The Givenchy Hôtel Privé Collection for Summer 2013 features the Givenchy Écrin Privé ($73 USD / $78 CAD), a studded, luxurious compact with four matte & sequinned eyeshadows inspired by the atmosphere of the world’s most luxurious hotels.
The case is a masterpiece. It’s incredibly heavy- made with 137g of silver zamak and designed after the patterns of Givenchy’s couture house. If you’re a fan of studs, you’re going to go crazy for this palette. It’s well-constructed and feels very sturdy, with a magnetic closure and large interior mirror. The palette also comes with a double-ended brush applicator, however it’s so small I find it would be humorous to see how long creating an entire eye look with those brushes would take.
This limited-edition palette is the cornerstone of the collection, featuring a matte navy, a matte chocolate brown, a matte warm beige and a sparkling frosted pink. The matte eyeshadows are all beautifully pigmented and incredibly smooth- they blend flawlessly and have a very luxurious feel to them. The sparkling pink shade is very much a highlight or ‘top coat’ shade (it reminds me of one of the sparkling eyeshadows from the Sephora Pastel Pop Eyeshadow Palette).
I don’t think I’m convinced at the color choices in this palette. I’m happy with the 3:1 ratio of matte to sparkle, however the shades just don’t flow for me. The sparkly pink is completely out of the element of the palette, and I feel a shimmery champagne or would have taken this palette to an entirely new level. Since the sparkle really is just a top coat, it’s hard to integrate it into a sophisticated look.
The construction is beautiful and at first glance, but it isn’t the easiest palette to work with unless you’re going for a simplistic look. This was my first introduction to Givenchy eyeshadows though, and I am eager to try more after playing with the formula.
$73 USD / $78 CAD
- Amount: 4 x 0.018oz / 0.5g
- Value: $1014 USD per oz / $1083 CAD per oz
Limited Edition. Available now at:
One eyeshadow palette in the collection; shown here.
See the rest of the Givenchy Summer 2013 coverage here.
Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Methicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zeolite, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, C12-18 Acid Triglyceride, Sorbic Acid, Synthetic Beeswax, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Bht, [+/-: Ci 77491 – Ci 77492 – Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) , Mica , Ci 75470 (Carmine)].