It’s always a treat when Guerlain release a new foundation, and in fact, my review of their Lingerie de Peau formulation is still one of the most-read reviews on this site, which is astonishing for a three year old review. So I was excited when an unexpected bottle of Tenue de Perfection popped through the letterbox. It’s meant to be a “timeproof” formulation, so let’s see how it fares.
This is Beige Clair, the same shade I am in all the Guerlain foundations. It’s a nice pale shade ordinarily. Tenue de Perfection is quite a thick formulation, almost mousse-y in texture, but it’s quite light and spreads very easily over the skin. The amount you can see on my hand above (and please bear in mind that my hands are a couple of shades paler than my face) is more than enough to cover my face and neck at least one and a half times – as you can probably tell from the picture below!
This shows an extremely thick coverage thanks to the overlarge dollop I’d dished out in the pictures above, and as a result it looks far too dark for my skin here. In fact, sheered out over my face, it actually gives medium-coverage with a rather matte finish, nothing like as “glowy” as Lingerie de Peau, and with a higher coverage, and higher SPF.
It’s actually a really nice foundation. Matte without being too flat, and good coverage without either caking or looking too mask-like. One caveat though, the shades do run slightly darker than the other other shades with the same name in the Guerlain range – you’re not going to want to buy this one without swatching first, I promise you.
I do prefer the finish of this with a powder, preferably one with a slight highlighting effect, such as the Hourglass Ambient Light powder (which I, quite frankly, adore) in Diffused. And yes, it does last rather well, I only notice a slight breakthrough in shine around my nose after about eight hours wear, but I didn’t notice any separation or flaking or fading on other areas of the face for around 12 hours or so, which is fantastic.
If you prefer a sheer, or glowing finish, this isn’t the foundation for you. But if you want medium-coverage, maybe due to uneven toned skin, or high colouring, then I think you’ll like this one. I certainly do.
The Fine Print: PR Sample