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Guerlain is a very well known name in my profession and I am so pleased that I get many free samples of their product dew to my wonderful friend and fellow beautician from Paris. Guerlain is a quality French range of beauty products in both makeup and skin care.
Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate is a similar product to the Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light Reflecting Perfecting Primer that I have just reviewed in that they both work by reflecting light to achieve their results bit there are subtle differences between the both. L'Or Radiance Concentrate has flecks of twenty four carat gold in it. Yes that's right real gold, so it's no wonder it catches the light. Within it's beautiful bottle you can see the clear gel with the gold particles floating and if you hold the bottle up to the light the gold will sparkle.
This is also a primer so it is perfect for using before you apply your makeup. This unlike Meteorites Perles is quite effective at illuminating from beneath light makeup. It does not require a nude look. This bottle of gold will catch the light even under foundation and will give you a youthful glow from beneath. This wonder product will also hydrate you skin instead of drying it out like a lot of harsh products can do. And as if that's not good enough it will also tighten and tone your skin all resulting in the perfect area for you to apply your makeup. A 30ml bottle of this will cost you around forty pounds, so it's not cheep to say the least but it works very well.
Why should you use a radiance booster? Well for my clients this works as a way of brightening their overall complexion. Nothing is more ageing than dull lifeless looking skin and in turn nothing is more youthful than bright, glowing, fresh looking skin.
When you hear of this product containing gold you would be forgiven for thinking that this may make you look like an Oscar. Don't worry it won't, it is a very subtle but effective product. There will not be specks of gold sitting on your skin making you look stupid. The gold is absorbed into the superficial surface layers of the skin and gives you a wonderful sun kissed look, not tanned at all, just blooming with a healthy glow.
To use I just follow my daily morning routine to insure this will be applied to clean, dry skin. I then press the pump dispenser on the bottle gently (as always with this type of dispenser, always only apply gentle pressure until you become familiar with how much will be dispensed, after all you can't put it back in if too much comes out). When I want to use this as an overall treatment I apply this using my fingertips to all parts of my face including down past my jaw line to avoid that dreaded mask that I see every day of the week on the street. Please lady's apply and blend your foundation down onto and into your neck. A dark foundation that stops at the jaw line is one of the worst looks you can have and this applies to this product also.
There is a noticeable fragrance that is quite lovely and becomes almost undetectable once applied and disappears once you apply you makeup. This should never be used after your makeup has been applied, that would just result in a total mess.
I have found this to be a very useful product, I use it more as a highlighter rather than an overall product, however the times that I have used it that way, it really does work and gives me a wonderful healthy glow.
When I apply this to my clients and to myself I don't always use this as an all over face treatment. I apply this as a spot treatment. Take a little of the product and apply it only to very precise areas on the face. The most flattering areas to apply this to are of course the cheekbones, below the eyebrow line and if you would like to make your nose appear more narrow simply apply to both sides of your nose avoiding the bridge, then apply your makeup as normal.
And as always...
Stay beautiful xxx
I bought this as well as some other Guerlain products a while ago because I was intrigued to see if they were worth the massive price tag. This was one of the products I was more disappointed with.
The product is a primer with flecks of gold in it designed to mattify your skin and provide a smooth base for make up while giving you a golden glow. I love using a primer so I was massively intrigued by this product and wanted to find out just how it worked exactly.
The product comes in quite a heavy glass bottle, almost a rectangular shape if it weren't for the taper towards the bottom of the bottle. It has a gold metal pump and a gold mental lid, the pump works just as it should although as far as I am concerned it probably squeezes out just a little bit more primer than you, or I, actually need. Overall I think the appearance of the product is very nice, if a little gimmicky. Obviously the gold pump and lid tie in with the title and the contents of the bottle, a primer that contains flecks of 24 carat gold. The bottle is very elegant but the design seems like a predictable choice. I worry a little about the heaviness of the glass bottle as I know with expensive primers that if they are dropped the contents can separate. Fortunately I have not dropped mine so I can't comment on whether this does happen or not, but I have found it in the past with other brand primers. I also think it isn't particularly practical for travelling with and this is a major downside for me. The shape of the bottle is nice and the size is good, at 30ml, to fit in your hand making it easy to use during makeup application. However, the fact that the bottle is glass makes it difficult to retrieve the entire contents and as it gets to 1/4 left it is hard to get it out with the pump. This is disappointing for something so expensive because I would like to get my moneys worth and use the entire bottle.
