Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin-Fusion Foundation

December 2, 2013
Wearing Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in shade 2, Beige Clare
Wearing Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in shade 2 Beige Clare

I’ve been working on a sample of Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau foundation recently, and it’s been fun to try it out. It’s one that I’ve heard such wonderful things about, but I wasn’t sure how well it’d work for me as I didn’t have the best experience with Tenue de Perfection (read my review here), also from Guerlain. This is a lightweight liquid foundation that Guerlain claims to provide a Bio-Fusion micro-mesh to perfect the appearance of skin. The name of the foundation literally means underwear for the skin, in fact.

The consistency of Lingerie de Peau is pretty thin. I have had good luck applying it with my fingers as well as my Real Techniques stippling brush. I do think I prefer the stippling brush, as the more I blend the foundation with it the better it looks. It offers coverage that I’d say is on the light end of medium, and the finish is very natural. It does really offer a more perfected appearance without looking too made up.

There are 12 shades available, and I’ve been trying out shade 2 Beige Clare. I also wore this shade in Tenue de Perfection, and it was a perfect shade for me at the end of the summer. It’s a teensy bit dark for me now that we’re heading into winter but it’s still wearable, and it helps that the foundation blends into skin really nicely.

Since the issue I had with Tenue de Perfection was that an unusual amount of oil broke through within just a couple hours of applying the foundation, I’ve been priming and powdering (just as much as I would normally) while testing Lingerie de Peau. I wanted it to stand a fighting chance and I wasn’t that interesting in having it wear poorly while I went about my normal business.

However, a nice surprise was that Lingerie de Peau has been wearing pretty well on me and doesn’t make me as oily as Tenue de Perfection did. After 3 or 4 hours, my skin does become a little more “dewy” (to put it nicely), but it’s nothing crazy and actually occurs pretty evenly over my whole face. Normally my nose will be what gets shiny while the rest of my face remains comfortably natural.

The added luminosity that accumulates throughout the day is more than I’d like; I’d personally prefer a foundation that can hold the oil back a little bit. As oil appears throughout the day, the foundation will look less flattering over my pores and fine lines. However, the foundation itself stays well throughout the day, and can be perfectly refreshed just by blotting lightly with a bit of tissue.  I’m impressed by the longevity and how well it touches up, as Guerlain doesn’t advertise long wear as a quality of this foundation.

Lingerie de Peau is fragranced, and I’ll say that I’m not personally a fan of perfumed makeup. I don’t find the fragrance of this foundation overwhelming, but fragrance can be a bit irritating on the face and especially around eyes in general and so I could really do without companies scenting their face makeup. Guerlain seems to take quite a bit of pride in the scent, and describes it in great detail: “Lingerie de Peau has a distinctive and delicate floral scent. The first peach note blended with an accord of vegetal notes is fresh and sparkling. The rose, raspberry and jasmine heart is enriched with a powdery base of balsamic, benzoin and white musk.”

It also features SPF 20, a nice perk. I wish I could find the ingredients for the foundation, but alas Guerlain is a bit secretive about them.

Left: naked skin, right: wearing Lingerie de Peau in shade 2
Left: naked skin, right: wearing Lingerie de Peau in shade 2 Beige Clare

Sorry for the tired eyes.

Wearing Lingerie de Peau in shade 2 Beige Clare
Wearing Lingerie de Peau in shade 2 Beige Clare

Above, I’m also wearing: Maybelline Fit Me liquid concealer in 15-fair under my eyes, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review), Benefit Sugarbomb on my cheeks, Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review), Jordana 12 HR eyeliner in black layered with Urban Decay Smog eye shadow on my upper lashline, Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara (review), the Pixi Eye Bright double-ended pencil in Wide Awake (review) on my lower waterline and inner corner of my eye, and some plain lip balm from a local honey producer.

Lingerie de Peau foundation costs $59 and is available from Guerlain, Sephora and Nordstrom.

Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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