[productsample] Brace yourselves – there’s a very expensive foundation coming up!

Guerlain Gold Radiance Collection

The limited edition Gold Radiance Collection, which launches in October, utilises gold pigment to bring light to the face. We all know that gold in products can go one way or the other – it’s sublime if subtly handled but a hot sparkly mess if not. I went out with someone a few weeks ago and the entire time I wondered if they knew their entire face was glittering. I don’t know if it was on purpose or not – and I was too polite to ask! The Gold Radiance Foundation Rejuvenating Effect 24 Hour Wear SPF30 is amazing – it’s highly perfecting and you really can see the ‘lit skin’ effect without being seen from the moon – think of it like a tiny drop of gold lacquer has been added to a bottle of foundation. Personally, I think it’s a winter evening coverage for when you need some glamour and radiance. The other thing to know about this foundation is that it contains peptides. It’s £63 but before you shudder at the thought, Surratt is bringing out a £70 foundation soon!

Guerlain Gold Radiance Collection

I’m also smitten with Parure Gold Setting Powder that offers mattifying and more gold pigment. It’s really a thing of absolute beauty (and has the glorious Guerlain scent) and leaves gold accents (some tiny twinkles but not too many) on the skin. In texture, it’s a super silky powder that will knock down shine while leaving a subtle gold sheen on the skin. Again, I’d put it in ‘glamorous evening’ territory rather than every day wear. I rarely wear powder and I’d be nervous to wear this in anything other than ‘candlelight’ territory. It’s £45.

Guerlain Gold Radiance Collection

This is the foundation swatch in Shade 03 which doesn’t give any indication of the golden accents – but trust me they’re there! Lastly, a quick mention for the Parure Gold Setting Mist – I never use setting mists so it’s hard to do a comparison with anything else but I’d think that unless you’re convinced by them it’s the least interesting product of the collection. It will give your skin antioxidant protection and it contains a collagen boosting ingredient but I can’t fully tell if it’s adding any gold or not. I don’t think so, having looked at the hand I spritzed it on in the sunlight.  It’s a very fine mist – the main difference between a luxury mist and a high street mist I often think is literally the spritz mechanic – which feels slightly moisturising on the skin. If it keeps pollution at bay then it’s valuable, especially if you’re a city dweller. It’s £34. You can expect to see the collection from October 1st.

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