May 242013

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Two weeks ago, I picked up Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster ($51/ 1.3 oz.) in Light, the palest color of the two available. This new product is described by the line as follows:

Guerlain’s new BB Cream is a multi-action skin perfector which offers skin protection with SPF 30, hydration and color correction while evening skin tone with a fresh, lightweight texture. The bio-fusion micro-mesh combination of linen and silk fibers creates a second-skin effect to boost the natural beauty of the skin as hyaluronic acid intensely hydrates for a younger-looking complexion. The benefits are proven with staggering results: over 97% of subjects experienced fresh and beautiful skin all day long.

This release of this product is timely for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. With a respectable SPF 30 sun protection, and all-day wear in warm weather, this could easily become a go-to summer face product.

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The product comes packaged in a easy-to-pack plastic tube topped with a pump to keep things sanitary and leakage-proof.

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The pump top and cap:

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This comes out of the tube a bit on the thick side, with a texture similar to a traditional BB creme, and dries to a near-matte finish. This applies with a medium-to-heavy coverage if you apply this with fingers as a traditional foundation. The makeup artist who sold me the product highly recommend that I dab this on with a sponge, then buff the product into the skin with the sponge as well.  This was his polite way of telling me (I think) that the thicker texture needs delicate treatment to prevent the product from becoming mask-like.

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I’ve applied this several ways over the past two weeks, and realized how right he was. The product does look much better applied lightly and buffed in.  If I am too careless, the product can “sit” on the skin exposing pores for the first hour or so until it settles in and mixes with my natural oils.

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Because of its thicker texture, this mixes well with other products. I’ve “cut” the foundation with MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Liquid Lotion ($31) (limited edition). I absolutely loved the effect. It gave the Guerlain BB creme a bit of warmth and glow, and made the texture more foundation-like.  Because MAC’s Golden Elixir is a light fluid, you can use quite of bit of it and retain the light color of the Guerlain BB creme. Another product that could be used for the same purpose is Guerlain’s Meteorites Light Reflecting Diffusing Primer for summer ($71/limited edition). Back of the tube (click to enlarge):

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  • One of the best qualities of this product is the all-day wear.  With or without a primer, Guerlain’s BB cream does not budge. I’ve worn this on very long, warm days without any fading, shift, or disappearing acts.  Truly one of the better “long wearing” foundations.
  • The SPF 30 rating– again, I’m a big fan of sun protection where ever I can find it. I do wear a sunscreen under this foundation, still it’s nice to have a long-wearing foundation that includes it as well.
  • The finish, coverage, and look.  It’s worthy of the price tag. I like the finish better than Guerlain Lingerie de Peau liquid foundation–only the names are similar. This is a completely different formula (not even close). It does look luminous, beautiful, and polished, when buffed into the skin.
  • If you need coverage, get this foundation.  It’s got it.  I’d apply this normally, and then buff it in afterwards with a brush of sponge. If you want less coverage but still want the other features of this product, Guerlain’s BB creme does apply beautifully if dabbed on lightly and buffed.


  • Some will find the texture a bit thick (see, the “cutting with primer” trick, above). 
  • Those looking for very light barely-there coverage should keep looking (Urban Decay’s BB Creme, for one).
  • You should buff this in, particularly if applying heavily.

Ingredients for the sunscreen properties:

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The rest of the ingredients (click to enlarge):

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More advice:

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Here are comparisons of the Guerlain Lingerie BB Beauty Booster compared with a few other color tones in my stash, including the Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector in #20, Dior Diorsnow BB Creme in Shade 010, Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Chanel Perfection Lumiere in BR 32, MAC Pro Longwear in NC15 and Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #118.

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When I swatched Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster in the second available shade (No. 3 Medium), I thought that it was not very dark–I believe it is roughly equivalent to a MAC NC30 but not much deeper. One more, same foundations:

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Overall, Guerlain’s BB Beauty Booster is a winner for me. I liked it far more than Dior’s standard BB Creme offerings and I find it’s a good substitute for the now-unavaible Diorsnow BB Cream. After sampling several other BB creams on this market, this Guerlain is coming out on top. This is a good, no-budge, good SPF product that looks elegant and won’t move during the hot summer months.

Available at Nordstrom, and other Guerlain counters.

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  21 Responses to “Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster Makeup: My Thoughts”

  1. Thanks for the detailed review, I had been wondering about this one. As someone who only applies foundations with fingers, how do you “buff” it in? Thanks

    • I’d run a brush over it after application (even something like a duo-fibre, a powder or blush brush should work). It’s pretty tenacious. I don’t think you’ll find that you’ll lose much (if any) coverage this way.

