With a nod to Impressionist paintings (my absolute favourite period art) and drawing inspiration from Hubert de Givenchy’s lifelong passion for the Jonchet Gardens that surrounded his home at Le Jonchet (France), the Gardens Collection created by the brand’s Artistic Director, Nicolas Degennes, is like holding spring in the palm of your hand. I mean … just LOOK at it. By the way, just note that the entire collection is limited edition, but I’m sure you had that already figured out, am I right?
Le Prisme Blush N°3 Spice (CAN $60.00) | Adorned by a bouquet of irises — a symbol of both purity AND royalty — the outer packaging of this blush is a loose reinterpretation of Impressionist style. Personally, I say that it’s more like drop.dead.stunning. The brand’s iconic Spice shade (note that it’s also available in the regular lineup) consists of a vivid shimmering pink hue paired with a vibrant matte coral, both displaying an ultra-fine texture and effortless blendability to go with their superb pigmentation. Each shade is large enough that you can pick up individually with your brush, but I love how they look swirled together; the perfect combination of cool/hot/shimmer/matte. Staying power over primer/foundation is excellent, staying true without fading or creasing.
- light candy pink, shimmer
- coral, matte
Khôl Couture Waterproof Eyeliner (CAN $32.00/each) | Despite the fact that all three pencils appear better suited as lip liners due to the colours, they are in fact eye liners — but I’m thinking that they could also be used for lips as well, in a pinch. I appreciate the retractible format — keeps the pencil safe & sanitary, while the creamy texture of the formula means they glide easily along the delicate skin of the eyes without harsh tugging or pulling. They can also be blended out but you’ll need to work quickly and one eye at a time because once they set, they are literally budge-proof — you’ll definitely need a dual-phase remover to take off all traces.
- N°11 Peony – dusty rose, an homage to one Hubert de Givenchy’s favourite colours
- N°12 Iris – muted violet
- N°13 Poppy – vibrant dark red, one of the House’s iconic colours
Le Rouge Lipstick Gardens Edition (CAN $48.00/each) | Combined, the three genuine leather casings of each lipstick create an artistic floral triptych worthy of Monet himself. The brand’s Le Rouge formula has been reinterpreted for spring; each lipstick bullet has been sprayed with a fine iridescent mist to project a brilliant metallic shine. The formula boasts “starry” pigments to help capture light while the bullet shape makes it easy to follow the lip’s contours (all swatches below are without liner but applied straight from the tube). The plant-based oil in the mix provides a comfortable feel and long-lasting nourishment, while the micro-crystalline wax ensures highly saturated vibrant colour. The outer overspray will be worn away with use but as the shimmer is also embedded throughout, it means the sparkling effect will not be just a one-shot deal. Staying power is amazing, although you’ll need to reapply after eating/drinking — something I totally don’t mind at all, since it gives me a perfect excuse to take these out in public. Note that there will be shimmer spread if you don’t blot/remove carefully.
- N°01 Sparkling Peony – fresh rose embellished with blue-tone shimmer, the cap displays a garden of blossoming peonies, a symbol of everlasting femininity
- N°02 Sparkling Lily – muted tangerine embellished with pink-tone shimmer, the cap bears a bouquet of irises, a symbol of purity & royalty
- N°03 Sparkling Poppy – soft red embellished with pink-tone shimmer, the cap shows a field of poppies, a symbol of spring & renewal
In my honest opinion, I have to say that Givenchy has managed to create the most spring-worthy beauty collection to date. From the sublime illustrations on the packaging to the ethereal colours, the entire grouping is both collectible AND wearable, but that would all mean nothing if the formulations didn’t stack up — which they thankfully totally do. And just like the actual season, this collection won’t be around too long either … just a friendly warning/reminder, lol.
Available at Sephora and Holt Renfrew Ogilvy
Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration