Since relocating to Denver I have been dealing with "surprise" dry patches that appear after I set my foundation, soooo annoying. So not only did I have to seek out some alternate skincare, i felt i needed a more moisterizing foundation as well.So the 15% VIB coupon had its way with me and i took the plunge.This is by far the most expensive foundation I have ever purchased. But it is LOVE <3
Formula & Coverage: It feels beautiful going on almost like a good moisterizer (and the scent is very luxurious :) and it is buildable in a fool proof way, kinda like Diorskin Nude. The finish is glowy, and my skin just looks so smooth after applying. Using my fingers, it is easy to spread and I used about a pump to a pump and a half. I have not yet experimented with brushes but I will keep you posted. I wouldn't say it fits in quite with the cliche "your skin but better" because of the thicker texture but it makes my skin very glowy and radiant. **** If you have oily skin, I defiantly wouldn't recommend because of the texture and the luminosity.
Color: I went with #2 though my concern was it would be too pink after looking at swatches/ reading reviews online.My skin tends to be on the pinker side so I try to downplay that with a more neutral or yellow based foundation.To my pleasent surprise it is actually more neutral on me than pink. ( For refrence the foundations currently in my drawer include LM Silk Creme in Cream Ivory, Kevyn Aucoin SSE in SX03 & SX 06, MUFE HD 117, Diorskin Nude in 020, MUFE F&B #32, my beloved Givenchy in #5, with the Dior being the best match) I have also owned Mac Studio Fix NC 20 and this is less yellow but the same tone family. Hands down Parure is the best foundation I own!
WOW. This is truly the best foundation I came across in a long time. I have the shade in 31 Amber Pâle, which is perfect for my skin in winter. This is a moisturising foundation and it glides through the skin so smoothly. A little truly goes a long way since I only need less than a pump. The coverage is buildable and it gives much nice and healthy glow. I have oily-combo skin but I think my skin works well with it. I usually set it with a powder.
Highly recommended. I love it so much. SO MUCH.
I tried this foundation because a friend of mine recommend it. I must say that it is a great option in winter. It is smooth, moisturizing and non-drying. Combined with a primer and setting spray it lasts approximately 12 hours without retouching and only with one blotting. This is the first foundation in years that I have repurchased. My only complaint are the colors... I use number 3, which is slightly darker than my skin but it blends beautifully. I think they need a wider range of options. I usually use 2 pumps of this foundation because I like a fuller coverage. However, on good days (when my skin is not red or irritated) I can go with one pump and a half.
I tried this knowing it wasn't going to work well for my super oily skin. That being said, I still wanted to give it a try. It has a somewhat lotiony consistency. It feels really nice going on. I found it very easy to blend. It smells beautiful but is very fragranced so if you're sensitive to fragrance this might not be great for you. If you have drier skin you should definitely give this a try! My main issue with this was that I felt like it sat on top of my skin all day.I used it with the Meterorites primer, so I'd think they should have worked better together. It also broke me out a little but I expected that so I didn't take off any points for it. I haven't tried it without the primer, fwiw.
I have very dry skin, and ever since Clinique discontinued their wonderful Soft Finish foundation (sob sob sniffle sob), I haven't been able to find a replacement that I like anywhere near as much. It's been incredibly frustrating, but having found Guerlain's Parure de Lumière in 12 Rose Clair (a fraction deeper than MAC NW15), I'm finally happy. My god, it's only taken a year!
Here's why it works for me:
• It's beautifully moisturising which, if you have seriously dry skin like mine, you'll know is really damn hard to find. But--crucially--it sets within a couple of minutes, and it sets lightly, without weight or dryness. Brilliant.
• It has the ideal level of coverage. It's a true medium foundation: not sheer, not full, just perfect for good, everyday makeup that blends smoothly and evenly with or without primer. It's not shimmery or flat, but soft and luminous.
• It lasts all day without cracking, fading or patching. If I'm distracted by work and don't get the chance to check my makeup during the day, it's not a problem. I don't have to worry about it. I know it's fine.
• It's rated SPF 25/PA+++. It lists titanium dioxide (a UVA sunscreen) in its active ingredients, along with octinoxate for UVB protection. This is worth noting, because many foundations with sunscreen lack full UVA protection, and Guerlain has been particularly lax about offering full-spectrum sunscreens in many of its other foundations. This one gets it right. I don't use enough of it on my face for it to provide enough sun protection all by itself, but I really appreciate that Guerlain's making the effort here. I'm as pale as a new-born oyster, so every little bit of sunscreen helps!
• It has pump-bottle packaging. I'm a big fan.
There are two problems that I have with this foundation, though. Neither of them are insurmountable, but they are very definitely worth keeping in mind. The first is that it's fragranced. It's a lovely rose scent, and I like it very much, but I wish it weren't in my foundation. I haven't had any noticeable issues with irritation, but anyone with potentially sensitive skin should make sure to test this before they buy. The second issue is the price. It's painfully expensive. At £37, it's one hell of a lot more than I had hoped to pay for a foundation. I'm grudgingly okay with that because it's a terrific product, and one that I can't find any cheaper alternative to, so that's fine. Life is like that. But I do have to acknowledge that it is ludicrously spendy.
But my god, it's a gorgeous foundation. It really is. I've used it every day for three months now, and it's exquisite. It's most definitely not for anyone with oily skin, but if you have cranky parched skin, you may find that this is just the ticket.