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 For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of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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Best Rouge G L’Extrait Creme De Rouge Matte Colour Guerlain Matte Lipstick  $49.00
Best Rouge Automatique Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $36.00
Best Le2 de Guerlain Two Brush Mascara Guerlain Regular Mascara  $37.00
Good Issima Precious Light Smoothing Illuminator (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Liquid Concealer  $49.00
Good Terracotta Bronzing Powder Moisturizing and Long-Lasting Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $52.00
Good Meteorites Travel Touch Voyage Powder Guerlain Loose Powder  $54.00
Good Kiss Kiss Laque High Colour Lacquer Finish (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $29.00
Good Rouge G Le Brilliant Complete Lipshine Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $48.00
Good Divinora Pearly Colour Creme-to-Powder Eyeshadow (Discontinued) Guerlain Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $26.00
Good Divinora Eye-Liner (Discontinued) Guerlain Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $34.00
Good Kiss Kiss Gloss, Ultra-Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $32.00
Good Terracotta Gloss & Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $28.00
Good Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 Guerlain Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $61.00
Good Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Sheer Colours (Discontinued) Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $29.00
Good Meteorites Compact Pressed Powder Guerlain Pressed Powder  $56.00
Good Kiss Kiss Precious Colours Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $33.00
Good Liquid Radiance Complexion Highlighter (Discontinued) Guerlain Face Shine  $48.00
Average Issima Substantific Densifying-Nourishing Neck & Décolleté Treatment SPF 10 (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $120.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Les Voilettes Pressed Powder for the Face (Discontinued) Guerlain Pressed Powder  $50.00
Average Divinora Waterproof Curving Mascara (Discontinued) Guerlain Waterproof Mascara  $25.00
Average Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $52.00
Average Success Future Wrinkle Minimizer Firming Day Care SPF 15 (Discontinued) Guerlain Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $140.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Happylogy Night Glowing Overnight Treatment Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $120.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Meteorites Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder Guerlain Pressed Powder  $65.00
Average Super Aqua Lotion Replumping Toner Guerlain Toners  $49.00 5.10 fl. oz.
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