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Poetic License — Givenchy Fall 2009 “Les Poetiques” Collection

There’s something about autumn that appeals to the romantic in us all — perhaps it’s the chilly temperatures that make us want to seek warmth in an embrace, the magnificent beauty of a cape of snow covering stretches of land, or the images of epic love stories like Anna Karenina that cement themselves in our collective minds. It’s this romanticism that inspired Givenchy’s Artistic Director, Nicolas Degennes, as he created the Les Poetiques collection for Fall 2009. The collection includes an eyeshadow palette featuring icy blues, soft purples, pearly grays, cool pinks, and muted neutral hues, lipsticks in frosty pinks, a rosy blush to make cheeks look just a tad frost bit, volumizing mascara in luminous blue, and more.

Here’s a look at some of Givenchy’s must-haves for any poet’s muse:
Givenchy Prismissime Eyes Poetique Blues, $53. Visit Sephora.com

As you can see from the photo above, the Prismissime Eyes palette includes nine hues, which can be worn separately or swirled together to create more customized hues. The palette is available in Poetique Browns or Poetique Blues (pictured above). I personally love the Poetique Blue offering since it includes so many of the shades you need to pull off an ice princess look (without the unapproachable, aloof character we associate with an ice queen, that is!).

When applied on the skin, the shadows have a really soft, ephemeral quality that makes all the more alluring. To get a better idea, check out some of the swatches below:








Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Poetique Iris, $27, and Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine in Poetique Camelia, $27. Visit Sephora.com

To look like a winter rose, you need the right shades of pink lipstick. If you want a satin-y, slightly translucent, peony pink hue, check out the Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Poetique Iris, whereas if you prefer a bit more shine, then you should opt for the shimmering, tea rose-colored Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine in Poetique Camelia.

Here’s what the shades look like on the skin. Notice how subtle the hues look like on:



Givenchy Parad’Eyes Liner in Poetique Lavender, $27. Visit Sephora.com

To look as fresh as a snowflake, perk up your lids by lining them with Givenchy’s liquid Parad’Eyes Liner. Interestingly enough, though the shade is named “Poetique Lavender,” it’s actually an ocean blue shade with tons of shimmer. But, here’s the cool part, if you apply the liner and then sweep on some of the blue/purple shades in the Primissime Poetique Blues palette, the color does take on a light purple color more befitting of its moniker.

Check out the swatch below:



Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara in Poetique Grey Lavender, $28. Visit Sephora.com

The Phenomen’Eyes Mascara, one of my favorite mascaras in the market, is now available in a number of hues, including a lovely sapphire blue (which, for some bewildering reason, is named Poetique Grey Lavender).




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