Guerlain

Guerlain At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.

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 For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of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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Poor Terracotta Tan Booster Active Bronzing Powder (Discontinued) Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $57.00
Poor Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Guerlain Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $35.00
Average Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $52.00
Good Terracotta Gloss & Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $28.00
Average Terracotta Fresh Bronzing Gel SPF 8 (Discontinued) Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $42.00
Good Terracotta Bronzing Powder Moisturizing and Long-Lasting Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $52.00
Poor Super Aqua-Serum Guerlain
- Issima
Serums  $170.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Super Aqua-Night Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $100.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua-Mask Mask, Optimum Hydration Revitalizer Guerlain Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $68.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua-Mask Intensive Mask, Optimum Hydration Revitalizer Guerlain Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $117.00 6.00 masks
Poor Super Aqua-Lotion Toner, Optimum Hydration Resistance Guerlain Toners  $48.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua-Eye Serum Guerlain Eye Moisturizers  $98.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua-Eye Guerlain
- Issima
Eye Moisturizers  $98.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua-Creme Day Cream Guerlain Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $124.00 1.60 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua Lotion Replumping Toner Guerlain Toners  $49.00 5.10 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua Day Triple Protection Shield SPF 30 Guerlain Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $85.00 1.30 fl. oz.
Poor Success Model Smoothing Toner (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Toners  $50.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Average Success Future Wrinkle Minimizer Firming Serum (Discontinued) Guerlain Serums  $140.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Success Future Wrinkle Minimizer Firming Night Care (Discontinued) Guerlain Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $170.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Success Future Wrinkle Minimizer Firming Day Care SPF 15 (Discontinued) Guerlain Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $140.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Success Age Splendid Deep Action Oil-Serum (Discontinued) Guerlain Serums  $184.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Success Age Splendid Deep Action Night Care (Discontinued) Guerlain Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $192.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Success Age Splendid Deep Action Day Care SPF 10 (Discontinued) Guerlain Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $169.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average SOS Serum, for Sensitive and Intolerant Skins Guerlain
- Issima
Serums  $96.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average SOS Crème Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $70.00 1.00 fl. oz.
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