What’s your favourite foundation?
So when Guardian beauty writer and YouTuber, Sali Hughes, talked about her all-time favourite bases, I took note. Actually, I took notes:
- FULL-COVERAGE: Giorgio Armani Power Fabric (she wears shade 3.5)
- MEDIUM COVERAGE: Suqqu Cream Foundation (she wears shade 102) and Guerlain Parure Gold
- SHEER COVERAGE: Givenchy Teint Couture Balm (she wears shade N3)
- TINTED MOISTURISER: Laura Mercier; Nars
- FAVOURITE FOUNDATION: Suqqu
Since Suqqu isn’t available in Canada, and my local Sephora doesn’t have the Givenchy or the Armani in-store, I opted for the Guerlain which is designed for more mature skin:
Guerlain’s Parure Gold foundation, with its precious double sided pigments combined with a collagen-boosting active ingredient, bathes your face in a rejuvenating light. Caressed by a texture of pure pleasure, day after day the skin regains the radiant beauty and vitality of youth.
Naturally smooth and even, the complexion is illuminated and glowing.
Luminous and ultra-natural, the twelve shades of the range diminish the signs of time and fatigue.
~ Guerlain website
This luxe and pricey French foundation is imbued with “gold” pigments for a radiant, youthful glow, and Hexapeptide and Myrrh- Extract to benefit the skin. It also contains a SPF 30 with three degrees of UVA protection, given as PA +++. It sounded so promising!
The packaging is stunning: the product is housed in a sleek, modern, and heavy black lacquer bottle. It’s slim and fits in the hand nicely with it’s curved front corners. The cap is inscribed with the stylised double G s of the company logo beneath which is a convenient and hygienic pump dispenser. Simple, yet elegant, i
Guerlain is legendary as one of the oldest perfume houses in the world, and renowned as the creator of some of the most beautiful and distinctive fragrances such as L’Heure Bleue (1912), Mitsouko (1919) and Shalimar (1925), which is one of the best-loved perfumes of all time. With four generations of perfumers, and 1,100 fragrances since its inception in 1828, Guerlain is a business built on scent.
Parure Gold reflects this focus. I found this foundation to be so highly scented, that it made my eyes water to wear it, and ultimately, I had to return it. Here is the olfactory composition according to Guerlain:
Parure Gold has a distinctive and delicate floral scent. The first peach note blended with an accord of vegetal notes is fresh and sparkling. The rose, raspberry and jasmine heart is enriched with a powdery base of balsamic, benzoin and white musk.
~ Guerlain website
It reminded me of my grandmother’s cosmetics. I’m guessing that fragrance-free is just not in the Guerlain repertoire. So, whether it’s good or not, I’ll pass.
I love fragrance;
just not on my face.