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Guerlain Issima Foundation

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Brand: Guerlain / Type: Foundation

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      11.11.2011 23:14
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      A good foundation but not at that price!

      WHAT IS IT?

      An anti-ageing foundation.

      IS IT ANY GOOD?

      This is quite a heavy foundation that won't suit everyone, it's designed for older ladies and does its job well if you fall into that category. The consistency is slightly thicker than other foundations so I use a brush to apply it, I've used the foundation myself but mainly apply it to one of my regular ladies who has a facial and full make up every Wednesday for her regular family meal.  She is 67 and her skin reacts much better to the foundation than mine does.

      You have to blend it carefully as any seams will show, it covers blemishes including both spots and age related marks but does make you look heavily made up. The finish is matte and it doesn't need powder to keep it looking fresh, it has a dewy finish that suits an older complexion and brings back a more youthful look.

      Issima lasts well and whenever I've worn it my skin has felt moisturised after I've removed it, it has an SPF of 15 and gives a healthy colour once applied.  The claims that it will firm the skin and help to plump out wrinkles is not absolutely true, my lady swears the deep wrinkles on her forehead are ironed out slightly after using Issima but I can't see much difference!  This foundation costs £47 per 30ml and I do not think it is worth that as although it provides good colour and coverage, it'd expect better skin care results for that price.

      3 Dooyoo Stars.

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      20.06.2011 21:38
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      A (very expensive) foundation from Guerlain.

      One of my friends works for a luxurious beauty salon in the north west of England which not only means that I get discounted beauty products but also that I get "old" tester products too. In her salon they like to open a new tester every couple of weeks as they believe that products work best when they're newer and therefore are always throwing out half used products. They tend to do this ritual throwing out session on a Saturday so I always try to pop round on the odd Saturday evening to see what's in her work bag that evening! A couple of months ago she offered me a pot of Guerlain's Issima Anti-Aging Silky Smooth Fluid Foundation which I obviously accepted by snatching it out of her hands before she'd even offered it to me!

      Guerlain is a brand that I've never bought anything from, mainly because the products do have quite a high price tag attached to them. It was founded back in 1828 in France so has been going for nearly two hundred years now which is quite a heritage. The creators of the brand set out with the aim of achieving perfection in the world of beauty... something that the majority of women strive for every single day! The brand is most renowned for its perfume collections which are what started off the brand, although more recently they've also ventured into make up and skin care as well. Guerlain's products can be found in Boots, Debenhams and other such department stores that offer a range of make up and perfume from different companies.

      The Issima Anti-Aging Silky Smooth Fluid Foundation comes in a rather exclusive looking glass pot with a shiny gold lid which you need to unscrew to access the foundation. The packaging does the job but the only downside is actually dispensing the foundation - I find it have to dip my foundation brush in which often results in getting too much of the product on my brush and isn't overly hygienic when I start trying to put foundation back into the pot. Apparently you can get it in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser but I'm just going off mine. The foundation is a similar consistency to a face cream - it's not overly runny like a Vaseline body lotion but it's not overly thick either like a body butter. There's quite a nice perfumed scent about it which has an expensive air to it somehow and it does have a very faint almond smell which I really like too.

      To apply the foundation I dip my brush gently into the pot and then put a small blob on each cheek and one on my forehead. I then start literally painting the foundation over my skin to ensure an even coverage - you can of course use your fingers or a make up sponge if you'd rather. The foundation goes onto my skin really easily and it soaks in quickly, after about thirty seconds of brushing it on it leaves me with an even coverage. It has light diffusing pigments which help to create this even effect and they really do work. It doesn't gather in creases around the eyes and it doesn't dry my skin out either, if anything it leaves it feeling much more moisturised than my usual foundation does and I found that I didn't need as much moisturiser when I was wearing this one. The colour was an excellent match for my skin, it comes in about ten different shades from the more rosy complexion tones to the more beige complexion tones.

      So what does the foundation offer and, more importantly, does it live up to its hefty price tag? This creamy make up foundation offers visible firming and nourishing effects to the skin, as well as offering a foundation style coverage as well. I used my pot for about a month before I returned to my original foundation and have to be honest when I say I didn't notice any firming effects whatsoever. The advertising suggests that it will boost the synthesis of proteins and lipids in the epidermis which basically just means it'll encourage your skin to renew itself and to regain its fullness, thereby making you look younger apparently. It also offers to nourish and hydrate your skin which I would have to agree with as my skin certainly felt smoother and softer. It suggests that it will "remarkably" reduce fine lines and wrinkles but I personally would have to say that after a month it made absolutely no difference to my crows feet! In addition the foundation also offers an SPF 15 which I wouldn't be able to dispute at all.

      The Issima Anti-Aging Silky Smooth Fluid Foundation (what a mouthful!) will set you back around the £50 mark for 30ml depending where you buy it from. Personally I would never consider paying such a price for foundation when I can get one that works just as well for a fraction of the price! I'm not saying it doesn't work - yes it does provide even and excellent coverage but at the same time it doesn't really have any magical properties such as being able to turn back the time of my facial skin! I'm giving this two stars as it does work, although it doesn't quite live up to all its claims, but the price is absolutely astronomical and that's quite something coming from me as well! I won't be investing in this one again... until I win the lottery!

      Thanks for reading!

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    • Product Details

      A cream with a soft, rich texture which aims to provide easy application