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Magic foundation


*WARNING* This post contains a number of not-very-good photos of my face.

So, in my last post about my 40th birthday party, I alluded to the fact that I have found my dream foundation. I bought it specifically to wear at my party, having read some amazing reviews. I have naturally high colouring in my cheeks, I get hot very easily and I often flare bright red when I drink alcohol. These factors all led me to believe I could spend my party looking like a sunburnt strawberry, so I was willing to try out this foundation, despite it costing more than any other I’ve ever tried. In my opinion, it was worth every penny.

So, without further ado, here is the liquid (make-up) of the Gods of which I speak:


Rubbish picture but with added flamingos

Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance Fluid Foundation is my new love and we are very happy together. I got mine from John Lewis because I had some cashback vouchers from buying my new washing machine from JL. This made spending FIFTY SEVEN POUNDS! on foundation less excruciating as it was not ‘real’ money. That’s what I told myself anyway.

The foundation is, as the name suggests, quite fluid and runny. It has a scent which I enjoy, but it is quite strong. I apply it with my fingers as I find it looks at its best once it’s warmed up with your skin – it sort of melds with it and disappears, yet the coverage is fantastic and very buildable. I hate a heavy foundation so that is perfect for me.

Now, for the love of effective beauty demonstration, I am going to show you the difference this foundation makes to my skin. On the night of my birthday party, I primed my skin with this. However, today, I’m just showing you what the Parure Gold looks like when I slap it on bare skin, quickly, with my fingers.

*Deep Breath* Here is my make-up free face:


I did not tidy up, in the hopes the background would detract from my face.

As you can see there is quite a lot of redness in my skin. Despite this, my base tone is actually pretty neutral. This can make it quite difficult to successfully colour match me – I often leave beauty counters looking slightly too orange or far too pink. As a result, I tend to only wear a BB cream or a light tinted moisturiser as my skin is pretty good and I don’t mind about the high colour on a day-to-day basis. I want more coverage yet a natural look for a special occasion though.

Based on reviews and swatches I googled, I ordered my Parure Gold in the shade ‘Beige Pale’. It worked out to be a pretty good match. It is slightly more yellow than I’d normally go for, but as it warms to my skin it seems to look more natural. The yellow tone is what’s so effective at combating my redness.

I first applied the Parure Gold to one side of my face, so you can see the immediate impact:



I suffer from Resting Bitch Face. Soz.

I’ve quickly blended half a pump across the left side of my face (the right side of this picture) and you can see straight away how much it neutralises the redness – there’s practically a vertical line on my forehead, nose and chin.

Here is the whole face with the Parure Gold blended with fingers all over – this is one pump of product in total:


One layer across the whole face (not on eyelids)

And here, for a closer comparison, is a like-for-like with my right cheek (apologies for unkempt eyebrows and stray moustache hairs!):


Bare skin



One layer of Parure Gold

I have never got such good, natural, glowing coverage from one layer of foundation before. Usually the red shows through – often even more due to the stimulation of the rubbing, sponging or brush application – or it’s too high coverage to look natural.

On the night of my party I also set my whole face with Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Ethereal. Like most make-up fans, I really rate those powders and Ethereal sets everything yet gives you the most beautiful, soft glow. I know the primer and powder will have helped with staying power, but I’ve since worn the Parure Gold all day long, with neither of the other products, and found the coverage results as effective and the staying power only marginally less so.

The foundation is quite moisturising and felt very lightweight and natural all night. I wore it for around 8 hours at my party and it did not sweat off at all. It sat really well on my skin all night and even when I felt I had a beetroot face, I was assured I just looked ‘glowy’. The picture at the top of the post shows me at about 4 hours, and 5 drinks, into the evening. I remember feeling boiling hot at the time.


If you have oily skin, I don’t think you would get such good results as it’s such a moisturising foundation; it might work better for you with the right primer but it would be quite an expensive gamble.

In conclusion I can say that I am extremely impressed by Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance Fluid Foundation. It delivered exactly as I’d hoped and, despite its high price tag, I would not hesitate to repurchase (which won’t be for a while as you need so little product for a full face).

I hope this was useful. I will be back soon with my first impressions of Beauty Pie make-up and more close-ups of my face. I can only apologise.

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