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Covet Worthy: Guerlain Parure (Aqua & Gold)

These foundations deserve to have a cult following. Beyond their DIVINE packaging, the performance of these foundations exceed expectations, and properly earn their place among Luxury Makeup.

I’ll start with the Aqua. The formula is more cream than liquid, and sets soft (not matte). It feels like a luxurious face cream going on. Coverage is medium to full, and easily buildable. What makes this foundation particularly special is the color range. It does more than just range from light beige to dark. There is also a Dore (gold) line for girls with particularly warm undertones (raising my hand). And the best thing about the beige (for those of you who are not really yellow or orange underneath) is that it is truly neutral. Not PINK (I’m looking at you Dior), but neutral.
If there is a downside, it’s this: I’ve heard complaints about the lightest beige even being too dark for fair skin. I cannot feel too bad, because it’s much easier to shop for fair skin than it is to shop for warm, olive, medium, and dark skin. I know this to be true, as I shop for ALL skin ranges and tones on a regular basis (it’s my job). So, let the rainbow coalition have this one. We’ve been waiting a long time for a foundation that both performs on a luxury level, and actually matches our range of skin tones.
Some may also complain about the fragrance. This foundation smells distinctly of violets. I personally love the scent. But if  you’ve got an issue with a heavily perfumed foundation (or think that your skin might react to the fragrance), you may want to pass this by.

You’ve already seen pictures of me in the Parure Gold:

This is the most luxurious foundation I’ve used to date. It eclipses Chanel… and even Armani. Dior couldn’t see this foundation on its best day. By Terry can’t touch it… mostly because of the color range and versatility. The color and effect of this foundation is hard to describe. Although it only comes in the beige line, it features a gold undertone that warms the overall tone up very effectively. That gold undertone also acts as a light deflector (not a shine enhancer), working much like Meteorites to diffuse light around the entire face. The coverage is medium to full… but leans closer to full. Also goes on like a face cream, also smells distinctly of violets. I LOVE it. I’m getting a backup. I’m not kidding.

Neither of these foundations is cheap. But they’re comparable. Parure Aqua is about $60… comparable to both Chanel and Armani. Parure Gold is $78. More expensive than Chanel, but cheaper than By Terry ($105). If you’re going to drop major coin on a foundation… check out Guerlain. If they can match you, do not hesitate to invest in it. It’s truly worth every single penny.

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8 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I love your blog, especially when it comes to a review of foundations. *Hello, silent reader here :D*I always wear Guerlain Parure Extreme, now that my skin is not too oily, I want to try the Guerlain Parure Gold. The only problem is, the shade. I'm confused with the shade in Parure Gold and since I don't have Guerlain counter nearby to get a personal match, I have to purchase it online. I usually using 23 Doré Naturel in Parure Extreme (I'm NC42-43).Which shade that you think will suits me the best on Parure Gold? And would it be yellow enough for me?Thanks! 🙂

  2. Hi! Thanks for following the blog… I appreciate it! I think that if you're as light as nc-42 (I'm NC 43-44) then you might want to try shade #5. I use shade #6. Because it's a golden based foundation, it's naturally warmer. It's done well with my yellow undertones with no problem. But just to be sure, purchase it from a place with a generous return policy. It's not a cheap foundation, and I'd hate for you to get stuck with something that you can't use. Hope that helps!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Greetings!! What color would you suggest for a mac n45/Bobbi brown golden. What is shade 6? The ones I see aren't quite numbered like that. Where can I purchase this. Thanks!!

  4. Shade Beige Profond 06 is for Guerlain Parure Gold. It's the darkest shade they offer in the formula. It's available on http://www.nordstrom.comI can't seem to find Parure Aqua as easily. In many places it appears to be unavailable.

  5. Hello, thank you so much for your reviews. I bought 25 in aqua, it is beautiful! We are about the same shade but I may be slightly darker. 25 has such a beautiful glow. I can't help but wonder how 06 is in comparison, they all look beautiful on you in the pictures. Can you tell me if you wear different shades in the different foundations or just 06 now and how you feel about each? I'm trying to decide if I should try 06. I live in the middle of nowhere so I don't have access to a counter. Thank you.

  6. Beige 06 is more 'neutral' than Dore 25 (which is more golden/orange). If you're very warm, with very warm undertones then 06 may go a little ashy. But if you can swing a neutral shade of foundation, then it should look lovely.I wear Dore 24 in Parure Aqua. Hope that helps!

  7. Fairest says:

    Thanks! It looks so good on you I ordered 06. I'll let you know how it works out.

  8. Fabulous! I hope it works out for you. 🙂

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