Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation – ultimate luxury!

July 4, 2013

Hello my lovelies!  As promised, I’m here to introduce you to a brand new foundation from the house of Guerlain – the Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation!  The Orchidée Impériale range of beauty products is the culmination of Guerlain’s ongoing quest for performance in and for beauty.  With the introduction of this latest cream foundation, the Orchidée Impériale ritual is finally made whole.

Guerlain Orchidee Cream Foundation

“Because dazzling, youthful skin means a flawless, radiant complexion, free from pigmentation marks, Orchidée Impériale has broken new ground by combining the power to combat signs of ageing, boost radiance and even out skin tone in a luxuriously rich and silky cream foundation.”

The new, improved Imperial Orchid Molecular Extract (IOME)

The Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation is a truly unique and different makeup base in so many aspects.  For starters, it is so much more than make-up, comprising the Imperial Orchid Molecular Extract (IOME) that is at the heart of the Orchidée Impériale range.  For the first time, the IOME is given an additional boost with the gold orchid, a new orchid with an extraordinary vital energy, unique in its ability to energise cell fertility which leads to skin construction and epidermal cell regeneration.

White Orchid Extract, also contained in the IOME soothes skin sensitivity by inhibiting inflammation mediators.  It slows the dynamics of pigmentation processes by acting ahead of the key stages in the melanogenesis.  It also helps to improve translucence and surface luminosity by acting on the five key encoding genes responsible for hydration, intercellular cohesion, renewal, proliferation and cellular differentiation/ renewal balance.

I’m already a fan of the existing Orchidée Impériale Longevity Concentrate (reviewed here), so I am really excited to experience all the goodness of IOME in a make-up product!



The Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation breaks away from the current trend of sheer, “naked” skin make-up; offering classical medium–full coverage, that is also incredibly luminous and lightweight.  Banish all your prior experiences with full coverage make-up of eons ago.  Having used this Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation throughout this week, I’m continually impressed by how much light it brings to my visage, and how weightless it really is.  My skin looks like me, not masklike or cakey at all, just a whole lot better.  It also doesn’t feel like I’ve got anything on, unlike the traditional full coverage foundation that I’ve tried in the past.

When I first heard that this was a “rich, cream foundation”, I was terrified that it would be oily, completely unsuitable for my combination skin.  My current routine consists of a primer, followed by a quick spray of Guerlain’s Shine Control, foundation, a light dusting of loose powder, and a couple dabs of YSL pressed powder after lunch.  Sounds foolproof?  Not quite!  I’ve still had foundations slipping and oxidizing on me in recent history (read about that other story here).  I was very happy to find that Guerlain did not oversell the Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation when it stated 8 hours’ coverage (I had actually been wearing this for 14 hours each day without major disaster).  Just like with my Guerlain Parure Extreme (my HG last-all-day foundation), I needed a quick powder touch-up after lunch, and again after work if I wanted to go out for dinner.  One of the days, I accidentally forgot my primer and Shine Control, and it was noticeably shinier, but nothing a little powder couldn’t fix.


This is indeed a luxuriously silky foundation.  It glides on easily enough, dries fairly quick, and leaves a velvety matte, luminous finish.  I was matched with shade 01 (Beige Pale), which is the 2nd lightest shade in the range (there are 4 shades in total).

Guerlain Orchidee Cream Foundation swatch

As a cream foundation, it is thicker in consistency than its liquid counterparts.  I found it easiest to just dab on a thin layer all over my face and blend with my flat-topped kabuki brush.  I also tried applying with my fingers but found it harder to blend properly.


Guerlain Orchidee Cream Foundation swatch

My biggest gripe is the jar packaging.  Sure, it looks pretty, and is consistent with the rest of the Orchidée Impériale family.  But, I really dislike having to re-dip my fingers into the jar as I apply my make-up, so unsanitary!  Guerlain has included a plastic scoop which snaps onto the white plastic inner lid for lifting the product out of the jar, and a fairly decent foundation brush for application.  However, I find it cumbersome and prone to getting incredibly messy.  I would much rather prefer a pump dispenser, not to mention it would take up much less vanity space!  On the flip side, a jar does allow you to get every last bit of product out (and at the price point, every drop counts!!!).  I will probably transfer a small portion out to another container for everyday use to minimize contamination.

Sun & Environmental Protection

Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation is the first skincare foundation from Guerlain to offer broad-spectrum protection with SPF25.  The formula comprises a combination of UV filters to counter the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, and a derivative of vitamin E to combat free radicals.

Overall Assessment

The Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation is a fresh and welcome take on make-up today.  I love the classical medium-full coverage it provides, perfect for those days when my skin just needs more help, or special occasions when I need to be HD-flawless.  It feels incredibly comfortable on, and lasts throughout my day.  For Orchidée Impériale lovers, this is a wonderful way to complete the ritual.  Guerlain boasts that the Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation is capable of increasing skin radiance and smoothness, but I have yet to use this long enough to assess the actual skincare benefits.

However, I am not quite fond of the jar packaging, which I find unsanitary and messy.  Also, the thicker consistency does take a bit more work to blend in, not a big problem if you have the right brush.  The biggest hurdle, is probably the price….

At a hefty SGD$274 for 30ml, the Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation is pure decadence, the ultimate luxury makeup!  It is unlikely to become an everyday staple on many vanities.  I nearly fainted when I found out the price.  But for those who have been thinking about dipping your tips in the Orchidée Impériale experience (or die-hards like me), this may be a good way to experience the best of Guerlain.  It is, after all, the “cheapest” member of the Orchidée Impériale range.


14 responses to “Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cream Foundation – ultimate luxury!”

  1. Satsuki says:

    I’d love to get it but I’m on the fence about shades. 00 seems to be my winter shade but it’s kind of pale for summer wear. I never thought I would say any foundation is too pale, but there you have it. 😉 My local Sephora only had 00, 11 (too pink) and 04 (too dark) on display. Guerlain website is confusing, with 00 shown darker than 01. If it’s not too much trouble, could you tell me more about 01 Pale Beige? Like, your general impression and what does it compare to, intensity-wise.

    • silverkis says:

      Hi sweetie, the Guerlain shade ratings can be a little confusing indeed! The digit at the front – either 0 (“neutral”), 1 (pink), or 2 (yellow) indicate the undertone. The digit at the back indicate the intensity with 0 being the lightest to 4 as the darkest. So 01 should be darker than 00.

  2. miss belle says:

    this looks amazing!

  3. Rachelxooo says:

    I love your detailed review!! When can I get this from the local guerlain counter? I’m a die hard guerlain fan!! But more of the blanc de perle range

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you!!! Glad you found it helpful! It’s already available babe! Blanc de Perle is lovely, but for some reason I can’t find the right shade for me…

  4. alinaxox says:

    I love Guerlain too, and I think you’re right when it comes to packaging! I like the pump dispenser idea !

  5. beacarson17 says:

    I love Guerlain! Now i know which product I want to sample next. : )

  6. I absolutely love Guerlain products, this has reminded me how much. Thank you 🙂

  7. Sam says:

    This looks gorgeous! The way you wrote about it is so detailed! 🙂

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