So Fine and Feather-light: Givenchy Poudre Première

Givenchy Poudre Première Mat & Translucent-finish Loose Powder

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 Mat & Translucent-finish Loose Powder powder puff

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!

Givenchy Poudre Première review

(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!

Givenchy Poudre Première arm swatch

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:

without Givenchy Poudre Première

With 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:

Givenchy Poudre Première ingredients

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!



  • TracyBeautyReflections

    SOLD! hahahaha. I like the idea of this so much! I’ve been thinking about the NARS one, but THIS. It’s Givenchy. So YEAH. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, I think the concept of the NARS one and this one is similar, although I did check the ingredient lists and they aren’t too similar at all!

  • Divya

    Its more imagination than reality with these powders really! Thats one reason why Hourglass’s Dim Light doesn’t get much attention from me! You look perfect in both the pictures there is no telling which has powder and which doesn’t! 😛

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    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha well in real life I do see a difference, especially when my skin was bumpy! It’s just so damn hard or basically impossible to capture the difference in photos!

  • Judith

    I love anything with silica in it! I always set my under-eye concealer with pure silica powder, it makes my fine lines look less visible. That looks like a good option, but a bit too pricey for a finishing powder.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Judith, oh that’s interesting! I guess I should have tried that a long time ago!

      Psst the price listed is the RRP. There is pretty much always a discount in the stores :)

  • popsicle13

    wow this is intriguing but i already own Nars light reflecting in pressed form and it kinda look similar ! but Nars does control oil and give a nice natural almost matte finish and it’s cheaper !

    and they both contains the “Silica” that reflect light maybe they are twins !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey! Oh that one also controls oil??? Now I am intrigued!

      I checked the ingredient lists, but they aren’t all that similar. I mean you do see similarities, but they aren’t identical 😉

  • Sofia

    Haha Sunny sorry but you have really marvellous skin so I can’t really see any difference :) I don’t know about the sticker thing but the packaging looks nice, and as you say its not oil controlling but makes foundation lasts longer is SORT OF the same thing for me so it sounds good! xx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Sofia :p

      So the thing is if I use this on top of Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, it keeps the foundation intact for 2-3 more hours. If I use it in top of a foundation that doesn’t offer such good oil control, I’d still see a bit of shine. Does that even make sense? 😉

  • Nati

    oH, it sounds nice! I don’t wear a lot of powder really, because though it looks nice right after application, my skin tends to dehydrate during the day and powder ends up looking all cakey. I would like to test this one on me. Honestly I’ve never seen a loose or pressed powder that looks nice on me 4 hours after doing my makeup. I’m always spraying some mist on my face in order to “revive” my skin, LOL!

    • Nati

      btw, how do you take such similar pictures! I could swear the comparison pics are the same, same position of the head, shoulders and eyes! do you have any tips for a blogger pal with less than ok photographing skills?

      • Kiss & Make-up

        I was thinking that exact same thing. My before and afters never look this similar, Sunny got skillz.

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Aww you guys are too nice! I tried to use the same angle so that it’s easier to compare :)

          • truecolorjoy

            wow. i had assumed that you would tell us you’re using a tripod… you’re doing it free hand with a point and shoot?!?

          • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            Wait, yes I do! I have a tripod and remote control!

          • truecolorjoy

            what about light source? it’s always so constant!

          • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            Oh yeah I have an external flash! It’s great when you live in a country that doesn’t always have enough natural light. Plus the white balance is correct.

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny


        Practice is really key. I started out with my point-and-shoot in front of the mirror, but with time I kind of figured out the angles 😉 Of course there are still better days and worse ones. On some I swear getting one decent photo takes 20 minutes!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Nati, oh my skin is normal/oily combo, so I personally welcome a bit of powder :)

      If you see this in real life, see if you can persuade the SA to apply some on you!

