This is an incredible foundation in my opinion. Now don't get me wrong, it has its weaknesses too, but its strong points are...well, so strong that I am prepared to put up with the faults.
Its best feature is its finish - freshly applied, this gives the most beautiful, soft-focused, healthy, hydrated finish to the skin. I am rarely tempted to study my face up close in the mirror, I'm more of a put-the-slap-on-and-run type of makeup user, but until I got used to this, I frequently found myself admiring its finish in the mirror. It's dewy, but not overly so - a long way from the dewiness of Chanel's Vitalumiere, which can make some skin types appear too oily. The skin just seems so silky and fresh with this.
It's also very easy to apply - the consistency is fairly fluid and blends well. I always use my fingers to apply foundation and this method yields a great result with LdP - neat and smooth.
The coverage is quite light, but it layers well, up to medium. It can't take you any further than that, but it is supposed to be a light coverage foundation, so fair enough.
As for its weak points, there are two major ones. The first is the shade range - we can only hope Guerlain will eventually expand it on both ends of the spectrum. However, there ARE lighter shades than 02 and 12, but are quite difficult to find. I chose Rose Clair 12, which is a bit rosier and darker than I'd like, but I can get away with it due to the light coverage. I've heard that Guerlain's flagship boutique in Paris (68 Avenue des Champs Élysées 75008 Paris) carries all shades they make, so if anyone gets a chance to go there, it might be worth having a look.
The other disadvantage is that it's not hydrating enough for dry skin. Normal skin should be fine with it, but very dry skin will need a hydrating primer or a heavier moisturizer underneath it.
Finally, it seems many people are confused by the difference between LdP and Parure Aqua. Since I have both, I thought I'd add a short comparison. Firstly, Aqua is more moisturizing and feels more comfortable on my face after a long day (no alcohol in that one!). It also has a thicker consistency: whereas LdP is a standard thinner liquid, PA is more of a gel-mousse, which makes it a bit harder to apply and blend, but it makes up for it in coverage - Aqua gives medium coverage, which is still a long way from full, but is by no means light. If layered, it will cover under-eye circles, minor blemishes and capillaries. However, it does not have that magical, angelic finish - it's a fairly standard, natural, run-of-the-mill finish. In short, LdP looks amazing and feels nice, Aqua feels amazing and looks nice. Normally, I'd find it strange that the dewier of the two should be more drying, but LdP belongs to the new generation of weightless, your-skin-but-better foundations (Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Lancome Teint Miracle, Dior Nude etc.) which all contain quite a lot of alcohol. To sum up, LdP and Aqua are both great foundations - it's just a question of picking the one that suits your needs best. Or buying both, if you are a foundation addict like myself.
I never had luck with Guerlain's foundations, because I could never find a shade light enough for me, and they all broke me out.
In Lingerie de Peau, I still cannot find a good match. Beige Clair is way too yellow on me, so I got the Rose Clair, but it is still darker than my neck. I look like I have a slight tan!
That aside, this is the first Guerlain foundation that doesn't break me out. I have oily skin, and it doesn't make it oilier or greasy, actually it looks like I have a nice healthy glow all day long. I love the consistency, the spreadability and how it feels on my face, like I have nothing at all.
I have some old acne marks, and even though this is not full coverage, it masks them pretty well and it looks like I have nice skin.
What I like to do to remedy the shade problem, and to up its coverage, is mix 3/4 of this with 1/4 EL DW in Shell, which is actually a little too light for me. They work great together, the result is a foundation that's lighter in color, covers very well, but still feels like nothing on, and looks like I glow from within.
I wish I didn't love this foundation as much as I do because it's on the pricey side but, believe me, it is worth it. Right now, I'm working my way through a generous sample of this in shade 12/Rose Clair, though I'm not entirely certain this is the best colour match for me (I'm going to try Beige Clair or Beige Naturel before committing to a full bottle). I cannot believe how beautifully this foundation performs. It applies so easily and I don't have to worry about my perpetual problem of foundation highlighting the pores beside my nose by settling into "dots" - this foundation is the first one I've tried that never seems to do this (with my others - MAC MatchMaster and ProLongwear, Clarins Everlasting and Skin Illusion - this can sometimes still be a problem so they take a bit of extra time and care to apply). And it has SPF of 20! It also wears very well which is surprising in something that feels so light and looks so natural but it looks almost as good at the end of the day on my problem areas as it did when it was first applied!
The price of this foundation is somewhat steep but so far, the performance does justify spending more than I usually do. However, I think I will wait til I'm more sure of my colour match and then "purchase" this with my SDM points, which basically means I'll be getting it for free and just paying the taxes and maybe a few bucks of the cost.
UPDATE: After returning to Sephora to check out the other shades I was considering, it turned out that Rose Claire was the best match for me (the Beige Clair was too yellow and Beige Naturel was way too dark). I now have a full sized bottle and continue to be surprised and very pleased by how well this foundation performs. The instructions say to apply with your fingers (probably because Guerlain doesn't have a foundation brush that they can sell you) but most of the time, I use a brush, though yesterday, I used my fingers and, again, the results were astoundingly good. I've worn it with and without a powder to set it and either way, it still looks great. Really a great foundation and worth the price because of the excellent results it delivers. I wish I could wear drugstore foundations but none of the ones I've tried look at all good on me. I've wasted more than the price of this bottle of foundation trying out Revlon, L'Oreal, etc. I'll stick with this because it works.
That is one AMAZING foundation. I do not give 5 stars to a foundation that often.
