We’re back with yet another satin finish foundation review. I’ll switch it up soon with some dewy bases, pinky promise. The nominee of today is… Guerlain Lingerie De Peau. Step right up!
Unlike the no-frills packaging of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Guerlain Lingerie De Peau is housed in a weighty, glass bottle. It feels expensive because it is expensive! Funny that. It weighs in at 59USD or 86AUD (comparisons like these make me bitter, hence I usually avoid numeric values in reviews). The lowdown LdP has a fluid texture and a true medium coverage; more than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and similar to that of Armani Lasting Silk. It is easily sheered out with a Beauty Blender or built up to a fuller medium (using fingers or a brush, both produce a very similar result). We revisit the notion of ‘token SPF’, 20 in this case, delivered in full only if you use the foundation very liberally (which I don’t, you probably won’t either, invest in a separate SPF). The finish is distinctly satin, not dewy and not matte, designed to resemble the texture of real skin. The good Ldp does deliver a very good imitation of perfected skin. It doesn’t accentuate every pore/flake/peach fuzz because… you guessed it, silicones. Methyltrimethicone, you cheeky mofo, I love you.
Correct, alcohol reads fourth on the list but the overwhelming repetition of cones saves the day: this is not a drying formula on my skin. If your skin rejects any hint of alcohol and/or cones, get a sample and prepare for war. The coverage is the fuller side of medium and does a fine job of evening out skintone.
A pump later and I’m looking pretty even, if I may say so myself. Broken capillaries around the nose are mostly eradicated and skin is imparted with luminosity. I don’t set with a powder in order to preserve the radiant finish but oilier skintypes will welcome a primer, blotting powder and blotting sheet because oil control is not on the radar. Normal and dryer skintypes will likely enjoy decent longevity, LdP lasts a full 9 hours on me before I start to look a bit grotty. The bad In the land down under, LdP is offered in only four shades: 01, 02, 03, 04. Depth wise, 02 Beige Clair is my closest match, perhaps just a tad too dark for my NC20-25 skin. Alone, this would not be a deal breaker. But the undertone, sadly, seals the deal. When compared to a bunch of my other favourite foundations, we can see that LdP 02 has a distinctly pink undertone. I also own shade 03 (suitable for a NC30ish) which has a more golden undertone, occasionally I’m bothered enough to concoct a mixture with a white foundation but I didn’t, for the purpose of this review – that would be cheating. Pink chin, yellowy olive neck n chest 🙁 A sad and undeniable clash. If you’re a NW25, congratulations! You have a match. Yellow based NC20-25ers, we’re going to have to track down Asian exclusive shades or throw in the towel and give up. My last complaint with LdP is a spinoff of my shade rant: it has the tendency to oxidise. If the depth is only a tad off upon application, an hour or two later and my face has deepened a few notches. I look peachy. It ain’t pretty. Overall I cannot fault the finish or texture of Guerlain Lingerie De Peau- it’s beautiful. The shade range and the surprise oompa loompa face, however, has me reaching for this foundation very infrequently. I own a myriad of bases that match me perfectly sans mixing, so it’s hard for me to justify hoarding both 02 and 03. Blogsale, perhaps? I’m quite enjoying these foundation reviews- which would you like to see reviewed next? xxkarima