  • Sara_BeauTime

    Thanks for this review. I was wondering about new loose powders of Givenchy. Looks weightless and seems to set it all well. I don’t look for oil control ( other than my chin but this is a whole different story) and might give this one a go. Currently I enjoy Rouge Bunny Rouge loose powder, and like that one a lot.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sara, ooo RBR… As if I needed MORE powders! :p

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I definitely see a difference, your skin looks more luminous with the powder.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Melissa! I could swear I see SOMETHING, but I really don’t know if it’s just in my head LOL

  • 38noodles

    Your after pic is def brighter and softer, but gurrrl your before pic is already perfection!
    I has major droolz for all things Givenchy, so will def be trying this out! As beautiful as the Meteorites are, they are a little too shimmery for my preferences on my easy-to-oil summer skin, so this sounds like a great alternative :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Noodles!

      You should give this one a go! Alternatively, if you want more oil control, I’d recommend Guerlain Les Voilettes!

  • truecolorjoy

    umm… i actually think your before picture looks better. i feel like the slight soft focus and mattifying effect of the powder took away a bit of dimension and dulled the highlight areas. it’s a very small difference though and you look great in both pictures. you really love your eye look today. is it your new ga taupe? what did you line your eyes with?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Joy! Oh I actually didn’t use a highlighter here. It’s more like just the… shine of my skin :p

      It’s actually this eye look here:

      So it’s the new (they came out a little while ago) RBR shadows and Bobbi Brown liner! :)

      • truecolorjoy

        that’s the glow of healthy skin! i really love the eye look. one of my favorites from you!

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Thanks! The thing is since my skin is normal/oily combo, I prefer to mattify it a little in the beginning of the day. Otherwise that glow turns into shine REAL fast!

          • truecolorjoy

            that makes sense. although if we were in asia, it might be considered fashionably dewy o.~ i’m a little confused on where the line btw dewy and shine is drawn in asia lately

          • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            Haha I actually didn’t notice it that much! It’s interesting tho, no? I guess it depends on where exactly you are, but I’d personally never go for dewy in Taiwan. With all the heat and humidity, it’ll just turn into ultra shiny and melty in an hour or two!

  • AnneliesDP

    The Givenchy products always look so good, oh my. I’m definitely a person that find powder important in her make-up routine so I can splurge on a good powder. Looks good!
    Love, Annelies

    Oh yeah, don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin Sunny, that way you can see every new article I post immediately :) Thanks!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Annelies, I know that there are two camps when it comes to powders even among professional makeup artists. Some think you should avoid them if at all possible, others like a little. I’m definitely in the camp “I like a little powder!”

      Oh great, you’re on Bloglovin’!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i like that they dont have visible glitter particles. i think some ppl get scared off the ambient light powders because they swatch with so much visible glitter/shimmeriness that they think they’re face is going to look super shiny. even for me, i ended up picking the less shimmery and more ‘sheen’ based colors (mood and dim)

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    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, I know what you mean! When I first “swatched” Guerlain Meteorites, I really wondered what all the fans out there were thinking! Once I tried it on though, I got hooked. I think it’s the kind of stuff you have to try on to know how you feel! The same goes to the Hourglass powders! For those who really aren’t convinced, I’m glad there are now options out there that allow you to brighten the skin a little without any visible light-reflecting particle.

  • Icaria

    Hmm seems we might have to drop the “Guerlain” from our girl band name for a bit hey? This sounds polisively dreamy especially knowing we share the same tastes in powders. :) I have no doubt about this one especially since I so loved the texture of my little Givenchy compact Les Plumetis which was also matte but didn’t appear so on skin. You know I will get this one don’t ya?

    Thank you Darling for the link love! xoxo

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha well before Givenchy comes up with another 3 great powders, let’s keep the name :p

      I really, REALLY like this for my undereye area. It significantly reduces creasing! I’ve tried not to set my concealer, but that’s not a good idea (one way ticket to smudge town). Finding this powder is really a bliss :)

  • Arianne

    I totally see the difference in that swatch. Beautiful results. Your skin totally appears more soft focus in the “after” photo. Love!

    Have you tried the NARS powder? I think I still want that one as it seems to be a lot of people’s favourite.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Arianne!

      Nope I haven’t! The thing is we don’t have a NARS counter here. I might have to take a better look when I’m back in Taipei later this year, or when I go somewhere that has a counter!

