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We’re back with yet another satin finish foundation review. I’ll switch it up soon with some dewy bases, pinky promise. The nominee of today is… Guerlain Lingerie De Peau. Step right up!

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation

Unlike the no-frills packaging of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Guerlain Lingerie De Peau is housed in a weighty, glass bottle. It feels expensive because it is expensive! Funny that. It weighs in at 59USD or 86AUD (comparisons like these make me bitter, hence I usually avoid numeric values in reviews). The lowdown LdP has a fluid texture and a true medium coverage; more than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and similar to that of Armani Lasting Silk. It is easily sheered out with a Beauty Blender or built up to a fuller medium (using fingers or a brush, both produce a very similar result). We revisit the notion of ‘token SPF’, 20 in this case, delivered in full only if you use the foundation very liberally (which I don’t, you probably won’t either, invest in a separate SPF). The finish is distinctly satin, not dewy and not matte, designed to resemble the texture of real skin. The good Ldp does deliver a very good imitation of perfected skin. It doesn’t accentuate every pore/flake/peach fuzz because… you guessed it, silicones. Methyltrimethicone, you cheeky mofo, I love you.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation

Correct, alcohol reads fourth on the list but the overwhelming repetition of cones saves the day: this is not a drying formula on my skin. If your skin rejects any hint of alcohol and/or cones, get a sample and prepare for war. The coverage is the fuller side of medium and does a fine job of evening out skintone.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation

A pump later and I’m looking pretty even, if I may say so myself. Broken capillaries around the nose are mostly eradicated and skin is imparted with luminosity. I don’t set with a powder in order to preserve the radiant finish but oilier skintypes will welcome a primer, blotting powder and blotting sheet because oil control is not on the radar. Normal and dryer skintypes will likely enjoy decent longevity, LdP lasts a full 9 hours on me before I start to look a bit grotty. The bad In the land down under, LdP is offered in only four shades: 01, 02, 03, 04. Depth wise, 02 Beige Clair is my closest match, perhaps just a tad too dark for my NC20-25 skin. Alone, this would not be a deal breaker. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation But the undertone, sadly, seals the deal. When compared to a bunch of my other favourite foundations, we can see that LdP 02 has a distinctly pink undertone. I also own shade 03 (suitable for a NC30ish) which has a more golden undertone, occasionally I’m bothered enough to concoct a mixture with a white foundation but I didn’t, for the purpose of this review – that would be cheating. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation Pink chin, yellowy olive neck n chest :( A sad and undeniable clash. If you’re a NW25, congratulations! You have a match. Yellow based NC20-25ers, we’re going to have to track down Asian exclusive shades or throw in the towel and give up. My last complaint with LdP is a spinoff of my shade rant: it has the tendency to oxidise. If the depth is only a tad off upon application, an hour or two later and my face has deepened a few notches. I look peachy. It ain’t pretty. Overall I cannot fault the finish or texture of Guerlain Lingerie De Peau- it’s beautiful. The shade range and the surprise oompa loompa face, however, has me reaching for this foundation very infrequently. I own a myriad of bases that match me perfectly sans mixing, so it’s hard for me to justify hoarding both 02 and 03. Blogsale, perhaps? I’m quite enjoying these foundation reviews- which would you like to see reviewed next? xxkarima

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Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
Bronzer
Bronzer
Rock N Kohl Liner
Rock N Kohl Liner
Flawless Finish Powder
Flawless Finish Powder
Traceless Perfecting Foundation
Traceless Perfecting Foundation
Illuminating Primer
Illuminating Primer
Cream Color for Eyes
Cream Color for Eyes
Liquid Foundation
Liquid Foundation
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. I believe these are the shades for the previous formulation of the foundation, but I was wondering what foundations you use that perfectly match your neck, as I am also very olive/yellow and have trouble matching foundation to my neck! I’m an NC15

  2. The swatches are incredibly non-descriptive, so I rely on reviews like yours to give me the scoop. I’m glad I found you. I was about to buy a sample of beige 02, but I’m definitely NOT a pink undertone. Now I’m leaning toward 31 Ambre Pale or 32 Ambre Clair. Thank you for saving me the trouble and frustration! :)

  3. Hi Karima!
    I was planning to buy 01 or 31 online, but I don’t really understand the difference between them. Already tried 02 in a store, but it was to dark for my skin.
    And I don’t really get how you figure out your skin “numbers” like “NW25”. I hope you can help me with this! :)

    1. Hey Laila,
      From what I understand, 31 is lighter and more yellow than 01 (which is neutral leaning pink).
      Nw25 and such is a numbering system employed my MAC so you could find yours by asking a MAC sales associate :) We tend to use them a lot because it’s a widespread way to describe your skin tone (although not perfectly).
      Hope this helps :) x

  4. i’ve been so disappointed the last couple times i’ve bought this!! loved it at first, but the past few times its been SOO watery. doesn’t matter how much i shake it. it might be that where i get it bought it in bulk..so maybe it has just been sitting there too long since it’s not exactly a foundation that will fly off the shelves. anyway i’m extremely annoyed considering how much money i shell out for this. i’ll try it one more time and buy it from somewhere else, but if i get the same result then i’m done with this.

