Givenchy · Couture Edition Collection 2020

Givenchy’s Couture Edition 2020 Collection takes three of the brand’s iconic products (L’Interdit, Le Rouge, Prisme Libre), and reinvents them with an intricate new lace pattern. And even though everything is limited edition design-wise, the positive is that all are available as part of the permanent lineup. That said, I have to say that out of all the Couture Edition iterations the brand has launched, this one is hands down my absolute fave.

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N° 1 Mousseline Pastel Prisme Libre, Couture Edition (CAN $79.00) | The brand’s signature colour-correcting powder has been dressed up in exquisite new packaging; the mirrored background of the cap displays an enlarged rendering of black Calais lace, a tribute to one of M. de Givenchy’s favourite materials. The texture of this powder is absolutely sublime — whisper-light and incredibly fine-milled and once applied it merges with your skin’s natural oils & warmth, coming to a seamless finish. The four shades (pearl, lavender, green, blue) provide subtle colour correcting properties, helping to not only set your makeup but give the appearance of more even toned skin. It’s actually quite hard to accurately describe the effect of this powder as it needs to be seen to be properly understood, but think of it as something along the lines of wearing a “blurring filter”. On a side note, for those who already own another shade of Prisme Libre and wish to keep it on display, you can always transfer this cap to it.

N° 306 Carmin Escarpin, Couture Edition (CAN $49.00) | The genuine leather case bears the same black Calais lace motif, and I’m absolutely here for it. True story: I actually couldn’t stop staring reverently at it when it arrived. Another unique feature of this lipstick can be found on the bullet which displays an engraved rendering of M. de Givenchy’s signature as opposed to the usual 4G logo. The Le Rouge formula is one that completely stands out, in my option; intensely colour saturated with one swipe being enough to provide complete coverage, the texture is lush and buttery smooth, leaving lips feeling completely moisturized throughout wear. This shade is a rich warm-leaning red which can be actually worn by a broad range of skin tones, and with excellent longevity, leaving a light stain behind when the majority of colour has gone. Due to the emollient nature of the finish, reapplication will definitely be needed — especially after eating/drinking, but who cares? I will jump at the chance to whip this out in public. NOTE: if you already own another Le Rouge shade, you can transfer this cap to it as well.

L’Interdit Eau de Parfum, Couture Edition (CAN $121.00) | While the formulation is the same as the original launched in 2018, the bottle comes complete with the same black Calais lace design and engraving of M. de Givenchy’s signature. As this has been previously reviewed in detail, you can read all the particulars here. In a nutshell, this is described as a white floral (Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Tuberose) with a dark accord (Vetiver, Patchouli), turning this into a woody-floral composition that is modernly feminine with an understated sexiness. But can we talk about that stunning bottle?

There’s no question that this entire Couture Edition 2020 Collection is breathtakingly beautiful, but what makes it special is how perfectly the Calais lace motif ties in to the House’s fashion history; it’s a relatively simple touch, but with powerful appeal. As mentioned at the top, all 3 pieces are available in the permanent lineup but if you’ve yet to indulge in any, I couldn’t think of a more beautiful design to start with. Oh, and since we’re all still practicing “physical distancing”, you just may want to treat/reward yourself with an online purchase …

Available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, The Bay

Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration

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