I’ve yet to meet a Givenchy foundation that my skin didn’t absolutely agree with, so when the latest arrived at my doorstep, let’s just say that I had high hopes for Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow. In truth though, they had me at “glow” …
Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation (CAN $60.00/each) | This latest foundation is available in 30 shades that also come in a broad range of cool, warm and neutral undertones. Givenchy has designed their instantly recognizable bottle with its 4G logo, to be ecologically responsible and reduce its environmental impact by using recycled materials for the cap, along with a pump that can be unscrewed and separated from the bottle (followed by being thoroughly rinsed), to make it simple to recycle. Even the outer cardboard box is made from sustainably managed forests and uses plant based inks. But about the product … with a light to medium buildable coverage, this new hybrid foundation has a formula that consists of 90% skincare ingredients and provides a radiant glow along with continuous moisture to the skin, even helping it improve with use. The cutting-edge formula has been designed to not only provide your complexion with a beautiful natural-looking finish, but also works to boost radiance and allows the skin to “breathe” (not in a literal sense, obviously — but more along the lines of not clogging it up).
As I said in my opening statement, I’m a huge fan of Givenchy foundations, since the ones I’ve tried so far have worked extremely well with my skin. That said, I couldn’t wait to try Prisme Libre because I prefer my foundation finish to be natural-looking (think: your skin, but better. Perfected, almost) and that’s exactly what was delivered here. I used a brush for application because that’s a good way of seeing if a product will streak or not (this didn’t), but you can also use fingers or even a damp sponge, if preferred. One light pass yielded an almost translucent type of coverage and I was able to easily layer on more in areas that needed it. I also wanted to see how it would perform under a face mask, so I dusted on a light layer of Prisme Libre loose powder over the lower part of my face, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that that helped to make the foundation basically transfer-proof. Staying power is excellent as well, without showing signs of wear (such as separation around the nose), or any oxidation (where it changes colour by deepening).
I was sent these three shades to try and even though I usually cocktail my foundations to get my best match, I was surprised to find that shade 3-N250 was almost an almost perfect match to my skin tone. Once the weather warms up and I get a hint of colour, I have a feeling that I’ll be transitioning to shade 4-N280.
- 2-N120 | light with neutral undertones
- 3-N250 | light to medium with neutral undertones
- 4-N280 | medium with neutral undertones
Foundation is not a one-size-fits-all kind of product, and you’ll need to do your research by first understanding your needs. Since I’m not in my 20s anymore, I tend to avoid matte foundations as they really don’t do me any favours. I also don’t want to wear anything too glowy, because who wants to risk looking like an oil slick? Enter Prisme Libre Foundation and its perfect combination [for me] of coverage, finish, and feel. Considering the year we’ve all had, I for one am quite happy to start bringing back some of my previous rituals and wearing foundation is one of those things. It doesn’t hurt that this one not only looks great (both on my skin and on my vanity table), but has skincare properties to boot. I call that a bonafide win-win.
Available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew Ogilvy (as of April 1st)
Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration