Having grown up in Taiwan, powder foundations should be no stranger to me. In the humidity and heat, almost every girl has a powder foundation compact in her purse for touch-ups. Unfortunately, I am a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to makeup, and my experience with compact foundation is limited. With that said, I’ve been spending a lot of time with the new Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation, and I’m ready to tell you how we get along!
Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation (10 grams/.035 oz. RRP in Belgium: 53,50 euros) comes in four shades (Nº 3, 4, 5, and 6). The closest match for me (around NC 25) is Nº 4 (Elegant Beige).
The concept of the compact is not very different from that of Givenchy Le Rouge. The logo is embossed on a surface that looks like leather.
You have to press on the stud to open the compact! Isn’t that chic?
Besides the powder foundation and the icy pink highlighter, Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation comes with a sponge that makes applying and touching up on-the-go easy. It washes up OK, but like all sponges, it is probably a good idea to replace it often enough so that you are not smearing all the dirt and bacteria back on your face!
The texture of Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation is very finely-milled. I would describe the coverage as light-to-medium, and the finish a velvety matte. I have tried to apply with the sponge, a kabuki brush, and the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush. All three work pretty well. You can build up a little in areas where you need a bit more help (in my case, my nose and chin), but do note that it will start looking powdery if you pile it on!
I experimented using the compact in two ways. I have replaced liquid foundation with it. I would recommend using a primer if you want the foundation to last, especially in areas where your skin is a bit oilier. With a primer underneath, Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation would largely hold up on my cheeks pretty much all day, and my T-zone wouldn’t start looking shiny till around 5 hours later. It isn’t drying, so even the area underneath my eyes would look pretty OK. However, do make sure you start with well-moisturized skin to achieve optimal result.
What I love about wearing Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation as my foundation is the fact that it’s very easy to work with. You don’t risk brush strokes, and for the most part, it’s natural-looking and hard to overdo. It’s great when you’re in a hurry as well. You won’t have to wait for it to set, and you can probably quickly throw some on in the car. However, nothing is perfect. Not all blushes work well with this foundation. Cream blushes risk looking a little patchy, and not all powder blushes blend easily on top of it (just remember to pick a blush that has good blendability). Also, since you don’t “set” this with a setting or finishing powder, you will also lose some hours in your blush wear time.
In the same vein, I find it’s easier to conceal after the primer and before this foundation. Basically, anything creamy could look patchy/dry on top. However, since it is a powder, it blurs imperfections like enlarged pores pretty well. I usually just dab some concealer underneath my eyes and be done with it. All in all, I would definitely reach for this when I’m running out of time, or when I don’t have to look good for hours on end. Though if I’m running out of time and I want to look good all day, there is always the possibility of carrying a highly-blendable powder blush along!
The other possibility is using this for touch-ups. If you have oilier skin, chances are you’ll need some help in your T-zone as the day goes on. With the sponge and the velvety matte finish, Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation is great for this purpose!
The icy pink highlighter is not shimmery. It blends well into the skin, and has the most subtle highlighting effect ever. This is a highlighter that I can comfortably use on the bridge of my nose, which I seldom do with other products.
This is how Nº 4 Elegant Beige swatches on me. Left: built up. Right: blended out.
This is how the highlighter swatches on me:
You have seen Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation on me several times recently. For example:
I like how it’s matte, but not a flat and dull-looking one. I would recommend this to those with normal, combination, or somehow oily skin types. If your skin is somehow dry, but it’s OK with a good moisturizer, you can give this a go as well. From what I can see, it is not drying! Also, those who are light-to-medium to medium in skin tones have a better chance of finding a match here, but powder foundations seem much more forgiving, so give it a swatch in any case!
Here is the ingredient list if anyone is interested:
For those of you who don’t go for a powder foundation, Givenchy also launched Teint Couture Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation. This comes in 6 shades (from 3 to 8). However, do note that the numbers don’t exactly correspond between the liquid and the compact. The Nº 4 liquid foundation is most definitely too light for my skin tone, for example.
Are you big on powder foundations? Do you use it in lieu of a liquid foundation, or do you touch up with one?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx