Givenchy Holiday 2009: Pricey Precious Pearls

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What shimmery pearls of makeup wisdom can we derive from the eight pieces in Givenchy’s new pearl-inspired limited edition Holiday 2009 collection?


How about “less is more”?

These pearlescent shades of gray, pink and beige bring subtle back in a precious gemstone kinda way (read: expensive). I swatched five of the items today, and subtle was definitely *in the house*, particularly when it came to the lip colors.

Givenchy holiday 2009 gloss interdit
Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in 20 Tender Pearl (top) and 21 Elegant Pearl (bottom), each $25

givenchy holiday 2009 gloss interdit pearl shine
Rouge Interdit Shine Lipstick in 24 Pearl Shine, $27

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givenchy holiday 2009 parad eyes liner mister bright
Parad’Eyes Fluid Eye Liner in Elegant Pearl (top, $27) and Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen in Moon Light (bottom, $32)

givenchy holiday 2009 swatches gloss interdit pearl shine
Rouge Interdit Shine Lipstick in 24 Pearl Shine

givenchy holiday 2009 swatches gloss interdit gray
Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in 21 Elegant Pearl

givenchy holiday 2009 swatches gloss interdit pink
Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in 20 Tender Pearl


givenchy holiday 2009 swatches
From left to right: Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen in Moon Light, Parad’Eyes Fluid Eye Liner in Elegant Pearl, Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in 21 Elegant Pearl, Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in 20 Tender Pearl and Rouge Interdit Shine Lipstick in 24 Pearl Shine

I think the release lives up to Givenchy’s standards as far as packaging and texture are concerned, and I really like the liner and Mister Bright highlighter. Overall, I think cooler-toned girls who like super-subtle colors may get the most out of the collection, and I’ll need more time to experiment with the lip products. Like real pearls, these shades may work better as accessories, and I get the feeling they’d POP louder layered on top of brighter shades.

What say you? Big yay or no way?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. CC says:

    I don’t think those colors would do much for me, but wow, they sure are gorgeous to look at!

  2. Citrine says:

    Wow, I love that silver liner and glittery lipstick tube(or is it just the lightin?)Anna Sui used to have glitter embedded in the black rose lipstick tube but now they replaced the old Victorian style packaging with more “realistic” rose pattern…

  3. Sheila says:

    Thats really pretty, but on the lips it seems it can be a little more pigmented. The Elegant Pearl doesn’t look so wearable in the tube, but on the lips its gorgeous.
    .-= Sheila’s last blog post… Officially a VIB! =-.

  4. Sharon says:

    The eyeliner looks gorgeous. I imagine it can really make eyes pop especially when used with a bright eyeshadow:-) maybe a jungle green color. The mister bright looks gorgeous. Too bad i doubt they’d work on a ddd like me.

  5. shontay says:

    I really want to get my hands on this stuff. I don’t own any Givenchy products, but I’ve been playing with it in Sephora lately, and I really want to buy some stuff. I love the shimmer in everything. I want the silver gloss to layer on top of some lipstick. This stuff is right up my alley.

  6. Ashley says:

    The Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen looks amazing aswell as the eyeliner. I think for the price they could be a little more pigmented though. They all have the right amount of shimmer but I’m wondering.. Does the Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect, actually plump up your lips? I don’t see a difference 🙁

  7. The Mr. Pearl looks interesting, as does the liner, but I don’t know if I can justify the prices for products that are not Amazing. With this brand, I think using the products makes one feel luxurious, even if the product itself is not extraordinary.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Urban Decay Friends and Family is Back!! =-.

  8. Catherine says:

    Oh man, the packaging looks gorgeous, but the lipstick and glosses are just too expensive for the color payoff, especially as I don’t like wearing sparkly lips during the daytime.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Regular Blogging Interuppted… =-.

  9. amy says:

    The Elegant Pearl gloss is definitely *blingtasic*! with the silver sparkles. I can imagine it will look very lovely as an over gloss. Pearl shine is nice too.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Enter the World of Daisy: Marc Jacobs Daisy Luminous Body Lotion Review =-.

  10. Christy says:

    Elegant is pretty….*drool* I agree, they look like pieces that would be worth layering over brights. I’m going to go play at Givenchy once this bug goes away.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… FOTD: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Flower Girl, Violet Femme & Plum Crazy =-.

  11. BlovetBeauty says:

    wow! these are mad gorgeous lippies.. esp pearl shine.. wat a sinful treat if I get these!!
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… Honey Love + Pink Nouveau + Jap. Mag. =-.

  12. Alexzandra says:

    The lipstick looks gorgeous, but for the price I wish it had a little more pigment.
    .-= Alexzandra’s last blog post… Weekend Wishlist: Flu Season =-.

  13. Jasmine says:

    OMG Tender Pearl and Pearl Shine are totes my colour! You know after you’ve applied lip balm for some time and your lips are a hushed shade of pink? Lovesit!

  14. wait4sum1 says:

    This collection kinda remind me of Platinum Collection from Bobbi Brown. .

  15. gio says:

    The liner looks gorgeous but I’m not digging the lip products. They are too subtle esp considering the price.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: What’s your favourite palette? =-.

  16. Marina says:

    Somehow I am not a big fan of Givenchy. I just have a lot of other brands. If someone is looking for such a pink shade like Elegant Pearl gloss I’d recommend Chanel Mica.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… L’Absolu Creme de Brilliance by Lancome Spring 2010 =-.

  17. Glosslizard says:

    I love the look of the Elegant Pearl gloss, but I get so frustrated with products that are so sheer that you can’t even really tell you’re wearing them! Grrrr.

  18. Lina says:

    That pink gloss looks pretty! I don’t know why I can’t ever get into Givenchy though. I think it’s their packaging. Perhaps I will try it out now though.
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… The Beauty Look Book November Giveaway! Comment To Win . . . =-.

  19. Rebecca says:

    Ooh, everything’s so sparkly! I wish the shine lipstick had a bit more color; it looks so pretty in the tube!
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Korres Face Primer Review =-.

  20. J says:

    I like the liner and the highlighter, but I wont be forking out for them =/

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