FOUNDATION REVIEWS | Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Essence, Diorskin Forever Undercover and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude

Review of Shu Uemura Lightbulb Essence Foundation, Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude Foundation

Sorry for being missing for the last month! I misplaced my SD card and then I had to order another one, so I wasn’t able to take photos or blog, not to mention I lost all the photos that I had taken before… Anyways, I wanted to share some new foundation reviews with you today! Foundations are a staple to my daily face routine. I don’t always wear a full face of makeup, but I will usually wear a full face of foundation + powder to work to help even out my skintone. That also means they are one of my favourite things to test out. When I try a new foundation, I usually look for three main things:

  • Longevity of wear – I hate touching up during the day (and pretty much never do unless I’m going somewhere nice at night), so I need something that will wear all day without disappearing
  • Ease of application – I am almost always late in the morning, so I need something that blends easily with fingers
  • Good on dry skin – I have dry skin, so I look for foundations that don’t sink into my lines or pores

I’m not too picky on coverage, since I have various foundations that I use that vary in coverage, but the three things above are the most important to me. Today I’m reviewing three relatively new foundations that came out in the last 6 months or so.

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Essence Foundation is a serum foundation, kind of like Diorskin Air Nude or Armano Maestro. This is my favourite type of foundation to use when I am having a lazy good skin day and just need a tiny bit of coverage to even out my skin. You can apply this with a sponge, brush, or fingers, and it is said to provide “deep hydration and 24-hour rich moisture with natural coverage that cocoons the skin with softness.”

I wear the shade 564 which is the perfect match for my NC25 light neutral skintone.

The biggest downside to this product is that I absolutely hate the packaging. It comes in a dropper bottle, which is great, but the dropper isn’t like the rubber squeeze type that has a bit more “suction strength.” Shu basically designed a sleek dropper that comes out of the top of the bottle when you twist the bottle a little bit, and then you press it down to get the foundation in the dropper, then you can drop it on your hand / brush / sponge / face. In theory, that should work, expect the dropper has zero suction strength so I pretty much end up dripping foundation all over the bottle itself and then on my bathroom counter. I am super OCD about foundation on the outside of the bottle so that bothers me to no end, and I have to clean it up right away. I would honestly recommend this foundation if not for the terrible bottle design. Shu, please don’t try to be innovative in the packaging and just use the traditional dropper like everyone else!

You can purchase Shu Uemura at The Bay or on the Shu website.

Diorskin Forever Undercover is a new-ish product in the Diorskin Forever range, which promises ultra long wear and full coverage. There are 24 shades in total, and the shades pretty much match the normal Dior shade in other foundation ranges (I wear 020 in all Dior foundations).

This foundation is one of the most long-wearing foundations in my collection. It blends super easily just with fingers, and wears well over most skincare products, preferring those that don’t dry down completely. I use only a little bit on a day-to-day basis, and it gives me medium coverage, blending over my redness and pores to leave a relatively flawless finish. It does dry down almost completely matte, so no powdering is required. I see this as being a better foundation for normal, combination, or oily skin types. If I’m having a particularly dry skin day, this tends to not wear as well because it will cling to some dry spots on my face. Otherwise if I’m looking for a long-wearing, medium to full coverage foundation, this will pretty much always deliver.

You can purchase Dior at The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude (C$61) is an extension of the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation. The original Lingerie de Peau is a light-to-medium coverage foundation that gives a dewy, radiant finish. The Aqua Nude version is even lighter, claiming to hydrate and plump the skin. I would describe this almost like a milky-gel foundation. It is super lightweight, and provides barely-there coverage.

The original Lingerie de Peau clinged to my dry spots, but the Aqua Nude definitely is much better for those with dry skin. It blends into the skin very well, and doesn’t settle into lines. I wear the shade 02N Natural, which is my usual Guerlain foundation shade – a light neutral beige. I love this for perfect skin days, as it doesn’t mask my natural skin. It just barely covers the redness in my cheeks, and it lightly smooths out skin texture. Finish is a dewy-satin, and because it is a hydrating foundation, there is very poor oil control so powdering is a must.

There are a few things I love about this foundation – how easy it is to blend into the skin, and the bottle. Most Guerlain foundations come in a glass bottle which is tedious to bring around with you. This foundation, despite it being 30mL like most foundations, is in a plastic bottle that’s just very easy to transport. This is great for travelling when you want a little bit of coverage but not so much, or to bring with you to touch up after the gym.

That being said, it’s just an okay foundation. I would wear it, but it doesn’t wow me. For $61, I’d say skip.

You can purchase Guerlain at Beauty Court, Holt Renfrew, and the Bay.

