Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 – 12 Rose Clair

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 - 12 Rose ClairAfter being satisfied with the performance of Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation, I was curious as to what such a high class house as Guerlain can offer. The higher quality is noticeable from first application (and reflected in the price). The foundation seems to sink in and feels like a second skin: it’s smooth, long-lasting, and invisible, provided the right shade is chosen. The silky feel of it is reminiscent of indulging in a silicone cream.

I use foundation especially around my eye area to cover darkness because it turns out smoother than concealer. When blended well, it is absolutely invisible. Even though MUFF’s foundation was already pretty good, it did deposit somewhat in the tiny skin folds of the lower eyelid close to the lash line. This wasn’t a problem to begin with because it was easily smoothed out. Lingerie de Peau deposits even less. A fully dressed face lasted me 12 hours without any touch-ups, excluding the lower eyelid.

In terms of coverage, Guerlain’s foundation is less than MUFF’s, at about medium. Of course, it can be made sheer with the Beautyblender. There are also less colour options. My skin contains a pink hue, which 12 Rose Clair mimics perfectly. The colours currently offered by Guerlain in its Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion line do not capture redder shades, catering more towards the beige and yellow spectra. I hope Guerlain rectifies this eventually because the foundation is really very good.

May be available at:
Sephora.ca
TheBay.com
– Guerlain boutiques

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer

Shiseido Ibuki Refining MoisturizerShiseido provides impressive skincare that is effective and soothing to sensitive skin. Their Ibuki Refining Moisturizer feels thin, yet delivers excellent hydration and plumping. For the summer, it may be too moisturizing, but for colder months and older skin, it may be ideal.

On average, used only on the face, 1 ml of the product will last 2.5 days, meaning the 74 ml full sized container should last approximately 185 days, or about half of a year. Most Shiseido products are very competitively priced. At a price of C$52, The Ibuki Refining Moisturizer is no different. Its cost per week will amount to $2.35, including tax.

May be available at:
Sephora.ca
TheBay.com
– Shoppers Drug Mart

Carven Le Parfum Eau de Parfum

Carven Le Parfum EdPI had yet to try a Carven perfume before I tried this one. Carven is an old house best known for its classic, Ma Griffe. Unlike many other houses, it does not release new fragrances often, so an introduction to the market from it instantly caught my eye. After reading several reviews, the general opinion seemed that Le Parfum was not a worthy offering. I was very hesitant to try it, but a sample did come into my possession. I am happy to report that I disagree with some other reviewers on the quality and/or artistry of Le Parfum.

When I smelled the cap of my mini, I instantly thought of pineapple, sunshine, the colour yellow-orange, and of late spring. Apricot and mandarin blossom open with a fruity burst, toned only very slightly down by white hyacinth. Sweet pea is the dominant note in Le Parfum, weaving it’s way between all of the others and flirting with its light, floral sweetness. Ylang-ylang lends a hint of tropical charm. On me, I smell neither patchouli, nor sandalwood. Instead, osmathus in the drydown retains the scent’s fruity-floral character. In fact, I think this fragrance can easily fit in the category of fruity-florals, especially with the sophisticated lot.

Carven Le Parfum is a bright white floral, which may be a touch too heady for the summer, depending on temperature. Worn in spring, I feel like I am ushering in the flowers and warmth. To me, it is a happy fragrance and a pick-me-up for all year. I enjoy it. On me, it lasts about 8 hours and has a soft sillage. Its only down side is that it gets boring quickly.

May be available at:
Sephora.ca
– Holt Renfrew

Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle

Philosophy Time in a BottleI wish I could describe Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle on its own, but it is easier to compare it to what already exists. To me, Time in a Bottle has the same effect on my skin as Murad’s Advanced Active Radiance Serum. I observed no difference between the two, except that Time in a Bottle serum is light pink. They both soften, smooth, plump, and make the skin radiant due to vitamin C in both products. Both work just as fast.

The price is where Time in a Bottle stands apart. It is approximately 17% cheaper and contains 23% more product than Murad’s serum. Therefore, I would pick Philosophy’s as it is a better deal.

Available at:
Sephora.ca
Hudson’s Bay
– Shoppers Drug Mart

Update: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes – 106 Beige Anarchist

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - Rebel Nudes - 106 Beige AnarchistUnlike what it looks like at first (bronze or brown with sparkles), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in 106 Beige Anarchist is a copper mixed with pink, resulting in a nude pink hue. It has a lighter, yet still raspberry scent that is present in 103 Pink Taboo. The colour is a lot more natural looking and wearable than the latter, I find. Where Taboo is bright, Anarchist is subdued. It is still a very flattering colour for both warm and cool skinned women. If I had to choose, I would definitely go with Anarchist.

Available at:
Sephora.ca
– FragranceX.com