Foundation Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium to Full
Skin Type: Combination/Dry
Color Range: Limited
Givenchy is plodding along with a new foundation, that might give YSL Teint Touche Eclat a run for its money. Givenchy still has some work to do though. The formulation is superb, but the color range leaves much to be desired. With only 8 shades, that go from very light to medium, it’s fair to say that Givenchy is not interested in covering all the bases.
First, the good news. This foundation features the same ‘gel’ like texture as the Marc Jacobs formula. It goes on smooth and blends seamlessly. It layers well without noticeable buildup, and sets to a skin-like luminous finish. It’s also very comfortable on the skin. I intentionally wore it without setting powder, and it lasted about 4 hours without blotting. That’s not bad, especially on this oily skin. I think this will do very well for drier skin types, and combination types as well.
The bad news is, I’m the darkest color (Elegant Amber). This lack of inclusion seems to be par for the course for Givenchy. I found a similar problem with the MAT foundation. I’m wondering when the company will get the memo, that beauty comes in every shade. It’s this narrow focus that makes companies like YSL, Dior, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, NARS… I could keep going… stand out so significantly. Even Chanel woke up with Perfection Lumiere and gave the proverbial ‘We Are The World’ philosophy a go. What’s up with Givenchy’s 1950’s attitude toward beauty? No more living in the past… time to wake up, My Love.
This formula is on the thinner side, so a little goes a longer way. Since the bottle isn’t quite a full ounce, I’ll count this as a plus. The inclusion of sunscreen (SPF 20) does not seem to effect the finish, or the photography. I’ve gotten absolutely no flashback with this product. I photographed it with and without setting powder, and it still imitated luminous skin.
If you can swing it, it’s worth a go. This not-quite-one-ounce bottle retails for $49. Cheaper than Chanel, more expensive than NARS. Put it in that perspective and you’re likely better able to justify the price. 🙂
You can find out more about Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation HERE.
*By the way, those swatches on the Sephora site are rubbish. Elegant Amber looks way dark on the site. It’s not… so keep that in mind if you’re relying solely on online information.