Skincare lovers, today’s post is just for you. A few months ago, I did a quick preview of Guerlain’s Blanc de Perle skincare range which was released in January. Having been popular in Asia for quite some time, I was anxious, excited yet ever so slightly nervous to write my review.
This is a very extensive range and there is quite a lot to say but let’s start with a review of the basics. Guerlain is no stranger to the skincare realm, having created skin tone correcting products for decades before it even became a hot topic in North America. Blanc de Perle is the newest update to their whitening/brightening range meant to reveal your most beautiful luminous skin.
“Rare and precious, the pearl is a fascinating jewel: pure and immaculately white, it glows with a deep, rich radiance. A genuine miracle of nature, pearls create themselves, layer after layer, to become perfect. The BLANC DE PERLE range, a complete skincare routine with the P.E.A.R.L complex, accomplishes this miracle of perfection on the skin by revealing its extraordinary whitening power.”
With this, Guerlain has done an impeccable job. Colours of beige, pearl white and sliver really bring together the range cohesively and fits the brightening theme perfectly. Packaging is appropriate to the product but done up in sophisticated presentation from satisfying glass jars to easy dispensing droppers and pumps. All the products are scented with a soft sweet floral note but delicately done so there’s no overwhelming lingering fragrance and I actually find it more manageable than some of their other skincare products which can borderline on perfume.
formulated with protective properties while the night treatment is created to rapidly dispense dark spot correcting ingredients to the skin. Although they look very fluid in the bottle, the day variation has a more watery consistency whereas the night option is thicker with a slightly gel-like feeling on the skin. In addition to the aforementioned medicinal ingredients in the toner, the day treatment also contains sunflower seed extract and evening primrose extract while the night treatment boasts a cocktail of vitamin C and lactic acid for mild exfoliation. Unfortunately, nothing about this duo really stood out to me and still remains a major mystery of this range. I alternate between using this as well as the Essence.
GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Essence/Serum*
Price: $150 CAD (30ml) | Staying in my routine: Yes
Much more suited to my personal taste, this serum/essence dispenses via a dropper as a milky viscous fluid which turns almost watery when massaged into the skin. While light weight, it doesn’t leave any uncomfortable residue behind yet does a notable job of hydrating my skin without added greasiness. It’s easy to layer with other products and I’ve used it both on its on but also mixed right into my day cream when I’m in a rush. Either way, this seems to do much better for me while having an extremely similar mix of ingredients as the Night Treatment.
GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Sleeping Concentrate Night Cream*
Price: $120 CAD (50ml) | Staying in my routine: No
Formulated to protect the skin from oxidative stress during sleep, this triple duty night cream is meant to hydrate, repair and protect. It has a gel cream texture that feels light to the touch but which I found quite hard to spread evenly. This meant I either used more product than I though necessary or I had to mix the essence to make it more blendable. Strangely this actually felt a little heavy on my skin and often pilled as well when rubbed too extensively. It didn’t seem to layer well with other products in the range although it did a fine job of moisturizing my skin. This contains sodium hyaluronate for hydration, isoparafin (a mineral oil complex), peach extract, citric acid, vitamin C as well as similar ingredients to the treatments. Throughout the month I was almost inclined to say this clogged my pores a little so I often used the day cream at night instead. Now looking at it’s mineral oil content, something my skin just does not like, it all made sense. If you’re very breakout prone, skip this night concentrate.
GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Refreshing Day Cream*
Price: $110 CAD (50ml) | Staying in my routine: Yes
With a light, milky soft consistency this day cream is indeed refreshing and perfectly suited to my skin type. It’s moisturizing yet feels balanced even when layered over the treatments and essence. No suffocating feeling here at all and my skin just feels plump, soft and with a healthy glow that’s fresh, not greasy! This does not contain mineral oil but instead adds white lily bulb extract as well as sanguisorba officinalis root extract which is known to have medicinal healing properties. One of my favourite textures from this range by far and a pleasure to put on every time.
GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Sleeping Mask*
Price: $100 CAD (60ml) | Staying in my routine: Probably yes
If you’re new to Asian skincare, the concept of a sleeping mask probably sounds rather perplexing. In short, it’s usually a hydrating treatment (much like a facial mask) that comes in a cream/gel form and is used overnight. In the case of Blanc de Perle, this mask is mean to accelerate the effect of the active ingredients of your serums while also helping to repair daily UV damage. It has quite a nifty silicone spatula applicator which, after much fiddling, I decided was too cumbersome to use. Ideally it helps to smooth the product evenly over the skin but I found it easier to just use my fingers instead. The mask itself is quite lovely with a milky light consistency unlike most of the heavier sleeping products I’ve used previously. It leaves a slightly moist layer on the skin but I always wake up to well rested, smooth baby skin after using this. No breakouts, no extra greasiness. Marketed as a treatment product, this can be used 2-3x a week or as needed. It contains similar ingredients as the other products without the mineral oil.
Now with all those products working their magic for a month (actually probably a bit more than that), let’s look at the before and after results. As always, I started by letting my skin “reset” to a more normal and natural state by using simple skincare with little to no active ingredients before switching over to the Blanc de Perle range. Note that the sun was out in the before photos so my skin looks just a tinge warmer than the after photos.
The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Skincare range is a very gentle, well rounded set of products best for the maintenance of bright, luminous skin. The extensive range of items layer well with each other but you can always select your favourites to customize your regime. Overall the textures would sit best with dry to normal skin types as well as slightly mature skin. Blanc de Perle was excellent at balancing my combination skin and I especially liked the results on refining my usually problematic skin texture but it wouldn’t be my personal first choice for treating dark spots or scarring. That being said, note that these were my results over only one month of usage and continued usage may provide better results. I will keep some of these products in my routine but I certainly need a few other things to treat my personal skin issues. For those interested in trying Blanc de Perle, I’d recommend the Whitening Essence, Refreshing Hydrating Cream and Sleeping Whitening Mask as my top picks from the set.