Flawless Finish: Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation

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.

Lip Service: Givenchy Le Rouge

Givenchy released a new lipstick formula that is so fabulous… it even comes in it’s own faux leather case. This stuff is wonderful. I noticed it recently while randomly digging around Sephora to inspect the new Becca display. The formula is creamy and highly moisturizing and the colors can be sheered out or layered for full opacity.

I ended up with the color Carmin Escarpin, which is an orange-based red.

The orange undertone really picks up on my warm skin tone. This is a very ‘wearable’ red for me. Love it. You can find out more about Givenchy Le Rouge HERE.

FOTD: Summer’s Last Gasp

It’s finally starting to look like Autumn around here… cloudy and rainy and what not. But before that happened, it got so hot that I’m pretty sure temperatures hit 90 degrees. On that day, I went all out with Golden Orange…

FACE
Givenchy Mat Foundation (Amber 08)
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Notorious
Chanel Blush in Brume d’Or
EYES
MAC Marche Aux Puces 
Golden Orange color on lids
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Espresso on outer lashline
MAC Pigment in Melon under waterline
Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
LIPS
MAC Lipglass in Eclectic Edge

Beauty Basics: Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012

Givenchy  is prepping faces for the coming Winter with a new Matte Foundation and Mascara, that I feel screams ‘cool weather glamour.’ The new Eclat Matissme Foundation promises a ‘radiant’ matte finish. Forgive my confusion… but how is that possible? It turns out, the foundation is neither radiant nor matte… but both. We know it as ‘demi matte.’

Eclat Matissme Foundation     Noir Couture Mascara
Eclat Matissme Foudation
Foundation Type: Liquid
Skin Type: All
Finish: Demi Matte
This is the cutest, strangest little bottle. It took me a minute to figure out how to open it (I didn’t read the instructions on the box. SMH)…

The color I have is #8 (Amber). It matches my skin perfectly. I do believe this is the darkest foundation color in the range. So I’d say that based on the color range, this foundation is best suited to very pale to medium skin tones. I’m happy to report that #8 contains the right amount of yellow/golden undertones, to suit my skin color.

This is a great medium to medium-full coverage. I found that it builds easily without going streaky or ashy. One pump covered my whole face with a medium coverage. Half a pump more was good for building up to medium-full.

I found this foundation comfortable, and pretty good at oil control. However, it’s not drying at all, so I think it’ll work well on dry skin types. There is a ‘little’ weight to it at first. I was bothered because I could feel the foundation on my skin. But after about a minute or so (I’m guessing this is how long it takes to set), it became completely weightless. I’ve been able to wear it with minimal blotting through  my t-zone when I wear it without powder. With powder, I blotted once in an 8 hour period. For my oily skin, that’s a victory.

Noir Couture Mascara
Type: Lengthening & Volumizing
I’m a self proclaimed mascara snob (in terms of performance, not  price), so I was skeptical when this mascara first crossed my desk. I’ve never been a fan of  phenomen’eyes Mascara (I was never moved by that wand or that formula), so I wondered what Givenchy did differently this time.
At least the applicator is longer on this one.
As it turns out, this formula is excellent. What I love about it is that it’s both lengthening and volumizing in practical application (not just on paper), and that it’s buildable over time. That means, your lashes don’t get all crunchy if you wait too long to apply your next coat. I put on 2 coats without curling my lashes, and this is what happened…

Givenchy definitely has a winner on their hands with this one. I dare say, this mascara will easily fit into my regular rotation. I’m totally impressed.

Both of these products are available at Sephora. You can find out more about them HERE.

*pr sample

Possible Party Makeup: Pink & Gold

After I did this look I thought… “Hmm, with some false half lashes and a little highlight, this would totally be a party look.”

FACE
Armani Face Fabric (5)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in It Girl Purple
EYES
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MAC Paint Pot in Let’s Skate! (lids)
Benefit Cosmetics LLC Creaseless Cream Shadow in Stiletto (crease/under waterline)
Guerlain Retractable Pen in #1 (waterline)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Enviree

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FOTD: Bronze & Plum

I blended cool bronze with warm plum for today’s FOTD:

FACE
Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation (Praline)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Givenchy Blush in It Girl Purple
EYES
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze (lids)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #116 (lashline/under waterline)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #92 (outer corner)
Urban Decay Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Rafinnee

FOTD: YSL Bronze Black

I dipped back into the YSL Shocking Gel Liners. This time I used Bronze Black:

FACE
Chanel Le Blanc Shimmering Base
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Foundation in #11
Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in It Girl Purple
EYES
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9 (lashline to brow)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Bronze Black (lashline and under waterline)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Bronze Generation
MAC Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt