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Mascara Series Part 30: Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension High-Precision Panoramic Mascara Review & Photos

August 16, 2009
Givenchy Phenomen’eyes High-Precision Panoramic Mascara ($28)

See my review of the original Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Mascara HERE.

The Claim: A mascara with a spherical brush and a new-generation formula that coats each lash and dries quickly for an immediate lengthening effect. Expert and tiny, the brush skillfuly reached the remotest corners, gliding smoothly from lash to lash and base to tip. The secret of this mascara’s high-definition lengthening power lies in its extending and fixing: It strikes the perfect balance between the formula’s elasticity and drying time. The result is bat-worthy lashes with a panoramic effect.

The Packaging: Givenchy’s new Phemon’eyes Effet Extension comes in the same packaging as the original Phemone’eyes, just with the words Effect Extension encircling the top of the tube. The Givenchy tube is a lot shorter and stubbier than conventional mascara tubes and has a nice heft to it that makes it enjoyable to grasp and use. All in all it’s relatively simple yet elegant – and nothing beats the uniqueness of the applicator inside!

The Brush: I’ve already said my piece on the ball-shaped Phenomen’eyes applicator HERE, which people say reminds them of a sea urchin or some type of medieval torture device, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. This patented ball applicator made of flexible elastors has its pros and cons. On the bright side it really allows you to reach every last lash, including those hard to reach ones on the inner and outer corners, and it allows you to focus on smell segments with ease. The con is that you are working in small segments, meaning mascara application takes a good deal longer than I’d like. One other thing I dislike is that whenever I pull the applicator out there a huge glob of mascara stuck on one end, but thankfully the ball-applicator does a great job of evenly distributing the product.

The Formula: I know you’re going to ask me how this is different from the original Phenomen’eyes formula, and you can expect a detailed breakdown sometime within the next 24 hours or so, so for the time being I’m just going to focus on the Effet Extension formula. Effet Extension, true to its name, really does a great job of lengthening the lashes. For me it doesn’t hold much of a curl at all, but I can get a decent amount of volume and really beautiful length using this formula. It also dries very quickly, which can work both for and against you. Its quick drying time means you really don’t need to worry about this smudging on you, but the downside is that you’ll want to apply additional coats while it’s still somewhat wet since applying additional mascara on top of the already dry formula will lead to clumpiness/spideriness. The overall look is nice, but I always find myself wishing for a little more clean definition with this one.

The Verdict: It takes a little more work and effort than I’d like, but Givenchy’s Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension is very successful in giving me super-long, fluttery lashes that don’t smudge or flake, yet remove easily with water and some face wash. Coupled with the novelty of the brush I’d say this one is worth checking out if you’ve been interested in trying it, although it’s not one of those “rocked my world” mascaras.

RATING: 3.75/5

Read Parts 1-29 of the Mascara Series here! I’ve also added a “Mascara Series” tab up top so you have easy access to it at all times!

ABS Wants: Givenchy Gloss Poetique Natural Color-Enhancer Lip Gloss

July 24, 2009
Givenchy Gloss Poetique Natural Color-Enhancer Lip Gloss ($42)
A star of the Autumn Winter collection, this lip and cheek color is an unexpected surprise. Open the black lacquer jar to reveal a unique, gel-textured formula in the perfect shade of pink to complement any skintone. The subtly glossy finish highlights lips and cheekbones and adds a radiant glow.

Between Dior’s Addict Lip Glow Color Awakening Lipbalm (see review/swatches HERE), Smashbox’s O-Gloss (review/swatches HERE) & Mark’s Glossblossom (HERE), I’ve reviewed and not entirely loved many a color-changing lip product. Logically-speaking I know that I should be over the novelty of these products by now, but then along comes Givenchy with a new, vampy-looking variation in shiny pretty packaging. I want! Although I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this as it’s also by far the priciest of the bunch.

Drugstore Discoveries: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara, a Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Dupe

May 13, 2009

It looks like the powers that be have finally decided to grace us with an affordable alternative to Givenchy’s Phenomen’eyes Mascara (see my review and photos HERE) in the form of L’Oreal’s Telescopic Explosion. Thanks so much to faerie_bel for the tip! I’m not sure is this is available stateside yet, as most of the reviews I’ve found of this appear to be non-US based, but I’m just dying to get my hands on this. I need it!

Mascara Series Part 19: Givenchy Eye Fly Air Sensation Lash Extender Mascara Review & Photos

January 16, 2009
Givenchy Eye Fly Air Sensation Lash Extender Mascara/Effet Extension de Cils ($23.50)

The Claim:
Eye Fly’s secret weapon to perfectly even lashes is the patented helix brush that has short bristles to coat the lashes from root to tip and long bristles to separate, lengthen, and curl. This innovative formula combines three unique complexes: ExtraFly Complex to create an “airy sensation” that lifts each lash to wing-like perfection, Xtender Complex for maximum lengthening and separation, and ColorFly, an infusion of mother of pearl particles specially treated for lashes that shimmer with lovely highlights.

