Merci beaucoup, Givenchy. Today your 10-piece Naivement Couture Collection for spring/summer 2011 let me momentarily forget about winter and the aching chill in my booty bones.
I may have even developed a fever in Sephora while swatching Naivement’s palette of sun-kissed pink, orange and gold, because I had a hallucination, fo’ reals!
At one point an eye palette in my hand turned into a tube of sunscreen right before my eyes (wha!?). When I looked up, I was standing on a warm beach at sunset. There was a bucket of beer at my feet and a man standing beside it. The man was James Franco. “Where’d you run off to, babe?” he said, and I answered, “Sephora?” I turned my head to see where I’d come from, but when I turned it back, James and the beach were gone…
Wait — where was I?
Oh, yeah, Givenchy. I know it’s early to be fantasizing about summer, but if you 1) anticipate finding yourself at the beach with a hot actor/graduate student/novelist (you never know) or 2) living in a place that start to heat up around June, consider stocking up on the long-wearing gel blush and felt-tip lip markers. I’m crushing hard on the matte pink Blush Gelee in Candide Pink ($33), which blends easily and creates a light, cooling sensation when applied (so refreshing!), and both of the Printed Lips markers ($30 each). All three of them offer sturdy, water-resistant color that should last through a day at the pool.
For more details on the Naivement Couture Collection, check out Naive Is Haute When It Comes to the Givenchy Naivement Couture Collection.
Lighter lasses, take a close look at the eye quad and powder blush. All four of the powder eyeshadows in Le Prisme Eyes in Candide Garden ($56) apply super sheer on my tan skin (I had to use four layers for these swatches), but the colors should sing louder on pale beauties. And the matte purplish pink Le Prisme Blush in It-Girl Purple ($44), which looked a little chalky on me, should behave better on fairer skin tones.
I’m intrigued by one of the products that wasn’t originally listed in the official PR. It’s called the Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm ($30). Made to be worn on cheeks and lips, this sheer pink balm feels sticky to the touch and dries to a matte finish. Like the Blush Gelee and the Printed Lips, it’s fairly water resistant, but I probably wouldn’t wear it on my cheeks because of how super sticky it feels, ewww. I can already see my hair sticking to it.
Last, but not least, are the Mad Men orange lipstick and lipgloss. The pigment in Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine ($29) and Gloss Interdit in Succulent Orange ($26.50) are no joke! If you like bright, retro orangey reds a la MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, then both of these colors might suit you well.
Swatches from the left: Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm ($30), Printed Lips in Pink Impression ($24.50), Printed Lips in Rose Impression ($24.50), Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine ($29) and Gloss Interdit in Succulent Orange ($26.50)
First four swatches: Le Prisme Eyes in Candide Garden ($56); swatch on far right: Phenomen’Eyes Mascara in Black ($29.50)
Blush Gelee in Candide Pink ($33) and Le Prisme Blush in It-Girl Purple ($44)
Swatches with flash
So what do ya think? From the comments on the previous Givenchy post, it seems like the orange/pink/gold combo was something gals either hated or loved. Holla at me if you see something you like.
Speaking of sunshine-y things, allow me to introduce you to my latest bag crush, the Classic Q Little Ukita in Marigold by MARC By Marc Jacobs. Reader Marisol and I ran into this beauty at Nordstrom today.
I love that bright yellow and how soft the leather feels. I also like that it can be worn as either a cross body or shoulder bag (so practical!). And it’s roomy enough to carry a book and a small water bottle on top of the necessities. Buuuuut, it’s super spendy. $398 (ZOMG!). We’ll see. I’ll have to think about it…for a long time.
Anywho, I hope you had a marvelous Monday. Did your week get off to a good start? Have you experienced any Fendi fevers lately or other bag crushes I should know about?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,