Givenchy Acoustic Colors: Acoustic Purple Vernis Please! & Lively Pink Le Gloss Revelateur de Liv

Hey everyone!

TGIF! I hope all of you pulled through the week unscratched, and are happily waiting for your work day to end! Today we’re going to look at some of the last things from the autumn releases I have to show you, Givenchy Acoustic Purple Vernis Please! and Lively Pink Le Gloss Revelateur de Liv.

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Givenchy 2012 Fall Releases: Acoustic Colors, Smile ‘n Repair, Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir

A little while back I was invited to The Dominican Hotel in Brussels to discover everything Givenchy is bringing out this fall, including their Acoustic Colors collection, Smile ‘n Repair, and fragrance Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir. Today I want to share with you the quick observations that I made!

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Are you Ready to Cruise with Givenchy Summer Collections? Healthy Glow Powder Ambre Croisiere, Mister Radiant Body, Rouge Interdit Shine Delicate Brown, Ombre a Fleur de Peau Pearly Nude, Swatch, Review, & FOTD

Hey everyone!

TGIF! How are you doing? I can hardly believe this week has come to an end! I have been super busy, so maybe that’s why it felt really fast! What are your plans for the weekend? I might see some friends, but essentially I have to WORK! Haven’t had a proper lazy weekend for a while here. Can’t say I wouldn’t enjoy one, but I have so much to share with you guys I must not be lazy!

Today I’m here to share the swatches, review, and FOTDs of the Givenchy Summer Collections. Mister Radiant Body and Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Croisiere come from the Croisiere Collection, and Rouge Interdit Shine in Delicate Brown and Ombre a Fleur de Peau in Pearly Nude come from the ÉTÉ À FLEUR DE PEAU collection.

Ready? Let’s go!

The Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Croisiere is by far the finest bronzer I have ever used. It makes the other bronzers I own, or most bronzers when it comes to the matter, seem so rough and coarse! The packaging is sleek and sturdy, and the lid has a magnetic closure which I like. It includes a decent-sized mirror should you wish to touch up when you are out and about. The pattern is interesting (looks like something knitted), and it doesn’t wear off after several uses. The powder is so amazingly fine that it feels like it would melt when you go through it with your finger. It has a slight shimmer, but it is so very fine that the finish is more satin than anything else. On my NC30 skin tone, if applied lightly, it gives me a credible healthy glow. However, if you want something a little more dramatic, you can go very dark with it! The powder is talc-free, so if you’re allergic to talc (or prefer not to use talc), this is a good one to consider!

Mister Radiant Body is not your regular fake tan. It doesn’t look fake, orange, or unnaturally-tanned. It has a gel texture, and as you spread the gel out and massage it in, the little pearls get crushed and release their colors. The gel is not sticky at all. It absorbs and dries very fast on skin without leaving any residue. The smell is also very pleasant. It is slightly shimmery, but much like Ambre Croisiere, the shimmer isn’t in-your-face at all. For my NC30 skin tone, Mister Radiant Body adds just a hint of color. I don’t think this product is designed to make you go two shades darker to be honest, so if that’s what you’re looking for you might have to look elsewhere. For me, this is a good product for the moment. Spring has just begun, so I’m showing a little more skin than I would in winter. However, I haven’t got the opportunity to tan yet so I do look a little pale. This is the thing that gives me a little boost, some credible color with no fuss! It washes off very easily too, so don’t worry about fake tan going wrong! I would suggest you try this before purchasing, especially if you are darker than I am, just to make sure it’s the kind of product you are looking for!

The cream shadow is what a lot of you have been excited about, and I can see why! The packaging is delicate, luxurious, yet sturdy. The texture of this cream shadow is as light and airy as a mousse. It feels like a nice sea breeze on your lids. In the swatch photo you can see it swatched heavily and completely sheered out, but on lids I tend to make it more something in-between. If you like glitter but hate the fallout, this could be your thing. The glitter adheres to the base very well, so I’ve never had any fallout from this. I would suggest you use this over a primer and under some eyeshadow. It does crease infinitesimally on me. I get that in about two hours, but it’s so little that unless I shove my face in front of the mirror I don’t see it. Also, as time progresses, the creasing doesn’t become worse. I have to admit though, not a lot of things DON’T crease on me. I’ve met people who swear they get no creasing from this cream shadow, so it could be just me. Still, the texture is amazingly feathery, and it’s the only thing I’ve seen that contains glitter without any fallout!

