The most brain-power-consuming activity for the day: trying to figure out what makeup I’ll be wearing for Christmas Eve. I put the outfit together a while ago, but I’m not sure what I’ll be sporting on my face yet. One thing is for certain: I’ve found a new winning foundation in Guerlain Tenue de Perfection (Timeproof Foundation Ultimate Lasting Perfection), so at least that part is settled!
Apologies for showing you the bottle of Parure de Lumière instead. I only have a sample of Tenue de Perfection for the moment. However, the packaging is identical from what I can see. The sturdy glass bottle feels luxurious, and the pump works really well!
Guerlain Tenue de Perfection boasts a silky-soft texture and extended wear (I never got hold of the PR information about this one, so I’m basing this on the Guerlain website). I asked for a sample of 03 Beige Naturel, as it is my shade in Parure de Lumière. It is a little darker than my face, but I have to match my foundation to my neck, and this shade serves the purpose well.
Guerlain Tenue de Perfection feels a bit thinner than the almost moussy Parure de Lumière. It is very easy to spread out, and it sets fast into a semi-matte finish, However, it is not the type of matte that looks flat and lifeless. I can easily get medium coverage out of this one, and it is possible to build it up a bit more.
Here is how 03 Beige Naturel swatches, both built-up and spread out.
Before I can go into details about why I like Guerlain Tenue de Perfection so much, here is a little breakdown of my skin. My cheeks are pretty much normal all-year-round, and foundation lasts well in general. My T-zone on the other hand, is slightly problematic. In most cases, I’d be lucky to get 4 hours of shine-free time before I have to blot. With Guerlain Les Voilettes Compact Powder on top, 6. Naturally, foundation breaks down faster there.
Guerlain Tenue de Perfection lasts all day on my cheeks without drying them out. I have heard that it could emphasize dry patches, but I don’t have any so far this winter, so I can’t comment on that. It is comfortable to wear and doesn’t cling onto the skin like some long-wearing foundations could. On my T-zone, I could go 8 hours (with Guerlain Les Voilettes on top) before I feel the need for a little blotting. The shine peeks through much more slowly, and the foundation stays more intact than most by the end of the day. It might not be 100% perfect anymore, but 80% is good in my book!
Something else that is worth mentioning is Guerlain Tenue de Perfection photographs well. It has SPF 20 – PA++, but I have tested it out rigorously in flash photography, and it passes with flying colors every single time!
Here is Guerlain Tenue de Perfection on its own:
I consider the finish pretty natural. It might be a silky matte, but the high points of my face still reflect some light (without the help of a highlighter).
This is how it looks with some magical Guerlain finishing powders on top:
I was photographed at a press event recently, and I was wearing the same combination (Guerlain Tenue de Perfection, Les Voilettes on my T-zone, and Crazy Météorites on my cheeks). I thought I’d show you the photo as well, since the photographer was using an external flash from what I can remember, and there is no ghostly white cast on my face!
(Photo credit: Unlimited PR)
Bottom line: All in all, I am very sure I will end up with a bottle of Guerlain Tenue de Perfection soon. I like how comfortable it feels on the skin while providing good coverage. The silky matte finish keeps my T-zone shine-free for longer than most foundations I have tried, and my cheeks don’t end up looking dry, either. What’s more, it photographs very well. With all the boxes it ticks, I’m pretty sure this is what I’ll be wearing on my big day!
If you’ve got combination/oilier skin, are you tempted by now?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx