Sunday, 15 February 2015

Givenchy: The New Prisme Quatuor Frisson #05

The Givenchy Prisme Quatuor palettes have recently had a makeover, the packaging looks more sleek and the shadows have been reformulated.

I've found Givenchy shadows in the past often poorly pigmented and slightly dry in texture, so was intrigued what improvements this new formulation would offer. The new formula is meant to be an "extremely innovative texture that is long wearing, compact and very buildable. Coverage is instant, intense and even".
The palettes are available in eight harmonies, containing satin, matte, shimmer and glitter finishes. The four shades include a liner, contour, base and highlighter. I felt that a lot of the colours looked a bit dull/drab, and Frisson #05 (£37) was the only one that appealed to me.

Frisson contains a satin smoky purple, gunmetal grey with fine silver glitter, iridescence pink and shimmery copper. The combination of three cool toned shades and one warm really works and the finishes of the two lighter shades add an interesting dimension.
I swatched all the palettes and felt that quite a few shades were on the dry/patchy side, however as this went against all the positive feedback I'd read I still went ahead and bought one as I'm all too aware that shades can apply to the lid much better than they swatch.

All the shades have a dry texture and the two darker shades are the worse and unfortunately apply patchy and do not blend well. The lighter two shades perform better, blending nicely and are good layering shades.

The main issue I have with this palette is pigment, the brand states that the colour payoff is intense, however I find that used dry the payoff is extremely poor. Though the shades are much better when used wet, I don't expect shadows that are marketed as being intense to be unable to be used dry to achieve this effect.
Swatched below dry then wet,

The shadows are very prone to fading so a primer is a must for me and even then I do still get some fading.
I'm quite perplexed over the positive reviews for these palettes and can only assume that the other colour ways perform much better than Frisson. Whilst I like the combination of colours, the two darker shades perform so poorly that I cannot recommend this, I would expect a much better texture and application for a palette of this price.

I bought this from Debenhams

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Personal update

After a difficult pregnancy I gave birth to my second child this January, a beautiful girl. I've been rather immobile recovering from a 3rd degree tear (with all its fun accompanying problems) and I must say that I am having a blast with all these sleepless nights....
A new little one around equates to less time, which will naturally have an impact on my blogging so I just wanted to let you know that I'll likely not be able to post every week.
As always a big thanks to everyone who has followed, read and commented on my blog.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush in Platinum Blonde

Whats better than having one Terrybly Densiliss Blush? Having two of course!
As I was really pleased with the blush in Sexy Pink, I bought Platinum Blonde (£52).

I was expecting it to be more of a beige peach going by what I'd seen online but its actually more of a tangerine, luckily its not got that noticeable yellow tone like a lot of warmer blushers do.

As long as I use a light hand (its very pigmented) it doesn't look off on my cool toned skin and instead adds a healthy looking warmth to the complexion.

I've found the Terrybly Densiliss Blushers to be incredible smooth, silky and lightweight. Application is a complete breeze, they apply effortlessly, never looking powdery or unblended. In terms of finish they give a soft focused glow that makes the skin look smooth and brightens the complexion with a long wear time.
These are very expensive blushers, so they have to deliver and though I would prefer the packaging to be more streamlined and less heavy, there are no flaws with the application/performance.

By Terry is a luxury, indulgent brand, and though not everything is always a success for me (you know how picky I am) I really think the line has some stand out products.
I've noticed they have new eye palettes, (link here for pre-sale on SpaceNK and would you know it I just had to add one to my cart :)

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