Guerlain L’Essentiel Foundation

Naturalness & make-up performance come together for the first time at Guerlain. […]

Naturalness & make-up performance come together for the first time at Guerlain.

A foundation made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients* with a natural glow finish that lasts for 16 hours**. The complexion is perfect, luminous and fresh. The comfortable texture becomes one with the skin, making it ideal for buildable coverage (light to medium).

With L’Essentiel, bare skin is more beautiful, day after day. The formula lets the skin breathe; hydrates, balances and protects the skin from pollution. The complexion is more even; the appearance of imperfections is reduced.

An unique and disruptive bottle by the designer Mathieu Lehanneur, inspired by the subtle art of balance.

Available in 30 shades to match every skin tone.

*Calculation based on the international ISO standard 16128 Parts 1 and 2. The remaining 3% contribute to optimising the formula’s integrity over time and its sensorial texture.
**Instrumental test conducted by an independent laboratory on 20 women.


A musky woody fragrance that opens with a white almond top note.
The delicate middle note of white tea reveals a soft and creamy sandalwood base note.
Its charm is sublimed by white musk and tonka bean notes.


Lets the skin breathe*; hydrates**, balances*** and protects the skin from pollution**.

Day after day:
– Bare skin is more beautiful: the complexion is more even, the appearance of pores is reduced (-49%), as is the appearance of pigmentary imperfections (-39%)****.
– The make-up result gets even more beautiful. The skin is increasingly smooth. The skin’s texture is refined; the complexion is radiant****.

Formula dermatologically tested on all skin types, even sensitive skin.


A foundation that respects the skin’s equilibrium, made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients*. L’Essentiel has nothing to hide. The remaining 3% have been chosen in good conscience.

Their function: guaranteeing the impeccable, long-lasting hold of the foundation and its sensory qualities.

Beauty-protecting ingredients (extracts from both tara and red algae gums): let the skin breathe** and protect it from pollution***.

Beauty-boosting ingredients (including white cocoa bean extract as well as probiotic derivatives and prebiotics): maintain the skin’s natural balance, strengthen the cutaneous barrier, and boost hydration****.