I have had this Guerlain Parure de Lumiere foundation in my collection for a while now. It`s about time to post a review on it. I`m having a love and hate relationship with it. When I already decided that it`s not for me, I fell in love with it all over again.
The problem with all of Guerlains products is the strong sent. Whether it`s a mascara, a foundation, a serum or even a bronzer, they are all extremely fragranced. Some people love it, but I found it only irritates my skin. Right now my skin tolerates it, but in the past it reacted with redness and a burning sensation. Because I don`t know how my skin will react, I just can`t trust this foundation.
There is another problem however, the shades. I`ve got the lightest shade I could get in my country (02 Beige Clair), but it is too pink for my yellow-olive skin tone. Even worst than that, it oxidizes. So if I`m not careful and apply it very thinly, I walk around the world orange (what`s worst than that?). There`s suppose to be another lighter shade of this foundation (01) but I couldn`t find it anywhere.
Now let`s talk about the positives. The finish! As you can see on the picture bellow, the Guerlain Parure de Lumiere foundation looks unbelievably natural. Can you see the glow on my cheeks? It`s the Parure de Lumiere! It is the only thing I`m wearing on my skin.
It has medium coverage. The finish is a healthy glow and the staying power is extremely good. There is almost no transfer. It is suitable for normal to dry skin. If you have slightly oilier skin, Guerlain has other, more appropriate foundations for your skin.
If the shade range would be wider and if the ingredients would be less irritating (talking about the strong sent), this would be the best foundation ever. In the state that it`s currently in, it can be the best foundation for people without sensitive skin and with 1 or 2 shades darker skin than mine.
The price is high (more than 40€), but I got it almost 6 months ago while shooting a video for a Slovenian online beauty store.
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 2.37%, Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 5.49%
Aqua (water), isododecane, glycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methyl trimethicone, pentylene glycol, polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate, disteardimonium hectorite, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, maris aqua (sea water), phenoxyethanol, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), polyglyceryl-2 isostearate, silica, dimethicone, calcium sodium borosilicate, PEG-10 dimethicone, stearic acid, sodium myristoyl glutamate, parfum (fragrance), alumina, silica silylate, propylene carbonate, aluminum hydroxide, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, citronellol, BYHT, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl benzoate, geraniol, tropaeolum majus extract, tocopherol, limonene, citral, ethylhexylglycerin, [may contain: ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77492, ci 77491, ci 77499(iron oxides)].
It contains the SPF of 25. The titanium dioxide shouldn`t cause any problems with clogging up pores (there is less than 4% of it). But I don`t like the octinoxate in it, which could be another reason for my redness and burning sensation.