  • Larie

    Yep, I’m a pressed girl, myself! I have the NARS version, though I don’t wear it daily.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, I remember your review! I’m really pretty sold on that one :)

  • Jaa

    I do spot the difference, Sunny! The skin on your “after” photo looks softer and smoother! Your review really makes me want to feel the puff it comes with haha!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Jaa! The puff is thick and squishy! Psst just so you know though, I got the loose version of Guerlain Les Voilettes for my birthday, and that puff is EVEN thicker! It’s so thick that it has a very glamorous retro vibe :)

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  • Whitney

    ooo i love the name of this! your skin definitely appears softer! I’m currently using shiseido translucent powder, you should give it a try sometime 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Whitney! I’ve been hearing so many great things about Shiseido stuff. Really need to take a closer look at the brand soon :)

  • Liz

    Like many people, I can’t stand the mess of loose powders, but they have a kind of beautiful finish that a pressed powder just can’t mimic sometimes. I’ll have to check this out when it lands here!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, yeah I really need to tape some of the holes shut. I was using it yesterday and I managed to get a bit too much out again :p

  • Dominique33

    I love loose powders, esp. la Poudre Universelle de Chanel, this one looks gorgeous ! The packaging is so classy. I prefer loose powders to pressed ones, it works better even if it’s not very easy to apply and use.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dominique, I’ve heard great GREAT things about that one, but I haven’t tried it yet!

      My mess aversion dictates my powder preferences, although this one is by far the best for my undereye area, so my preferences have gone out of the window!

      • Dominique33

        Oh yes the Poudre Universelle Libre is really great ! Finely milled, matifying and light. I would recommand it to everyone, The Nars one is very good too in my opinion but the matte packaging makes things more difficult 😉

  • Syirael

    Someday, I really want to own a pretty powder in a box, with a powder puff, to put on my vanity (i.e. the kitchen table next to my laptop in our miniscule apartme- Uh, I mean, rogue’s hideout). I would also like said powder to do its job well, and this one seems very nice! :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha oh don’t worry about it. I don’t have a vanity, either! I have my IKEA ALEX, the top of a cabinet, and my wardrobe mirror but no vanity!

  • Lena L

    This powder looks like another version of HD powder with cones, which is actually my favorite type of setting powder. I always set my foundation with loose powder like this and use pressed powder or powder foundation to touchup.
    I can definitely see the difference between before and after. Both beautiful, of course. 😉

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lena, I prefer this to the HD powder because it looks much less flat! I see what you mean though. I think the cone is what smoothed my skin out when it was all bumpy!

  • Natasja

    I have never tried loose powder before.. so I am kind of curious about them.. it’s good to read your take on them though.. gives me more perspective for when I try them :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I’m glad it helped, Natasja! Do you reach for pressed powders then, or skip powder altogether?

      • Natasja

        I go for pressed powder :) .. so far.. but who knows.. I surely wouldn’t mind trying loose powder.

  • Tiffany

    Photoshop in a jar? Sign me up! This powder sounds fantastic. I agree that most good powders are difficult to capture on camera in action. You just have to try it for yourself. I really want to test this one out!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tiffany, see if you can have this applied at the counter! I hope it’ll work well for you :)

  • Pinks (@naturelbellefemme)

    Sounds a wonderful powder. Loved your comparison photos :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks! I really love it under my eyes :)

  • peggy timmermans

    I have this powder in my working kit these days and a couple of weeks ago I did make-up for green key video’s and this powder really came over well!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yay! It’s always better when a professional makeup artist backs it up!

  • Lily

    I promised myself not to get another loose powder until I use up my existing Chanel one – and I think it’ll last me 5 years. LOL!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I actually shouldn’t buy more powders, either. Pressed, loose, I have at least 5 different types here!

  • Replica

    Finding a good setting powder for undereyes is hard so this sounds like a good find. I’ve liked Givenchy powders in the past but my sensitive skin doesn’t always get on well with the fragrance.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Clare, I’m so sorry to hear about the fragrance issue! This one is very lightly scented. I never even realized till I took a whiff prior to writing the review (but then again my nose isn’t that good…)!

  • Nikki P.

    Photoshop in a jar sounds great to me.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It really blurs everything out!