A little while back at work we were given the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Fluide Foundation. It’s not one that I’ve heard a lot about and, for that reason, I thought it might be interesting to do a review on it. Sometimes it’s nice to hear about products that aren’t already massive in the beauty world. Does anyone else feel like sometimes they can get so stuck on what’s popular that they fail to look at what else is out there? I’m trying to work on that… you know, not just giving into the hype. I’ll take you through the usual points of what you need to know about this foundation.


The coverage is quite light, which makes sense as it’s meant to be a “second skin.” Lingerie de Peau translates to Skin Lingerie, if you catch their drift. I actually really like that it’s more on the light side. It softens redness and discolouration in the skin, but still leaves some detectable flaws. To give some reference points, I’d say you’re getting more coverage than the MUFE Water Blend Foundation, but a big less than the MUFE Ultra HD Foundation. It’s probably closest to something like the Laura Mercier Candleglow or the NARS Tinted Moisturizer.

Finish/Wear Time

Sticking with the skin skivvies idea, the finish is also very natural. It’s not dewy, nor is it completely matte. It gives a soft, satin look to the skin. I found it dried fairly quickly, which was a nice bonus for me. I’ll also note that it has an SPF of 20.

In terms of wear time, I found it to be pretty decent. It’s hard to judge because my skin can be so different from day to day, but so far I’ve found that it’s stuck around pretty well by the end of the day and it doesn’t separate noticeably. I do find that lighter coverage foundation don’t tend to break up as obviously on my skin though, so it’s not a huge surprise.


The texture is on the lightweight side of things. It’s not overly-liquid like a lot of the water based foundations these days (NARS Luminous Weightless, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea, etc), but it’s certainly not thick and heavy. I enjoy the feeling. Unsurprisingly, it has a sense of luxury, as does the fragrance. I’m generally not a huge fan of fragranced foundations, but I don’t hate this one. It has that classic Guerlain floral scent and I can see how people would either love the opulent touch or think it smells stuffy and old.

Shade Range

The shade range is good, not great. I count 14 shades online at Sephora, but there are only 9 in store. They break the range up into cool, neutral and warm undertones, which I love (I wish every foundation range would do this), but when you think about it, that’s not a lot of shades per undertone. I’ve got the shade 2N, which isn’t ideal for me at the moment, but it’ll be fine when I’ve got a bit of a tan.


The luxurious presentation is really what Guerlain is all about. Let’s be honest, you’re not paying for a run of the mill, well performing foundation here. You’re paying for the smell, the texture and the bottle. Especially the bottle. Guerlain recently relaunched a lot of their base products in updated, sleek packaging and I love it. It’s undeniably gorgeous. However, would I pay $70 for this foundation? Probably not. But if you’ve got cash to spend… then why not? It is a beautiful formula.

  • This sounds like it would be a lovely foundation in Summer when you just want a small amount of coverage.

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    • I never used to understand why someone would buy a light coverage foundation. I always thought it was better to just sheer out something full coverage. But I’ve definitely changed my mind about that now. I love a good light coverage.

  • This sounds like a nice option for spring/summer!

    xo, Liz

    • My thoughts exactly! I think I’ll use it more then.

  • this foundation sounds like a dream. i’ve been digging lighter foundation so i think i’d love it. but honestly $70 is pricey D: how do you weigh it over tarte rainforest of the sea?

    P. S. missed you! haven’t been able to blogwalk for a while and you posted a lot. sorry for things happening while you’re away. i hope everything would look up. wishing you a better, brighter days ahead <3

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. I really appreciate how damn kind everyone is in this community.

      As for the Rainforest of the Sea… hmmm. Definitely very different textures. The Tarte one is much runnier and water based. I do feel like they have similar finishes though. The Tarte one is more coverage though from what I remember (I haven’t used it in a while), plus the shade range is way bigger and better.

  • LOVE this foundation and I loved the original version but it oxidized horrifically. I don’t find the newly revamped version quite as hydrating as the original though which has me thinking it was one of those ingredients that caused the oxiidization. So happy they expanded the shade range too, the original was embarrassingly small!
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    • Tarryn B

      Yes! The same thing happened to me. I had a sample of 02C from the original version and loved how it looked on my skin but it oxidised terribly. Apparently they’ve fixed this problem with the new formula. Sadly, they don’t seem to stock anything lighter than 02 in my country! Ugh so frustrating!!

      • Man you always have trouble getting a hold of stuff. It sucks. I get annoyed here because we can’t get half the stuff the states has, but I realize we’re still pretty spoiled.

    • Ahhh interesting. I never tried the old formula before they replaced it. Yeah I definitely didn’t notice this one oxidizing too badly, thought I don’t often have trouble with that. I have yet to try that new Urban Decay Foundation though, which is supposed to oxidize like a biatch. I’m scared of it.

  • Natalie Redman

    Gorgeous! Love the look of this foundation.