Marry an indefatigable love of make-up with a thirst to know what makes fellow make-up fans’ palms sweat with anticipation and what do you get? Someone who was pretty excited to receive an invite to celebrate Givenchy’s 10 year make-up anniversary with a reveal of their ten bestselling products, that’s what.
After the soiree (there were models, cupcakes, champers: you know, usual Monday night stuff) came the goodie bag. ALL the contents were slathered all over my face as soon as I got in the door. Even the two glowing primers. You could’ve seen me from the moon that night.
Here’s everything that was in the bag along with my thoughts. I suggest you slide yourself from the edge of your seat to the centre before tucking into this Givenchy feast my friends, ten product reviews is a fair amount and I’d like to think you’re comfy for it… //
1. Givenchy Mister Radiance Made To Measure Glow / Imagine the brown balls aren’t in this, and you have a pretty standard – though exceptionally lightweight – primer that evens out skin tone slightly and makes everything smoother while reducing oil and replenishing dryness. Add the brown pearls that burst on the skin during the application, and you’ve got a nice primer that infuses pale old winter skin with life. A pea-sized amount is really, truly enough.
2. Givenchy Acti-Mine Wake-Up Skin Make-Up Base / Now you don’t need to know a lot about slap to know that brown doesn’t equal healthy glow. Peach does that. In particular, a creamy – not shimmery – peach that mimics a bit of a flush, as this primer does. A make-up artist told me she mixes this with the above for full on glow and I’ve since been doing the same, though use ever so slightly less of this one as it’s really quite intense on the colour front.
3. Givenchy Teint Couture Balm / This is a fairly full coverage base, though it doesn’t disappoint on the promise of also offering the properties of a balm – it’s dewy, though not shiny, and managed to keep areas of wrinkles or flakiness comfortable and blurred throughout the day. Can be coupled with the above (I love them together) but that’s just being stupidly indulgent – this really doesn’t need a primer as it’s so easy to work onto the skin.
4. Givenchy Prisme Libre Mat-Finish & Enhanced Loose Powder / Once I’d stopped childishly trying to make the perfect ‘G’ of powder on the lid, I started to realise this is a bit of a dream if you like to customise your powder. Swirl the whole lot together and you’ve got the usual mattifying variety, but take a smaller brush and use the green on areas of redness and the purple on sallowness etc for some subtle colour correction.
5. Givenchy Crosiere Healthy Glow Powder / I wasn’t too wild about this one – I felt like the brush needed to do a whole lot of swirling on the cake to pick up enough colour to cover my face and I’m not even a huge bronzer fan so if you’re all about the bronze I’m afraid to say I think this will disappoint.
6. Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Intense & Radiant Eye-Shadow / Ditto this – yes, the colours don’t flake under the eyes easily, which is a huge bonus if you do a smoky eye as often as I do, but it also takes a lot of effort to pick up enough of the product to easily put together an eye. I’ll be sticking to my usual Tom Ford.
7. Givenchy Ombre Couture Waterproof in Noir Sequin / This is more like it – creamy, slightly reflective, very, very long-wearing. I like to use it all over my top lid and pat a little lighter shimmer into the middle, but it can be worn as a liner too and works particularly well when smudged under the lower lash line.
8. Givenchy Phenomen’ Eyes Mascara in Deep Black / I spoke about this mascara here – I really, really don’t get it and find the whole ball on the end of a stick annoying and fiddly and ineffectual. Others seem to love it, though, so maybe try it at the counter before you give it a miss.
9. Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in Black Satin / This, however, absolutely does it for me. The three ball thing is clearly my sweet spot (see this Fairydrops number) and this mascara is a pleasing all-rounder, lifting and plumping and coating the lashes in a blacker than black film.
10. Givenchy Le Rouge Givenchy in Fuchsia Irresistible / I’d get these for the debossed Givenchy logo on the bullet alone, but if you’re more sensible than me I’d imagine you’d want them for the intense whack of colour and soft, buttery, velvety finish that is the hallmark of grown-up lipstick.