Although I’m not much of a primer wearer, I am always excited by the launch of a new one, especially when it is a touch different than the ones you’re used to. If it was just another silicone-based primer, I probably would have skipped it but the new Givenchy Mat and Blur Touch ($47, available here) combines the two things I love about a product: versatility, and travel-friendly format.
The Givenchy Mat and Blur Touch is the latest launch in the “Face Atelier” Spring collection featuring a matting formula that can be worn under or over your makeup, as a primer or touchup product! Perfect to bring with you when travelling or to keep in your makeup bag for touchups during the day, this is one of those beauty products I’d splurge on despite the price!
The Givenchy Mat and Blur Touch is a unique product – it’s tiny compared to what you might expect from a primer, and it only comes in one universal shade. At a glance, this product might be considered a pass, but hear me out for a second. This is the type of primer that only needs to be applied around the problem areas, meaning that you shouldn’t apply this all over, if you don’t need it all over. Focus on the areas that need mattifying the most, which for most of us, tends to be around the T-zone area.
I prefer to wear mine under makeup so that my foundation, concealer and powder can sit over it with no problem. You can also use the primer over your makeup to reduce the appearance of pores, and texture. For application over your makeup, I would recommend to blot first (remove the excess oil) and then use your fingers to apply the primer over the area that needs mattifying rather than applying the primer directly on the skin.
The primer claims to be wearable all day and that even after a few hours, it will continue to eliminate shine and oil to leave the skin looking naturally luminous, and soft. I like that the translucent pink shade brightens the skin and reflects light in a natural way. I don’t have oily skin so I can’t attest to its oil-controlling properties. The primer does smooth out minimal uneven texture/imperfections, but nothing too drastic. You do need to work with this with a light hand, otherwise, you’ll have a thick glue-like layer on the skin. I dislike using this primer over makeup as it tends to “pick up” the products underneath, meaning that I have to touch up my makeup again after using it.
The Givenchy Mat and Blur Touch has a balm-like texture/feel to it and the light pink applies transparent on the skin without any hint of the pink tint. On my normal skin (I have a bit of oiliness around the T-zone), the primer immediately mattifies the area around the t-zone. I usually apply using my fingers, working the primer outwards.
Have you tried the Givenchy Mat and Blur Primer?