Givenchy says the colors are packaged from the top to the bottom of the pan with a unique compaction process that allows a blurred effect and several color inlays. Honestly, I have no idea what that means, and I have no contacts at Givenchy who might explain it to me. No matter what the technology, this powder is beautiful in the compact, like an abstract expressionist's canvass splattered with pastel, harmonious paints.
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered Le Prisme Visage Bucolique from Sephora. I did expect a light, pastel face powder. What surprised me was the overall white tone to the powder.
I'm not sure why I bother trying to show you powders on my skin that are barely visible, but I hope it helps to show you these swatch photos. I swatched Le Prisme Visage Bucolique heavily at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator and used a dense blush brush for the larger swatch below. As I swatched, I blended across all four quadrants of the compact. My photos were taken in full sun.
I felt it necessary to point to (or emphasize) the swatches with drawing tools. If you see any shine in the white powder, it's due to sunlight, not the powder. Le Prisme Visage Bucolique take all those pretty pastel colors and translates to white. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The perception of white is evoked by light that stimulates all three types of color-sensitive cone cells in the human eye in nearly equal amounts and with high brightness compared to the surroundings.
I located Givenchy's instructions for Le Prisme Visage Bucolique and felt they might shed some light on the company's intentions.
It’s always exciting when winter comes to an end, but isn’t your skin looking more pale than pretty? We thought so. Givenchy has got you covered this spring with Le Prisme Visage Bucolique, a super-cool compact powder designed to amp up the glow without ever looking overdone.
Bucolic Blossoms No. 1 contains four tiny pyramids of softly specked micronized powder that illuminates all skin types with a sheer glowing veil. It’s like a peaches and cream complexion in a compact!
- Buff over foundation in place of powder for a translucent finish.
- Glide over freshly moisturized skin alone for a candle-lit glow.
- Concentrate an additional layer of powder on cheekbones, forehead, and chin to highlight.
I think Le Prisme Visage Bucolique is a nice finishing powder for fair skin. As the skin darkens, I would expect it to look ashy. I'd like to know if you've tried Givenchy's Le Prisme Visage Bucolique, available only at Sephora. What do you think?
Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty