Review + swatches – Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge

Every season, Givenchy releases a limited edition Couture Edition of some of its most popular products, featuring prints right off the runway. I previously reviewed last season’s collection here, which features a gorgeous floral print. For Spring / Summer 2017, the Couture Edition features a print of mini white crosses (or plus signs) on a black background.

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches

The products in the collection as Prisme Libre in No. 1 Mousseline Pastel, and a re-release of a previously limited edition, and one of my all time favourite lipsticks Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours. The Prisme Libre features a vegan leather lid, and the Le Rouge lipstick is covered in genuine leather, both adorned with the limited edition print.

The Prisme Libre in No. 1 Mousseline Pastel (C$69) is a universally flattering variation that contains green, blue, soft peach, and purple-toned powder. I previously already reviewed the Prisme Libre powder here. The Le Rouge lipstick in #315 Framboise Velours (C$45) is a seriously gorgeous raspberry shade in a satin-matte finish.

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches

I’ve said this time and time again – Givenchy’s Le Rouge lipstick is THE matte lipstick for those who don’t like the feel of matte lipsticks. It’s lightly hydrating, and looks so beautiful on without any of that shriveled lip look you often get with other mattes. Framboise Velours is a universally flattering blue-based raspberry that instantly brightens up any complexion and teeth. It was original launched with the fall 2014 collection, at the time in a limited edition berry leather case. I remember when I first went to the store to check out that collection, I had intended on purchasing Rose Plumetis, which is the rosy-nude shade that was released in the same collection. I tried on both Rose Plumetis and Framboise Velours, and instantly fell in love with how much Framboise Velours just brightened my skin overall. Of course I had to have it. Since then I’ve worn this countless times, and despite my massive lipstick collection, this shade continues to hold a very dear spot in my heart.

If you were to buy anything from the collection, I highly recommend picking up the limited edition Le Rouge in Framboise Velours. Your life will never be the same! This Couture Edition collection is available at Sephora (both in stores and online) as at April 20, 2017.

The swatches

Le Rouge lipstick in #315 Framboise Velours (left is the one from the fall 2014 collection, right is this year’s variation, basically the same, but I wanted to show you guys anyways).

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatch – Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

Givenchy makes some of my favourite lipsticks formulas (Givenchy Le Rouge… seriously so good, go try it!). This Spring, they reformulated their Rouge Interdit lipstick (C$40), one of the iconic lipsticks by Givenchy. I never tried the older formula, but it’s considered to be one of the classic lipstick formulas that had a big cult following.

The new formulation contains 19 shades, plus one marbled shade which is a blend of a classic red and a sheer black, to create a darker, vampier red. Each bullet is made with black rose oil to improve moisture, extra fine oils for comfort and lightness in wear, and the brand’s Absolute Colour Complex, to create absolutely long-lasting colour. The packaging itself is simply gorgeous, it’s housed in a very hefty black lacquered case with a beautiful ribbon that you can pull to reveal the lipstick. Despite it being a plastic case, it feels very substantial and luxurious.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches
Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

I was fortunate enough to be sent one of the new lipsticks to try. The shade I received is No. 13 Rouge Interdit, a bright neutral red. In terms of the formula, it is probably one of the more gel-like lipsticks I’ve used. It’s definitely not a true cream. It wears very lightweight on me, and is very comfortable to wear. I can normally get very long wear out of most red lipsticks (usually ending with a stain that lasts even longer), but this one lasted a few hours on me before fading, without much staining at the end either.

My biggest gripe about this product is that I felt like it didn’t apply very evenly on me, likely due to the gel-like formula. It is easier to apply, as you don’t need to be as precise as with a cream lipstick, but you do need to go over the lips a few times with the bullet to ensure full and even coverage.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches
Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

With the launch of the new Rouge Interdit, Givenchy also introduced a range of new Lip Liners (C$35). The one I received is a translucent, designed to prevent lipstick from featuring without altering the look of the colour. While translucent lip liners aren’t entirely new, this is the first one I’ve seen being released that isn’t by a niche brand. On the lips, it feels quite waxy and it does prevent my dark lipsticks from featuring. It doesn’t really extend the wear of lipstick though, as I often rely on my lip liner to be my “last line of defense” from lipstick fading. When lipstick does fade, it just fades completely without another layer of coloured liner underneath. I also found that my lipsticks didn’t stain as much.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

The swatches

Givenchy Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit. Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent is completely transparent so there’s really nothing to swatch 🙂

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Givenchy fall 2016 collection – Edition Couture Prisme Libre & Le Rouge, Le Rouge Perfecto, Prisme Visage, and Khol Couture Waterproof

Givenchy Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick review and swatch

Fall at Givenchy is starting off with a bang! In addition to the launch of these gorgeous products, they are also revamping their entire display at Sephora. I have a few new products from their fall line to share with you. All of these products will be on counter as at October 21, 2016, so keep your eyes out!

