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Cash for gold.
Guerlain L'Or Make up Base
Member Name: Dryad
Guerlain L'Or Make up Base
Advantages: Gives a nice fresh finish to the skin
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.
Summary: A beautifully crafted product that I think would be great for dry skins.