Guerlain Parure De Lumière Light Diffusing Foundation
Price: HKD308 (Groupon) | HKD488 (RRP)
Shade: Beige Clair (02)
As an update to my Groupon purchase, I was able to give this foundation a good run and although the fragrance part does ring quite true — as it does with Guerlain products in general — the scent dissipates quickly after application; I lucked out here as I didn’t experience any breakouts or itchy patches after using this foundation, but even with that in mind I would prefer that either they tone down the fragrance, or even better yet, eliminate it from the formula altogether because aside from that point, this is still an awesome foundation!
Being a lightweight and long-wearing foundation, Parure de Lumière makes skin appear natural, radiant, and luminous without looking oily or greasy; the coverage is buildable from sheer to medium depending on your application methods (i.e. finger vs sponge vs brush), though it leans more towards a light-medium to medium application and I feel that this is definitely more of a luminous, dewy finish. As well, it is also one of the more forgiving foundations on dry patches and flakiness – especially after a half hour or so because it blends into your skin. It lasts a good 8.5 hours — or, a full work day — on my skin; I always set my foundation/bb creams with powder so really, I get closer to ten hours of wear.
On another note, I feel that in terms of the shade selection, although Beige Clair (02) works for my NC15-20 skin, it does lean a little pink and so had it been offered as part of the Groupon selection, I would’ve chosen Beige Pâle (01) instead. I tend to have to choose the lightest and more neutral tone foundation shade as it normally suits my skintone better, plus I factor in the likelihood of oxidization (and the usage of blush, bronzer, contouring and etc.) by the afternoon where I could end up about a shade or two darker. To rectify this situation, I could probably mix a drop or two of one of my lightweight foundations in a lighter shade, such as my Le Mètier de Beauté foundation, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation or my trusty Revlon Colorstay.
All in all, Parure de Lumière works very well for me, and I can see it working well with those who have normal, dry, or even combination skin; in addition, with some help of oil-absorbing loose powder or mattifying primer, it could even work for those with oilier skin. I would put this on my re–purchase list if it were a) offered through Groupon again and that shade 01 was available or b) if they happened to make an unfragranced version. However, if you happen to be sensitive to fragrances or you’re just not a fan of having scented cosmetics, you might have to pass this one as although it dissipates quickly upon application, it’s definitely not subtle so say the least as floral fragranced products are Guerlain’s signature.