The Brush: I’d like to thank Givenchy for their patented helix brush with its short and long bristles–it’s simplicity made for some easy photographing on my part! But my photography-issues aside, Eye Fly’s brush really does succeed in separating, lenghtening, and giving the lashes a subtle lift. The wand is neither too large nor too small, making it easy to maneuver into those tight inner and outer corners, and the nicely-spaced grooves aid in coating each lash from root to tip, providing you with airy length.

The Formula:
Givenchy’s Eye Fly really does give you fluttery, air-light lashes that look ready to take flight–not necessarily a great thing if the wispy-lashed look isn’t what you’re going for, but I give them props for truth in advertising! I love love love how light and fluttery this makes my lashes feel; Eye Fly amazingly enough makes my lashes feel lighter than they did before the mascara. BUT fluttery lashes = not neatly defined and separated lashes, so this isn’t what I reach for on a daily basis. Eye Fly’s formula succeeds in providing nice length and a small amount of curl, but it’s sorely lacking in the volume department. Check out what I’m talking about in the photos below.

The Verdict: While this macsara isn’t a work-horse mascara by any means since it fails pretty miserably in the volume and clean definition departmnets, I find myself liking it quite a bit for some reason. Part of it may just be the fact that this was the first high-end mascara that I discovered at Sephora, and therefore it holds some fond memories for me, but it’s also difficult to find a mascara that provides such unique wispy length, and so I can at least say that this is different!

RATING: 3.5/5

Read Parts 1-18 of the Mascara Series here! I’ve also added a “Mascara Series” tab up top so you have easy access to it at all times!

Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal in Limited Edition Rose By Night (443) and Rouge Interdit Shint in Raspberry Shine (06) Review and Swatches

December 11, 2008
Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal (Gloss Levres Crystal) in Limited Edition Rose By Night (443) and Rouge Interdit Shine Ultra-Shiny Lipstick in Raspberry Shine (06)

First of all a HUGE HUGE thank you to Nicole for sending me these two gorgeous lip products along with a bunch of other great goodies that I’ve been having so much fun playing with these past few days! Scroll waaaaay down to the bottom to see what else the always wonderful Nicole got me!

I was so thrilled to see these because I’ve actually tried very few Givenchy products-other than the Phenomen’eyes Mascara, this Prisme Again! Powder Quartet and another product or two, Givenchy has been a brand that’s been sadly neglected by A Beautyful Sentiment. Well no more I say! Givenchy makes some seriously gorgeous products, and I’m so impressed by all of the fine attention to detail. How pretty is the fireburst design on the Limited Edition gloss box?

Swatches: Pop Gloss in Rose By Night; Rouge Interdit Shine in Raspberry Shine

Pop Gloss Crystal in Rose By Night ($23.50)

Givenchy’s Pop Gloss Crystal in 443 Rose By Night is a cool pink hue with copious amounts of gold, white, and pink shimmery bits. It’s ridiculous how much I love the limited edition starburst packaging, and the color itself is beautiful as well. The beautiful shimmery look that I can achieve with this reminds me of MAC Dazzleglasses, which I also love.

The consistency is nice and thick without being overly sticky, making for great lasting-power throughout the day. All in all it’s a superb gloss and I can see why it’s currently sold out on Sephora’s site! If it pops back up I highly recommend checking this out. The gloss is pigmented enough that you get a light wash of pink (even on my lips which is rare), and the sparkles are just to die for!

Rose By Night On Me

Close-up of the lip shot. Check out the multi-hued shimmers!

Rouge Interdit Shine in Raspberry Shine ($26.50)

Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit Shines are one of those products you carry in your purse for the sheer enjoyment of later pulling it out to reapply. The packaging is young and modern yet elegant, and all of the tiny little details really make for a happy Jen.

Love the sparkly silver-flecked outer tube!

The lipstick is pretty much everything that I look for in a lipstick–beautifully pigmented yet sheer, glittery without being frosty, non-drying, and with a high shine finish.

Raspberry Shine is sheer shimmering berry shade that can look a little intimidating in the tube, but is really rather beautiful on. It’s not nearly as hot pink as you think it’s going to be, and gives my lips a beautiful, kissed with color and shimmer look. And of course I’m crazy about the massive of amounts of non-gritty feeling silver sparkle that you can see in the close-up above.

And the rest of my package:

I’ve already broke out the nail products for this manicure and will be reviewing them at some point! As for the Lush stuff, I just have to say that if you like sweets and glitter as much as I do, you need Snow Fairy. Thanks sososo much for everything Nicole!!!

ABS’ Picks from the Upcoming Holiday Releases

September 24, 2008

How can you not love holiday-themed cosmetics releases? Winter releases were made for those of us with paler complexions. The shimmery winter shades, the limited edition snowflake packaging, and the fanciful array of products all aimed towards shoppers with a Christmas agenda–it’s heaven!

From Dior:

This set is sheer perfection! Somebody needs to get me this for Christmas!

From Givenchy: I’m a sucker for holiday packaging!

From YSL: Nothing spectacular but this would make some nice young makeup lover a beauitful gift.Source

Givenchy Prisme Again! Compact Powder Quartet in 07 Crazy Pink: Review and Swatches

September 9, 2008
Givenchy Prisme Again! Compact Powder Quartet in #07 Crazy Pink (on sale for $25 from $50)


The pink on the compact lid is actually lighter and much prettier in person, but we all know I’m no professional photographer!