I was skeptical when I swatched it at the counter as it went super sheer and I thought "this will not provide enough coverage for me".
Boy, I was wrong! I was given a sample in Beige 02 and I tried it at home.
OMG! I was in awe! it is so feather light you cannot feel it on your skin. It's like naked skin but smooth and flawless.
It's true, it's not covering everything in one coat. I had to apply a second coat to make my melasma disappear.
But it worked, and the result is SUPER natural and flawless... it's like angel skin, miles away from the cakey face a haevy duty foundation like Double wear gives (or Guerlain Parure Extreme, that's heavy too).
Lingerie de Peau compares to Chantecaille Future skin, in my opinion.
It's not super longlasting, you have to power it up again after a few hours, but the l skin literally GLOWS (well I also used come Guerlain Meteorites on top, that helps with the glow!). But I never had such good skin in months.
I totally recommend this one and need a FB ASAP!
OMG so amazing!! i actually like this much better than my Shu Uemera smoothing foundation.
It's such a natural finish, it honestly doesn't look like i'm wearing any foundation at all! it's expensive yes but the finish is perfect and i used one pump for my whole face and just applied with my fingers! with my SU foundation i had to apply with a sponge and had to give a little more effort to make that look flawless, but this foundation is just too perfect for me, such a quick and easy application. my new HG foundation for sure!!!
This is my favorite foundation at the moment. I apply it with a Mac 187. I use one pump for my whole face which gives me enough coverage to even out my skin tone. I have A LOT of acne scars that are a deep red color on my cheeks and around my chin and to cover them I add a second light layer only on those parts also with the stippling brush. The second layer goes on very smoothly without any cakey effect whatsoever. Then I add some light dusting with translucent powder and the result is really, really nice and natural, a matt but not too matt and dewy but not too dewy look. I guess this is what they call “Satin”. I’m lucky to have found a color matching my skin perfectly, but I guess the poor color selection is a big problem with this. Also blending is very easy with this smooth texture.
To be honest the packaging is a bit too luxurious for me. I’m a klutz and I’m scared one day I will drop this on my tile floor and it will shatter. For me it’s a perfect foundation, super pricey, but kind of worth it.
This foundation is a beautiful every day foundation. The color matches my skin tone perfectly and its not drying. It provides medium coverage but does absorb into my skin by the end of the day. With that being said, it absorbs nicely in that my skin tone still looks even unlike some foundations where the skin looks patchy after they absorb. It is also fairly matte and does help to control shine. It provides the face with a very nice canvas and with additional Guerlain blushes and shimmers, it can certainly be enhanced for an evening look.
I tried this foundation because it got stellar reviews on Sephora. I have fair, neutral skin (NC15). I tried it in Rose Clair because another reviewer noted that Beige Claire was too yellow. She was right. The color was fine. Not too pink, not too yellow, to my surprise. I was worried too much yellow would make me look like I had jaundice, but then pinks go orange, but I digress. I didn't find that this oxidized at all. But it did give me the oiliest, pimply-est skin I've had in years. I normally don't have oily skin, in fact. It's acne-prone, but only a touch oily in the t-zone. I tried this foundation for three days, and each day I had to constantly blot my forehead and around my nose. Then the pimples came, and fast. All over my forehead and on and around my nose. I have no doubt it was the foundation. I guess foundations must work differently for different skin types, but I felt the foundation was a little thin and runny and oily for my liking to begin with. I will admit I like the finish more than my favorite, EL Double Wear, but at least DW doesn't cause me to break out. I also did not find this to be long-wearing at all. It slid right off throughout the day. Coverage was sheer to moderate at best. I don't think you could achieve full coverage with this one. Two thumbs down. :(
Goes on like a dream, spreads well, covers with a light/medium natural finish. Looks like skin, feels like skin, does not have a noticeable fragrance.
That said, it does not (and is not meant to conceal scars and imperfections). Shade 03 which I got as a sample is a light-medium neutral beige, not too yellow and not too pink. It looks like a perfect match on my end-of-summer light olive skin, and I think it will be good through the fall and into the winter.
Because I have rosacea and acne, I am witholding final judgement till I have used it more regularly to find out how it reacts with my skin.
I've been on the look out for my HG foundation FOREVER and I think I've finally found it.
I have rather fair skin (I've been matched to NC20 by speaking to a Mac assistant online so I can't say for sure) and I have combination dry skin. My cheeks are normal with large pores but my nose and forehead are pretty dry and every foundation I've tried so far have emphasized flakes. I tried Lancome, Estée Lauder, MUFE, Laura Mercier, Josie Maran and even tried the Fit Me line from maybeline. They were all 'okay' but nothing worth purchasing again. I went to Sephora and the SA tried several foundations on me, heavily recommending this one. She did half my face in it and the other half in Nars... It was unbelievable. The 'Guerlain half' of my face looked as though I had nothing on except for a lovely healthy glow while the 'Nars half' already looked cakey and dry. At 63$ I was quite hesitant but I just had to go back for it a few days later.
I've been wearing it for about two weeks and I don't think I'll ever need to wear another foundation! It's true they do need more shades I guess but 02 Beige Clair fit me like a charm and I haven't noticed any oxidation! I use this on top of MUFE HD Primer in #7 and set it with MUFE HD Loose Powder. It lasts for a while but I do need concealer when I need to cover something. It smells amazing and I seriously cannot feel I'm wearing foundation.
If you can find a shade that fits you then I highly recommend this foundation!