There is definitely some kind of revolution going on in the powder world. Many companies have been either reformulating cult favorites or launching new ones. Givenchy just came up with their own version, *Givenchy Poudre Première Mat & Translucent-finish Loose Powder. Spoiler alert: this Guerlain Powderpuff Girl (yes, Hélène and I totally started a new girl band) is enticed to jump ship!
Givenchy Poudre Première (RRP in Belgium: 49 euros) comes in a black plastic cube. It contains 16 grams (0,56 oz), which is quite a generous portion. The puff that comes with it is soft and squishy. I have washed it once and noticed it washes up beautifully. The powder is slightly scented, but I never really smelled anything during application.
So what makes Givenchy Poudre Première different from the other “light-inducing” powders I own (for example Guerlain Météorites and Hourglass Radiant Light)? The answer is the texture as well as the lack of visible light-reflecting particle!
(The Givenchy logo is a nice detail, but later I did regret throwing the sticker away too fast. I will probably tape most of it shut with some Scotch tape to prevent too much powder from coming out in one go.)
First thing first: man, what a glorious texture this powder has! It is so incredibly fine and lighter than a feather. I almost never use a powder puff (except for my T-zone because my skin is far from being dry there), but even with a puff, you can hardly ever overapply this. You will have to pile it on intentionally for the powder to look remotely reminiscent of a powder! It also works well with a powder brush, which I personally prefer.
Second, Givenchy Poudre Première achieves the light-inducing and smooth finish with no visible light-reflecting particle at all. I wouldn’t say the finish is “matte” as advertised, but it is definitely matte-r than a lot of powders that are designed to do the same thing. My skin doesn’t normally have too much texture, but a while ago when it was throwing its annual spring hissy fit, my cheeks were bumpy and unsightly. Since I was testing Poudre Première out, I thought I’d put some on top of my foundation all the same. Guess what? It significantly smoothed my skin out! The bumps were no longer visible!
It is always a bit pointless to “swatch” a powder, but there you go. Maybe you can at least see my pores are less visible?
Givenchy Poudre Première doesn’t really control oil, but it does prolong the wear time of foundations. What I think it does better than all the other powders I own is setting concealer underneath my eyes. It doesn’t read dry as most powders could (for my undereye area at least), so my undereye area stays smoother for longer with it!
I tried my best to capture the difference Givenchy Poudre Première makes in photos, but I’m afraid it is something you have to try on to really spot the difference.
Without Givenchy Poudre Première:
With Givenchy Poudre Première:
Am I imagining things or can you see my skin looks a bit more soft-focus?
Bottom line: All in all, I would recommend Givenchy Poudre Première for those who want a light-inducing Photoshop-in-a-jar kind of powder without any light-reflecting particle. It is also great for drier and more mature skin on which powder could easily seem dry. If you tend to have problems with drier-looking undereye area like me, you might really appreciate Givenchy Poudre Première as well!
Here is an ingredient list for those who are curious:
Do you prefer loose or pressed powders? I normally prefer the pressed versions, as it’s much harder to make a mess with them. Whenever I pick up a jar of loose powder, I always have this near-apocalypse vision in my head of myself somehow dropping the jar and making a mess EVERYWHERE!