To celebrate the Lunar New Year 2019 (Year of the Pig), Givenchy has reworked the casings of two of its star products, decking them out in a flower motif symbolic of Asia’s Spring festival: red for joy, gold for prosperity, and flowers for luck. The “clover pattern” adorning the casings was actually inspired by the House’s fashion label, taken directly from Clare Weight Keller’s runway looks … but thankfully these versions are readily available, not to mention much more affordable.
Le Rouge N°325 Rouge Fetiche, limited edition (CAN $47.00) | I’ve said it often enough but it bears repeating: Givenchy’s Le Rouge lipsticks have one of the creamiest and most comfortable-to-wear formulas available in today’s market. Its genuine leather red outer case is embossed with a clover pattern done in silver, with the lipstick displaying a luxurious heft. The velvety finish and intense colour saturation of Rouge Fetiche is no exception to the rest of the range; this red may be described as cool-leaning, but has just enough warmth added in to make it universally wearable by a broad range of complexions. Personally, I’ve been looking for a red that’s neither too pink nor orange and I do believe I may have just found it with this shade.
Prisme Libre N°1 Mousseline Pastel, limited edition (CAN $70.00) | The brand’s iconic colour-correcting setting powder is definitely a staple in many makeup artists kits, as well as a standard feature on beauty lovers’ vanities — myself included. This iteration comes with a red metallic lid silk-screened with the Lunar New Year clover motif, and it’s actually display-worthy. Held in separate compartments, the four shades (purple to correct sallowness, green to counter redness, pink for brightness, and blue to camouflage dark circles) work symbiotically together to provide an evenness to the skin while lightly detracting from any imperfections. I personally don’t often reach for face powder as I find it can accentuate my fine lines, but when I want to set my makeup this version is definitely one of my faves; the gossamer-thin texture melds beautifully with the skin without sitting at just surface level, and does a really great job in adding an overall subtle brightness and evenness to my skin.
I confess to being a sucker for exquisite packaging, and Givenchy is certainly a luxury brand that knows a thing or two about that. Of course, if the products fail to perform, a fancy exterior won’t save them — which is thankfully so not the ‘case‘ here (see what I did there?!). That said, both products check off all the boxes: universally wearable, excellent formulations, and stunning to look at. Pricey? You bet … but definitely worth the splurge.
Available at Sephora & Holt Renfrew/Ogilvy
Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration