Released from Givenchy's spring 2010 makeup collection, Le Prisme Yuex Mono Eyeshadow is a series of 16 monochromatic eyeshadow palettes. Each palette is available in matte, iridescent, pearlescent and sparkle finishes.
This eyeshadow line caught my attention immediately when I first saw it on the internet. I fell for its brilliant idea of playing a same color with 4 different finishes all in one palette.
As taupe is one of of my favorite eyeshadow colors, I decided to buy 14 Elegant Taupe. These monochromatic taupes show up slightly more cool-toned on my skin. They are light-to-medium pigmented, which can be slowly built up the intensity to add depth and dimension to the eyes.
The shimmers are so subtle that are hard to notice the differences. The texture is silky smooth. It is easy to swirl powder from the four quadrants together to create a subtle shimmery finish.
The downside is that its lasting power is weaker than what I expected. Le Prisme Yeux Mono Eyeshadow tends to crease by mid-day.
Packaging-wise, the compact with a mirror and a small applicator is travel-friendly and sturdy. The good thing is that it is very convenient to tote into my cosmetics bag. On the other hand, since the packaging is relatively small, I dropped it several times when I tried to open up. Besides, it is hard to get the little eyeshadow applicator out as the compartment is tiny.
To sum up, I like the wearability and versatility of Givenchy Le Prisme Yeux Mono Eyeshadow in 14 Elegant Taupe. Compared to other name brand eyeshadows I have used, it tends to crease and slightly fade during the day if I don't apply an eyeshadow primer beforehand.
The shimmers and the pigments are subtle and understated, it is easy to finish a work-appropriate or casual eyes look with these taupes and a dark-toned eyeliner.
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