Products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

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Top 4 favourite foundation formulas of ALL TIME, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Dior, and Too Faced

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As a beauty blogger, I go through so many products. One of the things I love testing out the most is foundation. In addition to great skin, it’s also important to start your makeup with a beautiful and smooth complexion, with the help of a good foundation. Today, after nearly 10 years of blogging and foundation testing, I want to share with you my top four formulas.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation

If money was no issue and I could have an unlimited supply of any foundation, it would be this one. My go-to foundation for when I need my skin to look flawless for endless hours, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation never ceases to amaze me with how amazing it can make my skin look and feel. It does an incredible job at smoothing out my fine lines and pores, and also hides any dryness really well. Every time I use this, I am basically guaranteed to have good skin. It’s so expensive though, so I really only use this when my skin needs it, otherwise I’m so scared to run out because the high price means I am likely to pick up another one. I did a full review here. I wear the shade Warm Linen, which is the perfect match for me.

Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation

My second favourite foundation, and something I am actually very likely to repurchase is the Parure Gold Foundation by Guerlain. Again, this is something I use when I need good skin, whether its for an event or wedding, or maybe I have something after work and I need my makeup to look good all day. This doesn’t have as good staying power as the La Prairie, but it does make my skin look lit from within. This is my go-to foundation to take with me when I travel, because flying wrecks havoc on my skin so I need a good foundation to balance out the dryness and also give back some of that glow. You can check out my full review here. I wear the shade 02, which is a 95% good match to my skin.

Diorskin Air Nude

My go-to foundation for when I need to cover a bit of redness, or on a good skin day, the Diorskin Air Nude is a “serum foundation,” super lightweight, easy to apply, and generally foolproof. It doesn’t have very good coverage, so I only really wear this when I have nowhere fancy to go, and it’s also great in the summer when I want something lighter. The only thing is because the foundation is so light, I tend to go through this very quickly. That being said, it’s not too too expensive that I can definitely repurchase this when the time comes! I wear the shade 020.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I was so in love with this foundation when it first released that I wore it nonstop for months. I was later introduced to a few other foundations and then forgot about this in the back of my foundation drawer. I recently took it back out because I remembered how much I loved it, and alas, it was like falling in love all over again. The Born This Way foundation is the most high coverage of all the ones here, and in addition to being a high coverage foundation, it also soft focuses my skin and blurs out all of my imperfections. I can layer this over itself and it never looks or feels heavy or cakey. It is also extremely long wearing – after a full day’s work without touchups, it is still mostly intact on my face. I wear the shade Warm Nude, which is a great match for me. You can see my previous review here.

You can purchase La Prairie, Guerlain, and Dior at Holt Renfrew, and Too Faced at Sephora.

What are some of your favourite foundations?

Products provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own. My original Diorskin Air Nude was purchased by me, but then the Dior PR graciously sent me another one.

Top 10 splurge-worthy luxury products, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Vintner’s Daughter, Charlotte Tilbury, and more

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

On this blog, I feature a ton of beauty products all the time. A lot of them are luxury products, some of them are worth buying, others not so much. I wanted to do a quick roundup of some of the luxury products truly worth picking up, and also give you guys a quick guide as to what to invest your money in to get the best bang for your buck.

