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

Givenchy Medieval Cannonball Mascara, find it at HouseofFraser

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

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.

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  1. Talisa Tossell
    November 12, 2012 / 7:40 am

    did it break you out?

    • RuthCrilly
      November 12, 2012 / 11:41 am

      The Givenchy? No. The Estee Lauder Light was, though, I think. I might be allergic to one of the ingredients! x

      • jamie
        November 12, 2012 / 5:18 pm

        it might be bismuth oxychloride — same happened to me! also used bare minerals powder for quite a while & had breakout after breakout. i tried everything i could think of skin care-wise, but it wasn’t til i cut out the products containing bismuth oxychloride that those breakouts completely stopped.

  2. Talli8cakes
    November 12, 2012 / 8:47 am

    Oh dear, it’s going to be another rush out and buy product. I did the same with the fabulous Estée Lauder matte primer and it’s now in my everyday makeup bag…along with most things you review!
    Whenever you review something mattifying it tends to work for me so rush out and buy I must for fear of a sellout…global scale lol.
    I’ve also bought Clarins skin illusion (powder) on your recommendation and love it as a quick everyday foundation so thanks again!

    • RuthCrilly
      November 12, 2012 / 11:41 am

      Pleasure! xx

  3. November 12, 2012 / 8:56 am

    Nice, nice, nice, nice, nice!!! Love it! I think I’m getting rather tired of see smokey eyes on non-Asians. This is so refreshing!
    Ooo… I must share with you: I received my first 100ml of JoMalone’s Red Roses! It will be my signature perfume… Thanks to your recommendation! <3

    • RuthCrilly
      November 12, 2012 / 11:41 am

      Glad you like it!! x

  4. Catfanatic30
    November 12, 2012 / 9:28 am

    I love the Urban Decay concealer pencil too! The only sharpner the right size is the Urban Decay sharpner, the one I have is double one with a regualr sized slot for eye pencils and a bigger slot for the concealer pencil, hope that helps. xo

  5. Elsa
    November 12, 2012 / 9:34 am

    Urban Decay do their own pencil sharpener for big pencils and huuggeee pencils, I think it’s about £7 – it looks a bit naff but is brilliant!

  6. Robin
    November 12, 2012 / 9:40 am

    If you get another wave of brake outs you should try an lms system. Wayne Goss, you’re dailymix pall, made a video on it. It’s sold in boots, but I god mine of feelunique. I’ve had great results with it. It feels like doing nothing to your skin but the result are great. Wayne did a review and a non sponsored giveaway on it on his channel. You should check it out!

  7. November 12, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    DANG IT!!! This was in my Sephora cart for the VIB sale but at the last minute, I backed out because I figured I would try the Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation instead. Now I am really regretting that decision…

  8. November 12, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Hi Ruth

    I don’t really do this sort of thing, but I just wanted to drop you a comment and say how much I’ve enjoyed your videos and website – the skincare in particular. I’m a very busy 23 year old with sensitive skin, prone to breakouts, and I find it difficult to find the time (or the inclination) to go through the bumf in order to find products of worth. Your videos have been really enlightening, and I like that they’re quality products, not influenced by hype or dubious-sounding chemicals. In particular I enjoyed your cleansing video – I use Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser religiously, but have always used the muslin flat, not folded – I tried the folded way yesterday and today, and much prefer it, so thanks!

    If you’re looking for any video suggestions, one I’d be interested in is beauty boxes. I understand Amarya do a good one, and it appeals to me as a way to be introduced to new products without shelling out for whole tubes etc. It’d be nice to know what you thought of them, any companies you’d recommend, etc.

    Anyway, I really never message anyone to say that I enjoyed their site etc, feels a bit odd, but I know if someone really appreciated my work (though as a project manager that never happens!) I’d like it if they let me know.

    Amy x

  9. Cait
    November 12, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    I really wanted to try this foundation but I kept hearing it broke people out?? Have you experienced this yet??

  10. Louisa
    November 12, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    Not sure exactly how big the Urban Decay concealer pencil is, but I bought a seemingly rubbish pink Barry M sharpener from the stand at Topshop Oxford Circus for 99p that has a small + big hole, the latter of which was actually a tad too big for some of my chunkier eye pencil/crayons. Maybe worth a look? Mine has held out pretty well, surprisingly! x

  11. Kitty
    November 12, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Oh dear, I just ordered this ;-)

    What shade are you wearing, Ruth?

  12. Kasia LW
    November 12, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    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

  13. Joanna
    November 12, 2012 / 11:24 pm

    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

  14. Rach
    November 13, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    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

  15. Zoe Kennedy
    November 14, 2012 / 1:27 am

    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!

  16. Marguerite Glorney Groarke
    November 19, 2012 / 12:16 pm

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

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