Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation review: a dewy, fresh base for tired skin

Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation is the wake-up call our faces have been crying out for

Givenchy le prism libre foundation
(Image credit: Givenchy)
Woman & Home Verdict

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.

Reasons to buy
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    Sheer coverage

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    Luminous effect

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    Suited to dry or older skins

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    Refreshing feeling

Reasons to avoid
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    Not very long-lasting

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    Shade range for darker skins could be improved

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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? 


RRP: £40 

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 le prism libre foundation

(Image credit: Givenchy)

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. 

Application Tips 

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. 

Lydia House

All about beauty, Lydia House has been writing about creams and complexions for over a decade. Contributing to titles such as Women’s Health, Grazia, Stylist and The Evening Standard, Lydia also uses her vast knowledge of the industry to consult leading health and beauty brands like Rituals, Tisserand and The Inkey List. Spending her working life obsessing over ingredients and formulas, Lydia believes that feeding your skin from within is just, if not more important, than the lotions you slather on. And even with a busy life and work schedule, she will always find the time to fit in a pampering session (or two).