Today an eye quad made me nervous. And hungry. For turkey?
The Givenchy Le Prisme Eye Quad in Candide Garden($56), the lone quad in the new Givenchy Naivement Couture Collection for Spring/Summer, made me a little nervous because of how sheer the colors looked swatched on the back of my hand. I tried not to write too much into it before getting them on my lids, but before I could talk myself down, a word popped into my head that worried me even more: Thanksgiving! That’s what the orange, yellow and brown shades reminded me of, and I contemplated putting the quad down right there…
Don’t get me wrong — I love the holiday. In fact I’ve always been a fan. I’m down with the colors of the harvest and falling leaves and those cute cartoon turkeys, too, but was I ready to wear those shades on my lids? In March?
Apparently, I was. And I’m so glad. This wee little quad with its four powder shadows is actually pretty darn good (if not great, except for the price).
Yes, it takes three or four layers for the colors to really come into their own, but once I got them on my eyes, the shimmery brown, orange, gold and matte peach shades didn’t make me feel like Thanksgiving at all. I was too taken with them to think of turkey anymore.
I was surprised that despite my applying multiple layers, the shadows didn’t exhibit fallout beneath my eyes, and they also blended like a dream along the way (I used my MAC 217).
In these pics I’m wearing the darker orange shade on my outer lids, the gold on my inner lids, the peach along my brow bone and the brown shade along my lash and waterlines. All told, the eye portion of the look only took about 10-15 minutes to do.
First four swatches: Le Prisme Eyes in Candide Garden ($56); swatch on far right: Phenomen’Eyes Mascara in Black ($29.50), also from the Naivement Couture Collection
Additional makeup worn in this look: Dolce & Gabbana Volumized Lashes Mascara and Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel on eyes; Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush on cheeks; and Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine on lips
Candide Garden is one spendy product, and while I wouldn’t have minded more pigment for the price, I still think it’s a good example of a luxury product done right. The shadows blend easily, stay put all day long, and don’t look heavy on my lids. If you already miss Thanksgiving and don’t mind a splurge, this could be your next quad.
PRICE: $56 (!)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
What happened to hump day?
I can’t believe we’re already closer to Friday than Monday. What’s up with that? I wish I could say I did something thrilling today, but the most exciting parts of my day were the few miles I ran on the treadmill and the mini-cupcakes I ate when I was done.
Hope you had a great day. Talk to you soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. It’s time to get your art on, Clarins fans. Enter the Clarins Behind the Vanity Facebook photo contest for a chance to win a year’s supply of products from Clarins.
The rules are kinda neat. Just arrange the toiletries in your beauty cabinet into something kinda artistic — like a heart, a shape or maybe something abstract — and take a snapshot. Submit your pièce de résistance on the Clarins Facebook page for your chance to win. Voters will select the picture they like best.
The contest starts today and ends on March 30, 2011. Good luck!