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Givenchy Purple By Night for Holiday 2008

By on November 6, 2008
in Givenchy, Holiday 2008, Purple

Kids, hold on to your wallets! I have discovered the most perfect sparkly deep purple polish. Ever since one of my favorite purples ever, China Glaze Grape Crush, was discontinued I have been hunting for something just as glitzy that is noticeably purple. Not just another “almost black.” Something beyond your basic shimmer. A shade filled with micro-glittery goodness. The new Vernis Please! Purple By Night nail lacquer from Givenchy fits the bill.

Part of the Nightlights holiday collection, Purple By Night is my first foray into Givenchy nail polish. I remember seeing pics of Dandy Moire, a gorgeous deep peacock blue, from fall but it was Purple By Night that got me to take the plunge.

Since this was my first time wearing Givenchy, I did my usual five day wear test to see how the formula holds up.

Application: The formula is Big 3 Free with a medium to thick consistency. It flows nicely on the nail with a long, flat brush that makes avoiding shaky hand errors easy. The lacquer is heavily pigmented, barely requiring two coats.

Wear: Using a base of Seche Ridgefilling Base with Seche Vite to finish, I’m happy to report that after five days there was only a slight bit of edge wear and one tiny chip on my index finger. Though what really impressed me is that while I was taking pics (prior to top coat) I bumped my index and middle fingers due to my own clumsiness. Yet the polish itself dries rock hard so quickly that it didn’t leave a single mark! Makes me wonder if a top coat was even necessary.
The only downer about this polish is its small size and price tag. $15 isn’t the worst thing in the world, I shell out that much or more for Lippmann, Chanel and Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes but, for a .18 oz bottle (typical size is .5 oz) that’s asking a lot. I love the color enough to justify the price but it’s definitely a splurge.

Purple By Night is available now on and with their Friends and Family 20% Off discount starting today (11/6) you can snag a bottle for just $12. Use code FF2008 at checkout!

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  1. candita says:

    I’m a purple girl and I MUST HAVE THIS… but it’s sold out. :(

  2. CincyFan says:

    Already?? Wow, it was in stock when I checked this morning!! That's the problem with the Friends & Family code, it cleans Sephora out. I hope they'll get more in stock.

  3. vampyvarnish says:

    Hi – I already have this puppy on the way to me, I cannot wait to try it out, so pretty!

  4. Atomica says:

    Gorgeous purple! Thanks for the swatches!

  5. Anonymous says:

    what a pretty purple!!! I WANT!

  6. nailpolishblogger says:

    does this look anything like LPAD? or laura mercier avant garde? want to know if I can get away w/o buying it :)

  7. thatgurl says:

    I love this, Cincy! It has been my NOTD for 2 days now. <3 For nailpolishblogger, no it isn't similar to LPAD or the LM AG. I've searched my purple stash & can't come up w/ anything close. The base color is similar to LPAD, but this has mucho sparklies!

  8. nailpolishblogger says:

    Thanks that gurl!

  9. Amber says:

    I LOVE this color! It is gorgeous..especially in the sunlight! I just don’t know if I could spend $15 on nail polish alone…

  10. CincyFan says:

    VampyVarnish – I saw your pic of it. Looks great on you

    Atomica – You’re welcome

    Anon – I saw that it’s back in stock on Happy Shopping!

    Nailpolishblogger – LPAD is MUCH darker and it’s a creme. If you mean LPAM, it’s still much darker. The LM shade is similar in base color though the LM is much redder. Regardless, they look nothing alike due to the Givenchy’s massive micro-glitter sparkle factor.

    Thatgurl – Thanks for coming to the rescue lovely!

    Amber – Yeah $15 is steep. You really have to love it to spend that kind of $$$. Though I guess if you’re a high end makeup user, this is a way to get your Givenchy fix without splurging on something even more pricey.

  11. born socialite says:

    in artificial light/the shade, it looks kind of blah, but in sunlight, it looks amazing!! ;)

  12. Hubert Robyn says:

    Great blog post.Really looking forward to read more.