Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara: Review and Photos

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

I am forever in search for the PERFECT black mascara that will make it look like I'm wearing either false lashes or extensions. I want length, I want volume, I want separation, I want BLACK, and I want it to last all day without flaking or smudging. I also want it to wash off fairly easily, because I hate fussing with waterproof formulas. And I'm willing to pay for it.

Givenchy's new Noir Interdit ("Forbidden Black") Mascara delivers on all those counts. It took me awhile to warm up to it, but I am IMPRESSED. Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara gives my beloved Le Volume de Chanel a run for its money. (And that's saying something.)

Here are a few things you should know:

  1. Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara has the coolest wand/brush I've ever seen. First of all, there are bristles only on one side of the brush, so you don't need to rotate. Second, the bristles are plastic, but magically, they don't hurt like some other plastic bristles do. Third, and most importantly, the brush head moves. Have you ever tried that mascara trick where you bend the wand 90 degrees to make it easier to reach certain lashes? It's handy, but I've always been afraid to try it on a high-end mascara for fear the head would break right off. With Noir Interdit, there's a little joint that moves the head back and forth as you wish. Brilliant!
     
  2. This mascara requires some patience, because you NEED to build it. Like, a lot. When I first tried it, I wasn't wowed, because one coat delivers a very natural look. Meh. I was expecting something more like Le Volume de Chanel, which delivers the drama right away. But with a little patience, you can build up Noir Interdit to look quite dramatic, and it delivers better separation than Le Volume de Chanel. The wand design really lets you coat each lash without making them stick together.
     
  3. The stuff LASTS. It's tough to find a dramatic mascara that doesn't smudge or flake, but this stuff stays put all day—even if I wear it on my lower lash line. Win!
     
  4. The scent is INTENSE. It's my least favourite part of this mascara. You're struck with a very strong floral scent as soon you open it. It lingers as you apply, and sticks around for about half an hour afterward. If you like the scent, great! If you're like me and sensitive to scents, it's not the best. But this mascara is good enough that I'm (mostly) willing to overlook this feature.

Ready for a closer look?

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. How about that luxe packaging, though? Mmmmm.

See the hinged brush head? Pretty cool.

Bare lashes for comparison purposes.

One coat of Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. This is about 10-12 swipes per eye. (Top lashes only.)

This is...several coats of Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. Remember how I said it requires some patience? I used a stopwatch, and this took a solid three minutes of swiping (mostly on the top—I wear just a brush of mascara on the bottom). This is the kind of look I like.

This is...several coats of Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. Remember how I said it requires some patience? I used a stopwatch, and this took a solid three minutes of swiping (mostly on the top—I wear just a brush of mascara on the bottom). This is the kind of look I like.

Here's the full look, for effect. Here are a few of the other products I'm wearing:

  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner in M-62 (I've been wearing this almost daily since I got it)*
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint in L-54*
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 203*
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blushglow (Nordstrom Exclusive—I LOVE this)
  • Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
    *PR sample

Overall, I like this mascara. A lot. And for a luxury mascara, the price, C$38, isn't bad. (I willingly shell out more for my beloved Chanel—we shall see if this replaces it!) You can find it at Sephora.

What do you think? Have you tried this mascara, or any other luxe mascara? Was it worth the price tag? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration.

Does Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette Work with Cool Skintones?

An eye of the day with Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette.

I knew very warm tones probably weren't for me. But I got sucked into the hype of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette—and the beautiful looks that others were creating with it. A Sephora coupon code sealed the deal. It would be mine.

And you know what? I didn't love it. First I tried a simple look with some of the terracotta shades. And every time I looked in the mirror, I just saw ORANGE. *shiver* Then I tried to mix it up with this look (inspired by this look), focusing on the purple, which I blended over some purple eyeliner for depth. It was better. Purples and bronzes look great with my eye colour.

But the rest of my cool-toned complexion? Not so much. At least in my opinion. In this look, my eyes pop, but my skin just doesn't look as healthy as it usually does.

Compare it to this look, for example.

Ultimately, I returned the Naked Heat Palette because I didn't love it. At this point in my collection, there's no point keeping things around that I won't reach eagerly for.

The lesson? Don't just choose eyeshadow based on your eye colour. Choose eyeshadow based on your overall colouring. Are you warm-toned (more golden skin) or cool-toned (more pinky skin)? If you're cool-toned like me, you'll probably look your best in greys and cool browns. I wear lots of different colours because I like trying different things. But without fail, I get the most compliments when I wear greys, purples and taupes.

What do you think, lovelies? Am I nuts? Or would I look best if I stuck to cooler tones? (I refuse to entertain the word should in makeup. There is no should. Wear what you love. And if it doesn't work out the way you hoped, wash it off!)

Have you learned any makeup lessons lately? Or do you scorn the "rules"? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

My June 2017 Beauty Favourites

A few things I've been loving, clockwise from the bottom left: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster, NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen, and Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette - Beauty Glow.

It's summertime in Vancouver, and with it comes simpler, dewier, bronzier makeup. Also, I always seem to be running 10 minutes later than I want to in the mornings, so makeup that's quick, foolproof, and easy is a must.

To that end, here are a few things I loved in June.

1) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster
I'm a slap it on and forget it kind of girl when it comes to lip products. I can't be bothered with a complicated lip combo in the morning, and I hardly ever remember to re-apply during the day. So I love the fact that I can apply Ultra HD Lip Booster with my eyes closed. I also love that it adds a whole bunch of hydration that really seems to plump up my lips, as opposed to some balms and glosses, which just kind of sit on the lips. The true test of its hydration value is the fact that I have not dealt with chapped lips at all this spring/summer.

The list of loves goes on: Ultra HD Lip Booster comes in both clear (00) and this perfect rosy shade (01), which adds just a hint of natural colour to my lips. It's gorgeous. When I first popped it on at a Make Up For Ever event, I got compliments right away.

Finally, my favourite quality of Ultra HD Lip Booster is that it's not remotely sticky. I can't stand it when the wind blows and my hair sticks to my lips. Raise your hand if you've walked down the street with your lips pursed for protection. Not cute, right? So thank you, Make Up For Ever, for saving me from such trials. This was a PR sample, but I'll definitely be replacing it for $29 when it runs out.

2) NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
The best thing about NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer is the texture, which reminds me a lot of a MAC Paint Pot. A tiny bit will get you a ton of coverage without being drying. Under my eyes, that is everything. I like to tap this into the darkest part of my under-eye circles and blend. Here's a quick tip: I'm a Beauty Blender girl, but the texture of this product really doesn't love the Beauty Blender. It kind of just moves around. The warmth of your finger is much better for blending it into the skin. Overall, it's a good investment, even at $37.

(Aside: This came out around the same time as Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, and a few folks have compared them. I like NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer MUCH better.)

3) Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen
Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen has eclipsed NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as my favourite under-eye concealer of all time. Yes, it's very over-priced at $48. Yes, it has that annoying click/brush packaging. But it's such a beautiful, effective product that I don't care. As I get older, my under-eye area seems to be more and more dehydrated and sensitive to drying concealer formulas. I need something with decent coverage, but that's also both hydrating and glowy. This is it. You should try it if you haven't. Love.

4) L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
A drugstore product on this blog? WHAT? I freely admit to being a luxury makeup snob. Typically, the quality is better, and I just truly enjoy the experience of luxe makeup. But there are exceptions to every rule. I bought L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara on a whim after seeing a couple of solid reviews online, and I have to tell you, I am IMPRESSED. I bought a tube of Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara for a whopping $34 about a month before I got the L'Oreal, and the Lancome has completely gone by the wayside. I much prefer L'Oreal's $10 product. It's incredibly volumizing—in fact, it gives my beloved Le Volume de Chanel a run for its money. It's also quite lengthening. What makes it so much better than the Lancome Hypnose Drama, though, is the separation. Lancome Hypnose Drama gives me spiky, clumped-together lashes. L'Oreal Lash Paradise gives me luscious, fluttery lashes. Also, it lasts quite well, smudging only if I wear it on my lower lashes.

(Aside: My lower lash go-to mascaras are MAC Extended Play and Clinique Lash Power, which are perfect because they have teeny-tiny brushes and NEVER smear thanks to their formula: they're soluble only with a lot of warm water. Keep this tip in your pocket for next time you find a mascara that you love, but smears. Could it work on your top lashes only?)

5) Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette - Beauty Glow
Beauty Glow is the latest in Charlotte Tilbury's Look in a Palette series. In my opinion, it's also the best. The first, Natural Beauty, is just a little too natural for me. Very no-makeup makeup, which just isn't usually my jam. The second, Seductive Beauty, is gorgeous. It's smoky and cool-toned, and it's fabulous when I want to look a little extra. It's not what I reach for on the daily, though. Beauty Glow is a (very) happy medium. It can be natural or smoky, and you can pull together a polished, glowing, beautiful eye look in just a few minutes. And that medium brown shade may just be the most perfect, beautiful, easy-to-blend crease shade of ALL TIME. You need to trust me on this one, lovelies.

Besides the shadows being beautiful, what I love about this palette is how quick and easy it is given everything is in one spot. I always seem to be in a rush in the morning, so being able to slap on an easy face quickly, without having to think about which colours go with what, is amazing. Two blush shades and the contour and highlight are right there. And they're AWESOME.

I'm not a bronzer queen, but in the summer, when I get a bit of a tan on my arms and shoulders, I like to bronze up my face a little more than usual and pretend I'm not naturally white as a sheet. Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow, duplicated in this palette, is literally the best bronzer/contour highlight pair I've ever tried. The bronzer isn't too warm, and it has a tiny bit of a sheen. The highlight is somewhere in the middle of dramatic and natural, and adds a bit of golden glow (not glitter) to the skin. GLOW is what Charlotte does best, in my opinion.

Then there are the two blushes: A bronze and a pinky peach. If you're like me (read: pasty white with pink undertones), the bronze blush shade freaked you out a bit when you first saw it. I'm here to tell you that even on fair skin, a light "swish" over the cheekbones is gorgeous. Even if it's not for you, it doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow shade.

The pinky peach blush shade is designed to be "popped" onto the apples of the cheeks after you've swept the bronze shade up your cheekbones, and it does look beautiful that way. But when I'm in a rush, I skip bronzer, highlight, and blush layering, and just pop this onto my cheeks for a bit of freshness that I know will complement the eyeshadows perfectly. *swoon*

All in all, it's amazing. Well worth the $85. (I know it hurts, love. I'll hold your hand while you add to cart. )

What are you loving this summer? Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: All of these products except for the Lip Booster were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster was provided by PR for my consideration.

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