Upon application the primer feels very silky and velvety to touch. It smooths easily into the skin with relatively little fuss. You only need a small amount, smaller than the bottle dispenses annoyingly, to coat your face effectively. It does provide a matt base for your makeup, smooths and clears your complexion. I think the product itself is rather good as a primer, although there are equally good and cheaper primers out there. My issue is the use of gold in the product. It is designed to brighten your complexion and give you a lovely golden sheen. It never did this for me, it made my face a little bit sparkly which isn't exactly ideal unless you want to look like a 13 year old heading to a disco. The sparkle doesn't really last that long fortunately and if you apply makeup over the top it won't be visible. As far as I'm concerned the product really only fulfils one of the purposes it is designed for - so why is it priced so highly? I'm pretty sure it is just a clever marketing ploy to encourage people to spend money on it. The gold really adds nothing to the primer and I'd really rather it weren't there at all. This may sound very negative but I really can't fault the primary purpose of the product as a primer so although the gold is ineffective I still liked the use the product.
My only other issue is the price. At £35 for 30ml this is an extremely pricey product and really most of what you are paying for is the notion that this contains real gold and this might have some superior beautifying effect on your skin. I would advise that you use this if you have the money to splash out on it but otherwise stick to cheaper primer than offer the same quality without the gimmick.
WHAT IS IT?
A make up base in gel format and infused with gold particles to add radiance to your complexion.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Apply to freshly cleansed skin in an upwards motion before applying foundation.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I've used a full bottle now and think it's an excellent make up base, but don't think it's worth the £46 (30ml) I paid for it. I bought it because I am pregnant and my skin is looking dull, this was recommended to me by one of my regular ladies who has used it for years. You only need to use a few small drops each time because it spreads smoothly across my skin, it absorbs quickly and is dry enough for me to apply my foundation over after about 3 minutes.
The gold flakes aren't visible to the eye once applied but reflect the light to give the radiance effect, this works but does make my skin look a bit too shiny to use it without foundation. The effect when used without make up is very unnatural but when you apply foundation on top it gives a soft and smooth finish that helps the foundation to glide on. The golden sheen shows through my foundation and this brightens my skin up, something I need more than ever now my skin is fighting the dulling aspects of pregnancy. It's not moisturising but gives my skin a dusty and very smooth texture.
I sometimes use a tiny amount on my lips before applying my lipstick and it helps it last longer but used on my eyelids it stops some of my cream eyeshadows sticking.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate
This little bottle of gorgeousness came into my possession in a sad way. My aunty Gloria passed away a year ago she was the aunt that has been mentioned in almost all of my Clarins reviews as she was the one that bought most of it for me as lovely Christmas and Birthday presents. Of course she gave me much much more than mere material things, we shared a sense of humour and she was a huge influence and help during a difficult time after having my first child just two things amongst many. A few months ago my cousin passed on to me some items that she thought I might like after my aunt, some of them were cosmetics and perfumes that were either unopened or only just opened. As a family we have a huge culture of sharing and passing things between each other so this was a welcome if bitter sweet 'windfall'.
I've always liked the look of Guerlian products from a purely aesthetic point of view, but had only tried their perfumes. So I was keen to see how this compared with my usual primers.
The bottle feels heavy and well made and is clear so you can see how much product you have left. The product is just as the Dooyoo picture. I find the gold colour on the lid can wear off a little and start to look a little tired, and for the price I would expect it to remain gold. The pump action works as smooth as silk it has a smaller than usual opening, but because it isn't as thick as other bases I've tried that means it dispenses a nice amount which is about right to do my whole face, sometimes I do need a little extra though. I would never have bought this myself even if it turned out to be the best product I'd ever tried as it's simply out of my price range, at £42 for 30ml on the high street (I haven't seen it for sale in Swansea only at House of Fraser in Cardiff) and not a great deal less online.
I thought that this was a straight forward radiance imparting primer similar to my favourite 'Smashbox' but fancied up with flecks of gold. However it is sold as a deeply hydrating smoothing gel which claims 112% hydration after 2 hours and 93% after 6.
The gel is clear and generously flecked with real 24 carat gold. Gold has long been used as an anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial agent. If your interested you could Google 'gold anti-inflammatory and Daily Mail' an article should pop up, the url was too long to include, which actually has a reasonable level of journalism included in the hype for a change. It sums up quite well what I had read elsewhere years ago. So its inclusion in this product could have long term benefits for the skin. It could also mean that my mother wasn't entirely bonkers when she would take off her (24 carat) wedding ring and instruct me to rub it against my eyelid if I was suffering from a stye as a child. However I suspect that the gold is in too large a particle form to be entirely useable, though it does seem to soak into the skin as once this is applied I don't find myself looking like an extra from a James Bond film. Hardly any sparkly flecks are visible on the skin as they seem to sink in surprisingly well, any left will sink in with the gentlest of pressure.
