Givenchy Eclat Matissime ($51) is a matte liquid foundation product that the brand launched for Fall 2012. Odd choice as I commonly associate matte foundation launches with Summer. I’m sorry I sometimes forget to acknowledge you lucky folks out there with oily skin year round. Yes, lucky…! Oily skin types actually age slower than those with drier skin so be thankful 🙂
Although I have dry skin I was still curious to try this out and I’m very happy I did indulge because it’s quite wonderful.
At $51 for a single oz this is a pricey foundation option but if you’re seeing flawless, refined skin it might not be too much to indulge in. I do liken it to many of the formulas I mentioned above as it’s a liquid water base which has suspended foundation pigments in the mix. In order to get the best use out of it does need to be shaken up a few times so both the liquid and pigments blend well together.
Matte finishes are tricky for me. I’m a bit oily in the Summer but for the most part I consider myself dry particularly in the winter. This is like no matte foundation I’ve tried before. It doesn’t have a velvety or powdery dry down so it doesn’t accentuate flaky or dry areas for me. It also has second-skin like technology that melds with skin creating natural yet long lasting results (P.S. there’s even an SPF 20 in the mix! Not a ton of protection but some is better than none).
If you’ve tried Urban Decay Deslick in a Tube I feel like this reminds me of that formula. Somehow it mattifies skin in a way that feels very natural and unobtrusive. It’s not the type of foundation that will sit unnaturally on your skin. Givenchy formulated it with silica beads which absorb excess oil and moisture but still allows skin to breath through the wear.
Some matifying foundations I’ve tried do too good a job with their matte finish and make my skin look very dry and flaky. The ends up accenting dry spots in a way that’s very unflattering. Granted, this isn’t a foundation I should really shop for with my skin type but I’m glad I did because it works beautifully regardless of my dryness.
I’ve used it through a few cooler days and I’ve used it through some fairly hot ones we’ve had as well and it performs beautifully all around. Wear is solid with no issues of oxidation. The foundation looks as fresh as it does in five hours as it does in the first hour of application. On a warmer day it keeps shine at bay and on a cooler morning when my face might feel tighter or dryer, it still manages to look flawless and natural.
Mat Beige (Beige was the shade that fit me best although it was a little dark) and Mat Sand
Speaking of natural…
That’s also another reason to love it. I keep doing these reviews where I mention foundations that wear like second skin. It seems the newest rage for foundation lately though. This is one of those foundation. Although it offers sheer to medium coverage it still manages to enhance my own natural skin tone and creates weightless coverage that barely looks like I have any makeup on at all. Isn’t that exactly what we want from our foundation products?
Unfortunately, I will rant that I dislike the packaging. It comes in a square bottle like many of these types of foundations do however it lacks the squirt top and has a depressor for dispensing product. Unfortunately it squirts out a little too much for my liking so this is a little faulty.
Givenchy Eclat Matissime Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance is an excellent product for all skin types. Dry and combo types will love how natural it wears where as oily ones will be very pleased with the light, breathable coverage it provides that soaks up excess oil. This, my friends, is a keeper.
Muse Approved for purchase.
An excellent foundation. Pricey but flawlessness is worth it.
Available at Sephora.