Inside of Compact

Aaaaahhhhhh–shimmery goodness! Too bad the second I swiped these, the surfaces were completely ruined and not nearly as yummy looking.

Open Compact

Compact and Included Brush

I’d always been drawn to the elegant and chic packaging of Givenchy products, but never really purchased them due to the fact that they weren’t readily available at any of my frequent makeup haunts. However, thanks to the fact that Sephora now carries a large array of great Givenchy products, I’ve been able to give them the attention they deserve–hence my Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara review a few weeks back and now this.

This Prisme Again! powder was actually purchased from thanks to a kind reader who informed me that these were 50% off and therefore a mere $25!! There was no way I could resist Givenchy at 50% off, especially with a name like Crazy Pink!


To be honest I was expecting a shimmery pink blush, but that’s not at all what I received. The name “Crazy Pink” is deceptive since this product is neither crazy nor pink! Yes there are two pink color blocks in this compact, but the overall effect is more of a shimmery golden peachy pink (more peach than pink) that acts as a beautiful highlighter, but not as much of a blush. I’m going to have to try the shades individually as eyeshadows at some point to test out how sheer (or not) they are.

The compact itself is also relatively small, so if you’re expecting a jumbo-sized quad this isn’t it! I’d seen these in person at Sephora so wasn’t surprised, but if you haven’t seen these for yourself just keep in mind that these are not large at all. The included brush is admittedly decent for a “comes with the compact” brush, but still can’t compare to my regular cosmetics brushes.

Overall this is a lovely product, albeit not what I’d expected, and I’ll definitely be getting a lot of use out of it!

Swatches: (top) all the shades swirled together; (bottom) squares swatched clockwise starting from top left corner

Related Posts:
Interested in checking out more Givenchy products? How about their revolutionary new Phenomen’Eyes mascara with the ball applicator? See my review and photos of it here, then check it out on Nicole here.

Love highlighters? See some of the most beautiful ones on the market by Guerlain here.

Not so into the subtle? Click here to check out some truly flurescent blushes!

Mascara Series Part 6: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara Review and Photos

July 24, 2008
Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara: $27


Close Up of the “Sphere”

I purchased Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara solely for the novelty factor. I’ve heard people compare the brush design to everything from a sea urchin to body parts which shall not be mentioned (*cough* phallic), and I had to see for myself if this mascara was just another gimmick or would actually deliver.

Another View

And the verdict? As the name indicates, the results are pretty phenomenal! (scroll waaaay down to see what it looks like on)

What it does:Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Mascara perfectly curls and separates lashes. It has a high-tech, patented round sphere at the tip of the precision wand that reaches every lash and adapts to all eye shapes. It’s a Sephora exclusive.What else you need to know:The result? A beautifully fanned-out panoramic effect, holding the curve of your lashes perfectly in place.”

Phenomen’Eyes in Phenomen’Black is a deep, rich glossy (albeit a little on the wet-side which can be annoying) black that gives your lashes the depth and definition they need, especially if they’re thin and sparse like mine, minus any crunchiness, spider legs, flaking and smudging (and 99% of mascaras smudge on my and give me raccoon eyes after an hour or two). The spherical wand and the spikey rubber bristles allow for precise application and truly make it easy to reach every little last lash, from the outer corners to the inner corners (although it tends to pick up a little too much product each time you pull it out of the tube).

This is literally the first mascara with which I’ve been able to apply mascara to all four or so of my bottom lashes (don’t laugh at me! MA’s at counters LOVE to comment on how I have ZERO lower lashes)! By holding the wand vertically I was able to push up at me lashes and achieve some curl, while using it horizontally let me reach the extreme inner corners of my eyes

How to Apply

I thought the size and shape of the applicator would make for a mascara disaster, but it actually wasn’t too terrible! A few swipes of the spherical ball applicator and you’ve got great length, color, and volume, plus it even holds a curl pretty decently (although not as well as my Chanel Inimitable)!

Updated to add my gripes with this product. Volume takes a few coats to build and by the time you get the length and volume you want, most of your curl will be gone. You’ll still have a slight curve to your lashes, but not the extreme curl that I like. And the product can get a little clumpy with additional coats if you’re not careful. Plus I slept with this on last night and woke up to find that my lashes had glommed together to form 4 uber-lashes–really strange!

I was extremely skeptical about succumbing to the allures of the ball applicator, but I’m pretty impressed. While I’ve had a lot of luck finding mascaras that give amazing length, none have ever given me much in the way of volume, so to find one that literally does everything (plus has a cool applicator) is pretty amazing! I still don’t know if this product will replace my beloved YSL Everlong or Chanel Inimitable, but it’s giving them a run for their money!

Straight out of the shower!

Eyeshadow and curled lashes

With Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Doesn’t it look phenomenal?

RATING: 3.5/5

Related Posts:
Check out the rest of the mascara series here (featuring reviews of Diorshow, Chanel Inimitable, YSL Everlong and more)!

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