Friday, March 25, 2016

Guerlain Parure Gold

Guerlain has improved the formula of my favorite Parure Gold liquid foundation, merging gold particles with an active ingredient which stimulates the production of collagen and packaging it in a beautiful, elegant square bottle. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to review the old formulation, but I promise you that the new Parure Gold is just like the old, only better.


Guerlain's Parure Gold foundation, with its precious double sided pigments combined with a collagen-boosting active ingredient, bathes your face in a rejuvenating light. Caressed by a texture of pure pleasure, day after day the skin regains the radiant beauty and vitality of youth. Naturally smooth and even, the complexion is illuminated and glowing. Luminous and ultra-natural, the twelve shades of the range diminish the signs of time and fatigue. Parure Gold comes in a 30 ml pump bottle. It also contains SPF 30 - PA+++. Parure Gold has a distinctive and delicate floral scent. The first peach note blended with an accord of vegetal notes is fresh and sparkling. The rose, raspberry and jasmine heart is enriched with a powdery base of balsamic, benzoin and white musk. Apply two or three drops of fluid foundation to the face and neck and then gently blend in with the fingertips, working from the centre of the face outwards, to give your complexion a “freshly-awakened” look. With its wonderfully silky, glide-on texture, Parure Gold is easy to blend and ensures a light finish.

The perfect shade for my complexion is definitely 02 Beige Clair. In other Guerlain foundations, I am usually either 02 or 03, depending on the season. In other brands,I mostly choose between 02 or 03, the second or third shade, with neutral or beige undertones. Shades 12 and 13, Rose Clair and Rose Naturel are very rosy and will be suitable for girls who have a hard time finding lighter shades with pink undertones. Price for 30 ml is app. 74 EUR (or 80 USD) and you can get it here. Parure Gold is packaged in a beautiful black square glass bottle, which is not only beautiful to look on the shelf, but is also a very practical shape for applying foundation. Beneath the black cap there is a gold pump, sturdy and of good quality. For sheer coverage, one pump is enough, but I usually like to apply two pumps all over my face for medium coverage.

Parure Gold has a lightly creamy texture, without any visible shimmer. It can be applied with either fingers or brush, but it provides an absolutely perfect finish if you apply it with a damp sponge, like BeautyBlender. At first the shade will seem a bit darker than it really is, however, due to the addition of the gold particles, on the face it will slowly lighten and attract light from certain angles. Finish is quite natural, not too glowy, nor matte. It does not settle in fine lines or wrinkles and it evens all the minor imperfections. it will nicely camouflage those unwanted fine lines and smaller pimples. It will not oxidize and will stay on our face all day, and by that I mean a minimum of 10 hours, especially if you lightly dust your T-zone with a bit of loose powder. Parure Gold is suitable for all skin types and age groups. Extremely dry skin might benefit with a more hydrating serum under your moisturizer and oily skin will love it with a bit of powder on the T-zone. Parure Gold specifically addresses women over thirty, but it will also be excellent for younger girls who want a foundation that covers well, has a good staying power (if you need a foundation that stays on the face for more than 12 hours, please see Tenue De Perfection) and provides a perfectly natural look. Some women complained that the previous formulation oxidized, however with this new formula this is not the case.

Guerlain Parure Gold 02 Beige Clair

What I liked about Parure Gold:
  • perfect, elegant packaging
  • light, fluid texture with an excellent and adaptive coverage
  • light gold particles discreetly attract the light
  • will be suitable for most types and age groups
  • there are options for warmer and cooler undertones amongst the shade range

What I did not like about Parure Gold:
  • I did not mind, but alcohol is quite high amongst the ingredients, so be sure to try the foundation on your forearm before using it on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin

What is improved in comparison to the old Parure Gold formula:
  • Guerlain characteristic rounded glass bottle is replaced with an elegant square bottle, which looks much better on the shelf, although sadly a clear line on the bottle is missing, so you can't see how much more powder there is left anymore
  • gold particles added
  • collagen-boosting active ingredient and collagen added
  • SPF is enhanced by three levels of UV protection
Without Parure Gold (only moisturizer)

With Parure Gold, without concealer, loose powder or highlighter

Spring is obviously my inspiration for a glowy look and I was fortunate to be able to try two liquid foundations that attract light: Giorgio Armani Glow and Guerlain Parure Gold. So, what are the differences between these two liquid foundations that attract light:
  • AG is more suitable for normal to dry skin, while the PG suits almost all skin types (oily skins will benefit with a light dusting of loose powder and dry skins if they use a more nutritious serum before their moisturizer)
  • AG is the foundation that gives a real glow, while PG functions as a natural looking foundation that discreetly attracts light
  • AG is two-phased and very liquid, PG is fluid and slightly creamy
  • PG lasts longer on the skin, because of its texture
  • AG is nutritious and leaves skin very soft, PG is similar to the classic liquid foundation
  • AG provides sheer to medium coverage, PG medium to very good

Parure Gold is a perfect "all-rounder", because it is so natural and versatile. It discretely illuminates the face and it does not make the skin oily or dry the skin. What is your favorite all-rounder foundation that you can't live without?

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