Review: Givenchy Acid Lights eyeshadow palette

Acid Lights sells for 65$, for nine colors. The pans are pretty tiny, though, and I seem to be running through mine fairly quickly.

The shades all have a satiny finish-certainly not matte, but not unwearably shimmery or frosty. The colors apply MUCH more pastel than they look in pan, though there’s a good amount of pigment to them. It’s certainly not the brightest eyeshadow I’ve touched, contrary to the product photos.

I wasn’t terribly happy with the wear on these. I noticed them creasing, over my standard primer potion, on days when my Urban Decay or Sugarpill eyeshadows wouldn’t budge. It’s certainly not the best eyeshadow I’ve tried.  They seemed to fade a bit too, and kick up a LOT of falloff/dust in the pan.

I doubt I’d repurchase this-the colors ARE nice, but you can get nice pastels from SO many indie brands for much cheaper, with better wear. I wanted to love this palette, and there’s many things I DO love about the color choices, the texture of the colors, and the finish. It’s just very little eyeshadow, for a lot of money. For the price I WOULD expect the products to apply closer to the way they look in-pan.  Most of them apply more vibrantly when wet, but still not as bright as they appear in pan. And the colors still fade when applied wet.

The packaging is cute—it’s a pretty sturdy plastic, with a magnetic closure. It’s easy to open the top part to expose the eyeshadow, but not so easy that it will fly open in your purse. The bottom drawer pulls out to review cute little applicators. Useless, but pretty. I always wish that eyeshadow palettes would skip the applicators, and just make the product design more streamlined. I dislike bulky packaging, and wasted space, and the included applicators are NEVER great quality, or particularly sanitary for re-use.

If you just want a pop of color to liven up neutral looks, and love cute packaging,and high end brands, you may like this. For the rest of us, I’d recommend buying from other brands with a better quality, and more product for your money.

Here’s shade descriptions, as well as looks I’ve done with the palette.





















4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phyrra
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 18:33:21

    The color payoff looks disappointing. However, I like the looks you came up with.


    • dolcearia
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 08:50:03

      Thanks. I don’t mind pastel colors in and of themselves–the palette DOES have its uses, but I can’t imagine anyone choosing this palette over brands like Fyrinnae, Sugarpill, HiFi, Dark Heart, etc. on quality alone. I can’t imagine the value of Givenchy’s branding making up for the flaws in the quality of it. Ah well. I love any excuse for creating bright looks, and this palette gave me LOTS! There is a nice variety of colors, nothing conspicuously missing, although I wouldn’t mind a dark black or purple, for doing true smoky eyes with pops of color.


  2. Tamara
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 06:25:05

    I try not to pay much attention to Givenchy for the sake of my wallet, but this definitely caught my interest. It’s definitely a shame to hear that the colours read more pastel.. I’d expect big & loud from this presentation.

    Thanks for your honesty! :]


    • dolcearia
      Jul 02, 2011 @ 08:29:00

      Can’t blame you there-I’ve been ignoring a few high-end palettes for a while. Just had to give in and try this one, though. I’m glad I wasn’t missing too much!


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