FOTD: Givenchy Acid Brights

As I’ve stated before, there’s nothing ‘acid’ or particularly ‘bright’ about the Summer 2011 Givenchy Eyeshadow Palette. But all of the colors are lovely, and they merge very well together. Perhaps the palette should have been called ‘Soft Lights.’

EYES
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (base)
Givenchy Acid Brights Palette:
Yellow in the inner corners
Purple in the lids
Bronze blended through the crease
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Blackbear (brows/lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Gel Liner in Rockstar
Besame 1930’s Mascara
FACE
Chanel Bronze Universelle (foundation)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
MAC Blush in Sur
LIPS
Chantecaille HydraChic Lipstick in Willow

Givenchy Summer 2011: Acid Lights

The Sephora website finally coughed up the latest pieces from the Givenchy Summer 2011 collection. Since it’s not in stores (yet), I had to just hope for the best and click ‘buy’:

Now, the first thing I noticed about this palette is that it’s SMALL… like, the size of the normal Givenchy blush. It’s supposed to contain 9 shadows, right? And this little beauty is 65.00, so I’m surprised at how small the palette is.

Well, there they are: all 9 shadows. They are really small, about the size of a dime. I was a bit disappointed about that. I really thought this thing was going to be bigger.

The bottom of the palette slides forward to reveal three applicators that I will never use. I don’t know why brands insist on sticking those little things in there. They’re a total waste… at least they are to me. Dear Companies: Tell you what… you can just do away with the applicators and use that extra space to increase the depth of the shadow pans. How’s that?

Swatches:

The flash really ate the color. They’re not that sheer in person. And I also used a soft shadow brush (Chanel #11) for the swatches. That  might make a difference in intensity. With the exception of maybe two shadows, all of these colors are shimmer. My favorites are the purple, the yellow the teal and the orange/bronze.

On the up side, these shadows are VERY silky. I really like the way they felt going on. But if you’re looking for ‘acid’ bright color, this is not the palette for you. Despite the name, the colors are very pedestrian. You can get more pigmentation (and a LOT more product for your $$) from Sugarpill or Make Up For Ever.