Givenchy Makeup

Givenchy At-a-Glance

Strengths: Incredibly smooth powder textures that are easy to apply and enliven skin; great powder blush and bronzers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; most of the products are fragranced (some highly so); disappointing primer and mascaras; average concealers and highlighters; few options without shine (shine is definitely not for everybody).

Like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior, Givenchy has established a global fashion empire that includes makeup and skin-care products (which are not reviewed at this time). While these French design companies know a great deal about fashion, their venture into makeup is more about style and packaging flamboyance than it is about the products' actual performance; that is, far more form than function.

Givenchy's sleek, chic packaging and designer prices are, for the most part, below par and not worthy of their cost. Adding to the less-than-stellar product selection is the fact that Givenchy products contain noticeable fragrance, which makes them even less desirable, at least for the long-term health of your skin. Fragrance (especially from multiple products worn at the same time) can cause irritation that hurts your skin's healing process and its ability to look and act younger.

Of course, there are some great products in this line, but despite our enthusiasm for them, they offer nothing that hasn't been done just as well (or better) by many other lines, whose prices aren't based on a couture fashion house's reputation. Still, if you're a Givenchy fan or a curious observer, you should know which products are worth your attention and which ones you can gloss over. Givenchy makeup is supposed to have something they refer to as "Prisme," which is meant to describe the prismatic, light-reflecting effect they've added to all of their products. You'll hear a lot from the Givenchy salespeople about the delicate interplay of color and light, but when you cut through the marketing mumbo jumbo, all that these products contain is shine, and it's the same shiny ingredients every other company in the world of makeup is using.

It's important to keep in mind that too much shine will only make the wrinkles you have look worse. While you'll hear that shine reflects light from wrinkles, you can easily dispel that notion by testing a shiny product over your wrinkles, and seeing how the shine makes them stand out, not soften.

Givenchy also carries on about the pigment technology they use, but it isn't unique to their brand. There are many different pigment technologies cosmetic formulators can use, and to one degree or another, all of them are responsible for the improvements we've seen in makeup over the past decade. Lines from L'Oreal to Giorgio Armani, Clinique, and Revlon all use modern pigment technology to create great makeup. In the end, choosing Givenchy is an option, but if you go that route, it's more important than ever (especially for your budget) to know the facts about what you're getting.

Note: The collection of Givenchy makeup reviewed on this site is representative of what's typically seen in U.S. Sephora stores that stock Givenchy.

For more information about Givenchy, call +33 (0) 1 73 02 60 00 or visit www.parfumsgivenchy.com.

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Average Rouge Interdit Magic Lipstick Givenchy Makeup Sheer Lipstick  $32.00
Poor Teint Couture Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Givenchy Makeup Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $49.00
Best Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara Volume, Length, Curl & Care Givenchy Makeup Regular Mascara  $32.00
Best Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick Givenchy Makeup Cream Lipstick  $30.00
Good Parad'Eyes Fluid Eye Liner Givenchy Makeup Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $30.00
Good Photo’Perfection Fluid Foundation SPF 20 PA+++ Givenchy Makeup Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $47.00
Average Phenomen'Eyes Effet Extension Givenchy Makeup Regular Mascara  $30.00
Average Photo’Perfection Light Fluid Foundation SPF 10 Givenchy Makeup Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $47.00
Good Le Prisme Visage Mat Soft Compact Face Powder Givenchy Makeup Pressed Powder  $46.00
Good Eyebrow Show Powdery Eyebrow Pencil Givenchy Makeup Brow Pencil  $23.00
Average Phenomen'Eyes Mascara Givenchy Makeup Regular Mascara  $30.00
Average Mister Radiant Made-to-Measure Glow Givenchy Makeup Powder Bronzer  $38.00
Average Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen SPF 10 Givenchy Makeup Concealer with Sunscreen  $33.00
Good Le Prisme Sun Visage Mat Soft Compact Face Powder Givenchy Makeup Pressed Powder  $46.00
Poor Gelee D'Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine Givenchy Makeup Lip Gloss  $29.00
Average Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm Givenchy Makeup Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $31.00 0.20 fl. oz.
Average Magic Kohl Eye Liner Pencil Givenchy Makeup Eye Pencil  $22.50
Average Le Prisme Mono Eyeshadow Givenchy Makeup Powder Eyeshadow  $29.00
Average Phenomen'Eyes Waterproof Mascara Givenchy Makeup Waterproof Mascara  $30.00
Poor Mister Lash Booster Givenchy Makeup Lash Growth/ Lash Conditioners  $30.00
Average Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer Givenchy Makeup Foundation Primer  $33.00 0.80 fl. oz.
Average Eye Fly Lash Extender Mascara Givenchy Makeup Regular Mascara  $28.00
Average Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen Givenchy Makeup Highlighter  $34.00
Good Le Prisme Blush Powder Blush Givenchy Makeup Powder Blush  $44.00
Poor Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect Givenchy Makeup Lip Gloss  $29.00
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