Every time Guerlain releases a new foundation, I feel like I have found my holy grail, and there’s no way to top it. But somehow, they keep managing to surprise me! I know this is a brand that does not seem to work for everybody, but for those lucky enough to find a good matching shade, Guerlain foundations can be your best secret weapon. For me, my latest beauty secret is Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation!
Guerlain Parure Gold was a line that I had coveted for many years, but the previous formula was too dewy and heavy for our humid climate. Part of the problem back then was that I had oilier skin before, but post-pregnancy my skin had switched to dehydrated with the occasional dry patches AND oily (though less severe than before) t-zone. Thankfully for me, Guerlain finally got around to reformulating the Parure Gold line, and perfected things for me!
Guerlain’s Parure Gold range consists of a fluid foundation and a compact powder foundation. They are inspired by the glow of pure gold, illuminating darkness and erasing signs of tiredness. This is made possible by special dual-faceted ‘gold’ pigments, which diffract light to revive the complexion and enhance radiance. Of course when it comes to Guerlain, things are always refined, and we are not talking about overtly visible actual gold flakes! Nonetheless, I did find the older fluid foundation just a bit too yellow, something a yellow-skinned Asian like me really didn’t need more of! With the new Parure Gold, Guerlain has rebalanced the color shades, toned down the yellow and expanded the range.
The texture of the fluid foundation is quite simply sublime. It is lightweight, fairly thin and blends like a dream! Even though it is billed as a full coverage foundation, I found it falls on the lighter end of spectrum, which is also more in line with current makeup trends. Regardless, it is possible to build up coverage where needed, completely eliminating any red patches that are prone to erupting on my cheeks.
Shortly after I received this Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation, my skin erupted in a terrible bout of irritation. It happened just before I had to fly to Hong Kong for a week-long business trip, and between the dehydrating cabin air and drier climate in HK, my skin just was in bad shape. There was redness, dry patches, flakey peeling skin… absolute nightmare. And this was a true test because I have quite frankly never seen a foundation that managed to conceal and yet be so forgiving on the skin! The maestros over at Guerlain has managed to evoke some magic with this Parure Gold Fluid Foundation that it almost seem elastic, hugging the skin and blurring imperfections instead of falling into the cracks and emphasising defects! By the time the comparison photo above was taken, most of the peeling had subsided, but there was still substantial redness on my cheeks (that is not blush!). And as you can see, Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation was able to conceal everything nicely without looking cakey, and it is so skin-like you can barely make out any trace of foundation at all!
Apart from the Orchidee Imperiale Cream Foundation, this Parure Gold Fluid Foundation is the most luxurious foundation from Guerlain. It combines skincare elements such as collagen, elastin booster and myrrh resin extract to plump up the skin and stimulate elasticity. The new formula also comes with SPF30 PA+++ which serves as a good daily protection.
Along with the reformulation of the fluid foundation, Guerlain has re-introduced its Parure Gold Radiance Powder Foundation. I had really enjoyed the previous version of this powder foundation [reviewed here], which is still one of my favourite powders of all times. And to be honest, I’m having a little bit of difficulty figuring out what magicks Guerlain did with this new powder, apart from the awesome packaging.
A picture tells a thousand words doesn’t it? But just in case your eyes are playing tricks on you, let me try to elucidate the complete awesomeness of this new palette. When you lift the cover up, it goes almost to 150 degrees by my guesstimation, and the powder pan slides along with it! And as it slides up, it reveals the bottom of the palette where the black sponge lies. Slide it fully to the very max, and the tray on which the sponge lies actually tilts upwards to make it easy for you to lift the sponge out!
I have said this many times before, but I truly believe that Guerlain makes the best powder. The Parure Gold Radiance Powder Foundation is so finely milled, it feels almost creamy to the touch. Perhaps compared to its predecessor, the new formulation is slightly sheerer, and is even more forgiving on dry skin than ever. This new sheerer powder works wonderfully as a
finishing setting powder for me, even when I dust it over its fluid sibling, I don’t find it too much.
On hindsight, trying on powder foundation on exceptionally bad skin times probably does not make for the best-selling images. And because time has been a rare commodity lately, I’ve taken the comparison above with Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance Powder Foundation layered on top of Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation. Few people would actually need the extra coverage from a powder foundation on top of a full coverage fluid foundation. But the Parure Gold Radiance Powder Foundation is so sheer, I use it anyway as a final touch. And if you click on the comparison image above, you’d be able to enlarge it sufficient to satisfy yourself that the powder does not add any dryness to my skin, nor does it take away the beautiful inner glow from the fluid foundation. Instead, it further blurs pores, and helps extend the wear of my fluid foundation.
A couple of other things I’d like to point out about the new powder foundation is that the powder is refillable, and the refill now comes with 10gm of product versus 9gm in the older version. Also, the sun protection rating has gone up slightly from SPF10 to SPF15.
Overall, I am really loving Guerlain’s newly reformulated Parure Gold Foundations! I found myself reaching for the fluid foundation both for days when my skin can’t stand any other foundations at all, and when I just feel like it. Interestingly, it is so lightweight and comfortable to wear that I find myself unwittingly going for it even on casual no-makeup days! Which all goes to say that it is such a pleasure to have and to wear, I highly recommend you to try it for yourself!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.