Only the essentials: Guerlain L’Essentiel High-Perfection Foundation

When it comes to clean beauty, the products I try the most of are skincare.

Just like in Monday’s post, I mentioned that a lot of mainstream brands are coming out with clean formulas and products that contain a high percentage of natural ingredients.  I love when brands do this and it goes to show that they are really taking initiatives to do better and create products that are better for the earth and our health.


Brand new from Guerlain is their L’Essentiel High Perfection Natural Matte Longwear Foundation (C$69) which is made from 96 per cent naturally derived ingredients. Available in 30 shades, this foundation deliver a natural matte finish that lasts 24 hours.  Guerlain says this is high coverage, however, I found it to be more medium with a buildable coverage.  The texture is very lightweight and glides in beautifully on the skin.

This foundation is designed to let skin breathe while maintaining its natural hydration.  It also helps to protect skin from external aggressors, such as UVA and UVB, as well as pollution.

Although Guerlain bills this as a full coverage foundation, I thought it was a little lighter but could definitely be built up.  The wear was incredibly lightweight and long lasting, I was actually quite surprised how well it held up throughout the day.  I also love the shade range since there are so many shades to suit just about any type.  I ended up going with 01N Very Light and found that it matched my face perfectly.


Finally, we need to talk about this bottle. It comes in a stunning glass bottle (which can be recycled) and was designed by Mathieu Lehanneur and features a top that comes off to reveal the pump which dispenses the product. This is the kind of foundation that you want to keep displayed on your dresser not tucked away in a drawer. It’s truly a work of art.

I paired the new foundation with the L’Essentiel Primer Lightweight and Skin Soothing Primer (C$62), which is a lightweight mattifying primer that is also made with 97 per cent naturally derived ingredients.  This primer contains avocado extract to help absorb excess sebum to keep skin looking matte all day.  It also has white cocoa bean extract to minimize the look of pores.

This primer comes in a similar bottle to the foundation and is applied via a dropper. The texture of this is more like a gel and felt very nice and lightweight on the skin. I thought the two products paired really nicely together and felt nice on application.

Guerlain L'Essentiel brush

Finally, to finish the application, I tried out their L’Essential Retractable Foundation Brush (C$65), which features an ergonomic shape to flawlessly and effortlessly apply foundation.

This brush comes housed in a circular container which makes it easy to apply product on your skin. The bristles are in an oval shape and are soft but firm, so it makes it easy to swipe the product on your skin and blend out to perfection.

I actually was a little sceptical about this brush since I’m used to a certain kind of brush to apply foundation.  This pleasantly surprised me and I loved how this effortlessly this blended and buffed the product on my skin, even in areas that are difficult, such as the eye contour. The brush hugs the curves of your face and makes it easy to achieve a natural finish.  Once you’re done with the brush, it comes with a lid that will protects the bristles. Also, since this is quite compact, it makes it easy for travel.


I actually really loved the brush and if you are looking for a good foundation brush, then I would highly recommend this one.

Overall, I really loved all three of these products. The primer was really nice but I would say that it isn’t a necessity to pick up.  The foundation is a good one, especially if you are on the hunt for a luxe natural one, and if you want a real treat, definitely pick up the brush to go with it. You won’t be disappointed!


Have you tried out Guerlain’s new foundation?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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