Guerlain At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); some great foundations with sunscreen; worthwhile Terracotta bronzing powders; some good lipsticks and blush; impressive eyeshadow singles.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; lack of products to deal with acne or skin discolorations (Guerlain does sell a "whitening" line outside the United States and Canada); irritating toners; several products laced with irritating plant extracts; limited shade ranges.

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 For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of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.

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Average Divinora Eyebrow Pencil (Discontinued) Guerlain Brow Pencil  $24.00
Average Divinora Lip Balm (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $24.00 0.12 fl. oz.
Average Divinora Eye Pencil (Discontinued) Guerlain Eye Pencil  $25.00
Poor Divinora Supercils Base Fortifying Primer (Discontinued) Guerlain Mascara Primers  $25.00
Average Divinora Waterproof Curving Mascara (Discontinued) Guerlain Waterproof Mascara  $25.00
Good Divinora Pearly Colour Creme-to-Powder Eyeshadow (Discontinued) Guerlain Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $26.00
Poor Divinora Liplift Beautifying Fixative for the Lips SPF 6 (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $27.00
Average Divinora Lengthening and Curving Mascara (Discontinued) Guerlain Regular Mascara  $27.00
Good Terracotta Gloss & Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $28.00
Average Divinora Lip Pencil (Discontinued) Guerlain Lipliner  $28.00
Good Kiss Kiss Laque High Colour Lacquer Finish (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $29.00
Good Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Sheer Colours (Discontinued) Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $29.00
Average Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Lipstick (Discontinued) Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $30.00
Good Kiss Kiss Gloss, Ultra-Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $32.00
Poor Divinora Protective Base for the Eyelids (Discontinued) Guerlain Eyeshadow Primers  $33.00
Good Kiss Kiss Precious Colours Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $33.00
Good Divinora Eye-Liner (Discontinued) Guerlain Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $34.00
Poor Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Guerlain Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $35.00
Best Rouge Automatique Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $36.00
Best Le2 de Guerlain Two Brush Mascara Guerlain Regular Mascara  $37.00
Average Issima Moisturizing Invigorating Mask (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $38.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Poor Issima Crème Camphréa, Anti-Blemish Care (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
BHA  $40.00 0.56 fl. oz.
Average Terracotta Fresh Bronzing Gel SPF 8 (Discontinued) Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $42.00
Average Meteorites Brush Guerlain Brushes/Applicators/Curlers  $42.00
Poor Issima Lily Essential Mist (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Toners  $45.00 4.40 fl. oz.
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