  1. La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation* (C$295 for 30mL) – Starting this list with a bang is my all-time favourite luxury foundation. I’ve talked about this a ton on the blog, and you can see my original in-depth review here. This is what I use when I need a guaranteed good skin day and night. It lasts all day and into the evening, and wears beautifully on the skin. It is expensive, and the price has actually gone up since the last time I reviewed it. Your foundation covers your face for usually 12+ hours a day, you really want something that will not just cover up your skin, but also treat it at the same time. If $300 is just way too much for you, I also love Guerlain Parure Gold foundation. It doesn’t have quite the level of skincare benefits in it, but it also gives me a flawless complexion that I can count on.
  2. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls* (C$76) – I love these and I’ve talked about them extensively on the blog as well (one review here). They are the perfect finishing powder to give you a blurred, glow from within look. They are truly the real life Instagram filter. I love them so much that I own four jars of the Pearls from the different releases, as well as two variations of the pressed version (the first few I purchased myself so I’m not just saying that because I received some as PR samples!). If you have the extra budget, the Meteorites Voyage Compact is the ultimate luxury version, but will set you back C$200.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (C$80) – My favourite bronzing, sculpting, and highlighting compact, reviewed here. Actually, my favourite highlighter of all time. Mine actually cracked recently and the highlight is now missing a big corner of it, so I can’t travel with it. I’m so devastated that I might actually go pick up a brand new one just so I can take it around with me.
  4. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum* (C$240 for 30mL) – The ultimate in face oils, this is the best of the best. I originally reviewed it here, so you can hear my backstory about how I started using this. I love this for when I have tired, stressed, dry, or angry skin that just won’t cooperate. It has amazing active ingredients in it, and is so nourishing. It feels amazing on the skin, both during application and afterwards, and then the morning after. It also smells incredible. I use this whenever I need that extra oomph!Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary reviewLa Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation review
  5. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL) – Another favourite face oil / balm is this blue cult favourite. I’ve talked about May’s products repeatedly on the blog, and I can’t rave about it enough with my friends. I love using this when my skin is feeling congested, as it has amazing healing and soothing properties. Compared to Vintner’s Daughter ABS, it’s lighter and more soothing, less nourishing. Both are moisturizing, but I like them for different purposes. I love using this to de-stress, and the scent alone calms me. Yes you need both, yes both are simply amazing.
  6. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil* (C$430 for 30mL) – The last oil on this list, this relies on high tech and science, rather than natural botanicals. Different than the other two, I love this one for its versatility. It is a very lightweight oil that dries down almost immediately, with no residue or leftover greasy feeling. It’s fantastic for mixing in with your foundation or moisturizer, or used on its own. It also smells really fresh, and I love that for my mornings when I want something lighter. I mostly use this in the morning, compared to the other two that I use exclusively at night.
  7. Diptyque Room Spray (C$89 for 150mL) – I used to love burning candles, until I got my princess Noodles the Siamese cat, and then I got really paranoid about candles because she might hurt herself (or burn our home down if she accidentally knocks one over). I fell in love with Diptyque Room Spray on my trip to New York. The one I picked up was Baies (berries, which is scented with rose and blackcurrant), and it smells so good. One spritz is all you need for a medium sized room and it lasts a really long time. The bottle is pricey but we’ve used it every night since we’ve been back from New York and we’ve barely made a dent. I plan on picking up Figuier next; that was boyfriend’s preferred scent when we went to try it out, but I really loved Baies and have been wanting a Baies candle for a long time, so I had to get it. Well now I have an excuse to pick up Figuier too!
  8. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser* (C$104 for 125mL) – The only cleanser on this list because I don’t generally believe in splurging in cleansers, but this one is SO GOOD. It’s a physical scrub and enzyme-based cleanser in one, and it’s pretty much the only physical scrub I use. I actually have the 50mL one because I couldn’t bear to spend over $100 on a cleanser, and I’ve been using it sparingly. I really love it, and you can also layer it with the Resurfacing Mask for a deeper cleanse.
  9. T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer (C$320) – I’ve never talked about this on my blog, but I have a T3 Dryer that I purchased from Sephora in 2012, and it’s still my favourite hair tool. I’ve used other blow dryers after that but I always still go back to this one. It’s lightweight, relatively quiet, hot, and dries my hair in record time. I have the older, original model, the current one is the Featherweight 2i, so I don’t know how this one performs, but I really love the original. With a good hair dryer, you save yourself a lot of time every time you wash your hair.
  10. Laura Mercier Body Souffle (C$72 for 355mL) – It’s a pain for me to say this because for a body cream, it is SO exorbitantly expensive. It is so good though, which is why I have to put it on this list. I purchased a set of six minis during the holidays, which came with six different “flavours” of the famous LM Body Souffle. I really wish I didn’t, but I fell in love so quickly that I had to buy the full size. Thankfully I did have the $20 VIB gift voucher from Sephora so I paid “only” $52 for this. I love this stuff because it’s so moisturizing, but it absorbs really quickly without feeling sticky. I have perpetually dry skin and this body moisturizer lasts until I wash it off, leaving my skin feel silky and hydrated, and also prevents itching. I compared it with the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream that a lot of people are obsessing over, but I actually prefer this one. The Bum Bum cream leaves weird residue on my skin that never fully absorbs, whereas this one will absorb fully. Both smell AMAZING, but the Bum Bum cream scent will pretty much never dissipate, whereas this dissipates after an hour or so (which is my preference).

In terms of products I generally don’t prefer to spend too much money on, those are usually products that get washed off, such as cleansers or body washes. I review some luxury cleansers but only a select few will get the thumbs up from me, and usually because it does more than just cleanse. I generally use pretty inexpensive body products; I will buy LUSH shower gel but that’s pretty much it.

