I’ve Got a Lot of Love for Guerlain Tenue de Perfection!

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation review

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!

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation review

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 03 Beige Naturel

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.

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection 03 Beige Naturel swatch

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:

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection

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:

Guerlain Les Voilettes +Crazy Meteorites

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!

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation FOTD

(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


  • http://onedrawerfull.wordpress.com/ Kirti

    A foundation with SPF that photographs well?! I’m definitely tempted!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kirti, yeah this one doesn’t produce a white cast as far as I can tell!

  • Erika Nagode

    You look so beautiful on the last picture <3.

    Erika Nagode

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Erika! That’s my “focus” face LOL

  • Bella

    I really like the effect on you. I love your outfit in the last picture! Guerlain’s foundation undertones do not match my very yellow skin: I have used Parure Gold, Parure de Lumiere and Lingerie de Peau and given up, too pinky beige. I think the same will happen with this one. (Fortunately I am off the foundation market for the time being; Nars Radiant Creamy Compact Foundation is the current HG).

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Bella! I have to say Beige Naturel is a bit more beige than my skin tone (which is also yellow), but it passes as a match so I’ll count myself lucky! Glad to hear you are off the foundation market for the time being as well! A foundation you truly love is really like a unicorn!

  • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

    It looks like we have the same taste :-) :-) I love this foundation. I have the same shade, you have and I’m happy tobe lucky enough to fit into Guerlain’s foundation shades. On my dry skin it lasts for the entire day (with bronzer on top) and I am very happy with the coverage. It’s my favourite foundation this winter :-D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, I’m happy to hear you’re loving this as well! It’s nice to know that it works on drier skin types as well! I’m hoping it’ll keep my T-zone shine-free for hours even in summer :)

      • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

        I have just ordered Blanc de Perle foundation. Lately I’m crazy about skin brightening and read a lot of good things about brightening ranges from Guerlain, Dior. I am very happy with le blanc de Chanel base and hopefully will like the Guerlain one as well :-D

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Irena, oh that looks interesting! Is it an Asia-exclusive? Don’t think I’ve seen it around!

          • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

            I’m afraid so :-( we have blanc de perle range as well as Dior’s Diorsnow at Selfridges but they didn’t have a blanc de perle foundation so had to order from somewhere outside of uk :-(

          • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            I don’t even think we get Diorsnow here!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    oooo the overall look with all the guerlain powders is prettyyyyyy :D i like guerlain foundation but the shades are not quite right for me most of the year lol and i don’t always love the scent!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Joyce! So sorry to hear about the shades not matching your skin tone! I really do wish they would come up with a more comprehensive shade range!

      • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

        Me too!! I think if they did, people would talk about their foundations much more!!

  • Lily

    Hi Sunny. The problem I have with Guerlain foundations is that they lean pink. I saw one at our local Sephora that carries shade 31 (Amber Pale) which is warmer, but the SA there is kinda stingy with the sample. That’s probably why I never bought any Guerlain foundations. Their shade selection isn’t all that great.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yeah, the shade selection is pretty limited indeed. I would say Beige Naturel is a little more beige than my natural skin tone, but it passes as a match so I am not going to whine!

  • beauties

    I have to buy a new foundation soon :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      What do you think you’ll get?

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I love Guerlain Parure! It’s one of my faves. This looks like great coverage! Your skin looks flawless and lovely! Might have to try this when I finally finish a foundation lol!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! I don’t wear liquid foundations that often, so I don’t think I’ve EVER finished a single bottle! Still, when I use up the sample pot, I am determined to get this at the dutyfree store/when there is a sale.

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    I’m slightly concerned about it emphasizing dry patches but it does sound like a great foundation. Definitely going to ask a sample of this soon ^^. It photographs really well too, yay for that!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, you might have to try it on to see if it does that. I don’t have any dry patches yet this winter (no doubt they will show up at some point though). I hope it’ll work well for you!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    ! yes combo/oily that’s me!! and this sounds like the perfect foundation! i’ll have to remember this one for when i’ve used up my others.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, ask for a sample and see how it works for you! I hope you’ll like it just as much!

  • Mariella (Musing on Beauty)

    Eh, sadly Guerlain never has good matches for me :(

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww yeah it’s a bummer how small the shade range is!

  • http://scribblewithliner.wordpress.com/ Siri Lovise Eliassen

    I have dry skin, and except from some UD foundation for special occasions I’d been wearing BB and CC creams, and before that, mineral foundation. Tenue de Perfection had me converted the minute I tried it during a brand representative’s lesson, and that’s in spite of the shade being slightly too dark – I’ll use self tan rather than not using this stuff. It’s amazing! On a side note, My skin looks even better now than it did when I applied my makeup almost 12 h ago (L’Or primer, TDP, Crazy Meteorites).

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, aww I’m so sorry to hear about your dry skin! Glad to hear this works well for you though! If you have drier skin, you should try Parure de Lumiere. It works fine for my combination skin, but I can see those with drier skin would like it even more.

  • ValleyDoll

    Looking good ! I have been wanting the Guerlain lingerie de peau for such a long time but the steep price is holding me back. Maybe a birthday present to myself in January ;-)?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, oh that is a great idea! See if you can talk an SA into giving you a sample first. It’s always good to see how a foundation really works on your skin before you buy a whole bottle, just because there are SO many factors involved!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I have a different Guerlain Parure foundation and I love it, it comes in a golden coloured bottle (and its not with me, I’m at my parents at the moment…) so I’m sure this one is also great. Oh, so cute in your last photo! (and you’re right, no white cast :) )

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, is it Parure Extreme? I think that one has been replaced by Parure de Lumiere. No doubt it’s a great formula anyways though!

