While a classic holiday collection could be great when it is done right, something alternative is always welcome. Let your inner rebel shine with Givenchy Folie de Noirs! I shared my first impression of *Givenchy Noirs en Folie Le Prismissime, *Givenchy Noir Sequin Ombre Couture, and *Givenchy Noir Satin Le Vernis a little while back. It is time for you to find out how these pieces actually perform!
I know that many have fallen for the compact of Givenchy Noirs en Folie Le Prismissime (RRP in Belgium: 57,50 euros) alone, and I can definitely see why: it twinkles and sparkles!
Noirs en Folie packs 9 high-shine jewel-toned shades with a generous dose of micro-glitter.
Here is a quick recap of the shades and the swatches:
While most shades swatch very well, you might want to either wear them over a base or be willing to apply them with a finger. This is not uncommon for eyeshadows with dense glitter (for example, the lighter shade in Guerlain Two VIP). On the eyes, it takes a little layering for the base colors to show up as nicely as the glitter, but just a little. In other words, it is workable if you are careful and/or have more lid space, but I personally prefer to wear this palette over a base.
The best thing about wearing Noirs en Folie over a base is it won’t produce much fallout during application, and there won’t be much post-application fallout, either. Just apply your base and pat these on with a flat eyeshadow brush. They are easy to blend as well. I am pleasantly surprised by the lack of post-application fallout. I was expecting my face to turn into a disco ball (phew)!
All in all, if you a) are mad about sparkling eyeshadows b) are willing to put in a little extra work and c) like dramatic eye looks, I think you might enjoy Noirs en Folie. With 9 dark and glittery shades, it isn’t exactly versatile or office-friendly. But then again, don’t we all own a lot of “safe” pieces already?
Speaking of a base, Givenchy has you covered with Noir Sequin Ombre Couture (13. RRP in Belgium: 24 euros. It will become part of the permanent line).
Givenchy Noir Sequin is a grayish charcoal with a healthy dose of silver shimmer. I tried a shade earlier this year. The formula is OK, but it is not my favorite ever (also, can we please get it in a glass pot? Why the plastic?).
My main issue with Noir Sequin is it doesn’t want to apply smoothly on my lids. Moreover, even over a primer with eyeshadows on top, it starts fading in my innermost corners and creasing into the “fold” after 6-7 hours. Again, things don’t go progressively worse from there, but I have higher expectations. My eyes are tricky, so I probably can’t blame it all on the product. But then again, I have found plenty of formulas that do stay put.
This is how Noir Sequin swatches:
This is how it looks on its own on my lid:
(The white fluff on my lash is Dior Diorshow Maximizer.)
Mind you, I am not sure if the patchiness stems from the fact that the formula is incompatible with my primer (UDPP). I have the impression that it applies more evenly on bare skin, but it definitely needs help to stay put for longer so that’s not an option for me.
My favorite piece in the collection is Noir Satin Le Vernis (22. RRP in Belgium: 23 euros. It is also joining the permanent line-up)!
I discovered the beauty of black nail polishes with Dior Bar recently, so a darker black with an even glossier finish is in my good books!
I actually cheated here by applying Bar on one of my fingers. Can you spot which one?
OK, fine, it’s my ring finger. The sparse shimmer is the telltale sign, but you won’t see the difference much in real life.
Middle finger: Givenchy Noir Satin Le Vernis. Ring Finger: Dior Bar Dior Vernis.
Noir Satin has the best formula possible when it comes to a nail polish. The consistency is spot on, and it is even and pretty much opaque with one coat! I personally prefer two coats for maximum opacity and impact. The finish is beyond glossy. I think this is the point at which you start calling it mirror shine. It is a bit more black than Bar as well: I guess not all black nail polishes are created equal!
Lastly… the part you have all been waiting for: the look (this post is getting a bit lengthy so bear with me)!
For the eyes, I applied Noir Sequin as my base before patting the khaki copper (third shade on the first row) to the inner third, the blackened forest green (first shade on the second row) to the center, and the purple (second shade on the first row) to the outer third. I also smudged the pencil liner (Hourglass gel pencil) on my lower lash line out with the blue (first shade on the third row):
Over a dark base, a lot of the shades don’t look that different at all, although they do sparkle like crazy!
I don’t own Prune Folie from the collection, but I know it should add a little plummy tint to the lips. Just because I am a little tired of pairing a smokey eye with a nude lip, I busted out Guerlain Illusion Rouge Automatique (I am sorry but it was limited edition! I own three similar shades from Guerlain, but all of them happen to be limited edition… If I ever find anything comparable, I’ll let you know) for some extra flair:
I paired the look with the new *Swarovski Stardust Double Bracelet (non-affiliate link. It is for your convenience). You can also wear it as a choker, but I prefer it as a double bracelet (the shape of my face does not play well with chokers). Like the collection, it is black and shiny! Not into black? Don’t worry, there are a whopping 14 colors to choose from!
Thanks for making it this far! Did you see anything you like, be it the palette, the cream shadow, the nail polish, or the bracelet?