Naive Is Haute When It Comes to the Givenchy Naivement Couture Collection

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givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011

You don’t have to love the way you look in sunny shades of warm orange and yellow to like Givenchy’s new Naivement Couture collection, but it certainly helps.


The spring/summer collection beams onto eyes, lips, faces and nails with buttery colors all kissed by the sun. These orange, pink, green, beige and peach shades have me looking forward to window shopping in the springtime and cruising sunny sidewalks with El Hub. 🙂 And even the name, which means “naively couture” in French, seems to fit with that mood (as would a Caffè Americano sipped at an outdoor cafe).

A Sunlit Look

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011

See how the orange eyeshadow extends beyond the model’s eyelids and up into her brows, and how it sweeps below her eyes and melts into the pink blush upon her cheeks? — like rays of sunlight painted on?

It almost looks like it’s radiating heat, which, considering how cold and gray it is here, makes me want to jump through the monitor.

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011

I love watching this kind of makeup strut down the runway, but how would it work in the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe’s? Ha! Isn’t that a reasonable question? 🙂 I mean, I guess I could make it more wearable by only applying the orange to the lids…

What’s Permanent, Limited Edition, and Where It Can Be Found

The 16-piece release comes with both permanent and limited edition products, nine of them repromotes that area available now, and seven are limited edition.

International gals can look forward to all seven of the L.E. pieces arriving this spring; Here in the U.S., we’ll have to settle for just four (coming to Sephora stores and online next month).

The Four Givenchy Naivement Couture Limited Edition Pieces Coming to the U.S.

My lazy bum can’t wait to see — and touch — the hot pink Blush Gelée in Candide Pink ($33). Like the Aura Sheer Cheek Stain from Hourglass, it comes with a sponge-tip applicator, but instead of a twist-up pen, it has a squeeze tube (can I get an AMEN for convenient packaging?). Givenchy says their Blush Gelees have a high water content that creates a cooling sensation on the skin that I bet will feel nice and refreshing when it’s hot.

The eyeshadow quad, Le Prisme Eye Quad in Candide Garden ($56), looks like something I’d expect to find growing in my parents’ garden at home. The four earth-toned shadows, in fresh shades of orange, brown and green, should add a gentle warmth to the eyes.

And to emphasize those pretty peepers even more, there’s the creamy brown Magic Khôl Eyeliner in Coffee ($22). A swipe and smudge along lower lash lines should do the trick.

Last, but not least, there’s Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine 50 ($29), a deliciously shiny orange like a more elegant, refined version of my granny’s old school coral Revlon Orange Flip. I’d rock it with a cat eye for a Mad Men-inspired look.

The Givenchy Naivement Couture Promo Pics

Have a look, and let me know which ones warm you up. 🙂

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Blush Gelée in Candide Pink

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Le Prisme Eye Quad in Candide Garden

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Magic Khôl Eyeliner in Coffee 15

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine 50

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Rouge Inerdit Shine Lipstick in Candide Nude 27

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Gloss Interdit in Candide Tanderine 30,

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Vernis Please in Candide Peach 173

givenchy naivement couture collection spring 2011
Repromoted items from the permanent collection

The Givenchy Naivement Couture Collection

Limited Edition Items

  • Blush Gelée in Candide Pink, $33 (available both in the U.S. and international)
  • Le Prisme Eye Quad in Candide Garden 78, $56 (U.S. and international)
  • Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine 50, $29 (U.S. and international)
  • Magic Khôl Eyeliner in Coffee 15, $22 (U.S. and international)
  • Rouge Inerdit Shine Lipstick in Candide Nude 27, $28 (international only)
  • Gloss Interdit in Candide Tanderine 30, $25.50 (international only)
  • Vernis Please in Candide Peach 173, price to be determined, as I’m waiting on official word from the Givenchy folks (international only)

Repromoted Items from the Permanent Collection

I couldn’t help but notice that most of the repromoted face products appear geared to lighter lasses. I’ve had high hopes for this collection because I have a soft spot for warm colors, but I really hope this doesn’t mean the colors will falter on darker skin (I’m keeping my fingers crossed).