  • Dominique33

    Tenue de perfection deserves its name, it’s like a “second skin”. I wish you a merry Christmas Sunny !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww merry Christmas, Dominique!

      I think Tenue de Perfection feels another bit lighter than Parure de Lumiere, which is already by no means a heavy-feeling foundation!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Sounds goooood! Don’t do that to me, Sunny! ;-) I am on a tight budget at the moment, I cannot afford to be eyeing new beauty goodies!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha well see if you can get a sample first! The generous amount in this little pot should last me quite a while (the fact that I don’t do liquid foundation every day helps as well).

  • Replica

    That does photograph lovely, I had a little sample of this and really liked it but the colour was so dark it was hard to judge it completely,I will have to go and have a re-look at the foundation I think :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Clare, definitely see if you can find a shade match in the line. The biggest problem with Guerlain foundation is the limited shade range. However, if you’re lucky enough to find a match, the formulas I’ve tried are really good!

  • SprinklesOnACupcake

    Looks perfect on you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Petra! It’s great for combination/oilier skin!

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    Very tempted here although I’m sure I’m okay with my foundation supplies for a long time. lol.
    I can see the color match is really great and you look flawless wearing this foundation. Lucky gal! We all know how hard it is to find a perfect foundation match!! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lena, that’s good to know! Thanks for the compliment :) My problem with finding a match is it has to match my neck instead of my face. My face is lighter than my neck, and I prefer something just half a shade darker so that it doesn’t look awkward!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    I’m sorely tempted, oh no! First I have to finish up my gazillion bottles of foundation first before I can even think of getting another one lol.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah or see if you can try a sample first ;)

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    This foundation sounds amazing! I’ll have to check it out for its oil controlling powers, I have oily skin all over so I’m always looking for a good foundation.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, if you do check it out, I hope it’ll work for you! My T-zone is annoying especially when I have makeup on, but with this I can really go 8 hours without blotting!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    It looks like a great finish! Gah, but I have so many bases already, lol! It is good to know that it photographs well, though!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, I have the same problem here. I kinda want to finish just ONE foundation before I get this, or at least wait till I can get it with a big fat discount :p

  • Icaria

    Oh this one is tempting! I’ll definitely try to get a sample since I thing it would be perfect for spring & fall. I still have a sample of YSL Touche Éclat to try and it’ll be interesting to compare the two. Btw, you look stunning! As usual! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I’m not sure the Touche Eclat will be similar to this one (maybe it’s more like Parure de Lumiere?), but I’d love to hear what you think! Do get a sample for this one and see how you like it! I hope you can find a shade match.

  • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

    I’ve tried a sample of Guerlain foundations before and they’re so amazing, but so so pricey here! My skin is normally okay, but recently I’ve been getting more oil on my nose than usual :( I would get it just to put on my nose!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, this is definitely something I prefer to score during the sales (but then again when possible I would ALWAYS wait for the sales LOL)! So sorry to hear about your nose! I hope it’ll go back to normal soon!

  • murt

    Love your oufit in that picture!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Murt! It’s a dress from Lavand that I bought last year. It’s great this time of the year. SOMEHOW festive but not TOO much so ;)

  • Cristy

    Hello! Great review:) Have you tried Parure Gold? If so how would you compare both of them please. Thanks!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Cristy, sorry but I haven’t tried Parure Gold! I might be wrong, but I think Parure Gold has more coverage, and I tend to prefer medium and even a bit less.

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    This photographs beautifully! In love with how natural it looks on you, even with flash. I’m super lax about wearing foundation (by super lax I mean I wear it about once a year) so I haven’t had the need to seriously look for one yet. Will definitely keep this in mind for when I start wearing a base more regularly though, sounds like a keeper!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, MM! I don’t wear liquid foundation that often, either. It’s just when I do, I want it to be really really good! This one fits the bill. It’ll take me a while to finish that tester pot, but I’m definitely grabbing a bottle afterwards.

  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    WOW you look amaaaazing in the photos (as usual) but I like how the foundation wears well without any visible cast. Also, your eye look on the last photo is beautiful! :-) Hihi. I love your hair, too. Effortlessly gorgeous, Sunny!

    Plus, I love how the foundation highlights without making you look greasy!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Shari! I don’t mess with my hair too much. I want a good cut/perm, and basically something I can blow dry and be done with it! My hairdresser works MAGIC!

      This one lasts forever before the shine starts to peek through!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I definitely see a Guerlain foundation or powder in my near future. :) Eager to give this one a try for sure! You look very pro in that PR shot, Sunny. ;)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Liz! According to Teri that’s a typical Sunny face :p

  • silverkis

    I hope you haven gotten yours by now cos I did and I love it!!! You looked amazing in those photos, super HD and flawless!!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Silverkis, I definitely still intend to! I dug out several foundation samples from my sample stash, so I’d like to give those a fair chance. So far I’m not as impressed with them as I am with this one tho!

      • silverkis

        i know! Guerlain tenue de perfection is a tough act to follow!

  • JhoAnne Luna

    i have tried this in one of the counters here in country and it’s definitely worth buying. Love this foundation :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I bought the bottle a while ago! Highly possibly my favorite foundation ever to date!