Facial mists are the other thing that I don’t spend too much money on, there are a select few that I think are worth the price (such May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden), but I won’t necessarily go out of my way to purchase it. You can get pretty inexpensive facial mists that do the same thing, and I’d rather spend my money on something more potent like serums or moisturizers. I was recently gifted a tube of Marvis toothpaste. They are $12 for a small-ish size tube here. While it’s a nice splurge once in a while, I don’t think it’s a total necessity, and in my personal opinion, I’d rather buy cheap toothpaste, then pool the savings together over a year and buy myself a nice serum, you know?

What are some luxury splurges you love?

Products that were provided by PR are denoted with *, others were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Guerlain Spring 2018 Glow with Love collection, featuring new Meteorites

Guerlain Spring 2018 Glow with Love collection review

I’m actually really surprised there isn’t much news on the internet about this collection because it is absolutely divine, and one of the more recent makeup releases that got me super excited. It seems like every spring, Guerlain releases new variations to its Meteorites collection – last year it was the 30th Anniversary Meteorites, in 2016 it was the new Meteorites Base and Meteorites Voyage, and in 2015 it was the Meteorites Baby Glow Foundation, Meteorites Perles de Blush, and the Meteorites Compact. Spring is such a perfect season to release these Meteorites products because they help to create beautiful, ethereal glow on the skin – think Arwen from Lord of the Rings. For Spring 2018, Guerlain is going a heart-theme and is introducing a brand new Meteorites product – the Heart Shape compact. In addition, there are five new lipsticks in the KissKiss range, called the KissKiss LoveLove lipsticks.

Guerlain Spring 2018 Meteorites Heart Shape Compact review and swatches

The Heart Shape Compact (C$71) is not just called that because of the heart on the cover of the compact, but also because it is meant to be used as a subtle contour palette to give you that cute heart-shaped face. The darker pink can be used as the contour along the edge of your face, with the lighter pink and light beige used as highlights on your cheekbone and nose to create dimension. This product reminds me of that Guerlain event I wrote about a few years ago about how Guerlain’s international makeup artist, Maxime Poulin used highlighters to contour the face. The cutesy theme makes me think this was probably designed with the Asian market in mind.

Guerlain Spring 2018 Meteorites Heart Shape Compact review and swatches

The Heart Shape Compact comes in one variation, which is really only good for those with fair or light skintones. If you have medium or dark skin tones, this would likely turn out ashy on you. For my light-medium skin tone, this works really well to highlight my face. The dark pink is a bit too sheer to do any true contouring a la Instagram, but it does subtly help to shape my face. As with any Meteorites product, the effect is very subtle and you don’t quite notice it specifically (i.e., wow I love your highlight), but you do notice that something is different (i.e., wow there’s something about your skin today…). If you’re lazy like me, you can also just use this like any other Meteorites product and swirl your brush over the entire thing and use it as a finishing powder. That is what I love using my Meteorites for as they do give you that ethereal, lit from within glow.

My biggest issue with this is how flimsy the packaging is. For a $71 product, they should be able to invest a bit more in the packaging. The compact is probably one the lightest and most flimsy of all of my Guerlain products, and even out of all of the luxury beauty products I own. Also, the actual powder pan fell out of the compact the first time I opened it, so it wasn’t glued on that well. I’m pretty disappointed with this in that sense.

Guerlain Spring 2018 KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in Coral and Beige review and swatches

The KissKiss LoveLove (C$44) lipsticks are super cute, albeit somewhat gimmicky. I’m a fan of Guerlain’s KissKiss lipsticks, especially the balmy ones (the KissKiss Roselip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm is one of my favourite go-to lipsticks for subtle lips). These LoveLove lipsticks are balmy and fantastic for dry lip girls like me. They are formulated with mango butter, commiphora oil, and hyaluronic spheres to help plump and protect your lips against dryness. The two shades I received are #570 KK Coral and #571 KK Beige. #570 Coral is my favourite of the two as it is a super flattering pink-coral. #571 Beige is a pretty beige-peach that’s more suitable on those with lighter skin tones. I also love the packaging, as it is very weighty (more weighty than the compact…), and comes in a beautiful iridescent pink colour.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, these heart-themed products can make fantastic gifts, in addition to some treat yo’ self gifts. My top pick is the KissKiss LoveLove lipsticks, especially in the all-flattering Coral shade.

Do any of these catch your eye?

The swatches

From left to right – KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in Coral and Beige, and the Meteorites Heart Shape Compact (individual shades then combined… it pretty much just melts into the skin!)