When I apply this I can instantly feel that this is more of a gel formulation, as stated, than the silicone primers I'm used to, and it has a surprisingly floral scent which is very pleasant but doesn't last long once applied. It spreads over the skin very easily and is slightly runny initially I felt it sank in more than I would like for use as a primer. However it does seems to stabilise and 'set' so that it provides a smoothed base which you can either leave as is for a subtle look, or add foundation for a fuller make up.
When applying foundation over this it almost seems to mix with it a little and gives quite a seamless look that doesn't 'separate' at all during wear, which can happen a little with my silicone primers.
I didn't find that my foundation lasted any longer than usual when wearing this, but my skin did look more 'perfect' for longer. When using my Smashbox primer I usually add a little dab over my makeup about half way through wear. I didn't think I needed that step while using this. Does it make my skin 'look illuminated from within'? No, but it does give it a bit of a more youthful plumpness, because of the increased hydration.
Although this doesn't seem to be a silicone based foundation it does a better job than other non silicone products I've tried. I quite like the feeling of this on my skin and it does seem to give it a bit of a fresher look. However it seems to be too moisturising for me... or at least holds in too much moisture, and can become a little greasy looking after a couple of hours and will need blotting. Because of this I think this would be great for drier and possibly lined skins.
I also don't feel that pores are minimised as much as with my usual product. It does however seem to have a mildly softening effect on any wrinkles. I quite like using this with only a little concealer around my nose and under eyes. It gives a nice no make up make up look.
Would I buy it myself? No not even as a treat as it's simply too expensive and isn't different enough from my usually products to lust after it. However if you can afford it this is a lovely product, which doesn't irritate my skin in the way silicones sometimes do. I would recommend this but would try and get a sample first to see if this makes enough of a difference to your skin to justify the price.
If I had wrinkles then you could claim that there was gold in them there wrinkles when I use this product as there are actual little flecks of 24 carat gold in it and given the fact that the price of gold has been rising recently (it always does when the stock market tanks) you would expect this product not to be cheap especially when it comes from Guerlain. A 30ml bottle will set up back £34.99 which is rather pricey for what is effectively a primer which also does help to brighten up your complexion and give it a bit of sparkle although this sparkle is purely in the mind because the minute gold flecks are absorbed into your skin so you are not left with a face covered in gold glitter or anything like that.
I have to say that despite the cost I do love this primer, my skin really does look great when I use this, it looks more toned and a lot firmer. My skin has a soft feel after application and it helps to reduce any blemishes. It is also supposed to help hydrate your skin however I'm less confident of this claim and cannot say that I have noticed any great differences after using it.
It works on a pump action to deliver the primer from what is quite a solid glass bottle and you need to use it sparingly as it does spread easily across your skin. It is a clear gel with the flecks of gold and it does leave a nice sheen on my skin as I apply it. If I do not apply make up over it then my skin has a healthy glow to it and this is all part of the dual role it can play, on its own you have a nice healthy glow however it also works as a primer and can be the base to apply your make up over however if you use it for this then the glow is some what dulled by the extra make up. If my skin has dried out at all then I find this to be an excellent product to use if I do not have time to hydrate it fully.
The big downside is the cost and I must admit I use this sparingly, it is certainly not something I would use for every day use given the cost. Having said that the results are very good so it is certainly worth adding to the xmas list.
I was a bit bedazzled by this product as it contains 24K gold particles to help brighten your skin as well as acting as a primer. I was not amazed by the price, which is around £40 for one bottle and by anyone's standards that is really expensive. So lucky me when I got it given as a birthday gift!
I have dry/combination skin and although I have read reviews on other sites saying this product was greasy, I did not find that with my skin. I found the primer a little bit runny, which was unusual, but it went on fine and my make-up went on well on top. In fact I would say it made my make-up look 100% better than usual. The other good thing is that the gold particles act as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent so you don't break out when using this product- almost worth the price tag itself!
I could gush about this product all day, but really all you need to know is that:
1) It's easy to put on
2) It gives your face a lovely glow
3) It doesn't cause breakouts
4) It works as a great primer and make-up looks much better
5) It's very very expensive!
Go and try some at a department store as soon as you can!
I received L'Or Radiance Concentrate by Guerlain the same time as I received the Meteorites Perles Light Reflecting Perfecting Primer. After hounding everyone as my birthday approached, I was over the moon to unwrap both products on the day. As with the perfecting primer, I had become bedazzled by the appearance of this product and hadn't known much about what it did or how much it cost. When I found out, I felt like a very lucky duck!
What does it do?
