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Givenchy · Gypsophila Floral Edition Poudre Bonne Mine, limited edition

 

Some products are just so breathtakingly beautiful that it’s actually painful to even think of marring them with a brush, such as the Floral Edition Bonne Mine Powder from Givenchy’s Gypsophila Collection, limited edition for 2017. But I’m nothing if not a trooper and after taking about a zillion shots, I forced myself to dive in. Like its namesake flower, this bronzer packs a contradictory subtle yet powerful punch, leaving behind an ethereal glow. Cue the angelic choir …

 

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Givenchy · Passion & Tender Prisme Blush

 

Spring has always signified rebirth, and nowhere is that more visible than with cosmetics; bringing home the point, is the newly reformulated Prism Blush from the venerable House of Givenchy. Taking their iconic prism light-reflecting technology and kicking it up a few notches, the brand is set to launch 8 new cheek shades that are infused with colour & light, inspired by the paintings of  Mark Rothko. In other words, get your wallet/credit card ready …

 

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Givenchy · Rouge Révélateur, Rouge Interdit & Lip Liners

 

Givenchy is one of those luxury beauty brands that somehow manages to fly under most peoples’ radar, but beauty lovers take note: I dare you to try any of their products, and not be impressed. Just launched for Spring 2017, the marbled Rouge Révélateur lipstick is one such product and pretty much guaranteed to blow you away.

 

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Givenchy · Couture Edition Le Rouge, Prisme Libre & Khôl Waterproof

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Luxury beauty brand Givenchy has been steadily climbing onto people’s radar, releasing not only top-tier products and unique innovations (they’re the creators behind one of the first ball-shaped mascara brushes), but also putting out some of the most exquisite packaging details. The finely rendered magnolia blossoms decorating the genuine leather of these Couture Editions turns them each into a display-worthy objet d’art, but it’s the performance of the products that makes them even more amazing, in my opinion.

 

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Prisme Libre Edition Couture #1 Mousseline Pastel (CAN $66.00) | A four-colour face powder meant to set your makeup while also providing colour-correcting properties. The finely milled texture of the powder and its performance lies with the pigments, treated with ‘atomization technology’ which translates as being reduced to incredibly tiny particles, helping it to glide effortlessly along the skin and leaving behind a perfectly even ‘impalpable feel and natural result’. The luminous-matte finish also aids in extending the look and duration of makeup, keeping your entire look fresh and even helping to blot up some of your natural oils. The powder bears a light lilac/white musk scent that dissipates relatively quickly once applied and includes a  small velvety puff for application, although that’s probably best used to pat the product onto the skin only; any vigorous buffing with the puff may move your foundation around. Best part? The actual feel of this powder along the skin: unbelievably luxurious and kitten-soft. The shade breakdown:

  • pale mint green
  • icy baby blue
  • delicate peach
  • light cool violet

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Givenchy · Prisme Libre Couture Edition #1 Mousseline Pastel

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Givenchy · Prisme Libre Couture Edition #1 Mousseline Pastel

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Givenchy · Prisme Libre Couture Edition #1 Mousseline Pastel

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Givenchy · Prisme Libre Couture Edition #1 Mousseline Pastel

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Givenchy · Prisme Libre Couture Edition #1 Mousseline Pastel swatches

 

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Givenchy ·  306 Carmin Escarpin & Le Rouge Perfecto 01 Perfect Pink

 

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Le Rouge Perfecto 01 Perfect Pink (CAN $42.00) | Inspired by Givenchy’s leather Perfecto jacket, this is a 3-in-1 product that combines the moisturizing qualities of a balm, a lip plumper, plus tailor-made natural colour via an ingredient that reacts with your unique lip ph levels. Encased in a genuine leather pink case and made with ultra-nourishing shea butter, this universal shade can be worn either alone for a butter soft shine with a just a hint of colour, or applied under lipstick to act as a hydrating primer. Unscented, there’s an initial slight tingling felt upon application but which dissipates within minutes after that. Totally backup-worthy on every level.