Epic Running Mix!

Last night I hit the treadmill and stumbled (ha!) upon this euphoric music mix on my iPod. I had it on random, and these are the songs that played. I have to warn you — I like lots of cheeseball pop. 😉

Steppin’ Out, Kaskade

Cradle of Love, Billy Idol

Don’t Change, INXS

Hypnotize, Notorious B.I.G.

We R Who We R, Ke$ha

Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z


Bulletproof, La Roux

Club Can’t Handle Me, Flo-Rida

Nothing on You, B.o.B.

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  1. beth says:

    OMG, that jelly blush looks awesome.
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  2. vonnie says:

    that blush looks soooo convenient!! and the nail polish is gorgeous 😀
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  3. Tiffany says:

    That blush will be mine! That’s a decent price for Givenchy, yah?

    Check out the High Contrast remix of Bulketproof! You can find it on YouTube. Love that song!

    • Karen says:

      It is. I really hope it layers well… can’t wait to find out of the cooling sensation is really, uh, cool! 😀

      Are you still snowed in?

      And thank you for the song rec!

      • Tiffany says:

        Yup, the roads are still solid ice and we have no salt trucks here. We did leave the house to walk to lunch today. It was quite the adventure but I managed to not slip. I dealt with my stir crazyness by browsing the sephora website for way too long and buying some springy goodies. I discovered tarte has made powder blush versions of their cheek stains – have you seen these yet? I ordered tipsy – my fave of the stains!

  4. Heidi says:

    The eyeshadow quad and the nail polish are amazing!

    And as for that song mix: Cradle of Love and Don’t Change are two of my favorite songs ever!

  5. Appu says:

    Blush Gelée OMG!!!! I WANT it 🙂
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  6. Nina says:

    blush gelee — wooowww!!! makes me want to look pretty and eat it all at the same time!

  7. Tracy says:

    Normally, I just glance at the Givenchy display, but this time I shall stop and really look! I’m really liking the whole tangerine thing that’s going on here-and it looks good on a really pale person! Likey!
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  8. Jessi says:

    Oh my. It looks like they gave the poor model jaundice. I do not think think this look would transfer well to the real world.

    I’m really feeling the Blush Gelée. I would be hesitant to buy it without a review, though, to see how bendable it is. Knowing me and my lack of skills I would end up with polka dotted cheeks.

  9. Amber says:

    The quad looks a lot less scary than the photo of the model led me to expect. 😀

    I’m impressed that you can remember the songs that played while you were exercising. Usually at the end of a workout, I can remember maybe the first song and last song I heard, and pretty much anything could have happened in between!
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  10. Chris25 says:

    I love the model’s makeup! The tangerine lipstick looks good to me. I don’t own any orange lippes. Strange, I thought I owned every color!
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  11. snoopysteph says:

    Eh, pass. Givenchy has never caught my interest.

    LOVE Kaskade! Have you ever seen him live?

    • Karen says:

      No. That’s the only song I know by him… and it’s only ’cause we danced to it once in class. Do you have any to recommend?

      • snoopysteph says:

        Move For Me, I Remember, Angel On My Shoulder. He’s also a member of Late Night Alumni, check out their song Empty Streets (especially Tiesto’s remix).

        Kaskade is from Chicago but lives in SF – I saw him live at a small venue here in Nov. 2009. Good stuff!

        • Karen says:

          I remember my hip hop teacher telling me that! Thanks for the recs. I didn’t know you liked dance music. 🙂

          • snoopysteph says:

            Oh yes, I’m a huge dance/trance fan. It all started with Tiesto back in 2002…Kaskade’s style is more chill, downtempo beats but still fun to dance to! Tiesto is great to listen to while running.

          • Karen says:

            I love certain genres of dance music (drum n bass, deep house) and others I need a few beers to appreciate, LOL!

            Happy almost birthday, btw! Do you have your plans for the weekend ironed out?

          • snoopysteph says:

            My husband used to dj back in the day and was REALLY into deep house. He made me a mix cd of his favorite tracks when we were still dating and it’s awesome to rock out to!

