Guerlain’s New Lingerie de Peau Foundation

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

It’s not often that I look at my reflection and catch myself out, thinking, who in God’s name is THAT? Actually, that’s an utter lie: I catch myself out on an almost daily basis, glancing in the mirror and wondering why my own face has been exchanged for that of an eight hundred year-old witch who has managed to survive multiple (harrowing) expeditions on the ducking stool and who lives in a mouldering shack made from twigs.

But it’s certainly not often that I catch myself out and think hey up! Who’s that flawless foxwhich is precisely what happened to me last week when I was sitting having my hair done by the brilliant Samantha Cusick. Usually I look like a blood-drained zombie when I have my hair done – there’s something about your face being framed by packets of foil and wads of cotton wool and bits of cling-film that just doesn’t present it in its best light – but I happened to glance up and check my visage in the mirror and…

…it was as though my skin had been put through one of those Snapchat filters that people use but pretend they don’t use. Do you know the ones I mean? The filters that sort of “melt” the skin into a weird, smooth, almost featureless stretch of perfectly-toned beige? That’s what my skin looked like. In a good way.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

I was wearing Lingerie de Peau, the new “second skin” “natural look” foundation from luxury beauty brand Guerlain. Guerlain say that “the formula offers the right balance between truth and idealisation, showcasing [skin] without transforming, creating the impression of naturally beautiful skin”.

I say “if anyone has skin this good naturally, I’ll eat my own newly-highlighted hair.” And also “if this isn’t transforming then I don’t know what is.”

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

There’s nothing wrong with transforming, and Guerlain’s newly reformulated Lingerie de Peau really does transform: what it doesn’t do, and they are welcome to amend their press materials and give me a small credit in the bottom left-hand corner, is mask. I can see what they are trying to say – that this foundation brings out the best in your own skin without plastering over its personality, but really, it’s far better than that. It takes a look at your skin, grimaces like a couturier who’s been asked to dress someone with boobs and then proceeds to completely overhaul it – adding radiance, disguising discolourations, smoothing over lumps and bumps. This is “lingerie for the skin” – it gives nothing near the full overcoat coverage of a heavier foundation – but it’s a corset, slimming pants and balconette bra sort of lingerie, not a flimsy wisp of lace kind of affair.

Here’s my face before the ultra-light, second-skin-effect Lingerie de Peau has been applied:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

And here it is afterwards.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

You can see that it’s not the fullest coverage in the world but it delivers in so many other ways. Like lots of other very clever face bases these days, it manages to produce a flawless finish without completely masking the skin – it’s as though there’s a suspended veil hovering over the surface that you can just about see through but that gives everything a wonderful soft focus effect.

Close-ups, now, and here’s the before with the usual bits of redness and a few blemishes:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

Followed by the after, where you can see that the imperfections are muted down but not altogether covered:

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

In an unprecedented move, I’m going to show you an “extra” shot, because I really think that this foundation comes into its own when the daylight hits it at full pelt. Unforgiving, unfiltered, broad daylight.

guerlain lingerie de peau review

See that? It’s almost as if the more light you chuck at this foundation, the better it performs. It’s rather soft focus, this pic, because it was taken on my iPhone and the lens was probably smeared with nappy cream and face oil and whatever else gets all over it, but you can see how glowy and flawless the skin looks. Lingerie de Peau uses special correcting pigments and powders to get this flawless finish – I’ve said this about a few other foundations recently, but it really is the sign of a classy product when it can give such a uniform and perfected look without massively heavy coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation Review

Longevity-wise, this lasts well on me – as you know, I tend to take my foundation off as soon as I’m finished with my day, so I haven’t worn it for more than about twelve hours, but it does A-OK with a full “work day” of wear. I don’t powder it, just add some neutral blush or a pale bronzer (pictured above is Nude Nuance from Lauder, sadly discontinued) but if you were incredibly oily then a good primer might be sensible to help with wear and finish. I almost think it’s a shame to powder over the top!

So. A beautifully light, glowy-finish, skin-perfecting foundation with a lighter coverage than you’d expect – perfect for those who don’t want to look overtly made-up. It’s a sort of “wow, your skin looks amazing” sort of face base rather than a “what IS that foundation you’re wearing, it’s amazing” one. If that makes any sense whatsoever. You notice flawless skin, not flawless foundation. There are 18 shades with three different undertones –  cool, neutral and warm – so quite an extensive range. I wear shade 02N, which, if anything, is very slightly on the yellow side, if that helps anyone with their tone choice!

You can find Lingerie de Peau at Escentual here – it’s £35.10, slightly less than the RRP of £39.

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  1. Hannelore Gurbet
    October 13, 2016 / 8:27 am

    What colour do yoh use Ruth? Thanks!

    • Stephanie-M-M
      October 13, 2016 / 9:31 am

      I wanted to ask the same thing, so thanks you Hannelore. Because I fear (I already swatch the lightest shades on my arm) that these are to dark for me (yes in the winter I am literally Snow White!).

      • October 13, 2016 / 6:58 pm

        02N! I have updated the post at the bottom with more info. xx

        • Hannelore Gurbet - Siegel
          October 13, 2016 / 10:42 pm

          Thanks Ruth!

        • Stephanie-M-M
          October 14, 2016 / 12:01 pm

          Thank you. That’s always helpful!