Givenchy Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick review and swatch

Let’s jump right into the most exciting products this fall – the Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick. Every year, Givenchy releases its iconic products in limited edition packaging, and this year, it features its cult favourite Prisme Libre, which is a loose powder that contains four different shades of powder to help brighten and even out the skin tone, as well as its much-loved Le Rouge lipstick, in limited edition, floral packaging.

The Prisme Libre (C$66) shade is No. 1 Mousseline Pastel, the universally flattering variation that contains green, blue, soft peach, and purple-toned powder. The powder is super finely milled, and the shades blend in beautifully on the skin without actually looking green or blue. I like to compare this against my favourite Guerlain Meteorites powders, and I find that this one is more colour-correcting, i.e., you get more of a brightening effect through the colour-correcting powders, instead of through glow, as with Guerlain. They both serve different purposes, and I find myself reaching for this one if I have a bit more time to blend and play, or if I want a more colour-balanced and mattified look instead of a glowy look.

Givenchy Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick review and swatch

I am a BIG fan of Le Rouge lipstick (C$44) – they are an extremely comfortable semi-matte formula that was one of the first matte lipstick formulas I fell in love with. The shade that is featured with the Edition Couture is No. 306 Carmin Escarpin, an intense orange-toned red. The colour is seriously gorgeous – a true one-swipe wonder. It is also ultra long-lasting, wearing over 6 hours before a reapply is needed (and this is with drinking and light snacking). The case of the lipstick is made of real leather, and it is interchangeable, so you can use it on your choice of shade. Sadly, I’m not a fan of orange-based reds because I find that they make my teeth look more yellow, although I know I will be using that lid with my other Le Rouge lipsticks.

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto review
Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto review

Le Rouge Perfecto is a brand new product for fall. It’s a three-in-one formula that is a balm, a lip maximizer, and a lip tint in one. It reminds me of Dior Addict Lip Glow, which is a cult favourite product, in that it is a very hydrating, balmy product that also gives the lips a natural pink tint. I like to keep this at the office to use as a balm and light tint in one – it’s perfect for those conservative work environments where you don’t generally see people wearing lots of makeup. The case is genuine leather, and looks ultra classy and luxurious.

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No.5 Soie Abricot review and swatch

The Givenchy Prisme Visage (C$57) is one of their most well-known products, so much so that a lot of smaller beauty companies have copied this quad-powder design (cough Marcelle). For this fall, it was revamped with five new shades (available in Canada, there are more shades available internationally). The shade I have is No. 5 Soie Abricot, which is good for those with light to medium skintones. This powder was designed to help brighten, structure, and mattify the skin.

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No.5 Soie Abricot review and swatch

I previously reviewed their summer Healthy Glow powder which has a gel-powder formula. The Prisme Visage has a completely different formula that’s very powdery and very creamy, designed to offer a light dusting of powder on the skin to blur any pores and lines, and create a very lightweight finish. The texture is super soft, and the powder blends in very easily with the rest of the makeup. You can technically wear each shade separately, but the pan is quite small so I prefer to just mix the four shades together and dust it evenly on my face. I find that the difference in each of the shades is not very obvious once it applies on my face, so I don’t get a very sculpted finish even if I do use each shade separate.

It also comes with a separate brush, that sits in a tray that goes neatly on top of the powder. This one is soft and works to sweep the powder on the skin, but as with most included brushes, they aren’t the most useful if you have normal sized brushes at home that you can use.

Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof in Chestnut review and swatch

Lastly, we have the Khol Couture Waterproof (C$30), available in six new shades. The shade I have is No. 2 Chestnut / Brown. Holy crap this eyeliner is so creamy, pigmented, and very easy to apply. It just glides on! Long story short, though, it does smudge on me, as I have relatively oily eyelids. In addition to the Chestnut, and the classic Black, there is also a Turquoise, Cobalt, Jade, and Lilac.

All of these Givenchy fall 2016 products will be available as at October 21 at Sephora, in stores and online!

