Here’s to sprinkling some diamond dust around as this post closes the Crazy Diamonds trifecta. Givenchy’s Healthy Glow Powder (Poudre Bonne Mine) from their Les Saisons series, was released earlier this year to much acclaim. Available in five shades, from very pale to deep golden, this product has been billed as a ‘hybrid’. It is a talc-free baked gel formula that behaves differently from typical bronzers.
Once contact is made with skin, it transforms into powder but without the typical textural nuances one expects. This makes skin look naturally enlivened and can be dialed up to the level of saturation you choose. Ideally, this should be applied using your biggest, fluffiest brush but shy types can also press this into the skin with a beauty sponge.
These powders are meant for the person who seeks depth in the look of the skin year round, and it eliminates concerns about looking overdone. The technology used in creating these powders is extraordinary, as it results in textures that are light and very easy to work with. As always, how it appears in the container does not translate as intensely on the skin, even if you apply with a heavy hand. Also, there’s no real fragrance that I can detect. The formula includes mica, titanium dioxide, and squalene from natural sources.
Barring any major textural concerns on your skin, this powder will wear for about the length of the average day. Givenchy’s Healthy Glow Powder can also be used as an eye shadow and also works beautifully if you opt to layer items such as blusher or other illuminating items. We all have several types of products such as this one, but I’d posit that with this powder, the chances of ‘hitting pan’ are very high.
In touching on squalene briefly, flip over the box of many cosmetic items and it is there in the list of ingredients. Historically, squalene has been sourced from shark liver oil, but inroads have been made in sourcing it from alternatives such as olive oil and even sugar. Indeed, plant molecules can be utilised in the cultivation of alternative ingredients that correspond to many conventional, contentious ones. Essentially, the quest to develop alternatives is part of the running list the cosmetics industry is tasked with working on, as consumers increasingly insist upon sustainable, environmentally sound elements from which to draw. It is a worthy and urgent task indeed.
Cosmetics in all of their splendour is a joy to behold and to use. I’ve never seen a red lipstick that failed to stir something inside of me, nor have my eyes ever gazed upon a gold toned eye shadow that failed to make me think “ah, look at that”. But we also have to remember our planet and its inhabitants, which includes the tiniest insect and the tiniest plant.
I’ll conclude with a few photographs I took as part of planning for this Crazy Diamonds mini-series. A few items didn’t make the final. Enjoy!