58 posts tagged "Givenchy"
The orange-lip discussion points just keep coming! At Charlize Theron’s African Outreach project dinner last night in New York, Liv Tyler sported a high-shine, deep tangerine gloss. It reminded us of the lacquered pumpkin pouts Charlotte Tilbury whipped up backstage at Jill Stuart this season, layering a lipstick and gloss from the designer’s eponymous cosmetics collection for opacity and glisten. We’ve got a hunch that Tyler’s carrot-tinged mouth came courtesy of a single application of Givenchy’s Gloss Interdit in Succulent Orange, though—a product for which she has served as brand ambassador. This particular gloss is highly pigmented with a distinctive sheen and offers up yet another option for your at-home trials with the poppy pout color. What do you think of Tyler’s ode to apricot?
As the holiday beauty launches continue to flood my desk, I’ve designated a special place for the products I find most alluring. To the right of my computer and at arm’s length, should I want to sample from it, is Givenchy’s Vintage Christmas collection. According to the French brand’s artistic director of makeup, Nicolas Degennes, the six-piece limited-edition line is intended to evoke “a Christmas tale revisited.” As such, it includes a spectacular opaque shade of Givenchy’s Gloss Interdit in #27 Vintage Ruby, a brick red shade of Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer in #127 Vintage Garnet, and a new Le Prisme Unique Eyeshadow in Vintage Silver. The press release promises the first will simulate “lips that leave their imprint on the blushing cheeks of excitement”; and the others will help to usher in a “reassuring moment of benevolent nostalgia” while embodying “the present with its door open to the future.” Whatever. These three items are simply gorgeous additions to the seasonal makeup arsenal you’ll want to have at the ready for the mulled wine-fueled merrymaking that’s right around the corner.
Between Christophe Robin’s color dabbling at Hakaan (he gave Shirley Mallmann lilac-gray streaks, turned Milica Blagojevic a Rihanna red, and Iris Strubegger flaxen in one show) and the much-discussed platinum blondes at Balenciaga, we can barely keep up with the hair color heroics currently taking shape in Paris. Yesterday’s Givenchy presentation offered yet another mane milestone, when a typically tawny-haired Natasha Poly opened Riccardo Tisci’s show as a brunette! Robin can take credit for this dye job as well, which was reportedly commissioned specifically for the show—Poly’s exclusive Paris engagement this season (should an exclusive gig as the house’s Spring campaign star be in her future, we would not be surprised). What do you think of the transformation?
When Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara, with its brilliant spherical wand design, launched two years ago, there was nothing else like it on the market. Until, that is, L’Oréal introduced Telescopic Explosion Mascara (and its Penélope Cruz-fronted TV commercial) last fall, with a similarly shaped spiky-ball applicator, for about a third of the price of the Givenchy original. Given that mascaras are meant to be tossed every few months (you do that, right?), we wondered if we could save a few bucks with the L’Oréal knockoff and still maintain our long and lush lashes?
In a wand-by-wand comparison, Phenomen’Eyes is tough competition. The applicator might look like a mace with flexible teeth, but it works amazingly well at wrapping around individual hairs, especially those little wonky ones in the corners of your eyes. And you can run the tip of the head vertically along your upper lash lines to create a cool, blurred liner effect. That said, Phenomen’Eyes isn’t perfect: Even its new and improved ink is very creamy—almost to the point of greasy—which makes it prone to the occasional smear. Also, it isn’t super- buildable, meaning that it can clump up after a few coats.
L’Oréal attempted to put its own spin on medieval weaponry-turned-beauty tool with a longer, slimmer handle. Unfortunately, that only makes the wand harder to wield and work into lashes (if you misfire, you can poke yourself in the eye). Its Telescopic Explosion does, however, have a nice flexible head, and the bristles really stretch lashes to their fullest. Whereas Phenomen’Eyes’ ink is slightly too creamy, Explosion’s is a bit too drying—lashes turn brittle and touchups aren’t feasible without serious flaking. Happily, though, smearing isn’t an issue.
Bottom line: The second-generation version doesn’t offer any slicker features over the original, besides the better price.
The Face Painter: NARS national makeup artist Francelle.
The Face: To build on the already impressive canvas that is Christina Ricci’s gorgeous porcelain skin, Francelle used NARS’ new Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep and its Matte Foundation in Siberia Sheer (yes, that’s the lightest shade they’ve got).
The Eyes: To get the “edgy classic noir” look she was going for, Francelle focused her energies due north of Ricci’s nose. “It’s all about the eyes,” the makeup artist said, building green tones from NARS’ Misfit Duo Eyeshadow into otherwise bronzed lids courtesy of NARS’ Eyeshadow in Galapagos. A slightly smudged-out line of its Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil—and the fact that Ricci happens to have a particularly spectacular set of huge, wide-set peepers—added to the sultry factor.
The Lip: As a finishing touch, Francelle gave Ricci a pearlescent silver/mauve pout with NARS’ Lip Gloss in Harlow.
The Result: High-impact makeup that did her Riccardo Tisci-designed frock a big solid.