I have been playing with this foundation for about two months now. I like to take my time and really use something under a variety of conditions before I can give it my stamp of approval, so my apologies that it took this long! I filmed a video with my overall thoughts on the foundation and thought I'd add a little extra info and photos on the blog for your information.
|"Draw me like one of your French girls"|
I like this foundation a lot. I was obsessed with it upon initial application but alas, when the stars are aligned and my skin is being normal and no strange patches in sight... what's not to love? Upon further testing I can safely say that I place this foundation right along the ranks of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in terms of coverage, finish and ease of blending. The consistency of the liquid foundation is also quite fluid, just like Luminous Silk. I apply it with my fingers when I want a sheerer coverage, and with a synthetic kabuki brush for a more flawless finish. Concealer is almost never needed except for a bit of brightener under my eyes.
On me, this foundation lasts a tiny bit better than the Armani did, and it also contains SPF 20 which is an added bonus if you're using this during the day. They are in the exact same price range - Guerlain Lingerie De Peau being $59 (Sephora, Nordstrom), Armani is $60 (Giorgio Armani, Nordstrom). It is slightly more emollient than the Luminous Silk, which would make it more suitable for normal/combination skin that gets some dry patches. The coverage is medium and builds up nicely. It also photographs well despite its SPF.
|natural day light|
|with flash (no powder, no concealer)|
For me, this usually needs blotting and a touch of powder after a few hours since my skin tends to lean on the oily side on most days. While it does fade nicely, it does not control oils as well as more heavy-duty foundations geared towards oily/combination skins (and I don't expect it to). Covergirl Outlast, Giorgio Armani Maestro or YSL Teint Resist are more resilient if you have very oily skin.
The packaging is not travel friendly, which is also inconvenient.
Colour selection is also a big of a pain in the you-know-what. I purchased the shade 02 which matched me very well right away since it was the most neutral toned out of the bunch. However, as it dries, it changes slightly in tone and doesn't match me as perfectly as I'd like. I don't like to dock marks because of colour though, since that's quite subjective and everyone has slight variations in undertone.
This is an awesome foundation and I would definitely recommend it if 1) you have slightly dry/normal/combination skin, 2) you love foundations like GA Luminous Silk or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and 3) if you can find your shade.