Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation………..Packed Full of Innovation!

Hi Everyone,

I just want to start by apologising to my Instagram followers because i promised them this review yesterday. Life sometimes takes centre stage. I did start writing it yesterday though.

There have been a number of high end foundation releases already this year and none had swept me off my feet. Nice! Yes, but almost same old with new packaging. Guerlain hooked me in with its natural ingredients and new bottle design.

Boasting 97% natural ingredients with no alcohol, silicones and mineral oils. 30 new shades and a skin-like finish.

The bottle design is something to behold. Gorgeous! An asymetric duo of bubbles. Thats my take on it. This is a statement piece to sit on your dresser encasing a statement foundation. Now! That’s the way to do it.

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation.

Swatch of Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation in 03C

The foundation includes many skin care ingredients said to target fine lines, open pores and dryness. It also boasts of targeting blue light (phones, computers) and has an SPF 20. It wears for 16 hours with a subtle glow and has a light to medium coverage that feels very light on the skin.

The foundation brush is lovely and ergonomically designed.

This foundation is currently the only one sold worldwide with this level of technology in one single product. We know already that others are going to follow.

Initial Thoughts.

Foundation on my left of the face.

First off, i love the bottle design. Not travel friendly but very dresser friendly.

The foundation is 30ml and It comes with a pump. has a hefty price tag of £44./ 50 euros/ $56 US. however, it boasts of many benefits in one, as explained above.

One problem i had with previous foundations by Guerlain was, the lack of shade range. I found the shades 20 too pale and 30 too deep and could never get one to match. L’Essentiel has 30 shades varying from cool, neutral and warm tones. I opted for 03C although i think i could also be a 02W. This colour warms my complexion.


Foundation over the whole Face

I bought the brush that accompanies this foundation, which is travel and handbag friendly. It is retractable, anti-bacterial and has tightly packed, super soft bamboo hairs.

The brush is fantastic for a flawless, seemless finish. It really is too. I never normally opt for the ‘brush that comes with foundation’ because they are usually naff. Not this one. Its excellent at blending and speedy with it.

Two pumps of foundation does a light/medium cover on my face and i do need to add a concealer around my nose, under my eyes, as per usual. I would opt for 3 pumps for a medium coverage if you have a few blemishes or redness.

Wear Time.

I wore this over 5 days with various primers underneath and the first day without any.

The finished look.

I wore it with the Guerlain L’Or primer underneath on two consecutive occasions and with Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel primer underneath for another two.

My pores where reduced dramatically using L’Or and created a lovely base to apply the foundation. My pores where just slightly visible around my nose with Blanc de Chanel but the finish of the foundation was a lot more illuminated. Both gave the foundation amazing staying power, (i wore it for 11 hours) it never faded at all during the whole day. Admittedly, it is winter here and my skin is less oily.

The only time i noticed less staying power is when i wore it without any primer at all. It did still work well for at least 8 hours on me though.

Final Thoughts.

I think Guerlain got it, completely right. Make your product stand out from the start and get everyone talking about it on social media. This little glass bottle has done just that. We do live in a SM age and visuals sell.


This foundation did give my skin a subtle glow and blurred all the pores around my nose. No lines were accentuated at all. Very impressive! Skin heaven for mature skin! The best results came when it was paired with Guerlain L’Or primer for my base.

The colour match was perfect for me as it gave a touch of warmth to my skin.

The Guerlain foundation brush. Made with super soft bamboo bristles.

This foundation is going to work on any type of skin. I think even oily skins will benefit because it does dry down quickly. There is also a mild fragrance to it, which reminds me a tiny bit of Johnsons Baby Powder.

I’m so happy i passed on the other new releases of 2019 so far. This one has won the race for flawless/poreless longevity.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉


  1. ladyjicky
    February 25, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    I nearly bought this on Sunday but I could not decide on the colour – 2 natural or 2 cool – the SA was no where to be seen so I will buy it on another day when she is at her stand.
    Its not thick (which I love ) and the bottle is beautiful. Very sculptural !
    Looks lovely on you Mandy and it is going to be my next buy 🙂

    Oh….. have you seen the new Chanel Flash lipsticks? They are not here and I wonder if you have seen them and …. of course – what do you think of them ????
    Hope you are well …. its going to be a very hot week here … not looking forward to it as you know how it can be 🙁

    • mirifiquebeauty
      February 25, 2019 / 9:46 pm

      Good luck with the weather. I’ve had a holiday day today and the weather is lovely. Wish I was off tomorrow to.
      I haven’t seen the Coco Flash lipsticks yet
      It’s pay day Friday so you can imagine which counters I’ll be hitting on Saturday! Oh dear!
      I love this new foundation so much. It really does look like second skin. Worth the steep price. It is worth getting colour matched. The SA tried to sell me the 03W and I put some on back of my hand and could see it was too deep for my skin tone. I asked to try 03C and it looked far better. Make them try a couple on you because I thought I was going to be 02N and it was so pale in the end. You won’t be disappointed with this foundation. Ilove the brush too. My mum laughed when I told her how much it was but it applies the foundation beautifully. Xxx

    February 26, 2019 / 12:19 am

    I will go with lipstick and eye makeup only and then we can really match my skin. As long as I have some mascara and lippie …. I will go out of the gate to the shops! LOL
    You never know who you will meet and let my tell you … when I go makeup free and look somewhat “dead” I see everyone … especially the ones you do not want to meet like that ! LOL

    • mirifiquebeauty
      February 26, 2019 / 12:42 pm

      I know
      Always happens 😁

  3. March 1, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    This sounds amazing! I will have to check it out!

  4. mirifiquebeauty
    March 1, 2019 / 3:50 pm


  5. mirifiquebeauty
    April 16, 2019 / 5:59 pm

    Can you get to a store to try them out? If not, i would go with 2N as this is quite neutral and if you warm your skin up with a bronzer, it will be perfect. I love this foundation. Very much like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua only with a touch less coverage. Its so flawless though.

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