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 For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of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 Rouge G L’Extrait Creme De Rouge Matte Colour Guerlain Matte Lipstick  $49.00
Best Le2 de Guerlain Two Brush Mascara Guerlain Regular Mascara  $37.00
Good Kiss Kiss Gloss, Ultra-Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $32.00
Good Kiss Kiss Laque High Colour Lacquer Finish (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $29.00
Good Terracotta Gloss & Shine (Discontinued) Guerlain Lip Gloss  $28.00
Good Meteorites Compact Pressed Powder Guerlain Pressed Powder  $56.00
Good Divinora Pearly Colour Creme-to-Powder Eyeshadow (Discontinued) Guerlain Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $26.00
Good Issima Precious Light Smoothing Illuminator (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Liquid Concealer  $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 Liquid Radiance Complexion Highlighter (Discontinued) Guerlain Face Shine  $48.00
Good Rouge G Le Brilliant Complete Lipshine Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $48.00
Good Divinora Eye-Liner (Discontinued) Guerlain Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $34.00
Good Meteorites Travel Touch Voyage Powder Guerlain Loose Powder  $54.00
Good Kiss Kiss Precious Colours Lipstick Guerlain Cream Lipstick  $33.00
Good Terracotta Bronzing Powder Moisturizing and Long-Lasting Guerlain Powder Bronzer  $52.00
Average Secret de Purete Cleansing Milk Guerlain Cleansers/Soaps  $51.00 6.80 fl. oz.
Average Issima Smoothing Exfoliator (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Scrubs  $50.00 2.40 fl. oz.
Average Abeille Royale Youth Serum Firming Lift (Discontinued) Guerlain Serums  $141.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Kiss Kiss Maxi Shine Lipstick (Discontinued) Guerlain Sheer Lipstick  $30.00
Average Happylogy Eye Glowing Eye Care (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Eye Moisturizers  $77.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Orchidée Impériale Cream Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $445.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Secret Divin Skin Perfecting Serum, Anti-Ageing Guerlain
- Issima
Serums  $100.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Happylogy Night Glowing Overnight Treatment (Discontinued) Guerlain
- Issima
Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $120.00 1.70 fl. oz.
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