Givenchy has new signature eyeshadow palettes, called Le 9 De Givenchy, created by Nicolas Degennes, the Makeup and Color Artistic Director of Givenchy Beauty. Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Palette is a palette of nine couture eyeshadows available in five unique and complementary harmonies for an infinite choice of bold and graphic looks. I was very excited after the first look of the palettes was revealed, no doubt the harmonies are beyond gorgeous. Even just by looking at any of the five palettes, you can get creative to define numerous looks.
I am working with 2 Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Palettes – 9.02 and 9.05 and really loving how beautifully they are done – the shades compliment each other so nicely in a unique way. Be it a day or night look, natural or intense – you can achieve all within the tones with one palette. The formula is so creamy, smooth and silky, applies so well. It blends so easily and effortlessly.
Be it with a brush or just a fingertip, depending on my need and the finish I am looking for, they are easy to work with. I have used the shades alone as well as layered them, there are no issues. I have even used my finger to give a hint of shimmer or shine on my eyelids, the formula works so well. The formula is pigmented, easily buildable, and comfortable to wear. The longevity of the shades is pretty nice without settling into the crease or fall out once set.
Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Palette Harmony 9.02 Vert Atelier combines earth-tone browns and warm coppers. The bright pop of emerald in the palette is inspired by the latest runway shows.
Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Harmony Palette 9.05 Pourpre Pandora offers rustic browns and copper tones, heightened by a rich Bordeaux-red shade, a true ode to Couture.
Per the official website, “use the dual-tip brush to create a variety of makeup looks. Use the flat brush to smooth the powder over the eyelid and blur the colour using the blending tip.
▪ For a nude look: apply the lightest, most luminous shade to the inner corner of the eye, then a neutral one to the mobile lid. Blend both colors towards the outer corner to open out the eyes.
▪ For a sophisticated look: apply the shadow to the center of the mobile lid using the flat side of the brush. Bring definition to the crease of the eye with a matte medium brown shadow, then place a darker shade in the outer corner and blend in.
▪ For a couture look: smooth the palette’s couture shade over the entire eyelid up to the eyebrow arch, shading in the edges with a neutral tone. Extend the powder to the outer corner and apply a lighter, glittery colour to illuminate the inner corner of the eye. Define the lower and upper lash lines with a dark shade to intensify the look.”
The palettes feature four finishes, blending neutral tones with sophisticated shades for unending ideas of colour combinations and finishes. The pearly particles of different sizes and concentrations result to offer satin, glitter, and metallic finishes centring around one unique shade that signs each harmony with a positive couture allure. Then there are matte shades without the pearly particles.
The palettes are presented in a luxurious black compact stamped with Maison’s signature logo that includes a clip-on dual-tip brush for a two-in-one couture finish and looks.
Overall, beautiful Couture Eyeshadow palettes from Givenchy. Again, there is no limit, you can use them as eyeshadows, highlighter, or even a blush based on the look you are looking for. Givenchy Beauty products are available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora.ca.*Press samples
Fresh products have been always there in my beauty routine since I remember. In this article, I am sharing a few products which I have shared in the past too and are still in my skincare routine while some are new to me. One of those products is Fresh Soy Cleanser. There is not a time when I did not have Fresh Soy Cleanser on my bathroom shelf, I do not remember how many tubes, both regular and limited edition, have I finished and repurchased. I reviewed it here in the past.
Fresh Soy Cleanser is a gel cleanser that is very gentle on the skin, cleans and refreshes the skin while keeping the skin comfortable, does not even irritates my sensitive eye area. It is very calming to the skin and does not dry it out. This cleanser is Fresh’s one of the best sellers. Not just that feels refreshing, it smells refreshing too. There is a subtle pleasant smell, not artificial at all.
A new cleanser aka exfoliator for me is the Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash. I have noticed that all the Fresh products I have tried until now are very gentle on the skin. For reference, I have combination skin which is prone to congestion. This Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash is also a gentle cleanser that not only cleanses the skin but also removes the dead skin and debris on the skin’s surface gently without drying it. The sugar crystals help to smooth and soften the skin while strawberry provides antioxidants to keep the skin looking healthy, hydrated, and supple. I prefer using more water and less of this exfoliating face wash for a gentler exfoliation. But it can be used as less water for a stronger scrub. The sugar melts when massaged. Just keep in mind to not massage or scrub the face roughly but very gently until you get hold of the pressure and scrub your skin is comfortable with. I use it twice a week during the evening but then again it depends on your skin and you can build up your routine based on what suits your skin. And not to forget, it smells so good.
Coming to the newest launch from Fresh, Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum. It is an oil-infused serum that is very hydrating and nourishing for the skin, making the skin look supple and dewy. The bottle, once shaken few times, two potent phases transform into a silky serum, balancing water and oil to give deep hydration to skin without leaving the skin greasy or oily. As my skin is combination and it is summer right now, I did not want to use something heavy on my skin, so I was a little hesitant first but then I used it few times, not day and night but once a day. I patted it onto my face before moisturizer, I made sure my moisturizer was mattifying or oil-free. My skin looked supple and fresh. On the days I used it alone, means I did not follow with a moisturizer – my skin was comfortable – it is hydrating enough for my skin that I could skip the moisturizer too. It does make the skin look supple and dewy. I look forward to using it more in winters when my skin is more on the dry side but definitely a nice new launch from Fresh. I would definitely recommend it to someone with dry skin.
Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask is a very hydrating mask with a cloud-like whipped texture that leaves the skin hydrated, smooth, and dewy. While using this mask, I realized that this is the first mask I tried from Fresh, not sure why I didn’t try any Fresh masks until this one as I see now that they have a wide range of masks for most of the skin types and skin needs. Anyways, coming back to this specific Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. I apply it on the damp skin after cleansing. It melts into the skin and gives a cooling tingling sensation – very refreshing. I feel my skin is clean, soft, smooth, and supple after I rinse off the mask. It definitely perks up the skin after a long tiring day. Or even in the morning when you did not have a full night’s sleep and still want to look fresh and radiant.
Coming to my favourite body products from the brand, I have used these in the past and shared a few times. They are definitely a staple for me. Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator is a brilliant natural sugar scrub that gently buffs dry skin while also delivering much-needed hydration. It is a non-drying body exfoliator which not only gives soft glowy skin but also hydrates the skin. And not to forget, it smells incredibly good that you just want to try and taste it while rubbing it on. The brown sugar crystals, natural humectants prevent moisture loss, gently remove dry skin, while precious oils nourish the skin. This is such a keeper for me.
Black Tea Antioxidant Body Cream is a smoothing and firming body moisturizer that gives a smooth, radiant, and supple skin. The formula absorbs quickly into the skin once applied and massaged lightly. My love for this body cream started when I included it in my mom’s mother’s day gift, basically after seeing the key ingredient Black Team and thinking it will be great for anti-ageing. She used the body cream and said she loves it so much. Then I went ahead and got one for me.
Another staple for me is the Fresh Kombucha Essence which I have shared in the past here. It helps improve the skin tone and the overall radiance of the skin. Sugar Lip Polish and Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment is an amazing duo for soft, supple, and hydrated lips. Sugar Lip Polish is a hydrating lip scrub that gently buffs and smooths the lips. It makes my lips so soft, smooth, and sweet. The Lp scrub can be used alone for soft hydrated lips or apply Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment or any other lip balms for extra hydration.
Overall, I adore the products from Fresh, very gentle formulas and they do work. Fresh Beauty products are available at Sephora.ca, Nordstrom if you are in Canada, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Fresh.com if you are in the USA.*Press samples
I know I am a little late to finally try and share about my picks from the Chantecaille Hummingbird Collection which launched this spring. It is a limited-edition collection. I have been using three products from the collection for the last few days and they are as beautiful as the cause behind their launch. As we know, The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse spots on the earth and home to over 1500 species of bird. For the Hummingbird, the forests of Colombia are key habitat to over 150 species. And if the first is healthy, Hummingbirds are flourishing but currently, it is not the case – the forests are vanishing.
Chantecaille has partnered with Amazon Conservation Team who work with indigenous and local communities across the region to protect tropical forests and strengthen the traditional culture. Each Lip Chic from the Hummingbird collection helps indigenous women protect the spectacular biodiversity of the Andean Amazon.
Chantecaille Hummingbird Eye Quartet is a limited edition compact inspired by the flickering magic of a hummingbird’s colourful wings. The collectible compacts reveal rich eye shades that create shimmering, sophisticated looks that define and flatter most of the skin tones and eyes colours. Chantecaille Hummingbird Eye Quartet in Warm has below four shades:
top left – a glimmering peach (highlight)
top right – matte neutral brown (base)
bottom left – cool shimmering slate (liner)
bottom right – chromatic gold with iridescent pink pearl (all-over lid)
The formula of the eyeshadows is very smooth and creamy. They are very easy to apply and blend easily. The formula is very pigmented and with a very nice longevity. The shades in the quartet can be used on their or can be layered. The different finishes, as you see in swatches too, creates a prismatic jewel-toned effect when viewed from different angles, the same way as hummingbird’s feathers glint in the sunlight. I have used the shimmering eyeshadows with my finger as well as with a brush but prefer to apply the matte shade with a brush.
Chantecaille Lip Chic Supporting Amazon Conservation Team, as mentioned earlier in this article, will give back to Amazon Conservation Team to support their work preserving the hummingbird’s rain forest habitat and strengthening traditional culture. Lip Chic is a weightless, glossy, and smoothing lipstick. It is infused with Hyaluronic Acid and results in soft, nourished, and supple lips. I have two shades on rotation and both are perfect for a neutral or a fresh look – Honeysuckle (dusty rose) and Lupine (soft cool pink). The formula is very comfortable and easy to wear. It does not settle in the lines nor does it accentuates the lines.
Overall, I am very impressed with the collection. I highly recommend checking it out – a must-have collection this year. The formulas, the shades, and the cause – everything is incredible. The collection is limited-edition and I see it is still available with the below-mentioned retailers in Canada. I also reviewed the Vibrant Oceans Collection from the brand here in case you missed reading it. Chantecaille products including the Hummingbird Collection is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.*Press samples