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.
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.
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.