The Guerlain Parure Extreme Fluid Foundation has always garnered positive reviews, and with good reason. It’s an incredibly light, fluid foundation. Once blended into the skin, it is virtually impossible to detect you are wearing foundation at all. A good foundation should not add colour; it should even out your skin tone and blen seamlessly into your natural skin tone.
I purchased it in the shade 02, which is a pink based shade. Apparently all of the even numbered shades are pink toned, and the odd numbered shades are beige toned. I did not know this at the time of purchase; if I did I definitely would have purchased shade 03. Nonetheless, it is still a pretty good match, just a bit pinky for my skin tone.
How it looks when pumped out.
And blended into the skin.
This foundation has a very runny, fluid consistency. I personally prefer a thicker texture, as I feel it has better coverage and overall looks nicer on the skin. However, this foundation is an exception. The light consistency virtually disappears into the skin once blended; it’s like second skin. It also had the famous Guerlain scent. Typically I don’t like fragranced makeup, as it reminds me of cheap makeup and can irritate the skin. But this one is really pleasant and isn’t offensive at all. I actually like this scent.
In terms of application, I like to apply this with my fingers, using a light patting motion. This is how the sales assistant applied it, and I was stunned at how well it blended into my skin. The warmth helps the foundation to blend into the skin and provide a natural, ‘no makeup’ makeup look. I have used a brush to blend it into the skin however I think this particular foundation is best applied with fingers.
I’d describe the coverage as medium to full. One pump provides a great medium coverage, however the skin is not completely covered up. Some of my blemishes and freckles still show through. You can build this foundation up to a fuller coverage without it looking cakey. However, you really need to make sure the shade matches your exact skin tone. I built this up to a fuller coverage, but because the shade is not a perfect match for my skin, my skin took on a beige/greyish tone. So I recommend testing out the shades until you find your perfect match.
My only gripe with this foundation is the limited shade range. Pink and beige tones do not suit everyone; I’d love it if they also included some yellow toned shades.
Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?