        • Trish
          April 6, 2018 / 2:31 pm

          I also use 2N in the winter but find my skin a bit warmer now so I might get the 3W which worked like a charm on me skin. I really liked it at the shop but also depending on natural light. I am a bit confused on how to wear all my 2N foundations from Guerlain as it’s now summer here and I am in between nc20-nc30

  2. Tatiana
    October 13, 2016 / 8:39 am

    Which method of application do you think works best with this? Fingers, brush or sponge? Thanks.

  3. October 13, 2016 / 8:42 am

    This looks beautiful! What shade are you using Ruth?

    • October 13, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      02N! I have updated the post at the bottom with more info. xx

      • Lisa
        September 3, 2017 / 1:11 pm

        What model is your iphone/iPhone camera?

  4. Carly
    October 13, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Oooh I want this!!! If I’m a Chanel 40 what colour would you recommend?

    • October 13, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      I use Chanel 20 and am a 02N in this x

  5. Karima
    October 13, 2016 / 9:01 am

    I would also like to know the colour you are wearing im usually the same colour with most foundations, maybe i am slightly more yellow.. lovely review!

    Also, would you prefer this over the new Dior? I have used a tester of that yesterday and it’s incredible! Always on the hunt for new great foundations!

    • October 13, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      The Dior is much higher coverage than this and a more velvety matte finish.
      Shade 02N! I have updated the post at the bottom with more info. xx

  6. Stephanie-M-M
    October 13, 2016 / 9:36 am

    It’s interesting that the close-up doesn’t wow me at all, but the the picture with the full-light-on is just stunning, or is it just Ruth who’s so beautiful….mhm…in that picture you look like a goddess.
    Guess I’ll try to get a sample and look out what it does to me and then I’ll find out ;). xx

  7. Ginger Griff
    October 13, 2016 / 10:05 am

    you do have a way with words , thank you for starting my day with a laugh, the foundation looks amazing xxx :)

  8. Tammy
    October 13, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    You look stunnung Ruth! Could you please tell me which shade you used and also a breakdown of your eye makeup products used?

  9. October 13, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    The difference really is amazing, without looking caked on or too heavy.

  10. Patricia
    October 13, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    You know Ruth, I don’t wear much in the way of make up at all, I mainly read your blog for gems like this:

    ‘It takes a look at your skin, grimaces like a couturier who’s been asked to dress someone with boobs and then proceeds to completely overhaul it ….’

    Thanks for the giggle!

  11. October 13, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    What IS it about the combination of lights and mirrors in the hairdresser’s, that they make us look so dreadful? (Never the woman sitting at the next station, you note, just us!) Thank you for making me smile.

    • October 13, 2016 / 7:00 pm

      I think it’s also because I never bother to wear any makeup – apart from this time! x

  12. October 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    This sounds amazing!
    A typo: “… then I don’t know what it.”

    • October 13, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      THANK you! How did that escape my eagle eye?! x

  13. October 13, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I certainly want to try it. I just got MUFE Water Blend so I’ll just get a sample and see if they have a color match for me.

  14. Maiten
    October 14, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Such a great review of one of my favourite foundations! Although I have to admit that I need to try this “new formula”, as I’m still using the last drops of my old good bottle. Anyway I know now that it will be a sure purchase. P.S. You look stunning.

  15. Ayla
    October 14, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Ha! I bought that blush years ago after reading about it here in your blog, and when you said it’s was discontinued (back than) I went and bought another one!

  16. Z
    October 16, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Gorgeous. Ruth, you look about 15! (Hastily downs a whole litre of water.. That is your secret, right?)

  17. Monica
    October 25, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Hi Ruth,
    This foundation contains alcohol. Is it safe for acne-prone skin, too? I have the same question for Chanel Velvet Lumiere.

    Thank you!!!!

  18. Emily
    October 25, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Ruth, one of the reasons I enjoy reading your blog is your writing style! I absolutely love it, it is hilarious, informative and overall amazing! You can make anything worthwhile reading! Not sure how to express it, but your blog is like a warm hug (haha I know it sounds weird), especially Sunday Tittle Tattle posts, they make me feel so genuinely happy! Plus I love that I can always trust your opinion on anything, you test out products properly before giving feedback and it is awesome! Thank you ^_^

    P.S. Love your videos as well xx

  19. Daisy Chiu
    October 25, 2016 / 9:04 pm


    What a great review. Thanks. I know you mentioned the blush that you paired with is discontinued. Did you manage to find a dupe or similar shade with other brands?



  20. November 6, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Outstanding review! Thanks for sharing, Ruth.
    I certainly want to try this foundation, I love the gorgeous sheer coverage it gives :)

  21. Gina
    January 18, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    This was so helpful. I’m a Guerlain LDP lover :)). In previous colors I wore 02. I was panicked when I went to reorder only to discover the colors were different :(. i texted my makeup specialist from the department store I order from & she assured me they 02N would be my new color match. I’m nervously awaiting my shipment hoping she is correct as color matching foundation is so problematic for me, but reading your post & seeing your pics it looks like it will be spot on for me :). You’re stunning & the LDP is amazing on you. I ordered their new concealer as well , multi perfecting in 02. I’m excited to try it :)

  22. February 8, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    wow, loved your review. thanks for sharing!

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