Friday, 27 August 2010
My quest for a Holy Grail foundation goes on, this time around I'm trying Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau, which is their latest release, and it was released a couple of weeks ago. After a while swatching in-store, I settled on shade no2, Beige Clair, which is a slightly more pink-based shade than I'd ordinarily wear, but the lighting in the shop make picking colours way more difficult than it should be.
This is what Guerlain have to say about it:
"Silk and linen weave themselves into a second skin
Selected from among the most luxurious textile fibres, silk and linen combine their complementary qualities, weaving an imperceptible veil of perfection on the surface of the skin in a voluptuous sensation of comfort and drapes the complexion in a silky radiance that captures an reflects the light. Ultra-mattifying powders and pigments are woven into the linen to help refine the texture of the skin and give it a velvety softness. On the skin itself nothing is visible except the natural appearance of a perfect complexion."
Housed in a handsome glass bottle, with a monogrammed lid, the bottle has a proper pump to help you get it out. It's a foundation that is prone to separating in the bottle, so it really needs a good shake up before you use it.
Here you can see that I didn't shake it quite enough before I pumped it onto my hand, I generally find that one full pump is just about the right amount for my face and onto my neck (for blending purposes). It's a very light, very liquid-y foundation, which spreads extremely easily on the skin, it has great slip.
This shows the partially blended foundation, as you can see, a little amount of this goes a very long way. It blends very easily, and just needs a tiny hint of powder to set it. I've been using my Guerlain Meteorites over the top, as I find it's very difficult to over-apply that one.
Once on the skin and set, you get the most delightful finish, sheeny without being too glowy, or even (heaven forfend) "greasy". It's practically invisible in use, and evens out your skintone wonderfully. I adore the finish, not too matte, not too shiny, it's a really lovely foundation.
That said, it's lasting power is merely average, I do find that it really needs either a good re-powdering around 3pm (I tend to apply around 6.30, 7am, though, which is actually around 8 hours wear) or a little reapplication.
This is a definite re-buy for me, I like it a great deal more than my Chanel Pro-Lumiere, as it feels a lot lighter on the skin, and doesn't appear to oxidise very much - if at all.
What's been a great foundation find for you recently?
The Fine Print: I bought this. I was actually looking for the new Guerlain palettes, but they're not available till the first week of September, dammit!