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Givenchy · Le Rouge Perfecto 01 Perfect Pink

 

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Le Rouge Edition Couture #306 Carmin Escarpin (CAN $44.00) | Described as a warm poppy red, this is definitely a warm-leaning hue but still universally wearable by a broad range of skin tones. Housed in a limited edition leather case that’s printed with magnolia blossoms, this shade is nevertheless part of the permanent range (but seriously, who wouldn’t want THIS case?!). The texture is sublime: buttery smooth and offering full opacity even at the first stroke. Staying power is excellent as well, without the colour bleeding off or migrating in surrounding lip lines (of which I’ve definitely got more than my share. Sigh).

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Givenchy · Le Rouge Edition Couture #306 Carmin Escarpin

 

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Khôl Couture Waterproof 05 Jade (CAN $30.00) | A retractable eyeliner in a long-lasting waterproof formula that’s available in 6 shades (not shown: black, brown, turquoise, cobalt & lilac). With and integrated pencil sharpener to help keep the point sharp (and thus avoid messy shavings floating about), the creamy texture of this pencil makes it glide effortlessly along the delicate skin around the eyes and even provides good colour payoff when worn along the waterline. While I can’t attest to how waterproof this liner truly is, I will say that it wore beautifully without any smudging or creasing (over primer) and showed up quite well along the waterline, even hours after being first applied. By the way, I’ve actually been on the hunt for a vibrant emerald/jade green eyeliner exactly like this. Seek and ye shall find, they say (although in this case, it found me).

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Givenchy · Khôl Couture Waterproof 05 Jade

 

The classically timeless beauty of Audrey Hepburn comes to mind whenever I think of Givenchy, given her close ties with founder Hubert de Givenchy who dressed her for some of her most iconic looks. That same elegance and sophistication is seen with these Couture Edition products, albeit with healthy dollops of new technology and modern pigments thrown in, as mandated by today’s consumer. If you’ve yet to discover this brand or are looking for something outside of the more commonly seen luxury brands, then get thee to a Givenchy counter and play. Have fun … just please don’t shoot the messenger, especially when handing over your credit card.

Available exclusively at Sephora early October

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Press samples/All opinions are my own

Givenchy | Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Mister Radiant Bronzer

Givenchy Healthy Glow Powders & Mister Radiant Bronzer opener

 

Givenchy is one of those brands that while in the realm of high end beauty, somehow manages to also fly under the radar, but here’s the thing: once you start delving into their range, it can very quickly turn into an obsession. A perfect example of what I’m referring to are the Les Saison Healthy Glow Powder and Mister Radiant Bronzer Healthy Glow Gel reviewed here today – products that aim to provide a glow but in the most luxuriously understated way. Then there’s the details: stars and beads … need I say more?

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Givenchy | Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder & Mister Radiant Bronzer

Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder compacts

 

Givenchy | Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder & Mister Radiant Bronzer

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Givenchy Healthy GLow Powder duo

Made in Italy and housed in the brand’s signature black lacquered casing with rose gold logo detailing on the lid, iconic stud closure, along with a full-sized mirror on the inner lid and the surface of the powder bearing a raised star pattern. The first thing to note, is that this is not a pressed product but in fact a ‘gel powder’ in a baked format. Formerly known as Givenchy Croisière, this is a talc-free powder that is airy-light, feeling soft and almost creamy to the touch (when pressing fingers upon the surface), although don’t let the somewhat hard-seeming texture fool you; putting a brush to the surface may appear like it’s not yielding much product but that’s only because there is zero powdery kickback in return (i.e.: no waste). Worth noting is that these powders are also unscented, making them an excellent choice for those with sensitivities.

With five shades to now choose from (the two shown here are new), these powders have not only been created to suit a broad range of skin tones, but the range can take your faux glow from the start all the way to the dog days of Summer.

