As befits the legacy of designer Hubert de Givenchy (think Audrey Hepburns’ LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), the spring launches from Givenchy Beauty are curated, exquisitely designed, and objets d’art that you will want to hold and own.
Case in point, the Ecrin Prive Eyeshadow Quad ($73). The compact alone will make you want to go out and grab this limited-edition palette. Heavyweight and composed of silver zamak (a metal alloy), the top of the case boasts a rivet pattern straight off the runway of Riccardo Tisci, the house’s designer since 2005. Inside, four muted shades are said to reflect the atmosphere of a plush hotel. Taupe, gray, and beige are useable, dare, I say practical, mat neutrals that can be worn anywhere, anytime. Apply the fourth shadow, a pearlescent rose pink, as a highlighter below the brow or on the inner eye.
For lips and tips, Givenchy paired two of its new Le Rouge ($36) lipsticks with matching nail shades. Ecrin Prive may be the anchor product for spring, but Le Rouge will shine all year long. Again, its case sets it apart from the pack—black leather surrounds the cylinder that houses the lipstick bullet—perhaps the first example ever of combining leather with lip color. Inside lives a creamy, creamy, but not sticky at all, long-lasting mat lipstick that is available in 12 shades. It smells a bit like my grandmother’s lipstick, but the application, feel, and wear is totally modern. The spring collection matches Le Rouge shades Fuchsia Irresistable and Mandarine Bolero with Le Vernis ($20) nail colors of the same name for a spring/summer pairing sure to make you forget all about the long-drawn out winter.
But Guerlain’s spring fling doesn’t stop with color. The mythical black dahlia flower inspired the creation of Dahlia Noir, a powdery, floral chypre fragrance introduced in 2011. This month, a lighter, freer cousin hits counters. Dahlia Noir l’Eau ($102) is a fresh floral fragrance with definite green tendencies. Still a little chypre like, it keeps some of the original’s mystery and seriousness, making it a perfect scent for sultry summer nights, or warm weather business meetings. I like it…and the bottle is art gallery gorgeous.
And for the men, Givenchy offers Gentlemen Only ($59), a classic woody, aromatic scent. More boardroom than surfboard, Gentlemen Only cries out for a man about town who wants to make a good impression, but doesn’t try to hard. The drydown has an animalic note that reminds me of the original Angel, so the man who wears this can’t be all that sedate—polished but fun.