Guerlain Spring 2018 Meteorites Heart Shape Compact and KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in Coral and Beige review and swatches

Product provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Mon Guerlain: Guerlain’s newest fragrance featuring Angelina Jolie

Mon Guerlain fragrance review

Last month, I was so honoured to be invited to Guerlain‘s inaugural Canadian launch of their new fragrance, Mon Guerlain, in Vancouver. Mon Guerlain combines the classic Guerlain fragrance notes with a sexy twist. Its most prominent note is the Tahitian Vanilla, which are also present in other scents such as Habit Rouge and Jicky. The Carla Lavender and Sambac Jasmine add smooth floral notes, while Santalum Album Sandalwood adds depth and smokeyness.

Mon Guerlain fragrance review

The bottle itself is a classic Guerlain design, featuring a four-clover cap, first introduced in 1908. The original quadrilobe cap was formed from one single piece of glass. In modern times, the Mon Guerlain version of the quadrilobe creates a feeling of sensuality and feminity.

Mon Guerlain fragrance review

In terms of the scent as it wears on me, it starts off with a powdery freshness from the lavender and jasmine. I also get a bit of citrus, even though there are no citrus notes. The top notes actually last quite a while on me, and doesn’t dry down to it’s final form for another hour or so. Once dried down, it is very mature and luxurious-smelling. The vanilla and sandalwood dominate the show, leaving a lasting imprint on the wearer. Despite it being classified as an oriental fragrance, it wears quite gourmand on me, reminding me of a popular gourmand scent set in the stars. It’s not something I can wear every day, but for those special occasions, it will draw attention to the wearer.

Mon Guerlain is available now at all Guerlain counters, in 50mL and 100mL sizes.

Mon Guerlain fragrance review
Mon Guerlain fragrance review

Review + swatches – Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

In 2017, Guerlain is celebrating the 30 years of Guerlain Meteorites. This iconic product was first launched in 1987, and was one of the first few products on the market that promoted a radiant complexion, instead of a matte finish. Meteorites was also the first product created in the form of pearls, which also sparked this trend that continues to this day.

Despite all of the inspired products on the market, none match the iconic status and effects of the cult classic Meteorites. I know a lot of my beauty lover friends have attempted to recreate that ethereal grow with other pearl products, but it’s just not the same.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

I am a huge, HUGE Guerlain Meteorites fan. I own the Meteorites in pretty much all of its variations, and the new Meteorites Happy Glow Pearls (C$89) is one of the most beautiful with its pastel shades and the different size balls. It’s housed within a gorgeous hard plastic iridescent pink round case, with an adorable pink fluffy pouf. There’s also a convenient, high quality mirror in the underside of the lid.

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The Happy Glow Pearls contains a combination of iridescent light pink, mauve, pink, and champagne pearls. Despite it being a 30th anniversary variation, it seems to fall a bit short of my expectations. I personally prefer more of a warmer glow, but this one looks a bit pale and powdery on my skin. I can wear this as a setting powder, instead of as a finishing powder, because it does feel more mattifying than my other Meteorites. My brush picks up more powder as well, making application as a setting powder a breeze. I wish they had included all matte shades though, because the big iridescent champagne balls deposit a lot of almost glitter-sized shimmer. It’s quite noticeable on the face and doesn’t look natural. The smaller iridescent pink balls aren’t as obviously shimmery.

That being said, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, and if you’re a true Guerlain Meteorites fan, or if you are looking for an alternative to your setting powder, then you’ll likely want to collect this for your stash.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

There are a few other limited edition Meteorites inspired products released this spring, also with gorgeous iridescent pink packaging. This lipstick is one of the two limited edition KissKiss lipsticks (C$45), in the shade 564 Pearly Pink. It’s a very delicate cool-toned petal pink with some shimmers. The formula is unlike other KissKiss lipsticks I’ve used in the past – this one is sheerer, almost like a lip tint instead of a lipstick.

It reminds me of the KissKiss Roselip in Pink Me Up from a few seasons ago, but without the hydrating formula. The shimmers are also slightly on the gritty side, and not as smooth as I would like it to be. Wear time is just okay; the glossy finish wears off pretty quickly and you’re left with a slight pinky tint, which also wears off if you eat or drink a latte or something. For $45, it’s just okay. Unless you’re wanting to collect this for the iridescent pink packaging, I’d definitely say you’re better off buying a KissKiss lipstick from their regular line, or the KissKiss Roselip in Pink Me Up which is very nice as a hydrating balm / lip tint combo.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

The one product from the collection that was a disappointment was the new Guerlain Meteorites Powder Brush (C$51). This brush feels a bit bigger than the existing Meteorites brush, but made with the same ombre pink hairs. It feels substantial and luxurious in my hand, but the fibres are just not soft enough. The harsh fibres are great at picking up more powder, but it feels so scratchy on the skin. For a price of C$51, you can definitely find better alternatives for powder brushes.

