In today’s Foundation Friday for Over 50 I’ll be putting Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin-Fusion Foundation* to the test to see how it performs on less-than-perfect mature skin.
The Guerlian website says:
“This intangible foundation becomes one with the skin like a second sensual covering to make it more beautiful than ever. Its secret: the Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, an unprecedented combination of smoothing and shaping stretch fibres and natural linen and silk fibres in complete affinity with the skin. The foundation glides on like a silk stocking. The “little nothing” becomes everything… Sublimely transparent, the complexion becomes as soft and radiant as silk. The curves of the face are tightened and imperfections are erased. The nine shades of the range are so skin-fusing and natural that they leave no visible colour on the face, simply a glowing, long-wearing tone that leaves the skin looking natural. ”
Those are some pretty big claims! So let’s see if it can actually deliver. . .
Lingerie de Peau retails for a whopping $63.00 for 1 oz. and comes in 10 Shades. The shade range is pretty narrow with 5 neutral shades, 2 rose shades for pink undertones, and 3 shades for more yellow-based undertones.
I got my sample in 03 Beige Naturel which is smack in the middle of the neutral shades. Surprisingly, it’s an excellent match for me!
It comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser and requires shaking before use. The recommended application method is to “apply a few drops to the face with fingertips. Blend from the centre outwards and towards the neck until achieving the ideal coverage..”
Lingerie de Peau contains an SPF of 20 courtesy of Titanium Dioxide and Octinoxate. It’s mainly water, silicone, and alcohol and doesn’t contain any anti-aging or moisturizing ingredients. The fragrance is quite strong and I notice it every time I apply this foundation but it dissipates quickly. The texture is a runny liquid that spreads easily over the skin.
I used it 3 times with 3 different application methods and had pretty much the same results each time which makes this one of the most fool-proof foundations I’ve ever used!
Day 1: Fingers No Primer
I applied as recommended by applying a few drops and blending with my fingers from the center outward.
It’s got a light watery texture that’s a dream to blend. It blends easily and seamlessly and left a soft glowy finish that was very flattering and youthful.
It covers redness and tonal issues very well and freckles and blemishes are partially covered. Spot concealer would be needed to provide a flawless look. It did not settle into pores but did settle into the horizontal lines on my forehead slightly although you couldn’t tell unless looking at it super close.
5-Hour Check -In
After just 5 hours it’s wearing off on my nose, cheeks and chin revealing the redness it disguised so well just a few hours prior. The foundation is already breaking up on the surface and separating so the mica flecks are visible and making me look more shiny.
Surprisingly, it didn’t deteriorate much after the 5 hour mark. From a distance it still looks good, up close, not-so-much.
Day 2: Blending Sponge with Primer
Today I added primer to see if I could get longer wear out of the foundation. I applied a thin, even coat of Hourglass Mineral Veil* and used a Beauty Blender* to apply the foundation after the primer had set.
The result was pretty much the same as when applied with fingers except the coverage was more uniform and even when I used the sponge.
It looked really good from a distance but from up close, it again settled into lines and wrinkles on my forehead and under eyes. It didn’t accentuate pores and had a lovely skin-like finish.
5 Hour Check-In
The addition of the primer helped it to last a lot longer! I saw a friend who told me my face looked great and asked what foundation I was wearing!
It almost made it to the 10 hour mark before starting to get patchy and thin. It did get increasingly shiny as the day wore on but it’s a soft shine that’s still mainly flattering.
Day 3: Brush with Primer & Setting Powder
Today I used the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer again and applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush* and set it with Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder* which gave the same results as the two previous applications (sheer – medium coverage that needed concealer, didn’t settle into pores, but did settle into wrinkles).
The staying power was improved by primer, and setting powder controlled the shine better.
At 10 hours it still looked good from a conversational distance, but up close, it was patchy on my nose and chin!
It felt drying by the end of the day (not sure if that was the foundation or the setting powder though).
Coverage: It provides sheer to medium coverage that’s fool-proof to apply. It dries quickly so building it up can be difficult. It covers tonal issues well, but blemishes and darker spots need concealer.
Finish: It has a natural looking semi-dewey finish that lends a youthful and slightly smoothing quality to the face. It looks especially good from a conversational distance. It does become shinier as the day goes on.
Pores: It does NOT settle into pores (but doesn’t erase them as promised either)!
Wrinkles: Settled into wrinkles no matter how it was applied, but it has a light texture that doesn’t accentuate wrinkles in spite of the fact that it’s settled into them.
Wear: Without primer the wear is awful. . . it didn’t last 5 hours. With primer it lasts from 8-10 hours.
Feel: Face feel is light and doesn’t feel like makeup. The hand feel is dry and set. It did feel drying by mid-day the third time I wore it.
Phone Test: Very little transfer to phone glass!
Flash Photo: Not good with flash photography, the mica causes flashback so I look washed out.
The Verdict: For me this has too many cons to make it worth the $63 price tag. I wish it had less alcohol, less fragrance, less settling into wrinkles, less flashback, and more wear time. It’s another mixed bag where it’s good looks almost make up for it’s faults. . . but not quite.
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