Guerlain Blanc de Perle Smoothing UV Base Brightening Pearl Perfection SPF30 Works Great As A Primer

It’s a mouthful isn’t it? Guerlain Blanc de Perle Smoothing UV Base Brightening Pearl Perfection SPF30 PA+++. Let’s just shorten it to UV Base. This Guerlain UV Base acts as a sunscreen and a face primer at the same time. I’ve been using this for the past month or so, and here’s what I think.


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The UV Base comes in a light plastic tube. While some luxury brands make their packaging solid and heavy, Guerlain makes theirs surprisingly lightweight and travel friendly. Even though the weight might be light, the quality of the packaging is by no means compromised. The UV Base can be used alone or under foundation. I have tried using it as a sunscreen, and I’ve also used it on top of my SPF50 when I know I’ll be out and about for the day. The texture of the UV Base is creamy but not very emolient or spreadable. So what I like to do is to squeeze some product onto my fingers, dab it all over my face before gently smoothing it out. That way, I don’t pull and tug my face.


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I am not complaining that it is not emolient enough. In fact, I like that it is not slippery, but absorbs quickly to a semi matte finish. For my normal sometimes combination skin, I find that this texture keeps my face light and non greasy. Anything creamier might be too much for me, resulting in mid morning shine. I don’t find any difference in applying this alone as a sunscreen or on top of another higher SPF sunscreen (I use Shiseido Perfect UV Protector). What I mean is, my face doesn’t get greasy any faster or slower. So, it’s safe to say that this Guerlain UV Base is great even for those with oily skin. I don’t find it drying, and I’m sure those with dry skin can wear this well, on top of your moisturizer, of course.

SPF30 might be enough for those with a desk job but if you’re going to be running around outdoors, I always recommend applying a SPF50 first. Yes, I might be paranoid, but if I didn’t protect my skin properly, all the anti ageing products I use will be a waste of money. As you know, exposure to harmful UV rays is one of the main factors of premature skin ageing. Better to be safe than sorry, I say.


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I like to use this as a base before my powder foundation. It has been really hot and muggy here, and all I want is just to dust some powder on my face. When I apply this prior to powder, I find that the powder sets to a more natural finish, without being cakey or dry and powdery. When I use this before my liquid foundation, I also find that it’s easier to blend out my foundation without any streaks. For those of you who want a list of ingredients, please click the photo below to enlarge it.


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The Guerlain Smoothing UV Base has a very light refreshing flowery scent that I enjoy. It is not sweet, but it smells like violets, in a way. My skin seems to like this product very much, but of course, there is a BUT. It costs RM190 for only 30ml of product. It is expensive. I can get 50ml for cheaper, but hey, it is Guerlain after all. The price kinda comes with the brand. Have you tried this? What face primer / sunscreen do you use?


xoxo Lily


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  • Tried this and love it. Covers up my pores nicely. It’s definitely not oily :). I also bought Correcting UV Base and I used it on my lazy days as sunscreen, base and foundation. It’s more oilier than Smoothing UV Base but nonetheless both is a great product.

    • Oh, I’m glad you love it too, Fiona! The Correcting UV Base sounds lovely 🙂

  • Interesting for sure!! I wish it was higher SPF, then I actually might have considered buying it!

    • I wonder if their SPF50 is just as good… I really like this one 🙂

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Not bad! SPF 30 would be enough for me, at least on a day to day basis.

    • If you can get it there, you should try it!

  • Hey Lily, thanks so much for the review! I don’t think this will be available here, but I might check it out when I’m in Taipei (where I have problems with oil control and need more SPF)! I like the fact that it’s not silicone-based. My skin doesn’t have a problem with silicone per se, but for the moment all of my primers are silicone-based and I want to try something different!

    • Hey Sunny, I hope you’ll like this one! It’s definitely good for hot and humid weather 🙂

  • Hello Lily.
    Great review! 🙂
    I also really like your blog and it would mean a lot to me if you take a minute and check, follow my blog if you like. Thank you so so much, have a nice day,
    xoxo Diane

  • Liz

    I’ve never tried Guerlain liquid products – not sure if this one is even sold here. I think for the price, I’d rather rely on a tried and true and go for a sunscreen that’s fairly matte to double as primer. (Neutrogena has a surprisingly decent one.)

  • This one sounds great. But damn Guerlain and those prices. I am starting to introduce primers especially with the upcoming warmer weather. I have never thought they would help powder look more natural, I’m even more curious now. I have two to try but the trouble is I always forget bc they have never been a big part of my routine, I intent to introduce them finally! I’m glad this one is working well for you 🙂

    • Can’t wait to read about the primers you’re going to try 🙂 I just treat this as my sunscreen sometimes, and it’s because I never leave the house without sunscreen on. Yes, it does work great to make powders go on more natural. You should try it and then let me know how it works for you!