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

The Guerlain Spring 2017 collection is available February 1, 2017 at all Guerlain boutiques and counters, including Beauty Court, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and others.

The swatches

KissKiss lipstick in 564 Pearly Pink, one swipe, and then layered

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

Products courtesy of PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, Multi-Perfecting Concealer, and the Foundation Brush

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

To say that I love Guerlain foundations would be a huge understatement. Every single Guerlain foundation I’ve ever tried in my life has been a complete hit with my skin, making me look gorgeous, luminous, and even skin toned. I started my Guerlain foundation journey almost 7 years ago with the Parure Extreme foundation, which was my go-to foundation for YEARS. I discovered the Meteorites Baby Glow in the spring of 2015, and then last winter I discovered Parure Gold, all of which have continued to be staples on my makeup vanity. The one Guerlain foundation I’ve never got around to trying was the Lingerie de Peau. Thankfully, this product is being reformulated and relaunched for this fall, and I was very fortunate to be sent a bottle from Guerlain to try.

The new Lingerie de Peau (C$69 for 30mL) features a new and improved formula. Like its name, it was inspired by the feeling of naked skin, and Guerlain sought out to create the most natural, weightless foundation there was. The new formula contains Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, which is a technology that contains smoothing and shaping stretch fibers to allow the foundation to move with the skin. It also contains natural linen and silk fibers, for soft, weightless, radiant coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

I would describe Lingerie de Peau as a foundation good for people with normal or combination skin types. In terms of texture, I’ve never tried the previous formulation, but the new Lingerie de Peau is very lightweight and fluid. It is the thinnest of the Guerlain foundations that I’ve used, making it very appropriate for the natural-faced look. Don’t let the light texture fool you though, because the coverage is buildable to medium. It covers my redness, but not my freckles, leaving a natural finish. If I powder, wear time is fantastic at over 10 hours of smooth, luminous, hydrated skin.

Application is a breeze, I’ve used this with both the accompanying brush (reviewed below) and fingers, and both work equally well. I get more of a natural finish when applied with my hands, and then a fuller coverage finish when applied with the brush. It feels super lightweight on the skin, and just leaves my skin comfortable.

The new Lingerie de Peau also features a much expanded shade range. I’ve been very fortunate in the past to always consistently wear 02 in any of Guerlain’s foundation formulations, including this one (shade 02N), but I do know that since their shade offerings were so limited, most women are not as fortunate and don’t get matched perfectly to a Guerlain shade. For the new Lingerie de Peau, there are a whopping 14 shades in neutral, cool, and warm tones. That being shade, the shade range still doesn’t expand much past medium-dark, so those with very dark skin will still be out of luck. This is a move in the right direction, though, and hopefully we will see even more shades released in the future.

Two downsides of this foundation are that it clings to dry spots, and you really need to powder otherwise it will get fade quickly and pretty unevenly. I’ve had really weird skin lately, with the previous stresses of moving and then travelling, so my skin has been very unbalanced (dry spots on certain areas and oily bits on others). I find that I wear this foundation much better when my skin is balanced. I can wear the Guerlain Parure Gold foundation without powdering, and it will stay looking lovely and luminous all day, but I need to powder with the Lingerie the Peau. I generally powder with the Meteorites Voyage Compact, so I’m not complaining by all means, but it can still be an extra step of effort.

In general, I like this foundation but not as much I love the Parure Gold. Of course the price difference is pretty big (the Parure Gold is $95), but I think for an extra $30 I want something that I truly love. If you are new to Guerlain foundations though, this one is definitely a fantastic starter foundation.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

In addition to the new Lingerie de Peau, Guerlain is also launching its inaugural (that I can remember) full coverage concealer. The Multi-Perfecting Concealer (C$42 for 12mL) comes in three shades, and two undertones each, for six shade options. I have the shade 01 Light Warm which is too light for the rest of my face, but works well to conceal the undereye area. I have the worst luck with undereye concealers because pretty much all of them crease on me, and this one unfortunately is the same way. I always powder under my eye though, so I don’t know what causes the creasing. If you have tips, please let me know. Otherwise, this concealer does a fantastic job at brightening my undereye area and covering my dark circles. The texture is very cream and slightly like a puddy, so you only need a tiny bit which will go a long way.

Lastly, to complement the release of these new base products, Guerlain has launched a synthetic-fibre Foundation Brush (C$53). This is a fluffy foundation brush, designed to buff the product into your skin. Compared to Guerlain’s past brush releases, this one is very soft, dense, and easy to use. It’s not at all rough on the skin, and can work well to buff in your foundation of choice. One thing to note is that this brush is made in China, which I was surprised to see because I thought all of Guerlain’s products were made in France. Although, don’t let that make you think the quality of the brush is subpar, it is a good quality brush, well made, and relatively weighty. That being said though, I don’t really believe it is worth $53. There are a plethora of other brush choices on the market that would perform very similarly without the Guerlain brand and associated price tag.

Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review
Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review

The swatches

Left to right: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in 02N (see how it’s quite fluid), Guerlain Parure Gold in 02, Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in 02 (more pink/peach leaning)

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation review and swatch

On the very right: Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer in 01 Light Warm

Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer review

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau ingredients:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation ingredients

The products in this post were provided by PR for review considerations; all opinions are my own.

Swatches + sneak peek! Guerlain Holiday 2016 Guerlain Exceptionnel collection

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review
I was really lucky to be invited to the Guerlain lunch last week where I previewed the Holiday 2016 Exceptionnel Guerlain collection with Guerlain’s International Beauty Artist, Maxime Poulin. The Guerlain holiday collections are usually my favourite of all the holiday collections each year, and every year they outdo themselves by creating something more and more beautiful.

This year, the holiday collection was created in collaboration with Natalia Vodianova, who is also the muse and spokesmodel for Guerlain. The inspiration was the Shalimar fragrance. The collection will be out in November, but I have some preliminary sneak peek swatches for you. My apologies in advance for the less than stellar quality of the photos, I took these swatch photos at the event so they were taken with my phone.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Soufflé d’Or de Shalimar (C$105) is the star product of the collection, a beautiful iridescent body powder spray housed in a gorgeous atomizer. It smells AMAZING, by the way, and the shimmer isn’t glittery at all, rather a very fine, luxurious shimmer that makes your whole body glow. P.S. The weird patch on the back of my hand is actually Guerlain’s new Multi Perfection Concealer, which I will review separately in another post.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Terracotta Terra India (C$64) is my favourite product in the whole collection, which is weird because I don’t normally wear bronzer. It is a seriously beautiful bronzey gold highlight with lots of shimmer, to create a winter-friendly bronzed look that isn’t too much like a fake tan. I don’t generally wear bronzer but I think I might need to get this. The texture is so smooth, creamy, and it also smells amazingly like the Shalimar perfume.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Météorites Perles de Legende (C$79) is the annual limited edition Meteorites release for Guerlain. This variation includes shades of gold, violet, and blue to brighten, create glow, and even out the skin tone. I didn’t find it glittery at all, rather it was more of a healthy glow (which is Guerlain’s signature).

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Shalimar Duo Eyeshadows in Gold and Sapphire (C$51) contains a shimmery, duo-chrome violet shade and a glittery gold. I wasn’t super impressed with the colour payoff for this one. I would safely say skip, especially if you have your eye on something else.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain L’Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold (C$42) is a gorgeous metallic gold liquid liner. The gold colour is a total standout, and it looks like liquid metal on the skin. It was funny at the event because Maxime was saying he wasn’t too convinced that a woman can use this product often enough, but he kept playing with it and at the end of the lunch, he fell in love. I would have to agree that it’s not something I would use often, especially due to that high price point. The packaging is gorgeous though.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Rouge G lipstick in 821 Rouge Saphir (C$61) is a beautiful pinky red. It’s not a true red, and when you wear it sheerly, it looks more pink. Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks are some of my favourite lipstick formulas, and this one is the same – the texture is just so incredibly smooth, creamy, and pigmented. You can’t go wrong with a Rouge G!

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

It’s still far from November, but I hope that this will give you a good idea of what’s to come in for holiday with Guerlain. I’m likely going to pick up the Terracotta Terra India, it’s just too beautiful to pass up!

Guerlain Holiday 2016 collection will be available November 1 at Beauty Court, Holt Renfrew, Murale, and anywhere else that sells Guerlain.

What do you have your eye on?

Review + swatches + look – Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick and Nail Polish in 02 Pink Tie

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick and Nail Polish review and swatches

Earlier this year, Guerlain released a capsule makeup collection as an extension of their popular La Petite Robe Noire fragrance. This collection, containing 25 Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour shades (available globally, availability will vary by country), and 10 Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour shades (globally) features whimsical designs and is also scented with their La Petite Robe Noire scent. I received the Lip Colour and Nail Colour in coordinating shade 02 Pink Tie, a cool-toned pink.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Pink Tie review and swatches

Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour (C$37) is a sheer, jelly-like lipstick. It feels very balmy, but also thick. It reminds me a little bit like the KissKiss Roselip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm from last fall but thicker with more drag. I don’t generally wear cool-toned pinks well, and it was the same for this one. The cool-toned pink made my face look a bit ashy, and not brightened like I prefer. I also wasn’t a big fan of the formula, as it wasn’t super hydrating like the KissKiss Roselip, and wasn’t very pigmented either.

