Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guerlain Parure Extreme & Dior 649 Ready to Glow

About 2-3 weeks ago, the local drugstore chain here, Shoppers Drug Mart had another of their bonus redemption weekends. I took the opportunity to redeem my store points since the bonus was an extra $50 in addition to the $150 worth of points I had.

In fact, this weekend is another bonus redemption weekend - perhaps the last chance to redeem points before changes to the point values take place in July.

Anyway since I don't really need more colour makeup, I did some research, and decided to focus on foundations since I don't have a good summer foundation. I settled on the Guerlain Parure Extreme, and Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Powder foundation. I also decided to try a Dior quint for the first time. (The rest of the redemption was made up of just non-makeup items.)


Guerlain Parure Extreme in 02 Beige Clair. This is the lightest shade available here(I think they might have a lighter one in Asia), but I find it a shade too dark for me right now :(


Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup SPF 10. I haven't opened this because I am still trying to decide if it is worthwhile keeping...should I? I have 1 more week to exchange it...any opinions on this foundation?


Dior palette in 649 Ready to Glow, Summer 2010 collection. My first Dior quint! I've used Dior Detective Chic palettes before, but their texture is quite different from their iridescent quints.



The colours are very glowy, and quite suitable for daytime wear at the office. I like that there is a cool grey shade and a warmer brown shade that allows you to darken the colour for a more intense look, just in case you are going somewhere right after work.


Here you can see the Guerlain Beige Clair shade is a tad darker than my neck :S I tried dusting some Guerlain Mythic meteorites on top but it doesn't help to lighten the look very much.

I do like the finish of the Parure Extreme though, it controls oil nicely, and seemed to last longer than other foundations. Not to mention the scent is light and pleasant, quite different from the sweet rose scent Guerlain uses in their powder products.


The colours in the Dior 649 quint are quite iridescent all right, you can see how glowy my eyelids are! The only drawback to the light colours is that the pigmentation isn't intense, so they look similar from far.


Funnily enough, despite the mismatched foundation colour I received some compliments on my skin the day I used it, but perhaps it was because I was indoors where the difference between my face and neck wasn't quite as apparent. I think I may still keep the Parure Extreme because of its wear and finish, but find ways to match up my neck skintone instead...

What I used

Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation 02 Beige Clair
Guerlain Meteorites Mythic
Cargo Blu-ray concealer 01

Etude House Cheek Stamp Blush in Happy Peach
Marcelle Lux Gloss in Muse

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Dior 5 Color Iridescent Quint in 649 Ready to Glow
ELF Pink Ice to highlight under brow
Mary Kay Ultimate mascara in Black


PB said...

Between you and Jamilla I'm so tempted by the Guerlain foundation! I think I want to try this - does it feel heavy? I don't like foundation that feels heavy or oily on the skin

Angie | said...

the GD palette is beautiful!

Lolita Riot said...

not a fan of the loose powder, however I really love the dior skin forever powder compact. really nice coverage!

Unknown said...

Lovely look :) I love the eyeshadow colors as well :) Dior always makes the most versatile palettes! :)

Your skin looks great with the foundation :) You have a nice natural tan and the blush is gorgeous on you :)

My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks said...

Love this look! :)

Haru said...

I have the Prarure Pearly White liquid foundation in #01 Beige Pale, not sure how it compares to the Prarure Extreme liquid foundation though. Perhaps you can try lightening the foundation by mixing it with a paler foundation or a luminiser? Or layering a white translucent powder on top?

AskMeWhats said...

would you believe I haven't tried any Guerlain products yet? Only testers! lol

Unknown said...

the dior palette looks gorgeous! and I love your makeup :) it really suits you

Unknown said...

omgosh i hate how they are changing the points system! do you usually buy gift card for points and then use the gift card to make purchases to get more points? i tried doing that the other day and they wouldn't let me :( but i've read some forums online and apparently its valid!

and which shoppers location do you go to with dior and guerlain?! i love the dior palette from the summer collection :) it looks sooo pretty on you :)

Jess said...

I love everything you got! The Dior Ready to Glow palette looks really nice on you!

I think the Guerlain foundation indeed provides you a flawless and dewy finish. I think the difference between you neck is not that visible.

mayaari said...

I have the Guerlain foundation as well and I love using it! though I save it now for days where I need my foundation to last...but there's no beating the coverage! maybe applying a layer of sunblock underneath or a slightly lighter setting powder on top would even out the color so it would match your neck more?

Lavender said...

This is a lovely eye palette. You look fabulous!

izumi said...

i do love how your skin looks :) and the quad looks so nice!

Shaimaa said...

You look so lovely

Anonymous said...

The Dior palette looks super pretty on swatch and on you!

Catherine said...

Oh wow what a lovely haul! I am so lemming that eyeshadow palette!

And dude, I have been having the HARDEST time with foundations not matching my neck lately too! I think I'm just too yellow... =/

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