Givenchy Le Vernis in Parure Scintillante

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Welcome (or if you’ve been here before, welcome back), to The One Thing : a review of the one product I ventured out into the wide world of beauty retail to buy for myself this week.

Today I present to you Givenchy’s Le Vernis in #21, Parure Scintillante, a limited-edition glitter nail polish for Fall 2014, meaning get thee to Sephora to purchase off the shelf, or be quick to order the last few available on the internet from Debenhams . I was actually taken aback when I stumbled upon Sephora's Givenchy display—it was magical. There were leather-bound color changing lipsticks with cords dangling off the end, makeup erasing pens, mascara wands in the shape of sea urchins, opalescent lip gloss, and yellow eye shadows. Everything they have to offer feels super sexy and expensive, but still…young? It’s the Givenchy of the beauty world, in the laziest but most accurate of descriptions, and it’s endorsed by Mariacarla Boscono. * *Le sigh * *

The Parure Scintillante is a mix of tiny silver hexagonal glitter flecks and tinier antique gold sparkles. The brush is short, flat, and round, making the dabbing-on process that glitter polish requires not so clumsy. I like the subtlety of one coat, and leaving tiny flecks fairy dust in my wake as I mindlessly chip it off while watching Dateline—the most common and effective method of glitter polish removal.

—Annie Kreighbaum