Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm

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During one of my beauty-floor wanders, I came across Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm. I am personally of the 'more is more' philosophy when it comes to lip balms, and this one both looked attractively compact and promised to render a delicate stain-like color without too much fuss (and hey, I'm always down for a little magic mouth glow). So, I bought it and promptly forgot about it as it bungled around in the bottom of my purse with a thousand other potted balms and salves and tubes of who knows what, which I carry, you know, just in case. But (and there's always a but) I re-found it the other day and it’s been a staple ever since. On the lips, the balm turns just the right rosy pink—not too faux-fluoro, just a healthy pink tinge, and it’s glossy, not sticky. Givenchy says the color comes from “pigments that react with the skin’s humidity" for a personalized tint, which makes about as much sense to me as mood rings or “magic,” so let’s stick with that. I use it strictly on my mouth because I don’t love the idea of putting something gloss-based on my cheeks, but I bet it would look nice there, too (lest you forget, Diane Kendal applied lipstick on the cheeks at Proenza for a sheer hint of color, with sheen, and she knows what she’s doing).

I know that it’s unwise to recommend a lip color (or any other color, for that matter) as being ‘universally flattering’: skintones and textures vary, as do hair and eyes...We’re all snowflakes, right? I celebrate your uniqueness! (It also comes in a more orange-based "peach!") HOWEVER, I am confident that this balm will look good on pretty much every soul with two lips and a desire for them to be pink and glossy. I've been trying to put it on everyone at ITG today to prove this theory and, though most have resisted, I'm still certain of this: the future is looking rosy.

—Alessandra Codinha

[Update: Ask and you shall receive...before [2] and after [3] shots.]

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  • kamo12

    I have this in the peach shade and love it, enough to not wince too much at the $30 price tag for such a teensy little pot. It adds life to your lips without looking like something sitting on top of them, it's almost like using a photoshop tool over them. It does look great on bare cheeks but I'm not a fan of how it blends with my foundation.

  • Aya

    I'd love to see a before/after of what this actually looks like. It's hard to imagine.

  • Alison Bell

    'Every snowflake's different just like yooouuu!'

    Definitely going to check this out so long as its available in the UK. I think my perma-chapped lips will love it!

  • Adlamesq

    You are gorgeous and hilarious - what blush are you wearing? I was going to just assume it was this product, but obviously not...

    • ITGAlessandra

      Well, now you're making me blush. It's Tom Ford in Frantic Pink.

  • Guest

    Alessandra, did you also use this on your cheeks? I bought the product months ago when Lisa Eldridge first used it in a tutorial for her site. It's an amazing product.

  • Kath

    Why would you not try it on your cheeks if you are reviewing the product for us??

  • Jane S.

    I have both the pink and the peach and rarely use them on my lips, but on my cheeks they give a perfect fresh blush, great when you don't want to look too powdery.

  • ROKderm

    Ohhh, this looks lovely! and so do you :) Would love more info on your personal skin-care routine!

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