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Brilliant Givenchy Fluid Foundation. Just Brilliant.

This week’s favourite makeup routine? The warm, natural look with a hint of gold around the eyes. Believe it or not, the makeup in the photograph was applied twelve hours before – I did eight hours of filming outside in the freezing cold before cosying up in this picture! The Givenchy Eclat Matissime foundation is just astounding, in my opinion – it stays matte for the entire day, it’s not drying, it’s just…perfect. It suits my skin so well, and I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on any radiance or moisture. Those with dry skin might not like it quite so much, but then I have no idea why you’d be wanting to mattify your face if you had dry skin! You can see that there’s a slight sheen on my forehead, but I’ll stress that this is after twelve hours and I hadn’t powdered once!

Here’s a list of the products I used to get this warm, natural look – it’s not particularly adventurous, granted, but I just had to share my news about the Givenchy base. It’s quite a recent discovery for me, as I usually go for very dewy textures – not something I can do so much with the Devil’s Own Pustules threatening to jump back out at any minute! They seem to be disappeared for now, but who knows? They are revelling in surprising me this year, the nasty little bar-stewards!

Few more points to make on the Givenchy foundation; it comes in a really nifty bottle with flip-up lid, it has an SPF20 (UVA and UVB protection) and it costs £32. It glides right on, so you don’t need too much, but obviously it’s Givenchy, so we’re not talking about bargain buys here! Worth every single little penny, in my opinion – it’s made it into the hallowed depths of my “main” makeup bag.

Givenchy Fluid Foundation, shade 4. HouseofFraser

Dior Night Golds Palette – lightest shade applied around inner corners of the eyes to add brightness and life! Free delivery at FeelUnique.com

Givenchy Medieval Cannonball Mascara, find it at HouseofFraser

Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow in shade 002. One of the best, best bronzers EVER. Escentual.com

No concealer – probably could have done with a touch, to be fair, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. Had I used some, it would most definitely have been my Urban Decay pencil which is brilliant, but I can’t find a big sharpener to fit it, so it’s sat on my desk, sad and blunted.


  1. Marguerite Glorney Groarke

    Hi Ruth,
    I purchased the Givenchy foundation on your recommendation. All I can say is WOW!! It’s fantastic, possibly HG status! Thank you.

  2. I just purchased this! I didn’t see any reviews before I bought it and I was kind of worried, but I came home and saw good reviews and then I saw you had it and was amazed! I love your taste in foundation and knew I bought a winner!

  3. Hi Ruth,

    After reading Amy’s comment below, I just wanted to let you know that much like Amy I am a busy 23-year-old girl (woman?!) who reads your blog every day – and that your recommendations / reviews are those which I take seriously.

    Being in the market for a new foundation, and after reading this Givenchy review yesterday, I went into Debenhams and got matched for this foundation, the spiky mascara..and a whole lot else. And it’s all FABULOUS.

    Thank you for providing such honest advice, as well as something great to read at the end of a long day!

    Cheers, Rach

  4. Hi Ruth,

    Sorry to ask an irrelevant question but you have mention some la Roche posay products recently and I was wandering if you have tried their liquid foundation or their bb cream. I was just about to order some of their products for oily skin and I saw that they also do makeup. It’d be very useful if you had any recommendations on that. Though this post has made me think that givenchy liquid foundation might be exactly what I’ve been looking for :)

    Many thanks for the great advice! x

  5. I have the Urban Decay concealer and they are soo cheeky with their marketing that you have to buy their sharpener! Honestly, nothing has the same sized hole! Their’s is called Grind House and it probs nearing £10 in price (yikes) but for someone with a lot of their eyeliners, it is worth it as the product loss is really minimal and it creates a perfect point! Hope this helps! xxx

  6. Oh dear, I just ordered this ;-)

    What shade are you wearing, Ruth?

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