L'Or Radiance Concentrate is a radiance boosting product which has been designed to brighten the complexion using real flecks of 24 Carat Gold. It is also designed to work as a primer, smoothing over and filling in imperfections, leaving you with a perfect base on which to apply your make up. It also claims to tighten and hydrate the skin meaning that you should look youthful, healthy and glowing after use.
How does it work?
The little flecks of Gold are included to reflect light off the skin, giving an illuminated complexion that is healthy and glowing. It prevents the skin from looking tired and dull by providing it with a natural radiance. The flecks are absorbed by the skin and so thankfully, they don't sit on the surface making you look like a glitter ball.
Rice Protein is present in the product which tones the skin leaving it looking firmer and more youthful. This also means that pores will be reduced in size, making your complexion more even, spots less likely and fewer oils being released by the skin. It also softens the skin and gives you a smooth surface on which to apply your make up.
Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract is present because of its ability to draw water into the skin meaning that your skin will be hydrated and remain hydrated for a long time. Alcohol is included in order to tone the skin further and Linalool is present to soothe the skin, stimulate the growth of healthy new skin cells, reduce inflammation and balance out the production of oil by the skin.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used on clean, dry skin. You pump a small amount from the bottle and you don't need too use much in order to achieve the desired effect. You can use it all over the face if you want to use it as a radiance booster or a make up base.
Sometimes I just use it on my cheeks and nose because these are the areas where my pores are enlarged and obvious and the areas which can make my foundation look patchy. It can be used alone or beneath make up but never on top of make up.
Packaging and Price
The packaging is what making this product truly special. It comes within a heavy glass bottle which is transparent and you can see the product inside. The product is a clear gel and the particles of Gold are floating within the gel making the whole of the contents look like it's full of sparkling Gold.
The lid is lightweight and some of the colour will start to come as it's knocked around in your make up bag so be careful with it. You'll probably want to display this item anyway because it is as beautiful as an ornament. To access the product, you simply push down on the top of the dispenser gently.
This product does not come cheap at all due to both the brand name and the fact that it contains real Gold. It costs around £40 for 30ml of the product and it can be bought from most large department stores and many online websites. The price does vary quite a lot so if you're interested in the product, it's a good idea to shop around before purchasing in order to save money.
The first thing I was worried about with regards to this product was about the flecks of Gold. I thought they were going to sit on my skin and sparkle which is no better than coating your face with glitter to achieve radiance. Suprisingly though, the Gold flecks are absorbed by the skin and literally disappear into your face so they produce the radiance from inside. There is absolutely no sparkle or shimmer left on the skin which makes it suitable for daywear.
The product looks like a clear gel and it is absorbed by your skin very quickly. It leaves a dewy sheen on the skin which others may like but as a person with oily skin, I have more than enough natural shine as it is. My instant reaction is to grab for my mattifying powder and cover it up but this also seems to cover up much of the radiance, cancelling out the benefit of the product.
It does brighten the skin and it will still make you look radiant, even through foundation although the effects are dulled down a bit. When I apply my powder, it dulls down the radiance completely. For this reason, I would say you could use it on bare skin for radiance or under make up as a base and primer but you can't really achieve both effects unless perhaps you wear it under only a tinted moisturiser.
Although it looks a little greasy on the skin, it doesn't actually feel greasy. It is lightweight and comfortable on my face, providing that I go easy with the application. It hasn't caused any new spots because many of the ingredients tighten pores and absorb excess oils. It also doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all and feels fairly soothing. It does come with an added fragrance which also evident, is not overpowering or off putting.
Those will normal to dry skin will love this product. It really does hydrate your skin well and it maintains the moisture levels throughout the day. Even though I have oily skin, there are one or two patches which can get dry but they never do when I am wearing the product and I never get any tightness as the product dries.
As a make up primer it works really well. It stops my skin producing so much oil meaning that my make up doesn't start to slide off and it looks fresher for longer. The product also fills in and tightens my pores and fills in my fine lines so that when I apply my foundation, it no longer settles into my imperfections and highlights them.
All in all, if you have dry or normal skin, you will be hard pressed to find a better product. It is so hydrating, really makes your skin look healthier and is a great make up base. As a person with oily skin, I don't like to wear products that add a sheen to my already shiny face. It works really well as a primer but I could never wear this alone so I lose the benefits of the radiance which is created by the Gold. I'll continue to use the product but I won't repurchase as I don't reap all of the rewards that the product has to offer.
Gold is the most precious of all metals / Pure, it reflects light in an extraordinary and unfailing way / To light up the complexion, Guerlain has chosen to include pure 24-carat gold in a hydrating smoothing gel / The gold has been fashioned into precious flakes using a unique time-honoured method, to integrate them magically into the gel / As though suspended in the air, the flakes sparkle to reveal their precious treasure: radiance.