This summer I drifted slightly off my 'Korean goodies' and went on to explore a number of high-end BB creams by European brands. I pestered my friendly ladies for tons of samples out of which I picked a couple of gems for myself.
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Beauty Booster is one of the best BB creams I've ever used, Korean or not. It comes in a seemingly standard kind of packaging for most BB creams, a plastic tube with a pump. However, there's something about the quality of the tube, its pearl beige shade, the print, the metal cap embossed with a logo that makes it look classy and luxurious.
The assistant at Sephora insisted on me trying out the medium shade, but knowing myself better I asked her to make a sample of the BB cream in Light as well. As you can see from the swatch below Light turned out to be a far better match for my NW20-25 skin tone. In fact it's a bit too light now that I'm sort of tanned, but when I add a touch of bronzer it looks perfect. Using the Medium shade was out of the question, it was far too dark and too yellow, made my face look like an overgrown orange.
Light is a pale neutral beige with very slight peachy undertones, which my camera always fails to pick.
I have quite trouble-free skin so high coverage is not what I'm usually after, but I expect my face products to tone down the redness and even out my skin tone and this is what this BB cream does prefectly. I usually need only one pump to cover my entire face. I don't like to build the product up cause it starts looking heavy and this is not what I expect of a BB cream. I use my fingers or a make up sponge to apply and blend and I've noticed that when I use the sponge I get higher coverage and more matte finish.
The coverage itself is actually surprisingly high for an European BB cream, in this respect it's definitely comparable to the Korean frontliners like Skin79 or Etude House.
The manufacturer advises using this BB cream under foundation for greater coverage, however, I really don't see the point, it's such a perfect product on its own.
I really like using this BB cream this summer. It's been pretty hot during the past few weeks and this BB cream managed to look weather appropriate, natural and skin-like, didn't turn my face into an oil slick and lasted pretty much all day.
And it has the most amazing smell of all and I really love fragranced face products.
I know I'm not to rely on foundation for sun protection, and I don't, but it's always useful to have suncreen in your BB cream as well, this one has SPF30.
Disclaimer: I bought the product myself for my personal use and I am not affiliated with any company. I am not paid to do this review and everything I said here is my genuine opinion.