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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

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Guerlain Apres L’Ondee Eau de Toilette

Guerlain Apres L'Ondee EdTMy imagination is, unfortunately, lacking. People talk of fragrances evoking memories, but I never experienced the phenomenon. A few may spark imagination, though I still have to put my mind to it and actively generate a picture.

Many people on the Internet talk of Apres L’Ondee being a rain fragrance: to wear during such weather, to evoke a rainy garden feel, or both. I agree. Anise in the top notes begins the drizzle, slowing into a bitter and powdery facet which whispers of an oncoming thunderstorm. The downpour begins and the drenched violets release their scent, joined by iris and heliotrope in the basenotes. The floral accord mingles with a woody one, alluding to broken stems and branches for a true garden after the rain. It’s a fragrance for a spring or summer day, especially for a cold one. Apres L’Ondee lasts about 5 hours and sits close to the skin without leaving a trail.

Although the top notes are luminous, the fast-approaching drydown is antique. Its bitter note is nothing of the interesting melancholy character like it is in Mitsouko. Only the skeleton of the fragrance remains.

Guerlain Apres L’Ondee Eau de Toilette Spray: 100ml white bee bottle for £66.60 @ Escentual.com.

Guerlain Mitsouko Parfum

Guerlain Mitsouko ParfumWhen I was first introduced into the world of perfume, I found very few scents I truly liked. With time, I learned to appreciate the simpler compositions, fruity florals first, then florals, then florientals, and after that – the rest. Chypres, however, were always difficult for me. After having experienced several scents and taken them apart in my head, the many-layered compositions were the ones that I appreciated the most. When I became confident in my ability to discern quality, I went to test older fragrances and came to the chypre genre. What I didn’t like in chypres before is what I appreciate in them now. They can be bitter, moody, melancholic, heavy, sharp or even piercing. They are an acquired taste.

Enter Mitsouko. A fragrance with all of the chypre attributes. It is sharp at first, heavy until the drydown, and melancholic and bitter throughout. It is like a full-bodied, dry peach Chardonnay. The scent is woody, earthy, and chilly, like a winter wind through taiga. The progression retains these qualities, but the peach, oakmoss, and vetiver combine with spices for warmth. The scent is a bit too dark for spring and summer, but will be complementary to the cold of winter and autumn, leaning more towards the latter. It is suitable for both day and night. Mitsouko lasts about 10 hours and hangs around the wearer, but not too close to the skin.

Once the parfum softens in the drydown, I feel very at home with this scent. It brings to mind the change of season between autumn and winter, when almost all of the red and gold leaves have been ripped off the branches by the biting wind and there’s frost on the grass in the mornings. I feel like the parfum concentration Guerlains that I have tried so far are generally too heavy, and I will be looking forward to trying Mitsouko Eau de Parfum, as well as that of L’Heure Bleue. Actually, I can’t wait.

Guerlain Mitsouko Perfume: 7.5ml for £75.60, 30ml for £181.80 @ Escentual.com.

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue Parfum

Guerlain L'Heure Bleue ParfumMy first sniff of L’Heure Bleue made me wonder what was so special about it. I wore it anyway to see how my perception changed. Generally, even if I like a perfume at first, on my third day of testing I am bored and sick of it. L’Heure Bleue however, on its third day, seemed to me like a masterpiece. I may not be an expert, but I see quality. L’Heure Bleue is a grand quality fragrance. What I smelled on day one was the same as day two and three, but my understanding of it changed. It smelled sparkling, yet substantial.

L’Heure Bleue is a warm, spicy, powdery floral fragrance with a woody base. The anisic topnotes sparkle into spicy heliotrope and carnation, followed by a decadent base of iris and vanilla. A perfume for the winter and autumn nights, for a grand ball, or a decadent festivity. It lasts about 10 hours, trails the wearer and is noticeable to people standing nearby (approximately 1 metre).

The parfum is luxurious. It melds with the skin. I prefer the slightly ligher eau de parfum versions and will definitely be trying L’Heure Bleue’s in the future. The only caution I think that I should give is that the scent is of a different time, and clashes mightily with today’s fruity floral market. Explorers should be pleased, but it may not appeal to all of the audience.

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue Perfume: 30ml bottle for £181.80 @ Escentual.com.

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip CreamI have great respect for the house of Guerlain. They provide quality products that actually work and are generous with their samples. They are confident in their products and for good reason. I, for one, will be buying full sized products of 95% of the samples that Guerlain provided me.

Their Orchidee Imperiale eye (and lip, but I only used it as eye) cream, did not moisturize my eyes too well (had to follow up with a face cream), but it diminished dark circles noticeably (I’m not the only one who noticed). My dark circles are genetic and started appearing during high school. Nothing I did, except makeup, did anything to make them appear lighter. Orchidee Imperiale did not remove them completely, but they are not as dark, and this is especially noticeable on days like today, when my responsibilities kept me up yesterday beyond my go-to-sleep-now-or-wake-up-a-zombie bedtime. I don’t have wrinkles, but tiny fine lines were removed, too, by the cream.

Despite it doing what a lot of other eye creams claim to do, Orchidee Imperiale noticeably diminishes dark circles after only a couple of days of morning and night application. Unfortunately, it is expensive. Had it moisturized profusely, I would consider buying, but, because I have to moisturize additionally, it is probably not a worthwhile investment.

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Eye and Lip Cream: 15ml for £95.40 @ Escentual.com.