This foundation is really as long-lasting as promised, it provides medium to full coverage when applied with a good brush (I use a flat-top) without giving a mask-like finish, and the packaging is super-pretty. However, it does tend to give me a slight orange hue after oxidizing, so I have to use a color-correcting lfinishing powder in lilac over it to not look orangey.
If they sold the lightest shade here in Norway, I would love this more- the lightes shade sold here is 02, which is a little bit too dark and warm for my skin tone.
The lasting power and coverage this my HG foundation, until I recently discovered Skin Base from Illamasqua, which is now my new favorite foundation.
This is one of my absolute HG foundations. It is ideal for combination or oily skins and sets to a matte finish. It has a very silky, thin, light and liquidy texture that blends seamlessly, although must be done relatively quickly before the product sets. The coverage is medium to full. As is the case with many matte foundations of this style, as it dries and sets, the color slightly deepens. Definitely keep that in mind when trying out this foundation or others with similar properties. The thin yet opaque texture of this foundation is what I think makes it a real winner. It is like the most elegant, high end version of Estee Lauder Double Wear. With the right color match it looks so natural and flawless.
I wear this in shade 02 that I buy in the US. It is ever so slightly too dark for me in the winter months if I don't pay attention blending. When I traveled to Paris this year, I went to the Champs-Elysees flagship store and got this in 32, a lighter, more yellow based shade and bought 4 bottles! 32 is approximately equivalent to a MAC NC22 with more yellow/beige undertones (great against hints of redness), whereas the 02 I buy in NY is like an NC27 with beige to slightly pink undertones. Now that it is summer, I am back to wearing the 02, but for most of the year I am so happy to have 32. This color can be purchased in France and Japan I believe, or ordered online. (strawberrynet?)
The similar foundation is the newer Lingerie de Peau which I also like very much. This also has a matte finish and is quite similar to Parure Extreme, but with less, even more natural coverage (light to almost medium) and even better blendability, like a "matte tinted moisturizer". I use that when my skin happens to be in near perfect shape, when it's close to blemish free and just need to even out skin tone. I don't think either of these foundations would be suitable for dry skin, unless specifically looking for longer wear time. For drier skins, Guerlain has other options like Parure Aqua or Gold.
I love this foundation!!!!!
I like that this foundation really covers VERY well, no need for concealer, but I found that it made me look older and was a little too mask like/heavy for me. It oxidised a little on me after a few hours wear in very hot humid weather. Staying power was good thou. I am NC35 with a tan and the r'ose naturel #23 was a beatiful peachy gold that matched my skin nicely. Im not sure if I will buy a full bottle yet as the other colors #3 and #4 are very beigey and looked ashy against my peachier more golden skin.
If you want a medium coverage foundation that will last all day, control oil and make your pores seem like canyons while not forgetting to accentuate every fine line you have (and some you didn't even know you had to start with), then this foundation is for you!
I was really excited to try this as the girl in Sephora was RAVING about it (she was also 22 and didn't have a trace of fine lines and had the pores of a 8 year old). She gave me a very generous sample, enough for at least a week, if not more. I wore this for 3 consecutive days and each day was worse than the previous.
6:30 a.m. Upon first application, it was beautiful! Covered perfectly! I didn't even need to use a concealer under my eyes. I was glowing and radiant!
8:00 a.m. Arrived at work, OMG!!! I had all these crepey lines under my eyes (and no i didn't use too much at all! I was expecting to put concealer over it so I went very lightly).
10:00 a.m. Foundation had pooled in my laugh lines, and in the crease around my nostrils. Smudged it away and all was ok.
6:00 p.m. Got home from work. Foundation still going strong (coverage, color), but I looked 10 years older than I did in the morning.
Tried it again the following 2 days, with / without a primer... different moisturizer after my shower... not a whole lot of difference unfortunately.
End result. Not impressed. Will not purchase. Honestly, I still have at least 4-5 more applications in the sample and it's going in the trash. A definite shame as I love Guerlain products for the most part.
