Guerlain cosmetics have rarely failed me since I’ve been using their products. I have tried quite a few items from the line and thus far, I have been wowed every single time or at least, most of the time. I tried the Lingerie de Peau liquid foundation and I liked that one. So, when I got my hands on the Lingerie de Peau foundation and concealer compact, I was quite sure I’d like it too.
Now, did I? It would be interesting to find out, wouldn’t it?
The Lingerie de Peau compact foundation is a cream foundation and concealer in a slim compact… erm… compact. The finish of the case is pure and simple luxury. A rather heavy, highly burnished lacquered surface that attracts fingerprints so you can never get away with any crime. That sort of luxury 😉
Inside, you get a large pan of cream compact foundation and a slim complementing concealer. A sponge is included and it is a very good sponge indeed. My shade is
01 Beige Pale which is the same shade as that of the liquid Lingerie de Peau foundation is 02 Beige Clair which explains why I had problems with colour matching. This cream compact gets lots of raves. I’ve read quite a few tout it to be the perfect cream to powder finish, leaving them with perfect looking skin. Like your skin but better.
I wish I could tell you all that too. Let me tell you what I think instead.
This Guerlain Lingerie de Peau compact foundation was an unmitigated disaster on me. First, the cream foundation oxidised on my skin. 01 is my colour, make no bones about it. I don’t think it goes below 01, to be honest. It applies on my skin a perfect complementing skintone to my skin.
Give it an hour and I’m looking a full shade darker. This is just my face mind you, so imagine how odd it can look contrasting against my neck. For some reason also, it makes my skin look dull. [Edit: I’ve attributed this colour change to it being actually -02 Beige Clair which is a shade too dark for my skintone]
Secondly, I don’t get the cream to powder finish that everyone raves over. I get a cream to oil finish. For some reason, I can’t get this foundation to set on my skin. I’ve tried everything from buffing over with pressed powders, powder foundation or loose powder. It just doesn’t set. Give it a while, and it’ll start to slide around.
I don’t know if I should blame our humidity and heat. I don’t have oily skin and in fact, one would think that this cream compact would be right up my alley. Instead, it makes me look like I should be blotting on the hour, and that I have poor taste in colour matching my foundation.
I will note however, that the raves I’ve read all come from people living in temperate countries, so this may just be a great foundation in a cool, dry climate and less so in a hot humid one, where I’d prefer to stick to powder foundations or liquid foundations that set better on the skin.
I think this swatch shows you more or less how it will look on my face. The swatch on the left is the cream foundation and the one on the right is the concealer. The colour of the concealer is actually, a better match for my skin tone.
I do quite like the concealer for the under eye area. It brightens the eye area and makes it the perfect base for eye makeup. The texture is a bit thicker than the cream foundation and unlike the foundation, the concealer does not slip around nor oxidise throughout the day.
I dab it on with a corner of the sponge included and it is just perfect. Doesn’t do much for blemishes but for the under eye area, its near perfection. Its a pity its such a thin strip because for me, its the only thing I’d use in this compact.
Sorry Guerlain, I love everything else in your line, but I have to be fair, and this just doesn’t cut it for me. Excuse me now, while I go cry into my pillow.
In a nutshell
A compact foundation from Guerlain in a cream foundation formula. It comes together with a complementary concealer and sponge for application. The texture is supposed to be a cream to powder finish. Unfortunately, I found it too oily on my skin and it did not set well. This one also oxidised after about an hour, and doesn’t match my skintone then. It feels very lightweight otherwise, and the concealer is very good for brightening the eye area. I suspect it may fare better for those in a cool and dry climate. In the heat and humidity here, it just melted everywhere. Pity.
Pros: Compact case is easy to tote around, The concealer is nice and brightens up the skin around the eyes
Cons: Oxidised on my skin, Turns oily on my skin and does not set very well, Pricey
For a review from someone who liked it, try Cosmetic Candy but do note that she is based in the UK.
I’m not sure if anyone out there has tried this compact foundation and has a better experience to report? Or have you been disappointed by a particular product in a range or brand that you like using in general? For me, this one has really taken a nose dive as far as my love for Guerlain goes. I do have another liquid foundation – Parure something I bought recently. Heard its really good so let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint 😉
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation and Concealer compact Price: RM200+ (uncertain) Availability: Guerlain counters