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Givenchy | Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder (detail)

Givenchy Healthy Glow Powders swatches

Givenchy | Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder (side by side swatches)

 

Givenchy 01 Première Saison Healthy Glow Powder

01 Première Saison (CAN $60) |  The lightest shade in the range, this is best suited for those with the fairest complexions to help achieve a natural looking bronze-y glow, although it can also be made to work on light-medium skin tones — but less in a bronzer capacity and more along the lines of a glowy setting powder (as in that ‘bonne mine‘ or healthy glow effect). The texture has been created in such a way, as to not only lay seamlessly upon the skin once applied, but to also provide a natural luminosity without any noticeable sheen; picture that healthy glow your skin takes on from a day spent walking along the beach, to give you a more accurate idea.

 

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Givenchy | 01 Première Saison Healthy Glow Powder

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Givenchy | 01 Première Saison Healthy Glow Powder

 

Givenchy 03 Ambre Saison Healthy Glow Powder

03 Ambre Saison (CAN $60) | The darker of the two and perfectly suited for light-medium to medium complexions, the texture is so incredibly refined that even the über-pale can get away with using this shade as a bronzer (albeit, applied with a lighter hand). Both powders display an excellent blendability and as with all such bronzers, it’s best to start with a light layer then wait a couple of minutes before adding more, as the product will ‘develop‘ once it begins merging with your skin’s natural warmth and oils, becoming slightly deeper in tone. Staying power (over foundation) is solid, staying true without any oxidation until removed, with minimal fading noticed.

 

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Givenchy | 03 Ambre Saison Healthy Glow Powder

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Givenchy | 03 Ambre Saison Healthy Glow Powder

 

Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer

Mister Radiant Bronzer Healthy Glow Gel (CAN $48) | A unique gel bronzing product in a transparent base filled with 3-toned microspheres, aimed at creating a made-to-measure and totally weightless glow. The initial feel is somewhat cool to the touch and once applied, this product dries down completely non-sticky. The brown and light yellow microspheres in the formula contain pigments and pearls to provide skin with glowy colour, while the dark yellow microspheres contain an antioxidant-active Vitamin E derivative.

As there isn’t much information out there on application techniques (and my press info didn’t supply anything either), so I basically figured things out via experimentation. There are a few ways to wear this gel; applied on bare skin for the most natural-appearing sunkissed glow, or over foundation to add strategic warmth in key areas such as where the sun would naturally hit. Regardless of how you opt to wear it, the best way to start is by squeezing some product onto your fingers, squeezing them together to burst first the microspheres, then going in with the actual application part. The good thing is that you can layer this to achieve your shade preferred depth without worrying about any heavy feel upon the skin, as this is truly THE lightest-weight bronzing product you will ever wear. One thing to note: if applying over foundation, first start with a patting motion on the skin before going in with more usual blending, to ensure your foundation doesn’t move around too much underneath.

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Givenchy | Mister Radiant Bronzer Healthy Glow Gel

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Givenchy | Mister Radiant Bronzer Healthy Glow Gel

Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer swatches

Givenchy | Mister Radiant Bronzer Healthy Glow Gel swatches

 

I love bronzers — especially once warmer weather starts to roll around, and while there are days when I prefer a full-on intense and even showy kind of glow, there are also times when I want something more understated. That’s where both the Givenchy Healthy Glow Powders and Mister Radiant Bronzer come in, and if you’re into a more natural-looking glow, then stop whatever you’re presently using and check these out. The Mister Radiant Bronzer is not without its learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes one of the most fun products you’ll ever apply to your face, not to mention giving skin that lit-from-within kind of glow. Final verdict? Positively LOVE.

Available exclusively at Sephora and Givenchybeauty.com

 

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Kindly provided by Givenchy for my bronzing pleasure/As always, all opinions are my own