Thursday, April 10, 2014

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

Hello, everyone! Long time no see! I know, I know, it's all my fault. I've been busy, I've been neglectful. But here I am, alive and, allow me to rephrase. And, well, here I am, alive. Haha! Anyhow, bad jokes aside, I've swatched the new Givenchy shadows to make it up to you.

These guys are a new cream shadow offering from the brand we grew to know and love following their release of that "weird ball thingy" mascara that really put them on the makeup map. There are nine waterproof, long-wearing (Givenchy claims 16 hours, but can't personally attest to this) highly pigmented shades in the current lineup, and one'll set you back $23, a pleasant surprise when you consider Givenchy's competitors (Dior's Fusion Monos cost $30 each, while Chanel's Illusions d'Ombres come in at $36). On Sephora's website, the shadows are also suggested for use as all over bases--for me, MAC's Paint Pots came to mind, as these come in similar packaging. So, without further ado, let's get swatchin'!
The Shades
1 Top Coat Blanc Satin a "top coat" shade intended for use as a highlighter or in conjunction with another shade
2 Beige Mousseline a beige I would classify as a pastel camel color, if that exists
3 Rose Dentelle a dusty rose shade, the most wearable in my opinion of the nine on offer
4 Bleu Sole a rich, indigo-leaning navy, tied for my favorite with Brun Cachemire
5 Taupe Velours a minky taupe, more grey than brown, which was kind of a disappointment
6 Kaki Brocart an army green, I knew this would be a hit and its the only shade currently sold out at Sephora!
7 Gris Organza a deep charcoal, I can see smokey eye lovers reaching for this one a lot
8 Prune Taffetas a lovely violet, still muted enough that it wouldn't overpower a look
9 Brun Cachemire a gorgeous chocolate, perfect for those who can't get enough browns
And another shot of the swatches, this time with flash:
Personally, none of these shades jumped out at me enough to merit purchasing them, but if you feel the need to build your color (or cream shadow) wardrobe, I can see any one of these making a lovely addition. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't get to properly test the wear of the shadows, but they were creamy and applied smoothly to the back of my hand. As you can see, they are certainly pigmented; my only gripe is that they're not entirely consistent throughout the range or even a swipe of the shadow (though I'm sure that could be remedied with a more careful application.) The price point, in my opinion, leaves enough wiggle room for appeal to those who are wary of spending $36 on a shadow single (though I do love the Chanel option.) If you fancy seeing for yourself, you can purchase Givenchy's Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows at Sephora, and anywhere Givenchy cosmetics are sold.

If you've sampled these already, please let me know what you think of them, down below!
Katy xx

1 comment :

  1. I just ordered Rose Dentelle today! Can't wait to get it!