The La Petite Robe Noire scent, thankfully, is just minimal, and dissipates after a few minutes. Wear time was also below average, as expected with this type of sheer lipstick, lasting about 2 hours before fading and needing a touchup.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Polish in 02 Pink Tie review and swatches

The Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour (C$27) is just incredible, and has one of the best nail polish formulas and brush heads that I’ve ever tried. The creamy formula is ultra glossy, ultra smooth and very easy to apply; it’s not too thick or too thin, and provides just enough coverage with one coat. You can see in the swatch below that one coat gives you good coverage with a bit of a jelly-like effect, and you get total opacity with two coats. The brush head is also fantastic, contouring perfect around my nail bed and cuticle. I was able to do both hands super quickly, without much cleanup after.

Wear time is fantastic, and nothing short of what I expected from Guerlain. Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Pink Tie wore for 7 days with just minor tip wear, with a base coat but no top coat. It also wears ultra glossy without the top coat, which is a bonus for those who are short for time.

The Nail Colour shade in Pink Tie is warmer than the Lip Colour in Pink Tie, pulling as a bright pink on my nails. The colour also makes my hands appear brighter!

The swatches

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Pink Tie review and swatches
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Polish in 02 Pink Tie review and swatches

The look

Wearing Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Pink Tie

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Pink Tie review and swatches
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick and Nail Polish review and swatches

Guerlain Blanc de Perle relaunch with the Rosy Whitening Essence, Active Reviving Cleansing Foam, and the Essence in Lotion

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

Guerlain’s Blanc de Perle line is being relaunched this Spring with revamps of the essence, cleanser and lotion. The Rosy Whitening Essence is the new and improved version of the Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence, which was my favourite products from the predecessor line. The Active Reviving Cleansing Foam is the updated Foaming Cleanser, and the Essence in Lotion is the improved Lotion. I’m super happy because all three products were the most memorable for me from the previous line, so I was excited to see how the new and improved versions perform in comparison.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence (C$155) claims to increase radiance and promote a healthy, rosy glow. It also claims to target dark spots and sallowness, which will also help to improve overall the skin’s appearance and texture. It contains ingredients such as glycerin to hydrate, citrus unshiu peel extract as an antioxidant, ascorbyl glucoside to brighten, as well as dimethicone and polymethylsilsesquioxane which are silicones. It also contains – in smaller doses – ophiopogon japonicus root extract to hydrate, mallow extract as an antioxidant, and sophora angustifolia root extract which is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. The texture is similar to the predecessor version in that it is lightweight with a lot of slip (due to high silicone content). This version has added glycerin as the second ingredient on the list, and the citrus unshiu peel extract near the top of the ingredients list, which make the newer Rosy Whitening Essence more hydrating than the previous version.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

The Guerlain Active Reviving Cleansing Foam (C$67) claims to promote melanin elimination and cell renewal, including improve blood circulation, improve radiance, and an overall healthier complexion. The new version of this cleanser replaces the surfectants (i.e., cleansing agents) in the prior version of myristic acid and stearic acid with sodium laureth sulfate, but the beneficial ingredients such as ophiopogon japonicus root extract largely remain unchanged. The new version also adds a small amount of biotin near the bottom of the ingredients list. A big plus of this cleanser, despite that it’s $67 is that my last tube lasted me an entire year. You only need a tiny bit to activate its very powerful cleansing action, and this also works very well with cleansing brushes because of the high density foam created by its surfectants. Most cleansers last me 4-6 months and cost up to $30 a bottle, this one is $67 and lasts a whole year, so in terms of price versus value, it’s really not that bad. Lastly it does a very good job at deep cleansing without stripping, making it my perfect cleanser.

The Essence in Lotion (C$80) claims to treat and reduce dark spots, improve blood micro-circulation and skin texture, as well as tone and purify the skin to promote a brighter and more radiant complexion. This Essence in Lotion is exactly the same as the previous version, and works and feels exactly the same as well. I use this with a cotton pad as the last step of my cleansing routine and first step of my moisturizing routine. It’s very lightweight, helps with removing any leftover dirt from my face, and also prepares my skin for the brightening and moisturizing skincare products I use.

You can purchase the updated Guerlain Blanc de Perle products at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and other Guerlain counters as at February 1, 2016.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Active Reviving Cleansing Foam ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Active Reviving Cleansing Foam ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Essence in Lotion ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Essence in Lotion ingredients