Rouge Interdit Shine in Delicate Brown is a frosty reddish brown with glitter. Don’t let the description scare you though! As you can see, on my lips it doesn’t look too 80’s! The coverage of this lipstick is pretty amazing, despite the fact that it’s one of those lipstick/gloss hybrid. There is glitter, but it doesn’t travel around and doesn’t feel gritty. On me it lasts about 3 hours, which is good for a lipstick! I also really like the packaging. There is shimmer in the plastic cap that you don’t really see in daylight, but with lower indoor lighting it comes to live! It has a typical luxury brand lipstick smell (kind of perfume-y if you know what I mean). It disappears soon enough once it is applied, so it doesn’t bother me too much.

Now, onto the FOTD I did with all these products! I used a layer of Pearly Nude all over my lids, blending some Urban Decay Buck into the crease. I dusted some Ambre Croisiere all over my face (you see it better in the second picture), used Mister Radiant Body on the exposed skin, and one pass of Delicate Brown on my lips! It’s actually not warm enough to wear such a dress yet. It’s just something I imagine I’d wear if I ever go on a fancy cruise!

Now I’m all dressed for the cruise, where is that cocktail bar?

What do you think? Did any of the products catch your eye? Are you interested in trying any of them out?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

Behind the scenes:

For once when I’m not trying to make Tango model for me, he had to butt in and take a look at the pretty bronzer!

Swatches: Givenchy Croisiere Collection for Summer 2012

Hey everyone,

Earlier today I posted the Givenchy Summer collection, and now I’m here to show you their Croisiere Collection!

In this collection, the star of the show is the Healthy Glow Powder.

See that brush? That’s the Givenchy Kabuki brush. It beats even my favorite Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush! It’s made with goat hair and it’s SOOOOO super soft. Just thinking about it makes me melt a little…

I saw three of these powders, including Douce Croisiere (02), Ambre Croisiere (03), and Extreme Croisiere (04). Anastasia swirled the kabuki brush in one of them (I THINK it was Ambre Croisiere, but I was busy snapping pictures so I’m not 100% sure) and let me dust it on the back of my hand. It was a very very natural glowy tan, not too far from my own skin tone, but definitely healthier-looking. I will have to test the sample out to say if it’s buildable, but my initial experience was rather positive! The powder is talc-free, so for those of you who are allergic to/don’t like talc, this should be good news! I really like the texture as well. It is by far the softest/finest bronzer I have tried. It is shimmery, but the shimmery is very fine. I’ll have to test it out on my face from tomorrow on to see if it enhances pores, but at the moment I don’t have that impression.

Here are the three of them photographed individually, followed by the swatch:

Douce Croisiere (02)

Ambre Croisiere (03)

Extreme Croisiere (04)

Next, let’s move on to the Mister Radiant Made-to-Measure glow. It is a gel that has little pearls, and as you massage it into your skin, the pearls break and give you a bit of color. As far as I know the one for face is permanent, but the one for body is limited edition.

This is how the gel looks:

This is how it looks half-blended. See the crushed pearls?

This is how my hand looks afterwards. Definitely a bit tanner (though the difference isn’t very big)!

This is the bottle of Mister Radiant Body. From what I can already tell you, the texture is great. It is not sticky or greasy at all. It is a pleasant gel that I look forward to trying!

Last but not least, I am going to show you the lip products. The lip liner is not actually part of the collection. Anastasia thought about introducing it because it works well with the glosses. The liner is waterproof, and from my swatching experience I could already tell it means business (but it’s not impossible to remove, which I appreciate)!

Here are the two Balm Lip Gloss in Natural Croisiere and Pink Croisiere.

Here is the swatch of the three lip products:

The balm glosses are definitely on the sheer side, but they are supposed to be moisturizing. If that’s what you’re looking for, make sure you take a look!

