Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation

I've had my eye on this for a while. Sali Hughes raved about it a while back and I've been meaning to explore it. Givenchy counters are hard to track down. I decided to actually take a lunch hour a few weeks back and walk to the House of Fraser across London Bridge. I got there - no Givenchy counter. I bought a Tom Ford lipstick as a consolation prize and more about that another time.

Anyway, as so often with me, I became obsessed in the space of 24 hours. I went from a curious 'I must try this' to 'I need it in my life now, nothing I have works AT ALL'. A fine Saturday dawned and my sister and I spontaneously decided to meet at Selfridges for a little shop and some coffee. Guess what? Selfridges doesn't have Givenchy either. It became a mission. Turns out Debenhams does and so we fell in there and started to explore.

Givenchy make up is beautiful. Why have I never explored it before? Possibly because it's not everywhere. It's so pretty! We were helped by an extremely competent assistant. She knew her stuff, popped me in a chair and took off my make up and started again. It was honestly like a magician at work although she used a lot of product. By the time she had finished I wanted everything but I managed to be reasonably restrained. The foundation is life-changing. I've been wearing it every day and people have commented on how well I look. I am not well at the moment, I am in the middle of the project from hell, I am doing 13 hour days in the office, sleeping badly and I have a cold. That's how good this base is. It transcends all that and makes you glow.

I also bought the concealer which has a highlighter built in. I am quite lazy about concealer and I don't wear it all the time but it's very easy to work with and nice and light, not cakey. And I got the wondrous mascara which is bizarre.

I was sceptical until she used it on me. Long lashes be mine! It's a little bit of a knack to master without poking yourself in the eye but this is very good.

My sister also succumbed having said she wasn't buying anything. She got the foundation and the mascara. We swung out looking uber glamorous and went to, ermmm, Nando's.

If you just buy one product, buy the foundation. It really is wonderfully good, easy to apply and perks you up a treat. Recommended.


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