Guerlain’s Latest Foundation is Pure Gold!

January 14, 2016

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 Fluid & Powder Foundations

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.

Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation

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.

Guerlain Parure Gold Fluid Foundation effects   ** Please click on image to enlarge

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.

Guerlain Parure Gold Powder Foundation

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.

Guerlain Parure Gold Powder Foundation

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.

Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance Powder Foundation before after   **Please click to enlarge

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!

xo Linda

This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

18 responses to “Guerlain’s Latest Foundation is Pure Gold!”

  1. Eunice says:

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you for your lovely blog and informative articles.
    Do you think this guerlain fluid foundation is long-lasting for oilier skin zones on hot and humid days?
    Thank you!

  2. C L says:

    Hi Linda! Which donyou prefer, parure gold, lingerie de peau or orchidee foundation?

  3. This one is really pure gold. I have 00,11 and 02. 11 matches me best and I already finished it. I will mix 00 and 02 next because no other foundation comes close in my opinion. I will try to use the powder on top but on my dry skin powders look a bit too powdery. Maybe I need a spray after that or something.

  4. Trophee says:

    Hi Linda! What’s your shade for the powder foundation? I’m also a fair skin Asian (NC15/20).

  5. Lim Shu Cheng says:

    Hi Linda, which shade are you using for Parure Gold Liquid foundation? All my Guerlain foundation are in B10 but I decided to try 00 for Parure Gold and it turns out to be too pale. I’m hesitating on buying B10 as the price is not cheap. For this foundation, do you use the same shade as Guerlain’s Tenure De Perfection?

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Shu Cheng, I’m using the shade 02 in the fluid foundation and 01 in the powder. Ideally I should be using shade 12 with a slightly pink base, but they did not have that shade available for PR samples… I’m using 01 in Tenue de Perfection, which is just slightly fair for me, but 12 was too dark. Do you have access to a counter? If so, it’s best to get matched in person as I find the shades do vary between lines and there are sometimes big gaps between numbers…

  6. Lily says:

    My only thought when it comes to Guerlain foundations – if only they were less pink!

  7. Great review and i love Guerlain foundations too. They give fantastic coverage. What i would like to know is, is the powder foundation good to use as a finishing powder? Or would it be too heavy for that. I know you say it’s sheer but some powder foundations can be moisturising which make them adhere to the skin more, which what makes them a powder foundation, i guess.
    How would you compare the powder foundation to say, the meteorites finishing powder? Thanks for a fab review once again x

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Mandy, gosh I was typing this at 1.30am and I must have been delirious. I meant I use it as a setting powder, not finishing powder. It’s definitely not shimmery nor as airy as the meteorites! Sometimes, after fluid foundations, I feel like I just need a touch of powder to blot out excess shine and set everything, partly because I don’t use a mattifying primer anymore with my dehydrated skin. This powder is moisturising, although I’m careful not to use that description in my reviews because it’s kinda oxymoron if you get what i mean? But yes, this powder does not dry out my already dry patches. I hope that makes more sense now!! Pls let me know if i’m still incoherent!!! 😛

      • Yes you are very coherent ha ha. It looks like a lovely setting powder. I have problem skin so sadly, the powder foundation can never be used without liquid foundation on my skin but this could be a great addition when my skin gets a little oilier in the summer time.

  8. Christina says:

    Ooh, I have this too. I purchased a bottle when I was in France, but, sadly, it’s too dark for me! I have the lightest yellow shade because 11 was too dark and 00 (I think it was called) was too pink. Sadly, I’m one of those unlucky ones who can never find a match in Guerlain’s foundation. Still, when I wear Parure Gold, my skin looks sooooo good!

    • silverkis says:

      Oh Christina, i’m so sorry to hear the shades just don’t work for you! With such high end purchases, I’d expect them to just be perfect. But since you already have a bottle, perhaps you can try a shade lightener? Koh Gen Do has them, highly raved and I’m quite fond of their bases (they’re great for sheer coverage and dry skin). For a cheaper alternative, The Body Shop recently launched a whole new series of foundations, and since you only need a drop each time, it might be worthwhile checking out.

      • Christina says:

        You read my mind! I do mix it with with a lightener, though I think I’ll try the Body Shop’s or Koh’s next. It’s funny, but I feel like I actually have to cut the darkness by half for it to work, which probably alters the texture a little bit. But the smoothness and youthful glow is worth it. I wore it to work the other day, and my coworker said I looked so fresh and rejuvenated, so it does work!

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