Though I certainly didn’t need another bronzer, I couldn’t resist the unusual allure of Givenchy’s Bonne Mine powder in Premiére Croisiére (first cruise). I’m very pale and try as I might I cannot get a natural tan. When I’ve spent a great deal of time outside during the summer I tend to develop a soft golden peach glow on the tops of my shoulders, legs, cheek bones and nose. Though I love most standard bronzers, they don’t exactly mimic the effect of a natural sun kissed glow for me. Enter Givenchy Première Croisière. This “bonne mine” or healthy glow powder boasts the new gel/powder hybrid formulation and comes in four different shades ranging from a soft golden peach to darker, more conventional bronze.
I will admit that this product was a bit of a splurge. Though I love the aesthetic and quality of Givenchy’s products, I often don’t purchase them as the price simply doesn’t seem reasonable given the small amount of product. In the case of this Bonne Mine powder is USD $50 for 0.24 oz. As a point of comparison, Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder which is also USD $50 contains 0.35 oz.
Despite the fact that Givenchy’s powder isn’t the best high-end bronzer in terms of value, I couldn’t resist because this color specifically is just so different from everything else on the market at the moment.
To begin with, the packaging is absolutely stunning. I’ve always loved Givenchy’s logo, and I adore the way the shape of the compact itself mirrors the dimensions of their iconic geometric shape. The packaging is quite compact and very sturdy making it ideal for travel. Unlike many more delicate compacts that I’m afraid to throw in an on-the-go makeup or beach bag, Givenchy’s Bonne Mine seems capable of handling the jostling.
The interior of the compact contains an immense mirror (at least in proportion to the overall packaging itself), and the pattern on the powder is stunning to say the least. Though I’m certain continued use would wear it down, I’ve been using this product daily for about three weeks without noticeably diminishing the pattern at all.
Here’s where the magic happens. As you can see in the swatch below Première Croisière isn’t that much darker than my natural skin color. Rather than the swatch of a bronzer that would either appear orange or brown on my skin (often times even after blending) this adds a golden warmth and appears far more natural. When I apply, I brush Première Croisière across my cheek bones, on the top of my nose, and carefully around my forehead. I don’t have to blend as vigilantly as I would with a brown bronzer, and apply my blush and highlighter right on top.
The effect? See for yourself. In my opinion Première Croisière adds just the right amount of summer sunny glow to my face, and wouldn’t look out of place during the winter.
Excuse the post work makeup.
Excuse the post work makeup.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW30
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Finland
MAC Brow Pencil Lingering
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
L'Orèal Superliner Black
Benefit They're Real Mascara
LipsNothing (*shock horror*)
Though it’s expensive, for my particular complexion this bronzer is indispensable. Givenchy’s powder in Première Croisière certainly won’t prevent me from wearing standard, deep toned bronzers, but it offers a lovely and far more natural look. The texture is touted as new technology, and though it’s silky smooth the formulation isn’t the real selling point of this powder for me. Though I can’t speak to how the darker bronzers will work for deeper skin tones, Givenchy’s Bonne Mine is worth checking out (despite the hefty price tag) if you find standard bronzers a bit “too much.”
Have you tried anything from Givenchy’s cosmetic line?