April 5, 2010

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm Review and Swatches

So you missed out on Givenchy Gloss Poetique this past Fall? Wow, dude, that sucks for you as it sure was special.

But no worries, Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm has you covered! Total dupe!


Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm is pretty much the sister product of Givenchy Givenchy Gloss Poetique launched this past Fall. Aside from the packaging the products are pretty much the same so if you loved Gloss Poetique and wanted a back up I’d grab some Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm and if you failed to get your hands on Gloss Poetique now is a good time to grab this new version.

What is it?

A lip and cheek balm that creates your perfect shade of customized radiant cheek color. It’s a balm formula which you can slick on lips or cheeks for a flush of pink. The formula is quite moisturizing and in some cases leaves behind a slightly greasy texture but once blended out you’re good to go. It’s a rather ideal product when you’re wanting to go sans makeup and just desire a little bit of pink on lips and cheeks or as the warmer weather approaches and you want to lighten up your makeup this would be perfect!

The good….

I love the natural flush of pink that it gives both my cheeks and lips. The color makes my lips look just bitten and my cheeks look like I’ve stepped in from a cold Winter’s night or a warm, sunny day! Truly you can’t lose with the product in my opinion as it’s a pretty shade that should flatter most skin types (darker skin might not see too much of a difference) plus it easily blends out so you aren’t left with clown cheeks, merely a pretty flush! Best part of the product is the fact that it contains hyaluronic acid so it’s not only brightening your cheeks up but also re-hydrating tired skin and fill fine lines (not that I have fine lines but kinda cool right?).

The bad…

It does come in a pot and you do need to dip in and out of it with finger tips. I do realize this doesn’t appeal to those of us who are germ-a-phones, believe me I totally relate. However, I try to disregard this and see the joy in the product but of course a squeeze tube would be better packaging for most of the makeup population I’m sure. Of course I do hate that they use the “custom” shade of pink pitch for the product. For the most part, after a test on three people, I find that the color simply stays the same shade of pink for everyone. It honestly doesn’t change or deepen in color for any one skin type, it simply gives a baby pink finish, not too red and not too pink, just natural.
Overall, I absolutely love it and highly recommend picking one up particularly if you’re looking to lighten your makeup load as the warmer weather approaches. For me it’s perfect beach and pool makeup as it gives a healthy glow minus extra foundation, blush, etc…just gently flushed cheeks that are both flattering and healthy looking!

Loves it!

Sportin’ Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm on cheeks and lips!

Available from Sephora for $30.

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Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Lisamarie

    ooooooo purty! I’m not so keen on the pot thingy though, it’s so pink and sparkly I probably won’t be able to resist…

    Best, Lisamarie

    • the Muse

      hehe lisa 😀 it’s the pink, the pink draws me in every time!

  • Hella

    Hmmm, this sounds just like the thing I’m looking for, but I’m afraid that it would be a terrible match for my oily skin… My cheeks are not that oily but still my blush sinks in just after a couple of hours, and you say that’s greasy, so, why put more greasiness on something already greasy?… Ew, I thing I got carried away… 🙂 Anyway, would you recommend it to someone like me?


    Ohh that is such a pretty package
    and the consisitancy reminds me of the dior lip glow 🙂

    does this have a scent?

    • the Muse

      o good question linda, can’t remember at the moment, perhaps perfume-y like scent but can’t recall at the moment lol! I used it around two weeks ago last and can’t remember 😀

    • the Muse

      Linda rechecked 😀 It’s a rosey type smell. Not unpleasant at all!

  • knownever

    That packaging is delicious! I don’t know how I feel about combo cheek/lip products. I often feel like they are too glossy on my cheeks.

    • the Muse

      they are knownever 😀 Def need a bit of blending so you aren’t left looking greasy!

  • Kate

    I read on the Sephora website that this balm IS scented like Givenchy perfume, that pretty much turned me off right away.

  • Ling

    Looks interesting but then the pot thing really puts me off.. will def drop by the counter to check it out…hm….. is it LE?

    • the Muse

      ya ling I know whatcha mean 🙁 nope doesn’t appear LE but is sephora exclusive I think hun!

  • Geo

    Love it. Perfect size, perfect pot, smells great, looks lovely. am very happy with it.

  • Annie

    I just discovered your website and I can say it’ll be bookmarked for sure!!! Do you prefer this over the Dior Addict Lip glow?

    • the Muse

      hi annie thanks so much 🙂 Mmm it’s kinda two different products so there isn’t any real comparison. in terms of color givenchy has the more pop of pink versus dior’s sheerer pink.