Last but not least, another of Givenchy’s latest release is a new addition to their Very Irresistible line, Electric Rose:

As little as I know/knew Givenchy cosmetics, I’ve been a fan of their perfumes for almost 10 years (their Eau Torride is my first perfume love). There aren’t many Givenchy perfumes that I dislike/think I’ll never wear, which is quite an achievement! Actually, to honor the occasion today, I wore the Very Irresistible Sensual Eau de Parfum. It is usually something I reserve for the colder months or nighttime, but oh well :p

That’s the second Givenchy collection I’m showing you. Did you see anything you like? Make sure you stay tuned for all the upcoming swatches and review (no, I didn’t receive the whole collection, but I have some pieces)! I’ll try my best to push those out as soon as I can!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Again, special thanks go to Anastasia for being such a sweetheart!!! I know I acted like a crazy woman taking several pictures of the same thing, but it’s all for the best :p

Sneak Preview: Givenchy Summer 2012 Collection (Probably the FIRST Batch of Swatches You’ll See!!!)

Hey everyone!

How are you doing? I hope you’re coping just fine with the beginning of a new working week. I had quite possibly the most exciting Monday ever in my life, because I was invited to the headquarters of Givenchy to see their new collections! Since I took way too many pictures (naturally), I am going to divide them into two parts. For this part, I will show you the sneak peek of their Summer 2012 Collection. For the next part, I will show you their Crosiere Collection (most of which is permanent) and the complimentary products that will work well with it.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Let me not prolong the wait by showing you the star of the show: the much-anticipated Ombre a Fleur de Peau Cream Eyeshadow in Pearly Rose and Pearly Nude!

Pearly Rose is a very mauve-y pink on me, and Pearly Nude is really just nude. In the pictures below you can see how they swatch and how they look once they are blended out.

To be very honest, I was a little skeptical when I saw the promotional image. Literally every brand nowadays, including drugstore ones offer similar products, so why would Givenchy bother? Once I started blending it on the back of my hand however, I realized the texture is exquisitely good. It is like a mousse that goes on airy light. I am not too sure about the glitter, and I will have to test it out to report if it has any fall-out, so you might have to give me a couple of days for that!

This collection comes with a magic kajal called Delicate Nude. It is supposed to be great for the waterline (to brighten the eyes up without looking very fake in comparison with a stark white liner), or even as a lip liner. Every Givenchy liner comes with a sharpener, and this is no exception!

Next we have the lip products. This collection comes with one Rouge Interdit (#56 Delicate Rose), one Rouge Interdit Shine (#26 Delicate Brown), and one Gloss Interdit (#03 Coral Frenzy).

The lipsticks feel light and smooth. I am not too sure about the glitter in Delicate Brown, so again, I will have to test it out to see if the glitter will travel around. The Gloss Interdit has the texture of a glaze. It is neither the most sheer nor the stickiest gloss I have tried.

In terms of nail polish, Givenchy has actually brought out a color that is uncommon enough for summer: a brown by the name of Delicate Brown. Below you can also see the beautiful hand of Anastasia, or should I call her Ms Givenchy?

They even brought out a brown mascara (Mascara Phenomenon Brown), if you want to keep the look very casual and understated (though admittedly it wouldn’t work for everyone):

Apparently the brush is easy to use once you figure out you are not supposed to zig-zag with it the way you use your regular mascaras. Instead, you are supposed to push your eyelashes up from the roots with it. Also, another piece of news is that Givenchy will be launching a revolutionary mascara in September. There is a media embargo on this one, so Anastasia couldn’t tell me more than this. However, at least we know we should keep our eyes peeled!

So this is the sneak peek of Givenchy Summer 2012 for you! What do you think? Is the anything that you’re interested in checking out? Again, I have received some pieces to try out, so if you want to know how they work, you should stay tuned (follow me on Bloglovin’ or Twitter would be the first step)!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Special thanks go to Anastasia who is all kinds of gorgeous, and tolerated while I took pictures and swatched all the products like a mad woman!