This is a really great foundation. I love everything about it.. down to the bottle, classic Guerlain scent, to the consistency, coverage, etc. First, the bottle is constructed of a thick glass with a plastic pump and hard plastic cover. It's pretty heavy to carry around - probably my heaviest foundation bottle I've owned. It contains 1 oz of product.. but weighs in close to 6 oz. (Hence the hefty $56 price tag). This foundation has a very pleasant smell - similar to the scent of YSL Faux Cils Mascara.. yum. The consistency is quite thin, and due to it's consistency, you'd figure this foundation would be sheer. But actually, once it's smoothed on the face, it provides a beautiful medium coverage that builds extremely well. Guerlain recommends using your fingers to apply this, so I take a little less than a pump, and work it into my face as if it was a moisturizer. Then, I squirt out a little bit more - again less than a pump and take my Duo Fibre brush and go over my face in soft, circular motions making sure to blend everything in well. The result is amazing. Perfect skin that looks like actual skin. The finish is satiny - it's not dewy/nor matte. I love the luminous finish, so I don't always set it with powder. When I set it with powder though, it lasts much longer. When I'm in a rush, I take a little amount and work it in my face with my fingers and it evens out my skintone very well and gives me a healthy radiance. With a little amount, the redness from my cheeks peeks through a bit, which I really like at times when i'm wearing minimal makeup. I absolutely love this foundation and I will continue purchasing it. For reference, I'm anywhere from NC30-NC40. I own this in 3 & 4 and #3 is a better match for me. I'd say it's great for NC30-35.. maybe even NC37. Now #4 was too dark for me even when I'm NC40. I was told that EVEN numbers are pink toned and ODD numbers are yellow. Thats probably why #3 works so well on me. (You can check my photos for color comparisons.. I have #4 compared to other foundations I use)
Parure Extreme does last all day with little to no touch-ups...I am a MAC nc25, and I bought beige claire, which was a good match until it began to oxidize over several hour of wear and turn orange. Also, this foundation provides almost too good of coverage...it covers all, but it does leave a mask-like look even using it sparingly and having tried several application techniques (beauty blender, brushes, fingers, sponges). I just couldn't get this foundation to work for me.
This foundation is the longest wearing foundation I have ever tried. The finish is matte and coverage is light to medium. Texture can be best described as light and fluid but not watery which makes it easy to spread with your fingers.
My only issue with it is finding a color match. The lightest shade available in the US is 02 Beige Clair and the intensity is OK but there is an orangy tone (looks like oxidation but it's just the foundation shade). It seems like it will suit someone who is light, but slightly tanned.
There is a very fragrance that you can smell that lingers for a while after its applied, which I don't care for, but overall it doesn't bother me too much. I'm considering ordering 01 or 32 overseas but am afraid 01 might be too light or 32 might be too dark.
The gold bottle looks very luxe and pretty. However, it may not be the most practical because you can't see how much is left. Hope this helps someone. Any reviews on shades 01 or 32 would be appreciated!
***EDIT*** I had the chance to swatch 01 and 32 when I was in Asia. 01 is very pale, best for NC15. 32 is the best match for NC20.
I've tried a lot of long wearing foundation, and this is the best!!!! Even aftr more than 12 hours wearing it, it still looks almost perfect.. And tht is when i don't use any primer.. Imagine if i did..
The colour isnt really the best, bt 02 beige Claire seemed alrite on me, although it's a bit cool tone on my skin.. I prefer warmer tones as I'm asian with yellow undertone.
It dries up pretty fast, which is good if ure in a rush, bt hav to work fast with it. Once it's set, it looks just amazing.. Very natural, as if ure not wearing any foundation. I don't set it with any powder, I usually just dust my meteorites on top of my cheekbone and lightly around the face.. It is amazing!!
The beat foundation I've tried so far.. In terms of staying power and how it looks on the skin. It has high coverage, bt still looks like skin..
It does hav a scent, which some ppl might not like, but I LOVE it!! it smells gorgeous..
I'd definitely buy em again!!
The foundation lasts 7, 8 hours, the wear is good compared to the previous foundation I've tried. smells good, I like the packaging, I found my shade.It don't turn orange, good coverage without increasing the face.And Water Resistant - Non Transferable - SPF 25 PA++, But it is too expensive!
Really an all around excellent foundation. My current HG!
The formula is runny which is odd at first, but it makes it so easy to spread out evenly. The coverage is excellent; I would call it a full coverage foundation for sure, it completely covers my rosacea redness.
It does have a bit of a scent but because I am not sensitive to that, I dont really care.
As others have said, colour selection is an issue especially if you are pale. I'm a NC25 and beige clair is a touch dark for me but luckily I can still get away with it, the difference is hardly noticeable.
It did leave me a little glowy so I had to set it with LM's translucent powder, as I prefer a matte look (I find I dont look natural when Im too 'dewy').
Not that it matters to me - but I can't help but notice how lovely the packaging is as well :)