This foundation is quite good on hot summer days and for high humidity climates but it's not suitable for year round wear unless you have really oily skin. My skin is normal in summer and get get quite dry in winter and this foundation works well when it's hot as it is mattifying and offers medium to full coverage but overall I would not repurchase as it is too drying on my skin and settles into fine lines and looks too heavy as I personally perfer sheerer to medium coverage, it's worth a try though as long as your skin is not dry. I have sensitive skin and this product did not irritate, however Parure Gold did irritate my skin.
Since I am always on a quest for a great foundation, I stumbled across this. I got the #4, which people were saying the coor range for Extreme runs a little darker than the Parure Aqua, which is good as it is summer and I am tan right now.
This is as close to perfection as it comes in foundation for me. It covers really well and lasts all day for me. This blends seamlessly into my skin and just makes it look great. The #4 color was perfect for my summer skin tone. The texture is a little runnier than I expected as this says it is a long wearing matte foundation I was expecting it to be thicker.
But regardless of the texture, once buffed into my skin, this looks great. I look like I have nice skin, not full of makeup. I love it. This is close to HG for me.
I'm one of the exceptions for this foundation. I didn't like it at all. First of all, the lady put me in a shade that turned pink and said it looked perfect so I bought it. That was my first mistake because at 58 and having sold high-end cosmetics, I know what looks good on me. I get it home, use my Lauder Day Wear moisturizer (which I love), apply the foundation and go to work. All day my face felt sticky and looked too pink. Ugh! I thought maybe the Day Wear was too much moisture but I still didn't like the shade so I exchanged it for another shade, bought a lighter moisturizer and tried it again. It still felt sticky and the staying power was not there. I was so disappointed and I will take this one back, too. This stuff doesn't even come close to YSL's Teint Resist (which is what I should have bought in the first place).
About a year ago I've purchased parure extreme by Guerlain color 24. Weird stuff as far as I'm concerned. The texture is really watery which gave me the tendancy to apply more than necessary. Once applied it dried up to a matte finish. Unfortanetely it didn't give me the greatest coverage in the world and my skin got oily and shiny after a few hours. Another disadvantage is that ít's very expensive indeed (at least to my standards) and the color was slightly too fair for my dark complexion. Maybe I will give it another try during the winter. The packaging is nice though, it comes in a nice gold colored bottle with a handy pump. But hey, I'm not really interested in the beauty of the bottle, it's what's inside the bottle that matters to me.
EDIT: I've tried this foundation again and applied it with a foundation brush. I must say that it was much better this time. Good coverage, not cakey, felt light on the skin, not too matte. I've definitely changed my mind. A foundation brush can make a lot of foundations work!
I have combinaton to normal skin with the occasional breakout and I prefer good coverage on my face, but such is rarely achievable with a foundation which does not break me out. I fell in love with this one while trying out a few recommended (among which Revlon's Color Stay and Estee Lauder's Double Wear). I have yellowish undertones and I like my foundations to be pinky/peachy, so that I can neutralize that, so I took the 01 Beige Pale version. I like it, because:
- it is very long-lasting and water-proof and is excellent for the hot summer days when even norma skin tends to sweat (esp on the forehead)
- it has medium-to-full coverage, depending entirely on the application, because it is buildable, so you can wear it in daytime, but also when you need stronger make-up
- it gives the skin a natural glow, which I like very much and usually need less shimmer when I use this foundation - it is matte, but not the dull matte of other mattes if that makes sense to you :)
- it has a very good sunscreen of both types and has no parabenes
- I absolutely love the smell - I know it's not that important, compared to other qualities a foundation should have, but I am usually used to odourless face products because of my sensitive skin and sometimes their natural smell is so ugly, that this one was an amazing diversion. It is like an expensive perfume and you can feel it on your face long after you have applied it, which makes me feel better for a longer time.
- the packaging is awesome (only a bit heavy when you have to travel, but I can live with that) - I mean, I know it isn't such a big deal again, but if you compare Guerlain packaging with other high end brands - they know how to make their pricy producs look really posh (compare for example the sterile-pharmacy-looking bottles of Clinique, which I also like as a brand).
This is a favorite foundation of mine. I, like most women, have tried many foundations. I prefer a full coverage foundation that lasts and that won't cause breakouts on my breakout prone skin. This one fits the bill on all of those requirements. Plus, it has a "dewey" finish which is really a bonus. I like Lancome Maquicomplete also but the finish is less natural/dewey. The shade range is not great though - the lightest shade in US markets is too dark for my winter skin. I do like how this lightest shade (002) is a nice neutral, not too warm not too cool. I like how it smells nice and has SPF25.
I'm devoted to my trusty EL Doublewear, but sometimes get a bit fed up of the elbow grease needed to achieve perfect application. PE has a much lighter, runnier consistency than DW, so it's easier to apply - and you don't have to blend like crazy before it sets. I was worried when applying PE for the first time that this thinner texture would mean zero coverage. One of the luxuries of using DW is that I don't have to use primer, concealer, highlighter or powder because I find it covers everything (and my skin conveniently produces enough oil itself to ensure I avoid the dreaded masked effect). Well, the Parure gave reasonable coverage - I'd say medium, compared with DW's full; satin/semi-matte compared with DW's total matte look. It evened out redness around my nose and gave me a sheeny, luminous finish. I would say a separate concealer is needed if you have any blemishes to cover - I tried the trick of using a dot of the foundation over one, but it made the area look darker. So, unlike DW or any other thick-textured longlasting foundation e.g. Revlon Colorstay, it's not really a multi-purpose product. That said, the finish is more attractive (in a your-skin-but-better way) - provided you are light-handed with your application. (The instruction leaflet says to apply 2-3 drops to the face and neck and blend in with fingertips. I've only tried applying it with a foundation brush, but I'll have to experiment.) In terms of texture, it reminded me a little of Diorskin Forever, only I'd say the Parure has the edge in terms of its luminosity.
