This May Givenchy launches Poudre Première and Prisme Libre. Two loose powders suitable for all complexions, fair, medium or dark.
The Poudre Première is perfect for those who prefer a sheer, matte, luminous finish and the Prisme Libre for those who like a more pronounced radiance. Lit from within glow if you may.
Many of you are already familiar with the iconic Prisme Libre powder as it’s one of Givenchy’s top selling products since it’s launch in 2006. In May launches a newly reformulated version of the original (if I remember correctly, which was a very lightweight translucent finish with no detectable shimmer).
I had the opportunity to attend the press event and was generously presented with this gorgeous Prisme Libre for review!
Here’s a little peek at the Givenchy event which was organized by Touch PR & Events. It was pastel themed complete with pastel pink, buttercream and lilac balloons to mimic the Prisme Libre harmonies where the new product unveiled in a cloud of smoke! Talk about a dramatic entrance!
Before I head to the actual review here’s a little info on Poudre Première (seen above). Possibly the sexiest loose powder packaging I’ve encountered!
AN ODE TO SIMPLICITY
What’s the idea? Only one shade, which fuses together with all skin tones, from the fairest to the darkest. Nicolas Degennes has invented a product that changes lives: a universal, superfine and comfortable powder, which is applied to bare or primed skin for a completely sheer result. And which always guarantees an even, matte and naturally radiant complexion, in complete simplicity.
Black box. The POUDRE PREMIÈRE case is presented in an utterly glam, rock’n’roll and chic Couture case. Black enamel is used to set off the powder and plays on the Givenchy logo both above and beneath the lid. Each POUDRE PREMIÈRE features a white microfiber powder puff, which is soft and delicate, but if preferred, the powder can also be applied very easily with a brush.
Ok! Now onto the review!
THE MODERNISED ICON
A cult object from the House of Givenchy. Since 2006, PRISME LIBRE has been the only loose powder, encapsulated behind a mesh screen, combining four shades to create buildable harmonies, in nude tones. Presented side by side in the same case, these four powders are completely versatile, leaving the complexion matte and luminous.
A new sheer and luminous texture. It is a unique and perfected version, where the pigments become more lightweight, refreshing and softening complexion to perfection. A veil of powder delivers a breath of radiance and luminosity which lifts the whole face. The secret of its formulation? Pigments treated with atomisation technology. They are of equal size and glide on evenly for an ultra-natural peachy-soft skin effect. Along with this impression of absolute comfort comes an exquisite fragrance trail featuring lilac and white musk.
The Prism Libre comes in 3 different harmonies.
Mousseline Pastel No. 1: sugar-coated colours which correct and reduce imperfections for a very natural opaline effect.
Taffetas Beige No. 2: a cocktail of beiges, apricot and yellow, which delivers a healthy glow in just one stroke of a brush. The skin appears to have been invigorated by fresh air.
Voile Rosé No. 7: sensuality and voluptuousness in a mingling of pinks and mother-of-pearl. The result on the skin: a halo of light and radiance.
I received Voile Rosé No. 7
Prisme Libre comes in a transparent square shaped packaging with a faux leather finish lid. The powder box is compartmentalized into 4, which houses four different shades of loose powder. Overall it has a graphic, minimalistic luxe look which is very Givenchy!
The powder comes with one microfiber puff which could be used for application. And the powder is dispensed through a very unique design detail, a 4 G screen!
Voile Rosé is a combination of pink, cream, white and peach.
These colours are associated with brightening when it comes to makeup artistry.
You could imagine my excitement to review this! I LOVE anything radiance enhancing and brightening.
The Prisme Libre is a very finely milled setting powder. Like a gossamer veil; when applied, this disappears onto the skin and is virtually undetectable.
This product sits beautifully on the skin. I could clearly see a glow when I applied this on my face, like a halo effect. And all those little particles reflecting light, stops your makeup from looking flat (one dimensional), giving it definition and of course radiance.
On the flip side, in bright light conditions it looks incredibly shimmery. Yesterday I had an Edward Cullen moment while I was out shopping when I stood under a spotlight at the Giordano store (buying ‘I heart Singapore’ tees out of all things!) and accidentally happened to check myself out in that lighting. Boy did I sparkle!
So just to be on the safe side I’d recommend using this lightly as a highlight on the forehead, higher parts of your cheekbones and bridge of your nose if you are heading out in bright sunlight or going to an evening event where you might end up under a spotlight.
In natural or dim lighting though, this makes for a beautiful setting powder! Two thumbs up!
So there is no set method to applying this. You could either use the microfiber puff that comes with this powder or a brush. It comes down to personal preference. I like to go in with a brush.
But incase you plan to use the powder puff. You could try the ‘shake and mix’ technique. Just place it on the screen while pressing it down firmly with your fingers and turn the jar upside down and shake it repeatedly to dispense the powder. Then fold the puff in two and squish it around to mix (you can skip this step if you wish, I promise you wont be left with sections of your face looking pink, white and peach!) and pat on the powder. Simple!
So who is this best suited for?
If you like satin finish setting powders, this is for you. It mattifies and sets makeup while at the same time imparting a luminous glow.
If you prefer a matte porcelain doll finish but with a glow, this might NOT be your cup of tea. You might want to consider the Poudre Première instead.
*In case you were wondering if this is a Guerlain Meteorites-esque product, this isn’t. Firstly this is a setting powder and Meteorites is a finishing powder. And most importantly Guerlain meteorites doesn’t shimmer under bright lights, or natural lighting for that matter. Although you may see similarities in the colour harmonies of the two products, that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. They are nothing alike and cannot be considered a substitute or a dupe if you may.
I love the overall product, though I find the satin finish might be a bit much for some, when used as an ‘all over face’ powder. But for everyday use, I can’t complain cos I don’t normally go around standing under random spotlights! ;-) and I do love the glow it creates.
Poudre Premiere and Prisme Libre launch in Singapore this May.
Retailing at all Givenchy counters for $86.
Comes with 3x4g of product.