I took a sample of the Photo’Perfexion liquid foundation by Givency home back when I tried Sephora’s Color IQ process (you can read about my experience here). This foundation was the primary recommendation by the sales associate based on the preferences I selected: medium coverage, long-wearing, SPF included. I had walked home from the Color IQ experience wearing this foundation on my face and pretty excited about it. I thought it was really very pretty, and was a great color match for me, as well.
Application: The foundation has a, erm … medium consistency? It’s not super runny, but isn’t remarkably thick, either. I’ve tried a few different ways of applying it, and my favorite way has been using my Real Techniques stippling brush. I stipple it onto the different areas of my face and then blend it in using circular strokes. The more I blend, the better the finish looks, and I don’t find that I need to finish blending with a cosmetic sponge the way I often like to with other liquid foundations.
It does have a perfumed fragrance to it. When I tried it on in the Sephora store, I found that not only could I smell it as it was applied, I could also continue to detect the scent throughout the rest of the day. When my boyfriend came home from work, he remarked that I smelled good. The sample I’ve been working on, however, does not have a lingering smell. My guess is that it’s scent must have died after being out of the bottle for an extended period of time. It’s actually been a month and a half or so since I received the sample, as I’ve sort of been saving it, so I think that does help explain the weaker scent.
Wear: The foundation does a really nice job of concealing imperfections in both skin tone and texture without being heavy or unnatural looking. It has a very natural-looking finish with a light touch of luminosity. I think it’s extremely flattering.
I do suggest setting it with powder because I’ve realized that it transfers quite a bit if it isn’t set. I’ll notice some of it come off on my hands or on tissues if I accidentally touch my face or blow my nose (I’ve been getting over a cold).
I have combination skin with an oily nose but drier cheeks, and I think that this foundation unifies the conditions of my face really well. Throughout the day as I wear it, my cheeks look softer and healthier while my nose doesn’t get excessively shiny. I’ve been going entire days without touching up with powder.
Value: There’s no getting around that this is a pricier foundation. But, it is Givenchy, a luxury brand. It costs $48 for 0.8 oz, so it isn’t the most expensive option out there, but it’s high. I think it performs really well, and I hear Sephora’s running some sort of sale for VIBs :).
The Bottom Line: I really like it. It’s one of my favorites that I’ve tried recently, and I’m happy to recommend it to those who are comfortable with the price tag.
Though, there’s something that’s bugging me. Sephora’s website is usually so good about including ingredients lists on their product pages, but the ‘ingredients’ tab is missing for this one. I like to know what’s in the products I purchase. We may not understand all of the ingredients, but consumers should at least have access to the information.
In the photo above, I’m also wearing: L’Oreal True Match crayon concealer in N1-2-3, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review here), Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek blush in Carved Rose (review here), Jordana 12 HR Made to Last eyeliner in black, Clarins Be Long Mascara in black (review here), Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10-light blonde (review here) and Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Berry Soft.
The Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation is sold exclusively at Sephora and costs $48 for 0.8 oz.
Have you tried it? What do you think?