“This should be in a museum!”
– Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Have you ever come across a cosmetic product that is so pristine, so beautiful, that you almost feel as if you are committing some heinous crime by running your unworthy brushes across its surface? It doesn’t happen to me too often, but it has in fact happened recently with Givenchy’s Le Prisme Quads. More than worthy fodder for my esteemed armoire, these prisms of color have been removed from their display case to bring light, love, and joy into my makeup routine.
Much like with any jewelry box, opening each quad of pressed shadows elicits a mini gasp, for the contents within is truly beautiful. In the miniature, shiny lacquered box embossed with the four g’s, there lives four shades of incandescent powder with a life of their own. Nestled at the bottom of the box is a tray of three applicator brushes.
As with each and every single Givenchy shadow that I have ever had the pleasure of swatching, these powders are silky, creamy, and buttery smooth. The process of applying and blending the shades are a pleasure, as the shadows practically do that for themselves. Depending on the look you are going for, these iridescents can be worn dry for looks that are very soft and subtle, or applied wet for looks that ooze intensity and drama.
Let’s take a closer look at two of the palettes in the lineup.
Pastel Model is a quad of pale golden yellow, carnation pink, soft mint green, and heathered grey. As a whole, this quad is very soft, very light, very airy, and very pastel. They are the types of shades of reach for when I want a fresh, wide-eyed look that is both quick and easy. All four eyeshadows pack instant luminosity.
Purple Show is the more dramatic of the two quads, and contains a purple, a plum, a mauve, and a beige. This is the perfect quad to usher us into the fall, with its chameleon colors that can be taken from soft to sultry. Oh and it is purple, so of course I love it.
Givenchy’s Le Prisme Quads are both a treasure, and a joy. While first glance deems them worthy of being up on a pedestal (or, in a museum), I encourage all of you to swatch the shades for yourselves at your local Sephora. Trust me, these glowing powders are very worthy, indeed.