Monday, January 19, 2015

Makeup Review: Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation

ProductGuerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation

Review: A couple years ago, I started branching into liquid foundations after being an avid mineral foundation user, because mineral foundations weren't as long-lasting as I needed and most of them don't hold up in the heat. I used to walk a mile to work, and it's impossible to not break a slight sweat when you're speed-walking in 90+ degree MN heat with 100% humidity. Ick. Gross. Anyway, I've tried a bunch of foundations and tend to stick with BB and CC creams because I like the idea of multi-purpose products and I haven't found any foundations that blow my mind enough to pay $40+ for something that just sits on my face. Until a couple days ago.

I got a tiny dinky Sephora sample of  this foundation with a Christmas order a month ago in Beige Clair, and with most foundation samples, I expected to be underwhelmed. I have strangely neutral skin; it looks deceptively yellow-undertoned when I have any sort of tan, but my veins show up blue-green (green = warm/yellow undertones, blue/purple = cool) and I can pull off almost any blush, lipstick or eyeshadow color. Unfortunately, this flexibility doesn't extend to foundations. They always show up too pink, too orangey, to yellow/golden, too pale, too dark. I've only found maaaaybe 1 or 2 that I didn't have to mix with other products to get a decent match. Couple that with my super-dry combo skin and rosacea, and you can see why I go with BB and CC creams instead. And then I tried this stuff and the angels sang and heaven opened up.

Holy shit, this stuff is amazing. Did Guerlain manage to bottle sweet, sweet magic? Because I can't get over how incredible it is. It doesn't look that impressive right out of the package, but when you put it on your skin? It doesn't cover your skin. It transforms it. I shit you not. With the tiniest drop, my skin looks enhanced by a team of photoshop artists. And this is with only light-to-medium coverage. It is the epitome of the "your skin but better" foundation. Beautiful, beautiful skin that seems lit from within without the slightest hint of cakeface. It blends in so seamlessly that I swear to god, it looks like I don't have any makeup on.

Ok, I'll try really hard to stop gushing and get to the technical stuff. The foundation itself is rather runny but applies like a dream with a silky/smooth texture- I use a combination of fingers and a high quality flat-top kabuki brush. In order to get medium coverage, I needed only a pea-sized amount and that was almost too much. Light coverage takes hardly any product at all. If I can make one tiny sample package last me about 5 applications, a bottle would last me forever. There is a scent, but it is pleasant and dissipates quickly. It reminds me of a pricey perfume that I can't quite remember the name of.

On top of all this, the wear time is insane. I've applied it on top of 3 different primers of various quality, and each time, the foundation somehow lasted through everything I put it through. I cried, I sweated, I sprayed my face with a fine oil mist just to see what happened. For science! I even wore it overnight to see if any pimples popped up. No pimples (in fact, I looked pretty damn great in the am), it seemed to absorb oil ridiculously well while never drying out my skin, and holy shit. When you work out, it makes you look like a sexy Victoria's Secret model in their workout ads. You're not sweaty and beet-red. You're gloriously dewy with a hint of flush, like you've just had a luxurious sex romp.

As far as I'm concerned, this shit is fucking magical. I don't even care that it's $61 and a definite splurge. It is worth every penny for the amount you get vs. the amount you need to use. The ONLY negative thing I can say is that the color range is limited. But if you're looking for a natural foundation with medium coverage and are in the general color range, it's worth a shot to get a sample or try it instore. You might be surprised at what color works for you, because I was sure the beige clair would be too light and yellow for me right off the bat, but it blended in to perfection.

Update: I bought and used up a whole bottle of this glorious wonderpotion, and I did find a con. It enhances dry patches on my skin like crazy, but ONLY if I don't moisturize the fuck out of my skin beforehand. And moisturizing like crazy is good for my skin anyway, so I don't mind this little con. I just can't slack off in the winter as much as I want to. But otherwise, will be buying this stuff every winter until the end of time.

Rated Beauty Grade: A+

Price: $61 - Sephora, Nordstrom

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