Monday, March 14, 2011

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (03 Beige Natural)





I no longer believe in holy grail products or in a "perfect foundation". Our skin changes on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, and once you become obsessed with the ideal texture, color and coverage you realize one needs to mix it up, use different products, blend and adjust. This means I'm rarely blown away by a single foundation from the very first sampling. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau is one of the rare face products that get as close to perfection as possible.

The SAs at my Bloomigdale's were helpful in choosing a shade and provided me with enough samples to make me confident I was using the best one. Beige Natural 03 is truly a perfect match for me with my weird undertones and everything. But the story of Guerlain Lingerie de Peau is more than a color selection. It's about the lightest texture that provides the most coverage I've ever seen in a liquid product. Lingerie de Peau doesn't just even out the skin, it actually makes it look airbrushed smooth, hides imperfections and discoloration the way a much heavier cream product might struggle to do. I know I'm gushing, but really, when I need/want a full coverage this Guerlain foundation is my go-to product at 99% of the time I don't even need to do any color adjustments because Beige Natural matches me so well.

My favorite brushes to use with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau are various natural (usually goat hair) ones, either round headed like Shu Uemura 18 or a flat top like my trusty Stila 21. I also like Sephora Platinum #55 (yes, review coming soon). It really gives a beautiful finish.

Bottom Line: Perfection.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau ($57, 1 oz) is available from most department stores. You can usually get samples of the colors you're considering.

All photos are mine.

7 comments:

  1. So glad I already own this - and it was my foundation of the year last year - otherwise you'd have created a massive lemming for me today!

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  2. Gaia, when it comes to your comments on Holy Grail products and the hoarding of products for fear they be discontinued, you are the quintessential voice of reason. Not only are formulations, finishes, textures, pigments, and the like constantly evolving--but, so are we! As we age, as we redefine ourselves through life's myriad experiences, as we try out and embrace various trends in fashion, as we cope with various environmental factors, we are in need of an evolving skincare and make-up regimen to keep up with our ever changing needs. No one wants to be that woman caught in a time warp!

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  3. Hi Gaia,
    It's great to hear that LdP has your approval. I was planning to buy it after I tested with a GWP (even though it was 03 Beige Natural which was dark for me but the feel of it was great) but then Chanel launched Vitalumiere Aqua and I began to think again... Being a Libra doesn't help, you know... Anyways now I can buy it, thank you so much.
    By the way, thanks a lot for introducing me to Tauer Parfumes as well. Today I received the second batch of the samples. Now I have to decide which one(s) to buy among 10! Can you imagine the sweet agony?
    Lots of love...

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  4. I need to try this.Foundation that used to look good on me just isn't working any longer. It is extremely frustrating! Thanks for the review.

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  5. I've been meaning to get this foundation, and now you have me convinced I must!

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  6. "I no longer believe in holy grail products or in a "perfect foundation". Our skin changes on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, and once you become obsessed with the ideal texture, color and coverage you realize one needs to mix it up, use different products, blend and adjust"

    Sooooo true..

    I've been wanting to try this foundation but I put my money on so many foundations that just let me down.. So I'm worried of beign disappointed again.. But from your review.. this sounds amaaazing.. I might just go try it out at the counter..

    Btw.. Love the little remark on your swatches =P

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  7. Nice swatch! I love the foundation, now it's on my wish list :)

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