Between the hypnotic packaging sparkling like a shimmery pair of black snakeskin and patent leather heels, the glittery catchlights and the sheer, high-shine finish of its four powder shadows, Givenchy’s Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80 ($58) is like a makeup oasis glistening in a desert flush with fall smokey eyes.
Outside of the packaging
No. 80 is the new quad in Givenchy’s Acoustic Colors collection for autumn/winter 2012, and man! — it’s sparkly.
So sparkly that it even gave my inner drag queen reason to pause…
KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “Baby, I dunno if we can do this.”
KAREN: “Yeah, that is a lot of glitter, but check out how sheer the shadows are. They’re really only lightly tinted but have a shiny finish and gobs of glitter.
“I bet if we apply one all over our lids with a flat eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239, it would look really cool. We’d get a wash of sheer pigment, a shiny finish and sparkle from the glitter on top.
“Trust me — we can make it look classy.”
KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “Classy with a ‘c’ or klassy with a ‘k’?”
KAREN: “Dude, classy with a ‘c’! It’ll look like twinkling lights, and because the flecks of glitter are pretty big, I bet we’ll be able to see ‘em from a few feet away.
“We’ll just have to make sure we don’t go overboard with the rest of our eye look, which we can do by keeping the liner simple and skipping the false lashes.”
KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “B*tch, you know the last time I toned anything down was never. Does not compute!”
KAREN: “Okay, well, to turn it up instead, we can press the shadow directly on our lids. That should intensify the pigment even more, KAPOW! We’ll have to start with a layer of primer to get more of that glitter to latch on to our skin… Hey, I thought you were nervous about wearing so much glitter?”
KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “Last time I checked I was the one who held the diva card in this relationship, which means I can change my mind whenever I want.
[Snaps three times in a Z.]
“Now go about your business so I can practice lip-synching It’s Raining Men.”
As I was saying, this is one of those products where you really have to love glitter.
Good thing I do (I go through phases) because the stuff gets everywhere!
Gelee D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose #18 (left) and Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80 (right)
Swatches from the left: Gelee D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose #18, Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80, Le Gloss Revelateur De Liv Magic Lipgloss Lipcolor Revealer in LIVely Pink #34 and Le Rose Revelateur De Liv Magic Lipstick Lipcolor Releaver in LIVely Pink #57
It’s not that the powders have a lot of fallout or anything. More that the flecks of glitter are fairly large, and there’s just so much of it that even when I’m careful to tap the excess off my brush before I apply and then clean up the glitter on my face with a makeup wipe, a few wayward flecks still find their way to my cheeks, nose and chin, and sometimes even my brows.
It helps when I do my eye makeup first, clean up any stray glitter with a makeup wipe (I like MAC Wipes and Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes), and then do my foundation, brows, etc., afterward.
Additional makeup worn in this look…
- Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor in Espresso: Brows
- MAC Concrete Eyeshadow: Brows
- Becca Brow Shaping Gel: Brows
- Becca Eye Tint in Romanticism: Lids (as a base)
- MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash: Lashes
- L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black: Upper lash line
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion: Upper and lower water line
- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz and Cuba: Face
- MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium Dark: Forehead, nose and chin
- MAC Select Moisturecover in NW25: Under eyes
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun: Back of my cheeks
- MAC Blushbaby Blush: Apples of my cheeks
- NARS Sin Blush: Apples of my cheeks
- MAC Lipstick in Syrup: Lips
Basically, brace yourself for some stray glitter. If you’re gonna do the glitter dance with this quad, you just gotta go with the flow.
Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80 isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re not averse to the idea, it could be a fun way to inject drama into your eye makeup routine.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon exclusively to Sephora and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
For more on the Givenchy Acoustic collection, check out…
- Metallics, Shimmer and Shine? I Heard That! Introducing the Givenchy Acoustic Colors Collection for Fall 2012
- What Do the Givenchy Acoustic Colors Magic Lipstick and Lipgloss Reveal? Here’s a Tint: It’s Sheer, Pink and Looks Natural
- And the Award for Longest Name in a Lip Gloss This Fall Goes to…Givenchy Acoustic Colors Gelee D’Interdie Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Bourne soir, mademoiselle. Just got back from seeing the new Bourne movie, and my first reaction? There could have been more shirtless-ness.
Pretty good, though. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would after reading some of the reviews, and more than the second Bourne movie with Matt. I wasn’t a big fan of the shaky handheld camera thing, which was also used in this one, ugh!
I think Jeremy was a little underutilized, too. He could have been even more of an @ss-kicker, and I was hoping for a scene where he’d cut Rachel Weisz’s hair and then do her makeup.
(But hearing Jeremy speak Tagalog at the end was worth the price of admission.)