The swatches

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No. 5 Soie Abricot

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No.5 Soie Abricot review and swatch

Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof in No. 2 Chestnut and Le Rouge Lipstick in No. 306 Carmin Escarpin

Givenchy Edition Couture in Carmin Escarpin and Khol Couture Waterproof in Chestnut review and swatch

The products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

Summer fragrances for men – Mr. Burberry, Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break, and Mont Blanc Legend Spirit

mr. burberry review, givenchy gentleman only review, legend spirit review

This spring/summer, we’re seeing a lot of new fragrance releases for men. I have three that I want to share with you today – all of them I love – so that you can pick one for your man to wear.

Mr. Burberry is the newest of the three fragrances here, the male variation of the ever popular My Burberry. It contains top notes of grapefruit, cardamom, and terragon; heart of birch leaf, nutmeg and cedar; and base notes of sandalwood, guaiac wood and vetiver. This is the woodiest of the three fragrances, with a heavy focus on the base notes, but it’s not a woody fragrance per se. I have My Burberry and I don’t really like it at all, but Mr. Burberry I can stand behind. I like this most on the boyfriend on date nights out, because of that heavier base focus.

Givenchy Gentlemen Only, Parisian Break is new for spring. It contains top notes of mint and lemon; heart of sage; and base notes of Haitian vetiver and ambroxan. It is a lightest of the fragrances here, and reminds me of a day at the beach. This is perfect for daytime wear – one spritz is enough for a subtle whiff of fragrance, and it isn’t so overpowering that makes it work appropriate. Due to the lightness, it’s not the most long lasting scent, but I actually quite like how it smells after it’s mostly dried down and dissipated – a very subtle yet sexy after-scent.

Mont Blanc Legend Spirit has top notes of bergamot, pink pepper, and grapefruit; heart of cardamom, lavender and water notes; and base of oakmoss, white musk, cashmere wood, and white woods. This is the all-day, every day appropriate scent that is great for night or day. If your guy is a man of habit then you should pick up this one for him because I think this is your perfect all rounder that is also all-season appropriate. It’s not super fresh, but it’s also not super woody. I sprayed the boyfriend with it as soon as I received this in the mail and he agreed that he’s a big fan. One spritz will go a long way, and it is also relatively long lasting.

Which one do you think you’ll like the most?

Review + swatches + Look – Givenchy Summer Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder, and Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

For summer 2016, the House of Givenchy is introducing two new products to help you achieve a healthy glow. Givenchy Summer Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer are new for April, 2016.

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

The Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder (C$60) is a relaunch of a popular prior year formula. This Healthy Glow Powder is a gel powder that’s talc-free and goes on like second skin. The two new shades for 2016 are 01 Premiere Saison and 03 Ambre Saison, both of which I have to show you. I wouldn’t exactly call these bronzers, but depending on your skin tone, you can use these either as an all over powder, or as a bronzer. Both of these are matte with a bit of a satiny glow, so you get that healthy glow without artificial shimmer or glitter.

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

The shade 01 Premiere Saison is a great match for my light skintone and offers an incredible wash of colour that warms up my entire complexion. I wear this as an all-over powder, either alone or over foundation. The talc-free gel powder texture is pretty cool – you don’t get dusty powder flyaway, and the powder adheres and just completely melts into the skin. There’s absolutely no streakiness or powdery look here. 03 Ambre Saison is a dark colour, and I can use this either as a bronzer, or something with a darker complexion can wear is as an all over powder.

I’m also completely in love with this packaging as well. You get a very sleek, modern black compact with rose gold details. It doesn’t come with a sponge or brush, so it’s not the most travel friendly, but if you wanted to pack your own sponge, there’s a black plastic tray that sits on top of the powder that would allow you to separate a thin sponge from the powder.

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

Givenchy is also introducing the new Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer (C$48). This is pretty cool – you basically get coloured bronzer spheres suspended in a clear gel. There are both bronze-toned and gold-toned colour spheres so that you get multidimensional colour, once the spheres are blended out. The texture of the gel is lightweight, and slightly cooling. A little bit goes a long way, and you’re able to get a very natural-looking glow with each use. It washes off, and does not tint the skin, so you can change up your look day by day.

Givenchy Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer review

I really love the Healthy Glow Powders, and I can see myself using this to touch up my face during the day because it brings some energy and life back to my complexiopn. The Mister Radiant Bronzer is something I probably wouldn’t use every day, but it would be great for when you have more time to spend on your makeup for a special occasion.

Both the Healthy Glow Powder and the Mister Radiant Bronzers are available now at Sephora.

Swatches

Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder in 01 Premiere Saison and 03 Ambre Saison, and Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Mister Radiant Bronzer swatches

The look

Wearing Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder in 01 Premiere Saison on face

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Mister Radiant Bronzer