Over the last couple of months, I’ve had a lot of people compliment me on how nice my foundation looks. And as these compliments started shortly after I’d started using a new foundation, I was over the moon. The foundation I’m talking about is the Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Foundation, which is a water-based fluid foundation that launched way back in the Spring of 2016.
I’d actually been lusting after this particular product for a long time before I finally caved in and bought it. I remember being unsure as to whether or not I would get on with a cushion foundation. And with it being quite an expensive product, I didn’t want to make the mistake of buying it and then finding I wasn’t a fan. So when I was kindly gifted a Debenhams voucher earlier this year, I knew it was the perfect time to finally give it a try. And I’m really glad I did!
Givenchy’s Teint Couture Cushion Foundation comes in a sleek and stylish black compact with their iconic 4G logo printed onto the lid. It’s the perfect size for popping in my handbag when I’m out and about. And it looks lovely on my dressing table too. The compact ‘pops’ open easily to reveal a decent sized mirror (that I actually use for on-the-go touch-ups) and a white sponge applicator pad that looks and feels much more premium than the applicators that come with similar products.
The foundation itself comes in 6 different shades. And as I seem to be super pasty all year round, I opted for the lightest one, which is called Fresh Porcelain. So far, this particular shade has been working well for me, and is a super-close match to my actual skin tone. The foundation also contains SPF 10, which I think is alright, but could have been better. I mean, sun protection is pretty important, right?
The Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Foundation isn’t really your traditional type of cushion foundation, which is essentially a squishy sponge saturated with a fluid foundation. Instead, it has an innovative metal plate that dispenses the product through tiny holes in the shape of the 4G logo I mentioned before.
This metal plate is said to be cold enough to make the fluid cool to the touch, delivering a ‘fresh sensation’ when the product is applied to the skin. And it definitely works as I almost always feel a cool sensation when I apply it. I generally use the pad that came with the compact to apply the foundation, and I love how the product dispenses straight onto it, mess-free.
Givenchy claims that you only need to press the cushion down once to get the perfect amount of product for a full face of foundation. But, personally, I find I need at least 2-3 presses to get the right amount of product for me. It seems to layer up really easily without looking cakey. And as I mentioned before, it feels lovely and cool when applied to the skin, as well as blending like a dream.
With the fluid formula having such a high concentration of water, it plumps, corrects and unifies the skin with a lightweight result that’s second-to-none. It gives my skin a beautiful, healthy glow. And I think that’s why I’ve received so many compliments about it over the last couple of months. It makes me really happy when people notice how radiant I’m looking. It’s a real confidence booster.
In terms of longevity, the Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Foundation is OK. I can go for up to six hours without having to do a touch-up if I’m wearing it without a powder on top, and much longer if I am. It’s been really hot here in the UK recently, so I might find it’s much longer-lasting when it cools down a bit.
The only thing I feel lets the Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Foundation down is the lack of shades in the range. There are only 6 in total, with my shade being the lightest of them all. I think there will be a lot of people who want to try this that may not be able to get a match for their skin tone, which is a real shame. Hopefully, Givenchy will address this and add more shades to the range at a later date.
I also think one compact might not last very long if you’re using it as an everyday foundation, as I don’t think one press dispenses nearly enough product to cover the entire face. And this is coming from someone who feels like they have a small face compared to everyone else around them!
Overall, I really like the Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Foundation, and I can see myself repurchasing it when it runs out. I’ve tried applying the product with the applicator pad that comes with it, a beauty blender, a foundation brush and my fingers and I get a beautiful finish every single time. It’s just wonderful.
Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Foundation – £39.50 ||link||