  2. Thanks for the review, Amy! I saw these recently but thought I’d read some reviews before I make up my mind. I do like the matte finish though. I’ll need that in summer! Do you think it’d work if I buff it in with a foundation brush (like Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush)? I could probably mix it with LMdB bronzer liquid to make it less thick though.

    • Yes, Sunny for sure! I’d try a lighter/softer brush first though, and work your way up. The Shiseido might be a tad dense.

  3. hi amy!!! this is of great interest to me but, as always i’d definitely like to try it on first especially since all guerlain products are usually too dark for my complexion. there is actually a guerlain counter where i live so maybe i can request a sample or try in store. i wonder if this would be suitable for sensitive, acne-prone skin? i was thinking of trying jane iredale’s new BB cream which sounds alot like guerlain’s in reading many reviews. what sunscreens do you like to wear under your foundation? i’m currently testing a brand called kiss my face, face & neck spf 30 under jane iredale’s amazing base powder spf 25. happy memorial day!! xo,

    • My sunscreen has been mostly a new one that I’ve been testing–called Burnout Eco-sensitive. I’ll do a review of it soon. I’ve also loved the Chanel. Happy memorial day to you too! 🙂

  4. This looks like the palest of all the swatches…you’re shade #2 in the Shiseido Tinted moisturizer and this works on your skin tone as well?

    • It leans a bit too light, Katie, which is another reason that cutting it with a bronze-toned liquid works for me. It’s workable, definitely one of my lightest. The medium is too dark, though, for certain. it’s a little upsetting that Guerlain only released this in two shades. I’m hopeful that because the “medium” shade is designated “#3” that a mid-tone shade will become available at some point.

      • Got it!

        Thanks again for your review of the Shiseido UV TM. I got it based off your post and I have been loving it. I’ve been using it every day, and couldn’t be happier. It’s sheer enough for me to apply enough for the full SPF and not look like I’m wearing a mask.

  5. Thanks for the brilliantly thorough review! I’ve been underwhelmed by the swath of recent BB cream releases, but, in light of the Guerlain’s medium coverage and lasting power, I think I’ll be checking this out in person this weekend!


  6. Thanks Amy for a very thorough review! I’ve been surfing the net for feedbacks on this one. One question though, did this oxidize on you? Thanks again!

  7. Amy please do a hot weather foundation review please. i travel to India frequently and want to be polished not dripping in makeup would appreciate any product picks! Will defiantly be picking this up!

  8. I tried it and it does have a lot of coverage, the only issue I found was that it was on the pink side which didn’t suit my skin tone well.

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  10. I know you guys are a little disappointed with the shade selection, but I’m thrilled to see a BB cream out that’s pink-toned AND on the fairer side. Almost all them on the market are too warm and dark for me, so I might just have to give this a go. 😀

    (This being said, I do wish they’d expand the market. So many skin tones are being left out – especially darker ones!)

  11. Here’s my beef… in order to actually get the stated spf protection level, you have to apply 1/4tsp of the product. Sounds like if you apply enough to get spf30 protection you’d have a huge mess on your face. If it’s a great product, awesome. Just don’t rely on that spf30 statement if you’re not using 1/4tsp of it. Be sure to wear a separate sunscreen 🙂

  12. Hi Amy! I am SO SAD that I can’t wear this product because your review makes it sound like EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Unfortunately I’m allergic to most chemical sunscreens, particularly octinoxate (;_;) so I’ll have to sit this one out. Just wanted to chime in that the best mineral BB/CC cream I’ve found so far is Peter Thomas Roth’s new CC Cream – it’s rated as SPF30 but it’s got a fairly impressive % zinc (6%) & titanium (10%), I think around double what’s in the Neutrogena SPF30/50s. It sounds pretty similar to the Guerlain actually, down to the decent thickness making your pores look horrible for the first hour or so if you don’t rub/buff it in well, but it’s not so pigmented that I can’t get away with wearing enough of it that I don’t have to wear a separate sunblock underneath it. I haven’t tested it extensively but it lasts quite well on my oily dehydrated skin in a lab where they replace the entire volume of air every hour (my workplace, regulated by OSHA).

  13. Sounds like a wonderful foundation, perfect for me! I love a full coverage, but I don’t like them in the summer b/c they move. If this doesn’t budge, it just may be my miracle foundation!

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