Guerlain L’Or Makeup Base looks both beautiful and luxury in the bottle. It has tiny (real) gold shavings suspended in clear liquid. When I received this gorgeous product I didn’t waste too much time just staring at the gold flecks swirling in the bottle.
Guerlain L’Or is, indeed, a makeup base/primer. It doesn’t contain silicone, so those sensitive to dimethicone/polydimethylysiloxane can use it happily. It contains glycerin and is scented, though, so take that into account (I love the way it smells). The gold particles don’t actually appear on the skin- they melt when you touch them, so L’Or Base isn’t actually shimmery, glittery or sparkly. Any errant flecks can be easily smoothed. The base settles nicely onto the skin and locks in your moisturiser- my skin feels happily plumped every time I use L’Or, even on a crazy cold and dry winter day or night like now. The suppleness lasts for hours, so that’s a great thing on its own.It takes about five minutes for the full effect to show- skin looks more even and there’s a very subtle glow to it, like you just had the best facial. The smoothness created by L’Or helps foundation and any other makeup you use stick and stay in place. It might not be as cement-like as silicone primers but I find it more efficient than the luminizers I’ve tried (Too Face, Urban Decay, Gorgeous Cosmetics, M.A.C and Chanel). I’ve used this Guerlain primer several times over the summer and had great results- my makeup didn’t melt or migrate.