[sample] I was expecting a less fluid texture from the forthcoming Givenchy City Balm Foundation because of the word ‘balm’ in the name. However, as someone who loves a fluid foundation, it was a lovely surprise to find that this SPF25 coverage is more liquid than balm.
Probably the best selling point about this is that it’s protective against blue light (from screens) and while I didn’t pay too much attention to blue light consequences it does now give me pause for thought (if not utter conviction) because I spend almost every day in front of a screen. I always thought ‘tech-neck’ was nonsense but now I notice a line that’s only there when I’m looking down and it does make me wonder whether it would exist at all were it not for my smart phone!
While City Balm isn’t as liquid as something like, say L’Oreal True Match, it’s not weighty either and those of you who don’t like a ‘dewy’ complexion will be pleased because while it isn’t a light flattening matte by any means, it isn’t a sheen or dew formula. It fits the brief for lighter coverage that sits above a tinted moisturiser in intensity but below a heavier weight foundation.
Shea butter gives a decent level of hydration along with hyaluronic acid, while soft focus powders give a perfected effect. It’s a stay-all-day formula – on me, there was still plenty to take off when it came to removal but I’d be interested to see how it performs on a hot summer day when it’s got a bit of sweat to contend with. There are 14 shades that launch next month for £43.
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