    1. Hey Kerri,
      Where are you buying the LdP? If in store, you should return it because it sounds defective. If you’re buying online, consider the store; perhaps they’re selling old stock? Doesn’t sound right. x

  5. karima, there`s a color named 01 beige pale, which kind of Mac color would it be? Im a kind of NC 15.

    love your blog and keep the good working! xo

    1. Hey Gaby,
      As far as I know, Guerlain Lingerie De Peau doesn’t cater well to skintones paler than NC20. Even the palest shade is darker than an NC15 (from what I’ve heard) but getting a sample would be your best bet.
      xx

  6. I also did a review on this foundation comparing it with my other “hydrating” foundations.. I do love this.. But ure absolutely right about the shade.. If only they would come out with more yellownbased shades it would be perfect as it’s very comfortable to wear and has a lovely finish…

    Great review as always.. Love ur blog and ur youtube channel.. Ive been a behind the scenes fan of urs for a whilen:D

    Keep em comin ;)

    1. Apparently they offer yellow based shades in Asia, I might check it out when I travel. I agree, it is otherwise a beautiful foundation! Happy that you enjoy the blog/youtube, it’s my ultimate hobby/love :) xx

  7. The colour problem annoys the hell out of me when it comes to Guerlain foundations. They don’t have many shades to begin with, but why assume everyone is pink when the majority of people are more on the neutral-yellow side? Based on pure observation of people IRL, bloggers, YTers, etc., it seems like it’s *mostly* just pale Northern Europeans who have pink-toned skin — even then a lot of women mistakenly think they’re pink-toned when they really just have surface redness. I honestly don’t understand why so many brands think the majority of people are pink-toned.

    Anyway, this foundation looks lovely on you (minus the shade ofc), and your review was super eloquent and helpful, as always :). I really enjoy reading your posts!

    1. Hey Jen!
      I agree with you, most people tend to be neutral or warm so I don’t understand the thought process behind cool toned foundations. I think most people wouldn’t notice but I’m just very fussy! Glad you enjoyed the review :) xx

  8. I’ve yet to try Guerlain bases and this one will def be the first one! Thanks for reviewing this. Guerlain’s slowly creeping up my number 1 fave makeup brand.

  9. Your foundation reviews are my faves! I’ve been wanting to try Lingerie de peau for ages but I always need the lightest shade for almost every foundation and I could only find that online. Everything from outside the EU gets taxed majorly here, so I decided to skip. Instead I’m using the Lingerie de peau BB cream now in the lighest shade. I’m really digging that one now.

  10. Great review — I can’t see myself purchasing this foundation. Would love to see you review MAC Face and Body next, just because it is such a beloved foundation, and is a dewier texture, and is one of my favourites as well.

  11. Your foundation reviews are very informative! I’d love to see one about a foundation you consider to be long-wearing for combo skin; I’ve been searching for one since Estée Lauder reformulated my beloved Double Wear Light.

    1. I used to wear Double Wear Light! What is the new formulation like?
      Also, have you checked out Armani Lasting Silk? Widely considered to be long wearing on combo skins (anddd just happens to be one of my favourites lol).
      xx

  12. I have this in Ambre Pale (#31. The numbers don’t quite make sense to me), after sampling 02 (too dark) and 12 (too pink). I have a pale pink face and more neutral neck, so I need a bit of yellow in my foundation. I sheer it out with a BeautyBlender and end up using maybe 1/2 pump, if that. It makes my skin look very, very good. Also doesn’t oxidise on me, but I use a primer (Rouge Bunny Rouge Metamorphoses). The downside for me is that it transfers like a mofo. If I barely touch my face with a tissue, off it comes!… nothing’s perfect, I guess.

    1. Unfortunately, #31 isn’t available in Aus but I hear it’s a better match for warm skintones. I’ll check it out when I travel to US. I own that primer and it’s a magnet to foundation, I’m surprised that you have transfer issues! Sounds like it works well for you (and true, nothing is perfect!) x

    2. I cannot find 31 ANYWHERE except online :-(

      I purchased 02, turned out it was too dark and too “peachy” or pink-toned, returned and was given 01. Also, too, too peachy and a tad too dark. I love everything else about this silly foundation EXCEPT FOR THE FACT I CAN’T MATCH MY COMPLEXION, lol.

      I am hoping 01 Ambre Pale will be a match or close enough to get awy with…where can I buy in US? I am primarily in Houston and NYC.

  13. I love this review, as always. I am exactly NC20/25 with natural undertones (more yellow than pink) and although I like this foundation, this “pinkish” effect of shade 02 always bothers me. Well stated, I can only agree in everything you have written. In Europe, we don’t have shade 01 but therefore, this one comes in 02,03,04,05 and additionally 12,13 which are named as Rose something, which are probably even less matching. But then we have other 3 shades: 23,24,25 but those look rather too dark… So the problem remains unsolved :-|

    1. Yeah, I know a few people who find 02 to have a pinkish cast :-/ Apparently in other countries, there is a 31 available which would be more suitable (lighter and more yellow than 02) but frankly, I’m not keen on buying unseen. I’ll keep a look out when I go to NYC at the end of the year! x