Givenchy has recently unveiled two new highlighting products, one in powder form — Teint Couture Shimmer Powder, and the other a liquid — Teint Couture Radiant Drop, with both taking advantage of the absolute latest technological advances to create an effect that may be described as “zero texture”, but in my option is infused with a whole of lot of ooh-la-la.
01 Shimmery Pink Teint Couture Shimmer Powder (CAN $51.00) | Also available in gold (not shown), this talc-free highlighter consists of an ultrafine pearly powder with ‘transparent illuminating’ pigments for a “zero texture” effect that leaves behind a silky shimmering veil upon the skin. The black lacquered box bears the brand’s iconic stud closure, while the surface design of the powder has a raised lace motif, inspire by the House’s couture creations. Buildable as well as easily blended out, you can even apply this along other areas of the body where you want to reflect some light (shoulder, collarbones, cleavage, shins). The head of makeup for Givenchy, Nicolas Degennes, has this unique tip:
“For an ultra-modern lined effect, take up a small quantity of products using a narrow brush and apply it to the edges of the lips, add lipstick then a last touch of highlighter to the central curve”
It’s exquisite detailing like this that always captivates me. That said, the texture of this powder is truly remarkable in the way it feels positively gossamer-light along the skin, yet still manages to pack quite an impact.
01 Radiant Pink Teint Couture Radiant Drop (CAN $58.00) | Also available in a subtle gold hue (not shown), this is a multi-purpose highlighting product in a hybrid cream/liquid texture. Housed in a metallic bottle colour-matched to the contents, the applicator is a pipette with a brush at its end, to help easily draw up the product and then dispense it along the skin. For a subtle radiance-boosting effect, mix a bit with your favourite moisturizer and apply — really no need to add anything else. Alternately, you can layer it up over foundation along the high points of the face, to add an almost ‘wet effect’ sheen that while visible, also happens to fuse smoothly with the skin to look more natural (and yes, I know that there’s nothing ‘natural’ about sparkle; it’s more about how it melds versus sitting only at skin’s surface level). According to Nicolas Degennes:
“Using the brush, add touches to the inner corner of the eye then pat with the tip of your finger – this is perfect for highlighting the eyes. If you have dark circles, add a tiny drop under the eye and blend with the tips of your fingers”
The swatch below shows the complexity of the shimmer in very close detail, but the effect when blended out along the skin is significantly more subtle and light-enhancing. On days when I don’t feel like wearing foundation but still want a little something extra to my skin, mixing a touch with my moisturizer and applying it seems to really ‘wake up’ my complexion and almost act as a filter — but better, as it’s still me.
Givenchy has been on an absolute roll lately with makeup releases, and both of these highlighters are proof of that. Then again, as someone who is almost magnetically attracted to shimmery things, it was a given that I’d fall hard for both the Shimmer Powder & Radiant Drop, although in the end it’s always performance that wins me over. And in case you’re wondering, the answer is YES — both are absolutely stellar. So obviously now I need to go check out the gold versions, am I right?
Available at Sephora.ca & Holt Renfrew/Ogilvy
Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration