Two weeks ago, my daughter Liz and I headed to Neiman Marcus in San Francisco for lunch and a Guerlain Master Class, which we learned about through Hello Beauty.  The class was run by Guerlain’s National Makeup Artist Marcus Monson:

Marcus has been with Guerlain his entire career, and he was thoughtful enough to provide some giant Neiman Marcus cookies to carry us through the 3-hour class.  I learned a lot about Guerlain’s line during the class, although I felt that I had a good feel for the line going in.

The first hour of the class was focused on Guerlain’s extensive skincare line.  One of these items was the Orchidee White Age Defying and Brightening Serum, which promised to remove dark spots, re-texturizes skin and makes skin appear more youthful.  I asked the price-five times-because I couldn’t quite absorb the number–it sells for $460.

The most expensive item was the $1,500 set of four fluids which is said to remove 7 years from your skin.  It’s true that its less than cosmetic surgery if those claims are true:

We were excited to try Guerlain’s new foundation —Lingerie de Peau ($56).  This foundation gives medium to light coverage, with a goal of looking a part of the skin.

We got a quick overview of all of Guerlain’s liquid foundations:

  • Parure Pearly White foundation:  To minimize pores and give a glowy finish
  • Parure Extreme: For a long-lasting finish (all day)
  • Parure Aqua:  A water-based foundation, with a moisturizing effect
  • Parure Gold:  A medium coverage, correcting foundation
  • Lingerie de Peau:  A light to medium coverage foundation that blends with the skin to give a natural finish

Here is Marcus applying Lingerie de Peau (Color #3) on Liz:

I was impressed with Lingerie de Peau.  I liked the finish better than Chanel Tient Innocence Fluid, which is in the same category. I’d have a very difficult time choosing between Lingerie de Peau and Burberry Beauty’s Sheer Luminous Fluid–both are quite similar in their look and feel– unless I did a serious road test on both.  Liz opted not to purchase Lingerie de Peau quite yet, although I liked the effect on her.  She really needed to see how the foundation would wear in different conditions before committing.

Together with Lingerie de Peau, Guerlain is introducing a new finishing powder, Les Violettes Mineral, Invisible Skin Fusion Loose Powder ($56).  Although the packaging was certainly luxurious, I didn’t have the opportunity to play with the product enough to be satisfied that it would out-perform my current Caron powder.

I liked the black powder puff included, and the sifter which could be open or closed:

Marcus then applied a smoky eye using the 10 Rue des Francs Bourgeois ($84) eyeshadow palette:

I personally learned a tremendous amount about how 10 Rue des Francs Bourgeois would work for me.  We identified my appropriate base shade, my liner shade and my best brow shade.  One of the Guerlain representatives sat with me for a good twenty minutes giving me different look ideas, showing me application on one eye while asking me to do the same on the other eye.  I found that it’s an amazingly versatile palette once I had good instruction on how it would best work for (review forthcoming).

Here is the final look on Liz, using:

  • Lingerie de Peau in #3
  • Les Violettes Mineral Powder
  • Precious Light Concealer # 01
  • Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara (black)
  • 10, Rue des Francs Bourgeois eyeshadow palette
  • Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in #01 Blonde
  • Kiss Kiss Essence de Gloss in Ambre
  • Cheeks – Terracotta Lady Bronzer/Blush (Limited Edition)

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