A sheer coverage formula that instantly lifts the face. One for daytime, it’s not overly long-lasting, but the hydrating effect leaves skin looking like it’s had a facial.
Suited to dry or older skins
Not very long-lasting
Shade range for darker skins could be improved
By Lydia House
Finding the best foundation can feel like a struggle, especially when you want something more than a tinted moisturiser but don’t want your skin to look caked. Well, struggle no more because we think Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation could just be the solution.
This base seamlessly blends into the skin with a cooling effect that is perfect for tired faces. Not for high-coverage fanatics that crave a matte finish, this sheer formulation makes skin look moisturised, making it one of the best foundations for dry skin we’ve come across in a while. It's also excellent at covering redness and blemishes.
Sounds like the dream? Well, there is a downside to having a foundation that mimics the effects of a facial. Sadly, it doesn’t last that long and can transfer a little onto clothes if you’re not careful. But use it how it’s meant to be worn and you’ll reap the benefits of a luminous base that gives a natural-looking lift to your skin.
Who should buy it?
Coverage: Light to medium
Shades and inclusivity: 30 shades
Added extras: 90% of the formulation is skincare ingredients
If you're looking for a foundation that hydrates your skin and gives it a luminous looking glow, yet still, somehow covers imperfections, this is it. Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation has a refreshing feel that makes dry and tired complexions look instantly brighter. This is possibly not ideal for oily skins, as it gives skin a real sheen, but if you’re looking for a youthful, glossy effect, then it could still work well. The foundation can be built up in layers to create a thicker coverage but honestly, it’s not meant for this. Doing so makes the product cake a little over time.
The shade range is vast, and we were blown away by how close the colour was to our natural complexion, which helps when finding the perfect foundation match. However, there are far more options for pale skin tones and less choice when the shades get darker, which needs to be worked on.
Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation Key Ingredients
With 90% of the formulation being made up of skincare ingredients, this hydrating foundation uses moisture-loving glycerine and antioxidant nasturtium extract to strengthen the skin barrier and protect it against external aggressors. Along with many other skin-loving elements, it also uses capucine flower extract, which is known to boost oxygen levels and make complexions glow.
Coverage and Lasting Power
The effect left on the skin is sheer but covers blemishes and slight redness well, although it may not offer enough cover for conditions like rosacea and menopausal acne. The shade match is unbelievably natural, so if you only like to use foundation in certain areas, no one will notice if you leave one out. Lasting power isn’t great, but this foundation wasn’t made for an all-nighter.
Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation Packaging
It’s a Givenchy foundation, so it’s not a surprise that the packaging is swish. However, there’s nothing outlandish about it. It’s just the right amount of stylish with a solid lid that clicks on securely so you’re unlikely to lose it.
It takes a while to sink in, so we preferred to apply it with a face sponge, or fingertips if we were in a rush. Build it up in layers to get your desired coverage and if you want to control shine, then use a mattifying powder on any areas that tend to get oily.
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