Monday 21 February 2011

Speed Review: Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Light

Givenchy Le Make Up is a recent re-discovery of mine. The brand is known for innovative packaging, with the introduction of Phenomen'Eyes Mascara leading the way in boundary breaking wands back in 2008. For Spring Summer 2011, they're causing a buzz in the beauty industry again with Blush Gelee, a sponge tipped jelly blush which is dabbed onto skin for a natural flush and Photo'Perfexion Light Foundation, which I was sent to try.

For years, I used the YSL Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation so I'm accustomed to foundations which incorporate an applicator into the packaging. With the brush style applicator, I found that my base had tell tale brush streaks if I didn't blend thoroughly so I was intrigued to see how Givenchy's new foam tipped applicator would measure up.

I'm highly impressed with the application- it's super easy, blendable and gives a pro-finish. You simply give the bottle a sharp shake downwards, squeeze lightly (I was apprehensive about this but the flow is pretty steady) and massage onto the face using the foam tip. I really liked that the foam tip doesn't drag on skin. I do wonder how much wastage there will be and I don't like that it's lacking an on/off switch as I'd be nervous to use this on the go, which seems a shame given how functional it would be.

Photo'Perfexion gives a lightweight yet buildable coverage with light reflective particles- some may find this a little on the glittery side but it's very subtle and I adored the flawless finish. The formula of the foundation leaves a lovely velvety feeling on skin and it doesn't sit heavily at all. It's delicately scented, reminiscent of luxury skin creams which was a major plus point for me, together with the inclusion of SPF10.

The foundation is available in 6 shades and is priced at £30.50 which I think is a fair price, comparable to similar products.

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