This week-end I decided to try a bunch of new things. First of all, I got a sample of Givenchy Photo Perfexion that I had been meaning to try for a while. But, as per usual, the color was too dark for me so I needed to do that on a week-end to avoid possibly looking orange at the office.
The color is 4-Vanilla, which is easily an NC20-25, and I had to blend it down my neck and over my ears.
Then, I picked my Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette and decided to wear colors that I hadn't wear before: Vanilla, Flow, Omen and Ace. I'm wearing neutrals most days so this was a nice change, and also a much cooler look than what I usually go for.
As a blush, I used my Givenchy Prisme Glow in Lune Rosee.
I find it interesting that those cooler colors actually work quite well with the copper hair!
About Givenchy Photo Perfexion.
I can't call this a review, since I've worn the product for one day only, but I thought I'd share my thoughts in case any of you is thinking of getting this product.
- This is a water-based foundation that has quite a lot of silicones in it. However, the formula is rather liquidy, much more so than Chanel Vitalumière Aqua which is also water based.
- As soon as I applied (on bare skin, since I never wear moisturizer under foundation to avoid extra oil), I felt my skin getting a bit tight. I would really not recommend this to anyone with dry skin, unless the moisturize heavily underneath. I do think it would be more suitable for normal/combination and possibly oily skin.
- The finish is quite matte. It took hours and hours before some natural oils started showing through, so it can look a bit flat. I did spritz with some Mac Fix+ to get some extra dewiness, but really this foundation is very matte.
- The coverage is definitely medium-high. The product claims to make your skin look like it's been photo edited, and I do think it's true, but that of course requires a lot of coverage. I've been getting used to much lighter foundations these past months, and with this I couldn't see my skin through the product at all. I must say that it definitely erased pores and pigmentation, though.
- The foundation is really long lasting. As I said at some point I saw some oilies shine through but that was after 8-10 hours.
- I'd be tempted to say that it would be a great wedding foundation, unfortunately it's loaded with Titanium Dioxide, so definitely not suitable for flash photography. The SPF 20, PA+++ is great for daily wear, though.
No, I won't be purchasing this one. I enjoy my Clarins Everlasting when I want a good amount of coverage and a long-lasting result, and I feel that the creamier texture of the Clarins one is less drying for my skin. But Photo Perfexion was nevertheless a very nice foundation, as far as I could tell in one day.
PS: brows were defined with Shiseido Integrate lasting liquid eyebrow in 2. Brown. More on that later!