use them for fear of destroying the embossed patterns on their surface. We did ultimately dip into the Maharani Orange out of sheer curiosity—orange blush?—and are pleasantly surprised to report that it goes on like a warm, sheer bronzer. It made us want to break out into an impromptu dance number.
No, this isn’t Givenchy’s attempt to benefit from the purchasing power of goth enthusiasts with dry skin. It’s the new Le Soin Noir, an extra-rich antiaging cream formulated with a rare black algae extract that helps maintain and prolong cellular longevity. Rich in fatty acids, the black-colored molecules hydrate skin and add firmness and radiance while diminishing lines. It goes on clear, although we wonder how many truly devoted product junkies would happily slather on an opaque onyx cream in the name of brand loyalty and the belief that it was really working? There’s obviously no way to find out short of an elaborate test study, but we’re going to guess that there’s a few of you out there.
You can always count on Numero for some high-concept, fashion-meets-art photo spreads to inspire your creativity in ways that certain, um, “less European” offerings are known to do. Last month they did away with models and instead had this season’s most popular nail lacquers pose for the camera, spilled onto a mirror set up to reflect the many facets of each color’s velvety potential. On view were a warm gold, a deep orange, and a black (a color about which we’ve already expressed a “definitively over it” sentiment in these pages). But the most vivid image was the deep-blue spill that the magazine credited as Givenchy’s limited-edition fall/winter shade, “Dandy Moiré.” However, upon further inspection, we noticed a distinctly different shade and opacity in the actual bottle. Curious, for sure, and enough to make us wonder if this is a case of image enhancing. We’re feeling a little duped. You?
Photo: Eric Maillet, for Numero 96 September 2008
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: That is indeed a mascara wand, not a mace, pictured at left. Designed as a weapon for crafting exceptional lashes rather than committing acts of brutality, Givenchy‘s new Phenomen’Eyes spherical brush sets out to prove that when it comes to defining, elongating, and completely covering your lashes, the world is indeed round. Seeking to revolutionize the current mascara technology that relies on brushes that are flat, stiff, and pointed, Phenomen’Eyes’ unique shape helps avoid that awkward series of hand movements usually required to effectively wrap each lash in rich, glossy formula. The ergonomic design also allows you to actually coat the root of your lashes while extending product to the tip, emphasizing the lash line and giving off the appearance of a lined lid—a deadly combination, not unlike the effect of its medieval predecessor.