I bought the lightest shade I could find, 'Beige Pale' (01), and this is slightly darker than my natural skintone. I understand that there is an even lighter shade - 'Ambre Pale' (31) - but even 01 is difficult to get hold of in the UK. For reference, I have fairly neutral toned skin. 'Beige Pale' seems to have yellow undertones, so would probably be best suited to someone on the warmer side of neutral. That said, I've had many compliments when wearing this makeup - comments about looking fresh-faced, glowy, healthy, radiant etc (when I've felt anything but!)
Finally, about the longwearing claim (8 hours) - I find it gets, er, dewier as the day progresses. As my skin is combination (normal cheeks, oily T), I find this to be the case with all foundations. (Nothing that blotting papers - or, in an emergency, a single-ply sheet of toilet paper! - can't handle.) It was quite a hot one today and I wore PE for nearly 13 hours. At the end of this time my skin was certainly shiny - but the makeup had not disappeared, or become streaky or cakey.
Overall, I think this foundation will be a good summer option for me when my skin is a little darker. It's lightweight, comfortable and doesn't look hideous at the end of a hot day. It has SPF 25, too, which is a real plus. The price seems high, but applied sparingly (the advised 2-3 drops), it should last and last.
UPDATE: I've knocked off one lippie because, although it looks amazing at first, I find it greases up really fast on me. I also find my skin has become more spot prone and unpredictable since using PE.
UPDATE #2: I'm conflicted about this one. I've started using it again and it's been looking really glowy and pretty - despite the fact that the weather's been hotting up. I don't like the fact that I need to blot it often, but I haven't discovered a foundation that gives such a luminous base.
This foundation is just magic. For once there is a foundation out there for me which is perfect in tone (Beige Pale 01) and doesn't oxidize one little bit.
This applies best with the MAC 187 and gives natural, dewy coverage which makes you look fresh and alive. After I look in the mirror my skin is just glowing and I can't stop looking at it.
I have drier skin and I hate when you set foundation with powder and it gets cakey. This is never the case with Parure Extreme.
It seems to do a great job of moisturizing and is so much more natural than my previous foundation, MUFE HD (which doesn't have a great match for me). Compared to MUFE HD, PE makes your face look much more 3 dimensional and not as flat.
Give this one a try, it's definitely worth it!
I've only been using this product for a few days but had to write a review. I've am always on the search for the perfect foundation and have tried A LOT - Chanel, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, La Prairie, Nars, Shisheido, Laura Mercier, Chantecaille, Giorgio Armani, Paul & Joe and so on. This is probably the one that has impressed me the most.
It's true that it can be hard to find a color match but if you do, it is so worth it. I have oily/combination skin with yellow undertones. I am going through a bad hormonal stage right now and suffered some breakouts from some salicylic acid products I just tried. This foundation covers up my hyperpigmentation and marks but still manages to look sheer (I am not a fan of the mask look). I can cover my entire face with just a few small drops. I don't get oily or tight or flaky, and it manages to stay on all day long even in the humidity that I live in. It also really does live up to its claim of being "transfer-free." I love how this looks alone, but also love how it works with a bit of the Voyages pressed powder or the Meteorites Poudre de Perles. It gives off a nice clean finish and really gives off a healthy glow.
If you want heavier coverage, this is certainly buildable. The spf is a huge plus since most spf products make me break out right away while this so far has been really gentle on me.
I am only hoping that I don't develop any bad reactions to this formulation because I really truly love it. Highly recommended and will definitely repurchase!
Pay attention: The lightest shade is AMBER PALE 31, not BEIGE CLAIR 02 or BEIGE PALE. If u shake it well before using, it wont run dark as some people complained. With shades of Guerlain foundation, Beige is pink under tone, Amber is yellow under tone. This is an amazing product, very natural, velvet matte finished without cakey look, it covers blemishes very well but lightweight. U can even wear this foundation alone without powder. Blend it with finger tips if u got lot of blemishes to cover, blend with sponge offers a lighter coverage. My skin is quite dull, freckles, T zone oily, few redness, dry n rough scattered. But with this foundation, it turns my face to a ... perfect miracle. I use it with Sisley Loose powder anytime i want a fresh make up. For special occasions, i use this with Guerlain compact foundation crystal pearls, the result I got is my face look n touch like satin, my friends touched it n they were very suprised!! I have used many foundation by others brands like Lancome Teint idole ultra(too sheer,cant control oils as they claimed, just like something to put on ur face n it doesnt help anything) Givenchy sublime compact (smooth but doesnt last long, easily smudge off) ,Clarins Insatnt smooth foundation (smell great but quite sheer, cant keep oils at bay), Clinique Dermar white Liquid make up (lightweight but not smooth, normal) Those made me disappointed n wasted money a lot. But now I ve found Guerlain Parure extreme, it saves my life, i ll purchase it again, again, and again ^_^ It stays long n stable, so u have to remove it with oil remover, its not cause allergy, very comfortable to wear everyday. I DO LOVE IT