Another day, another lip gloss - one can never have too many! Not many weeks ago, I ordered Givenchy's Gelée D'Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine ($26.50) from Sephora. I selected #7, Blooming Pink, but it was a tough decision, with some nice shades available. The verdict? Good online decision!
Gelée D'Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine is a "smoothing gloss balm." They had me at that definition. Just as Givenchy says, the balm-gloss offers a glossy, sheer finish. Does it offer a long-term smoothing and plumping effect? I don't know. I rotate glosses and balms so often, I won't reap any long-term benefits. I'm not concerned about that. Actually, I'm not sure why Givenchy used the term "balm" in the name of this product; it's a lip gloss. Regardless of its title, it's nice!
This wax-free product (wax is typical of balm) features a new cocktail of active ingredients. Dehydrated hyaluronic acid micro-spheres slip into the lips' fine lines and hold the water naturally present within the skin's surface. Like small sponges, they soak in the water and increase volume by up to 50% for an immediately smoother and plumper effect. Their corrective and restructured actions erase fine lines and any other lip surface imperfections. A vegetal extract (apiace extract) has strong long-term revitalizing and smoothing properties. It is known to stimulate the cell renewal process of the epidermis, preventing the accumulation of dead cells on the lips, which can create irregular lines. Did I have dead cells after I burned my lips! Naturally, they peeled. Cameline oil, high in vitamin E, also provides comfort and hydration.
Under normal circumstances, I would have ordered two shades. I didn't because: 1) sometimes Givenchy products are too fragranced for my tastes, and 2) some of the colors looked strange online. If you go to this link, you will see high-fashion shades such as Celestial Black (sheer black with rainbow micro glitter) and Electric Purple (sheer purple with opalescent micro glitter) - not inspiring to a baby boomer who just wants to look good, not avant garde. Blooming Rose, described as a neutral rose with silver sparkles, looked like something I would love. I do.
Here are some swatch photos of Blooming Pink, taken in full morning sun - in one case taken with my flowers. The honeysuckle fragrance is intoxicating, so I like to hang out near it. It's not the best lip gloss photo, but that honeysuckle "tree" is awfully pretty right now. On my lips, Gelée D'Interdit is a shiny, medium-toned pink.
Gelée D'Interdit is fragranced, but not obnoxiously so. Unlike some gorgeous Givenchy color, which I can't wear because of the fragrance, I can deal with the fragrance in this gloss.
There are 12 shades - something for everyone, whether she is the daring type or more like me. I recommend you take a look at these Givenchy lip glosses. They are very nice! Sephora is the exclusive Givenchy retailer in the U.S.
Photo at top courtesy of Sephora