Givenchy Magic Lip & Cheek Balm

Givenchy Magic Lip & Cheek Balm Review

I love the retro feel of this little Givenchy pot. The lid looks sleek, but the bright blue plastic is very eighties, especially with the pink balm inside! As usual, when I first used this I ploughed ahead and slapped it on without reading what it was supposed to do. I had really sore lips, so I applied it all around my mouth in a beautiful thick layer – the relief! It was amazing. Soft, luscious, instantly soothing. I popped up to the post office to send some parcels off and gave the woman behind the counter evils because she was blatantly giving me evils first! She started it.

Anyway. When I got back home, imagine my absolute horror when I looked in the bathroom mirror to find that the skin around my mouth had turned a vibrant pink! I looked like somebody who had painted a clown mouth on as a joke! There’s also an outpatients unit just down from the post office where the slightly unhinged people go, so the woman behind the counter obviously thought that I was one of them. I can’t ever show my face in there again, but I want to – I want to go in shouting like Patsy from Ab Fab, saying “it was GIVENCHY darling! GIVENCHY!”

So now you know – this gorgeous little pot magique turns lips (and cheeks) a pretty pink. The vibrancy of said pink depends on your skin colour to begin with, apparently. It “harmonizes with every skin tone for a customized, radiant and fresh flush of colour”. I really like these ‘one shade fits all’ formulations, but I’d be interested to see how the shades vary on different skin tones. Has anyone had bad experiences with them?

It’s a big tick for the Givenchy balm – even if it was transparent I’d still love it for the lip-softening effect. I’m not so keen on using it on my cheeks – it just feels wrong – but if you don’t mind the balmy texture then you will no doubt love the slightly shimmering flush.

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm is £20.50 from

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  1. April 21, 2012 / 7:05 am

    OK…do NOT know if I’m a bit punchy and unhinged myself tonight but this has got to be the best story you’ve written. I swear I am going to have tears rolling down my face in another moment. Best “goofy” moment memory: definitely a “hall of famer”!

  2. Liz
    April 21, 2012 / 9:42 am

    This has been one of my favorite for years! It’s just perfect for a really effortless, natural (yet polished) look, and I quite like it on the cheeks.

  3. April 21, 2012 / 9:42 am

    Ohhhhhh, I want!Your story reminds me of disaster I had when trying on too many sample products at the airport and then running when my flight was called and I realised I was really late. Totally forgot I had bright pink lips, pink cheeks and one blue eye.

    • Ruth
      April 22, 2012 / 2:11 am

      HAHA! I have done that too… x

  4. MakeUpnaive
    April 21, 2012 / 4:34 pm

    Really Ruth that happened to you? Would have been more hilarious if you posted a snapshot too! And no i am not laughing at you as much as i am laughing with you. Anyway that pot of potion looks adorable, very retro indeed

  5. Deana
    April 21, 2012 / 4:38 pm

    Lol! This made me laugh so hard. :). It does look really intriguing.

  6. Joana
    April 21, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    hahaha you are absolutely priceless! I wish you would go there and do a Patsy on them ;)

  7. April 25, 2012 / 2:38 am

    I’ve been curious about this one for quite a while but still haven’t taken the plunge. I know it is supposed to adjust to everyone’s “perfect” color–but in the pot it looks so cool pink that I never thought it would work on me. Maybe I just need to give it a shot, though. Thank god for Sephora’s return policy

  8. February 4, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    LOL. That is some amazing imagery.

  9. MissusDeeb
    February 5, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Ha ha!!

    I did that the first time I workle Christian Dior Lip Glow which is been religiously reapplying for two hours before a business lunch!!

    Ooh this sounds brilliant! I’m in love with the little Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Repair Balm as my lips respond so well to this (they split and dry out a lot!) so I might try this!

    Does anyone know how these two products compare? (Obviously minus the pink colour!!) xx

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