Fragrance added to makeup is pretty standard with a luxury brand like Givenchy. So, imagine my surprise when I looked at the ingredients for the new Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer and there was no fragrance listed. That made me excited to give this concealer a try because I have sensitive skin so I avoid fragrance in my products as much as possible. I’ve only used this a few times but I wanted to go ahead and share a swatch of the shade N385 and my thoughts.
To cut to the chase, this is a great formula if you are looking for a medium coverage concealer (which is what the Sephora website states) with a radiant finish. The actual box packaging claims that it is medium to high buildable coverage. While I do think that it is buildable, on me, building it up causes it to crease in an unflattering way. I’ve mentioned this before, but I should probably repeat it whenever I’m talking about creasing. Everything will settle into lines to some extent, that’s just what happens. But when the product collects in my lines so much that from a distance it looks like stripes, that’s what I call creasing in an unflattering way. If you don’t have a lot of issues with creasing, you might be able to build this to
full high-medium coverage.
Without setting this with powder, it didn’t crease until after about 4 hours of wear and that is impressive to me. When I did set it with powder, it creased in about 2 hours. It still looked nice and not dry, but since it doesn’t crease much when unset, to me, there is no need to set it. If you are new here, I have dry skin, so your mileage will likely vary with the setting powder needs. The brand claims that this is hydrating and I don’t know that I’d call it hydrating. It does look hydrated, but I just don’t get the feeling of extra hydration being added to my skin. Again, keep in mind, I am dry. This isn’t as radiant as something like the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer, but it is radiant enough to be less perfecting (smoothing/blurring) than a more matte formula would be. That isn’t a bad thing and a lot of people like a radiant finish, it’s just something to keep in mind.
So getting back to the fragrance that I mentioned earlier. While the brand did omit an added “parfum,” there is actually a synthetic fragrance in this formula (ethylene brassylate).
Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Foundation Ingredients: Aqua (Water) C9-12 Alkane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Propanediol, Stearalkonium Hectorite , Trimethylsiloxysilicate , Pullulan, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate , Silica , Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate , Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate , Mica , Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water , Hydroxyacetophenone, Ethylene Brassylate, Sodium Benzoate, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract , Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, [+/- Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) , Ci 77491, Ci77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride)]
If you are someone that is not sensitive to fragrance this won’t make a difference but I wanted to point it out since it came to my attention. I have experienced some irritation after I’ve used this concealer. It doesn’t cause bumps or redness, but I do have a sore feeling and sensitivity to touch under my eyes after I use it. Due to that, I won’t be continuing to test this out but I did want to at least share my initial thoughts. The formula smells mostly like makeup, but it does have something extra to the smell that is a little nicer than just the paint-like makeup smell. For what it’s worth, it is not as fragranced as the Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer, and I didn’t notice the fragrance when applying it, just when I intentionally smell the doe foot. The weird world of reviewing makeup, how many “regular” consumers are smelling the doe foot. 😂
It’s possible that ethylene brassylate has nothing to do with my irritation and another ingredient is the problem, but regardless, I’ll have to stick with other formulas.
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Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Concealer, $37, 24 Shades, 11 ml/.37 fl oz**
I think shade N345 would be a better depth for my skin tone, but I picked shade N385 because it looked less pink than N345. Neutrals, don’t typically work for me, so if I have to pick a neutral I try to get one that is a little warmer. I do think it works out, but I do wish they had some warm undertones in my depth.
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Great catch on the ingredient! I wouldn’t have known. Also, that’s really unfortunate that it didn’t work out. Better safe than sorry to skip after having a reaction.
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