Spring is about a month away and I can’t tell you how excited I am. In addition to going back to New Orleans on the first day of Spring (yay!) I just can’t wait for more sunshine, long days and not to have to wear layers.
As usual, I saw this product on Twitter and had to investigate it further. I came up empty on both reviews and swatches of this product so it was determined that I would have to buy this sight unseen and hope for the best. And the best, my dears, is what I got.
It’s Givenchy’s new Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder. The compact itself is lovely. Sleek, black and weighty with the lovely Givenchy logo on the front. But as usual, it’s what’s on the inside that matters most…
Ta-Da! It’s a beautiful glowy bronzing cream. I say cream because when you touch it, it really feels like cream and blended on the skin it’s glowy as such but it’s weightless and not sticky so it’s also kind of like a powder. I hesitate to call it cream to powder because it really doesn’t feel that way to me. It’s cream AND powder. The product is sturdy and the design remained in tact after swatching it with my fingers and several brush swirls. There is no detectable scent to this product.
When I first swatched it it looked a lot like a creamy version of Dior Aurora so of course I had to see how close they are. For my own curiosity I had to compare it to the famous Soleil tan de Chanel as well.
Swatches L-R: Soleil tan de Chanel, Givenchy Bonne Mine, Dior Aurora
Bonne Mine is like the ethereal love child of the Dior and Chanel products. It’s the best of both worlds. It lasts all day on me. Granted I have worn it only twice as I just received it this week, but I needed to share this. If it lasted on me all day with my oily skinned ways, I am sure it can last on anybody.
To see the real effect that this gives I had to show a before and after…
Just Base Makeup (Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, Jemma Kidd Light as Air Foundation in Light-Medium, MAC MFSN in Medium Plus, Tarte Maracuja Concealer in Light). In the pictures below I have only added the Givenchy Bonne Mine and a bit of lip balm since as you can see above my lips were looking pretty lifeless from some of my foundation getting on them.
(do pardon my messy brows, they seem to have a mind of their own lately because they are in need of a good trim)
You can see a big difference in the glow and color of my skin. It allows the natural glow of my skin to come through and it feels like my skin too. When I put this on I don’t feel the need for blush. It gives me skin just the right amount of life and lift that adding blush is not essential. Of course that won’t stop me from adding it when I want to, but it means that I no longer have to.
With completed makeup, nothing else added to my cheeks or face. It kind of looks like I have been on a mini-vacation to the beach.
Eyes- MAC Nylon and Moleskin, Urban Decay 24-7 liner Bourbon on upper lashline, Urban Decay 24-7 liner Baked on lower lashline, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
Lips- MAC Embrace Me lip pencil (that’s the color you see on my lips) topped with Dolce & Gabbana lipgloss in Candy (this is sheer, added for gloss only)
This retails for $50 at Sephora. The price is steep, but the product is lovely and oh-so worth it.