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Tag: Guerlain Foundation review


I am a fan of the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, reviewed here, since the last few years and it is one of my go-to foundation for everyday use. Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation is one of the new launches which I have been so intrigued to try this year. Since the first look of the unique foundation bottle surfaced online, it has really created an impression of uniqueness and luxury from the house. The word ‘glow’ in the name of the foundation is another plus-plus for me, I am all about the natural glow, dewy skin.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation is described as a foundation made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients with a natural glow finish that lasts for 16 hours. The formula combines makeup with skincare benefits of hydrating, balancing, and protecting the skin from pollution. The unique design of the bottle by world-renowned designer Mathieu Lehanneur symbolizing the subtle art of balance.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation has a creamy texture that blends easily into the skin and looks very natural after application until the end of the day without caking or breaking. The formula is pigmented and one and a half pump is enough for me to have even more than medium coverage. It blends nicely with my fingers, brush, and even a sponge. I do like it better with the brush launched along with the foundation called Guerlain L’Essentiel Retractable Foundation Brush. The finish is radiant glowy skin and after a few minutes, it is more of dewy finish which I am obsessed with.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

For my oily areas on the face – basically my nose and forehead, I use loose powder with a very light hand. It stays put all day with or without finishing powder. The pump bottle is really nice to work with. The finish looks very natural, like healthy supple radiant skin. With the skincare benefits in this formula, I am very positive it is keeping my skin in balance now and for the future.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation

The primer base I prefer under the foundation is the Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil, reviewed here, which I religiously incorporate in my skincare routine, I am on my third bottle, it is that good. The combination works great to give the flawless radiant finish that lasts for over 10 hours on my skin. The foundation does work well with other Guerlain primers I have tested it with –
Guerlain Blurring Active Base and Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation Abielle Royal Youth Watery Oil

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation is available in 30 shades and I have swatched all the shades of the foundation below.

00N – Porcelain

00C – Porcelain with cool undertones

00W – Porcelain with warm undertones

01N – Very light

01C – Very light cool

01W – very light warm

02N – light

02C – light cool

02W – light warm

03N – Natural

03C – natural cool

03W – natural warm

03.5C – beige cool

03.5N – beige

3.5W – beige warm

04N – medium

04C – medium cool

04W – medium warm

04.5N – amber

04.5C – amber cool

4.5W – amber warm

05N – honey

05C – honey cool

05W – honey warm

05.5N – deep

05.5C – deep cool

05.5W – deep warm

06N – very deep

06C – very deep cool

06W – very deep warm

For my medium skin tone with golden undertones, the closest match to my skin tone in Lingerie de Peau is 4N as I think 4W was a bit too yellow for me. I have swatched the Lingerie de Peau with the L’Essential Natural Glow Foundation in 4C, 4N, 4W. I am using 4N for both foundations, means you can easily shade match from Lingerie de Peau to the new L’Essential foundation.

Guerlain Retractable foundation brush is also designed by Mathieu Lehanneur. The design is ergonomic and makes the application of the foundation a very pleasant and gentle ritual on the skin. It goes nicely on all the areas of the face, sides of the nose, eye contour. I did not experience any streaking or demarcation lines for a natural make-up finish. I have washed the brush a few times, easy to clean, and there has been no shedding. The innovative retractable sleeve protects the soft, synthetic fibres.

Overall, I am really impressed by the formula and finish of this foundation. This foundation is absolutely worth checking out. Guerlain Beauty Products and Home Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s BayShoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.

*Press samples

Guerlain is a brand that has held high esteem for decades it was founded in 1828. The brand has a large loyal following, count me in, which is only possible when the creations from the brand are as good that they leave a positive impression on your personality and create that mark where you can feel the difference when you indulge in them. Guerlain is a brand with which my love started from a bronzer I purchased a few years back and I have not looked back. I was lucky to be able to try the new Guerlain Lingerie de Peau SPF20 Foundation and have been using it since last few weeks on and off that I am ready to write about it.Guerlain Lingerie de Peau review swatch

Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau, as described on the Guerlain official website, turns the dream of a perfect foundation into reality – so skin-fusing and natural that it can’t be felt, can’t be seen. Its fresh, light texture glides onto the contours of the face like a second skin to enhance beauty naturally, without artifice, all day long.
Guerlain Technology, Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, an unprecedented combination of contouring and smoothing stretch fibers with natural silk and linen fibers that are in total affinity with the skin. Hydrating agents bring softness and comfort throughout the day.  The foundation is available in 18 shades with undertones pink, neutral, and warm.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

The packaging of the foundation is in a heavy glass pump bottle. The product has fragrance in it which is light floral which is very freshening while I apply it in the morning. The fragrance dissipates after some time. One pump is enough for me to give light coverage and with half or one extra pump, I am able to build up to a little less than full coverage, which is my preference these days. I use a brush normally to apply my foundation, and it works great with a dense foundation brush. I have also used my fingers to apply it to my face and it applied very nicely. It works well when mixed with Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil or if applied over it.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

The texture of the foundation is light and very smooth. It glides easily on the skin and blends nicely giving a very natural matte kind of finish. I would not say it is full matte but a very natural semi-matte. The skin looks more evened out, naturally radiant, and healthy. The formulation stays put for the whole day, I have used it during the day for over 10 hours and my skin still looked fresh. I did not felt the need of touchup, my skin looked naturally radiant as the day passed, from semi-matte to a little less than semi-matte, not oily in any way. For your reference, I have combination skin type with oily areas on the nose, forehead, and center of the cheeks.  I had no issues with the formula oxidized after some time of wearing it. It did not settle in my pores or emphasize my problem areas.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

Now, coming to the shade range, there are 18 shades available with three undertones pink, neutral, and warm. I first tried 4W for my medium tan skin tone with warm undertones, the shade turned out to be orange on me which was a surprise as I thought I have very yellow undertones and this one looked perfect. Then I tried 4N, which is the perfect match for my skin tone. I mentioned this just for your reference that in case you are planning to purchase this online, I would suggest you try the shades in store before purchasing. I have swatched shade 4 with undertones Warm and Neutral so that you can see the difference.

I am really very satisfied with the formula and finish of this foundation. I have experienced no breakouts, no irritations with this foundation. The foundation has performed well with and without primer. The added SPF20 is a plus point as sometimes I just follow with this foundation after my moisturizer and skip the sunscreen. The other makeup sits nicely onto the foundation base. Overall, it is a really nice foundation if you are looking for a naturally radiant complexion which looks like second skin.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation is available at Beautyboutique.ca, The Hudson’s Bay, Sephora Canada, and Guerlain boutiques.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.