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Givenchy Maharani Pink for Spring-Summer 2009

By on February 4, 2009
in Creme, Givenchy, Pink
After falling in love with my first ever Givenchy polish during the holidays, I was excited to see what Spring/Summer would bring. Inspired by vibrant Indian saris and Bollywood screen sirens, Givenchy’s artistic director Nicolas Degennes created a stunning palette of pinks and oranges that are truly covet worthy.

I mean seriously kids, can’t you just die over those blushes? The bindi adorned packaging. The luscious embossed powder. I can hear my wallet crying in the other room already. To add a little “polish” (pun totally intended), this collection includes two new shades of Vernis Please! lacquer. Unfortunately the incredible Maharani Tangerine, shown on the model above, is only available overseas. Lucky European readers, you get something we don’t! Considering how amazing Maharani Pink’s formula is, I may be begging for a custom purchase when the collection hits shelves.

For such a tiny bottle, Maharani Pink packs quite a wallop. I’m so, so in love with the formula. It’s got that kind of thick jelly consistency but it flows, oh how it flows. And the pigmentation is spot on. Two coats and you can put a fork in it. Will you just look at that shine? It feels wrong to add a top coat to a polish that looks like this.

Maharani Pink is a warm coral pink leaning towards carnation. I love that it’s vivid without being “bright.” You all know I’m not that much of a pink girl yet here I am, all giddy-like over this totally not me shade. It’s all in the finish, I’m telling you.

Of course I understand that shelling out $15 for bottle of lacquer isn’t in everyone’s budget so I looked to the ALU stash for alternatives. Now even though the Sally Hansen is a LE DC’d shade, it’s the only similarly hued jelly I could find. I only swatched it to show off the pigmentation in Maharani Pink. I’d say MP’s closest dupe is CND Flare though its finish is more creamy. A very different overall look.
The Givenchy Spring/Summer collection is scheduled to release in February. Vernis Please! lacquers retail for $15/ea and can be purchased online at or at Sephora locations throughout the US.

What do we think? Yay or Nay?

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  1. Lina-Elvira says:

    I have a Rimmel 60sec polish that is very close to this one, creamy though rather than jelly, it’s called Coralicious. But I am loving the shade :) Don’t think I will be parting with $15 for it though.. :(

  2. Ms. Katee/e-polishblog says:

    It looks pretty! But the Givenchy bottles are so small, I just hate feeling ripped off like that.

  3. Faith says:

    $15 isn’t actually that bad compared to Chanel prices, so maybe …

  4. Ci-Ci says:

    I don’t think $15 is bad for a Givenchy nail polish, actually. The polish colors tend to look just as beautiful on your nails as they do in the bottle, and the lacquer doesn’t clip as quickly. I want that tangerine color so badly now!

  5. CincyFan says:

    Lina-Elvira – Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to check that one out.

    Ms. Katee – To each his own. :)

    Faith – good point Faith. Though the Chanel bottles are larger. It’s all relative to what your beauty budget it.

    Ci-Ci – Tell me about it! I could cry over not getting the Tangerine. We need friends in France to ship over a case or twelve. :)

  6. moeysullivan says:

    The bindi nail art in the publicity photo, and the two-tone lipstick, are too much fun. Since Sephora is a LVMH company, and I believe they own Givenchy too, why can’t they special order? Hmm…

  7. Lyndsay Cabildo says:

    Pink is cool, I like it, specially matched with light lavender or lilac matte lipstick.. awesome!

  8. Down Comforter says:

    Beautiful bright color :) Nicer in natural light.

  9. VeronicaDOLL says:

    Great colors! I can’t wait for Summer of ’09 beauty and fashion

  10. Amber says:

    I KNEW Maharani Pink looked familiar! I bought that TS for SH shade last summer. I think the CND shade looks the best, though.