Isn’t this flower the very picture of Spring? Obviously inspired by the season’s invigorating spirit, Givenchy has created The Power of Color Collection for Spring 2019, filled with vibrant shades for eyes, lips, cheeks & nails … and after the brutal Winter we’ve just endured, I’m most definitely ready to bring on ALL the colour I can.
For this collection, the brand’s iconic leather lipstick casings have been given a gorgeous new ombré look — and I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely take any chance to whip one of these out in public just to see people’s reactions (yes, I can be vain like that). Complete with a stud at the base, yet another Givenchy symbol, the lipstick bullet also comes embossed with the House’s emblem.
N° 332 Fearless Le Rouge Intense, limited edition (CAN $50.00) | A deep coral red shade with an ultra creamy texture that provides full coverage with the first swipe, and with a gorgeous shine at the finish. Despite its emollient nature, it’s still relatively long wearing — obviously not as transfer free as a matte, but one that fades to a nice stain. Delicately rose fragranced, the scent dissipates upon application.
N° 05 Spirited Le Rouge Perfecto, limited edition (CAN $49.00) | The strong orange colour seen in the tube is somewhat misleading, as this applies more along the lines of a tinted balm. Gliding easily along the lips, the formula not only hydrates and protects, but provides a subtle plumping effect as well. This can also be applied before lipstick for an extra boost (both colour & nourishment), but I feel you get the full benefits wearing it solo.
Dual Liner, limited edition (CAN $42.00/each) | Housed in a retractable pen, these are dual-colours liners that can also serve as eyeshadow. The slanted bevelled tip has a thinner portion of colour on one end (I’m guessing that’s the “liner” part), with a complimentary larger portion of colour on the other end. The texture is smooth and glides effortlessly without tugging or pulling on the delicate skin around the eyes, and each can also be blended out to a certain degree — just work one eye at a time to avoid the product from setting too quickly. You can mix both shades together for a unique new combo and while each is wearable on its own (BONUS: you only need your finger to smudge them out), they can also be worn under eyeshadow for extra staying power + boost of colour.
- N° 3 Dynamic – emerald green & sky blue
- N° 4 Passionate – deep pink & tangerine
Prisme Blush Powder Duo, limited edition (CAN $63.00/each) | Both blush duos have been given the same gradient look to their outer cases as the lip products, silkscreened with the brand’s 4G emblem. Inside you’ll find a full-sized mirror on the inner lid along with a soft bevelled brush (that’s surprisingly usable, I might add). Each has two shades of complimentary hues and gives you the option of applying them individually or swirled together for a unique new colour combination. Staying power when applied over primer/foundation, is excellent without showing any significant fading throughout wear.
N° 2 Love | Icy pink & pale rose, combined they create a soft baby pink, best suited for cooler to light-medium complexions
N° 10 Power | Sunshine yellow & vivid orange, combined they create a soft (and totally wearable) tangerine, best suited for medium to deep complexions
N° 12 Strong Le Vernis, limited edition (CAN $33.00) | If you haven’t tried Givenchy nail polish yet, then you’re in for a treat. Housed in a rectangular bottle with a removable outer cap, the brush is one of the best in the business, displaying an excellent density + splay, which helps it to perfectly hug the nail bed. This deep indigo shade is in a hybrid crème-jelly texture, with a self-levelling flow that comes to a high-gloss natural finish. The first coat has a slight translucency to it but becomes completely opaque with a second layer. Non-staining upon removal, provided base coat is applied first.
Shown: 2 coats, no top coat (how crazy is this shine?)
I must say, Givenchy did an excellent job of capturing the essence of Spring with this collection colour-wise. As to favourites, both lip products and the nail polish are absolute winners, but I was pleasantly surprised by the deeper blush and how lovely it looks applied — something tells me it’s going to be even better once I’ve got a light tan going. As to the liners, they’re definitely unique and while the colours are more vivid than I prefer, I’m actually feeling the blue/green mix right now. Final word of caution: the dreaded limited edition, so if something’s caught your fancy, I wouldn’t wait too long to snap it up.
Available at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy (Canada)
Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration