For Spring 2015, Guerlain reformulated its whitening skincare line, Blanc de Perle. Last fall, we received a sneak preview from the brand at Holt Renfrew on this line, including an information session and meet-and-greet with Guerlain’s head of R&D, Dr. Frederic Bonte. The spirit behind Blanc de Perle is using pearl extracts to create a brighter, more even-toned complexion.
(Thanks to Gerry for the photo)
The products include the Foaming Cleanser, Lotion, Whitening Essence, Whitening Day & Night Treatment, Day Cream, Night Cream, and a Sleeping Mask. All of these products are designed to work together to brighten your skintone by two pearl shades over a period of 8 weeks.
In the past, Guerlain Blanc de Perle has not been available in North America as it has been an Asia-exclusive range. However for the first time ever, this line will be available at Holt Renfrew Guerlain counters in Vancouver and Toronto. I’ll be reviewing these products in parts over the next few weeks.
Guerlain Blanc de Perle Foaming Cleanser
The Foaming Cleanser (C$65) is the first step in the Blanc de Perle routine. Housed in a sleek, white, flat tube, it is a white foaming cleanser with sparse mini beads in it to help exfoliate. It is lightly scented with a slightly floral-powder fragrance that doesn’t bother my nose. This cleanser foams up super well to create smooth but full foam that can be massaged on the skin for a long time for an optimal cleanse, without flattening out. A little bit goes a long way as well, I just use a pea-sized amount either rubbed between my hands or used with my Clinique Sonic Cleansing Brush. Both work equally well, with the Clinique Sonic Brush providing a deeper clean.
The Foaming Cleanser is similar to other Asian foaming cleansers I’ve used in that it is slightly pearly (meaning if you look at it directly squeezed out of the tube, it looks kind of like mother-of-pearl or like oil on top of water). Usually to me, this means that this cleanser is so effective, it will leave my skin feeling squeaky clean and tight. However this was never the case with the Guerlain Blanc de Perle Foaming Cleanser; my skin felt really clean but never tight or dry.
If you have really dry skin, I probably wouldn’t recommend this because foaming cleansers can sometimes be stripping on really dry skin types. If you have slightly dry, normal, combination or oily skin, I’d urge you to give this cleanser a try. Keep in mind that Guerlain is a luxury brand, meaning the price point will be a lot higher than most other cleansers. It is marketed and created for the luxury market, which does justify the price. If it is out of your budget, or if you only have the budget for select very effective products, then I’d recommend checking out other products from this line instead.
This Lotion (C$78) is the second step to the Guerlain Blanc de Perle skincare regime. It is packaged in Guerlain’s signature tall packaging with a gold lid for liquid cleansers and toners; it just looks beautiful sitting on my bathroom counter. I apply this every evening after the Blanc de Perle Cleanser using a cotton pad. For some reason each pump only dispenses a tiny bit of product so I end up using four pumps for my face and neck. The texture is a clear, fluid liquid, kind of like water but slightly thicker, and it is scented with the same floral-powder fragrance as the Foaming Cleanser.
The purchase of this lotion is two-fold: to clean any remnants of makeup or anything else on the skin’s surface, and to slightly moisten and hydrate the skin in order to prepare for the essence. It does a good job at both, being very effective at removing any last bits of makeup or gunk off my skin (of which there isn’t much, since the Cleansing Foam does a good job at cleaning), and also leaving my skin dewy and slightly tacky to the touch, in preparation for the next steps.
While I really like this product, it is my least favourite out of the Blanc de Perle line because I feel like you can imitate this benefits of the Lotion with other, more wallet-friendly substitutes (such as the L’Occitane Shea Butter Toner). There are no negatives about the product, it does what it says it should do, but again if you only want to pick out a few products out of the Blanc de Perle line, you should skip this and opt for something else instead.
This is just the first part of my review. I have several other products to review in the coming weeks, including my favourite of them all, the Anti-Spot Treatment Essence. Watch this space for the coming reviews!