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 For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of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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Best Rouge Automatique Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $36.00
Best Le2 de Guerlain Two Brush Mascara Guerlain Regular Mascara  $37.00
Best Rouge G L’Extrait Creme De Rouge Matte Colour Guerlain Matte Lipstick  $49.00
Good Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Sheer Colours (Discontinued) Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $29.00
Good Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 Guerlain Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $61.00
Good Kiss Kiss Gloss, Ultra-Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $32.00
Good Meteorites Compact Pressed Powder Guerlain Pressed Powder  $56.00
Good Meteorites Travel Touch Voyage Powder Guerlain Loose Powder  $54.00
Good Divinora Pearly Colour Creme-to-Powder Eyeshadow (Discontinued) Guerlain Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $26.00
Good Kiss Kiss Laque High Colour Lacquer Finish (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $29.00
Good Kiss Kiss Precious Colours Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $33.00
Good Terracotta Bronzing Powder Moisturising and Long Lasting Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $52.00
Good Divinora Eye-Liner (Discontinued) Guerlain Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $34.00
Good Issima Precious Light Smoothing Illuminator (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Liquid Concealer  $49.00
Good Terracotta Gloss & Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $28.00
Good Liquid Radiance Complexion Highlighter (Discontinued) Guerlain Face Shine  $48.00
Good Rouge G Le Brillant Complete Lipshine Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $48.00
Average Secret De Purete Eye and Lip Make-Up Remover Bi-Phasic Guerlain Eye Makeup Removers  $50.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average Issima Success Model Day Care Ultra Firming SPF 12 (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $132.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Issima Intenserum, Express Beauty Treatment (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Serums  $215.00 1.12 fl. oz.
Average Issima Success Model Lifting Serum, Ultra Firming (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Serums  $116.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Divinora Eyebrow Pencil (Discontinued) Guerlain Brow Pencil  $24.00
Average Super Aqua-Mask Intensive Mask, Optimum Hydration Revitalizer Guerlain Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $117.00 6.00 masks
Average Orchidée Impériale Exceptional Complete Care Fluid Guerlain Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $280.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Super Aqua-Eye Guerlain
- Issima
Eye Moisturizers  $98.00 0.50 fl. oz.
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