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 CaffÃ¨ Americano sipped at an outdoor cafe).
A Sunlit Look
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.
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 GelÃ©e 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 KhÃ´l 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.
Blush GelÃ©e in Candide Pink
Le Prisme Eye Quad in Candide Garden
Magic KhÃ´l Eyeliner in Coffee 15
Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine 50
Rouge Inerdit Shine Lipstick in Candide Nude 27
Gloss Interdit in Candide Tanderine 30,
Vernis Please in Candide Peach 173
Repromoted items from the permanent collection
The Givenchy Naivement Couture Collection
Limited Edition Items
- Blush GelÃ©e 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 KhÃ´l 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
- Photo’Perfexion in Perfect Vanilla 4, $44
- Mister Light in Mister Milk 2, $32
- Le Prisme Visage in Peach Plumetis 3, $45
- Phenomen’Eyes in Brown 2, $29
- Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension in Extension Black 1, $29
- Le Prisme Yeux Mono in Smart Nude 10, $29
- Mister Eyebrow, $22.50
- Magic KhÃ´l in Black 1, $21.50
- Gloss Interdit in Coral Frenzy 3, $25.50
I couldn’t help but notice that most of the repromoted face products appear geared to lighter lasses. I’ve had high hopes for this collection because I have a soft spot for warm colors, but I really hope this doesn’t mean the colors will falter on darker skin (I’m keeping my fingers crossed).
Epic Running Mix!
Last night I hit the treadmill and stumbled (ha!) upon this euphoric music mix on my iPod. I had it on random, and these are the songs that played. I have to warn you — I like lots of cheeseball pop.
Steppin’ Out, Kaskade
Cradle of Love, Billy Idol
Don’t Change, INXS
Hypnotize, Notorious B.I.G.
We R Who We R, Ke$ha
Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z
Bulletproof, La Roux
Club Can’t Handle Me, Flo-Rida
Nothing on You, B.o.B.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,