            Saturday night I’m meeting up with some girlfriends for Mexican food & margaritas, with some dancing afterwards if the mood strikes. Sunday I’m going to a minor league hockey game with my son, my husband & his mom. Should be fun, although I’m not too excited about turning 31, lol!

  12. Saffron says:

    I sometimes do an almost identical eye look to this with the orange from Nars mediterranee – I’ve gotta blend to I bleed but it looks fantastic on me when I go big and blend up over the brows. I’m not sure if it’s my red hair – my brows and mediterranee are almost the same color – or super deep set eyes that let me pull it off but given that I look like crap in a smokey eye it’s my favorite go-to high drama look.

    I normally hate spring colors – pastels! blech! but that quad is lovely. $56 for pale, sheer shades lovely? This is my issue with Givenchy – other brands give me a whole lot of bang for my makeup buck, so I’d have to be really freakin enamored with something to want to pay that premium.

    Is anyone else bugged by that model’s deer-in-the-headlights look?

  13. Olga says:

    I’m in love with this blush just from what I see here. I’m so going to try it out when it’s in stores over here in Germany.
    Thanks for shearing this. 😀
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  14. Dea says:

    I know it’s photoshopped – but what I would do for this porcelain teint!!!!

  15. Kim says:

    I’ve always thought “who on earth could wear orange shadow?”. Now I know. This looks amazing. Of course, it’s completely unwearable in the real world, but still, it makes me want to go out and buy some! 🙂

    I have a lot of INXS on my iPod too. I might have to add Cradle of Love – that was always my BI favorite. I was on shuffle last night too and must have flipped through 100 songs on the treadclimber. There was nothing I seemed to want to listen to. Good timing that you included some recs above! 🙂

    • Fieran says:

      Nooo, it’s not unwearable. Really. I’m wearing Follow Your Fancy pigment today on black base (Slick Black Greasepaint Stick) and it doesn’t look too bad – if I may say so myself 🙂 I’m NW43 and I didn’t scare anybody yet 😉
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      • Kim says:

        I’m sure you look awesome! I should have specified unwearable from eyebrows to blush on *me*. I’d be scaring people left and right!! 🙂 Though, I’m seriously going to look into an orange shadow or two now that I see how great it looks with green eyes. I’ll just need to keep it on my lids!

        • Fieran says:

          I’m going to be a brat and suggest NARS Taj Mahal now 😉 That’s some crazy pigment but it just might work for you if applied with a light hand. I put only ONE swipe on yesterday and it was still so much pigment I had to sheer it out. Try it! 🙂 [e/s or Taj Mahal]

  16. NeenaJ says:

    Thank you, Givenchy, for not riding the Pink and Gray Spring Trend Train to Everyoneisdoingit Town!!

    I’m very happy to see these colors! The quad warrants a closer look – very pretty and wearable for us warm-toned girls.

  17. The extended orange eyeshadow is very reminiscent of Cheryl Cole’s look in the Fight for this Love video (watch out for her, she’s hitting your shores as one of the new X Factor panellists).

    The jelly blush looks incredible; a sure fire way to get that pink and dewy Spring glow. recently posted … The Best Pigment Pot Eyeshadows

  18. Fieran says:

    Love the quad and the nail polish – hmm, must stalk duty free next month! 🙂
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  19. Katrina says:

    Oh these are intriguing! I’m also in love with the blush, this looks like it would be fun to play with for sure.

  20. Andreea says:

    I am not thrilled. The promo pic is nice, though!

  21. Lucie says:

    I love this collection! Totally adore bright tangerine and pink hues! I think I’m someone who can luckily pull off dramatic orange lips, so I’ll be grabbing that lipstick. The gel blush looks really nice too.

  22. Nicole says:

    Just died and entered Givenchy Heaven!

  23. Lilac says:

    “See how the orange eyeshadow extends beyond the model’s eyelids and up into her brows, and how it sweeps below her eyes and melts into the pink blush upon her cheeks? — like rays of sunlight painted on?”

    To me it looks like either she had been at a bar brawl or ran into something (literally). Sorry 😀 A rather unflattering look which does not match the pretty gown.

  24. Emma says:

    I love the blush so match

  25. Emma says:


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