Lingerie De Peau Compact Foundation & Concealer SPF 20

by Guerlain  
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$72 
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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Cream-to-Powder Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/11/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

With a name and price tag like this, you'd expect this foundation/concealer compact duo to have a state-of-the-art formula and performance; unfortunately, it falls short on both counts. First, despite an SPF 20 rating, the foundation lacks the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays (see More Info).

While it does have a cream-to-powder texture with a hint of sheen and offers light-to-medium coverage suitable for normal to dry skin, the wafting amount of fragrance can be a problem for skin—fragrance is not skin care.

The concealer formula does not contain any sunscreen agents, and is a little creamier and heavier than the foundation. Regrettably, it creases easily into lines. Unlike the foundation, the concealer offers medium-to-full coverage with a dewy finish, and is best for dry skin. Both the foundation and concealer can be blended on with the included sponge or with your fingertips.

In each duo, the concealer is one to two shades lighter than the foundation. Most of the shades are neutral, but some sets (especially Rose Clair) contain shades with unflattering pinkish undertones you should watch avoid. All things considered, this duo just doesn't live up to the performance of many other foundations and concealers that cost far less.

Pros:
  • Foundation and concealer offer dry skin a lit-from-within-glow.
Cons:
  • Doesn't provide reliable, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Some shades have unflattering pink undertones.
  • Doesn't provide reliable, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Some shades have unflattering pink undertones.
More Info:

Lingerie De Peau Compact Foundation & Concealer SPF 20 does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active": avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Aging and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Foundation: Active: Octinoxate (3.75 %), Oxybenzone (1 %) Other: Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Mica, Silica, Paraffin, Ozokerite, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Parfum (Fragrance), Cetyl Dimethicone, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, BHT, Hyaluronic Acid, Linalool, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Water, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Sericin, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Concealer: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ozokerite, Mica, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Barium Sulfate, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Calcium Carbonate,Hyaluronic Acid, Water, Sericin, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.

Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain line—too bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.

Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.

For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.

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