Alright, lets take a breather here. After reading what seems to be like the world’s longest product name, take a pause (and maybe a sip of your beverage).
Now back to me (hi!).
I don’t know how to class this product. Is it a pressed foundation? Is it a bronzer? I don’t know. Maybe when I get to the end of this review, I might have an answer.
So I had a gift voucher from David Jones and I was contemplating what to get. I did have an eye on a Bobbi Brown product – the chocolate eyeshadow palette. But at double the value of the voucher, I was on the fence about it.
As usual, I went to my friend Su to get her advice. She mentioned getting something from the Tom Ford new lips and boys collection. For a second, I considered that too because who wouldn’t want another Tom Ford lipstick?
But I wanted to try something different. And weirdly enough, without voicing my opinion, Su somehow got it and suggested this Guerlain powder. I was intrigued. I don’t use much powder except for the Revlon pressed Translucent powder and even that too very sparingly. Which is crazy because coming into summer, my oily t-zone goes into overdrive.
Anyway, after swatching it at a store, I convinced myself this was the one. I ordered it online and got Mr Lubz to collect it from the store in the city.
The powder comes in a typical cardboard box. Within this cardboard box is another corrugated cardboard that serves as a buffer in case you accidentally dropped it or to protect it during transport to the shops.
The compact in itself is round and has a shiny camel colour top lid and a semi matte brown bottom. Once you flip it open, you first spot the little plastic sheet (embossed with the Guerlain brand name) that protects the mirror. I’m keeping this sheet BTW – its a great reminder of my first Guerlain purchase.
Colour / Texture
Before I talk about shades, I’m going to address the fragrance. This compact has a really strong floral smell. I was a bit worried about the scent because it was strong enough to trigger a migraine but thankfully it didn’t. For people who are sensitive to fragrance, be warned as even an hour into wearing this powder, I can smell it.
The David Jones website only stocked the 03 Brunette Natural shade and this was closest to my skin tone. Its got yellow undertones and the little band of pink-brown balances out the yellow shade well. The colours can’t be used individually because the little pink band is too small for a blush brush to go over. The powder is embossed with the Guerlain logo smack bang in the middle.
This powder has a silky feel to it and even with multiple layers, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It evens out the skin and I couldn’t detect any caking in my magnifying mirror.
I used this powder over foundation and over just a primer. In both instances, it lasted the better part of 6 hours. My oily t-zone has minimal shine and only little patches on my nose needed retouching. My forehead and chin were fine. The skin retained it’s natural luminosity with this powder and it even elevated the general tone to have a bit more radiance and like you’ve been on holiday.
Apart from the fragrance, which I’m growing used to, I like this powder. I wouldn’t class this exclusively as a bronzer, nor is it just a powder foundation. Its a natural powder for cheat days when your skin needs that little bit of help looking radiant (at the moment, everyday is my cheat day). I really like how radiant my skin looks without being to obvious or over the top. The only gripe I have is that this shade is the darkest one in the range, which means all you beautiful people with deeper skintone than me miss out. I’m trying not to use too much of the middle of the compact because I want to retain that beautiful embossed Guerlain logo.
Have you tried this powder?