Lancôme Teint Idole | Review, Wear Test, Should You Get It? 

Happy New Year! We’re several days into the new year but this is my first post so it’s only fitting that I wish everyone reading a happy new year. It’s taken me so long to post because I haven’t been satisfied with the quality of my photos.  I’ve kind of figured it out some so I’m back. And as compensation for not posting, I’m going to have a new post up everyday this week, then after I’ll be posting every Tuesday and Friday. Let’s get right into the review. 

I’ve been testing out the Lancôme Teint Idole foundation for a while now. If you haven’t heard of this foundation, the rock you’re living under must be pretty huge because it’s one of the most popular foundations I’ve ever seen, and for good reason.I did a mini review on instagram (@bisfor_beverly if you’re not following me on there what are you waiting for?) and it was pretty obvious that I really like this foundation but let’s get into why I do. 

The foundation promises: an oil – free up to 24-hour long wear foundation that delivers medium to full coverage and leaves a natural velvety matte finish

Just in case you didn’t know, there are two versions of the teint idole, the US version and the EU version. I got the EU version because I got mine from the UK and I’m in the shade 12 Ambre. The US has a wider range, with about 10 for darker skin, compared to 5 for darker skin in the EU. I had gotten matched previously at the mall so I didn’t have any problem selecting my shade. It comes in a tapered frosted glass bottle which makes the foundation look a lot lighter than it actually is. Did I mention that it comes with a pump? Lancôme describes this as a medium to full foundation and that is exactly what it is. I use two full pumps, one side for each side of my face and neck and it’s bye bye imperfections. I could probably build it up to full coverage with another layer but I don’t think that I need to because one layer covers up so well. 

It dries to a satin – matte finish, which is not at all flat. It blends easily with both a beauty blender and a brush, although I prefer a beauty blender. It is lightweight and stays that way even after several hours of wear. 

It controls my oils so well. I typically don’t set my foundations and I find that I don’t need to blot til after 6 hours. Within my 12 hour day, I only have to blot twice! This is pretty amazing, especially if you consider how oily I am. I haven’t tested out the 24 hour claim but I’ve worn it for 13 hours and it held up amazingly well for that time. It didn’t settle into my laugh lines or anything of the sort. 

This is one of very few foundations I’ve seen that actually has yellow undertones, and the shade and undertones match me oh so well. The first time I tried this, I almost cried with relief because of how well it matched me I noticed that it does oxidize and adjusts to fit my skin tone because it definitely swatches and goes on more yellow, and darkens slightly after a few minutes. Freshly swatchedAfter a few minutes. 

See how it has obviously oxidized? However I do not notice any more oxidation as the day goes on. It has SPF 15 but thankfully there is no flashback. It’s best to shake before use but it is not at all runny, unlike my NARS ADLW. The two are obviously different in both shade and undertones but they both work for me. 

The one obvious con about this foundation is that it is heavily scented. It smells a lot like Lancôme’s La Vie en Rose perfume. However the smell goes away after it is blended in. When I swatched it on my arm, the smell lingered til I washed it off. That’s how strong it is. So if you are sensitive to smells this is probably not the foundation for you. 

The foundation also claims to be transfer proof which is largely true but if you sweat or get oily, it’ll definitely transfer. 

All in all this foundation is pretty freaking amazing, and definitely worth the hype. It’s pretty steep but then again Lancôme is a luxury brand so you’re paying for the name as well as the product, which as you can see from this review is all sorts of amazing. If you can afford to splurge $47 on a foundation, I say getchu some! 

Price for this foundation is not fixed here in Ghana. Last I checked it was 232 cedis at the Westhills mall but that price is subject to change. However I got mine from @your_treasure_gh on instagram 

Thanks for reading! xx

 

Why did I wait so long to try the BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector?

Whew that’s such a mouthful! From the title of this post, I guess it’s pretty obvious what I’m going to say about this product, huh? First lemme start by saying damn BECCA, whoever you are, you are so amazing! If you have oily skin, then you know how sad and annoying it is to beat your face to the gawds and have it sliding off barely 2 hours later. My t-zone is extremely oily, and I usually have shine on my nose barely an hour after doing my makeup. I don’t have a problem with my foundation staying in place because I typically use long wearing foundations, but I do have a problem with shine. I have been long since looking for a primer to keep me matte for long, and this is where this primer comes in.. 

It comes in a plastic squeeze tube with silver accents. Personally I’m not a fan of the packaging because I feel like for the price, it could have come in a more luxurious packaging but it’s the stuff inside that matters. I had been looking online for primers that kept matte for a long time and it seemed like everyone just kept mentioning the BECCA primer. But reviews were mixed, people either absolutely loved it or absolutely hated it. Seemed like there were no in – betweens, so I was apprehensive about it. But then a friend who is as oily as I am recommended it and I was like I gots to get this! Now this is not cheap. Not at all, especially in Ghana so I had to do a little hunting and price comparisons, til finally I found one that I thought was affordable. And you know what? IT WORKS. I kid you not. 

This primer contains 1.35 FL oz which is equivalent to 40mL, definitely bigger than a lot of other primers, and that is how I justified spending so much on a primer. It hurt my heart to fork over so much on just a primer but after using it, I’d buy it even if it was a million dollars. Lol just kidding, I wouldn’t! 

What it is: Go beyond extending your makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil – prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day. Use alone, before or after foundation for long – lasting control of excess oil while minimizing the appearance of pores. Can also be used throughout the day to touch up areas of concern. 

These are such high claims, but the product actually delivers on all of those claims. It won’t say it keeps me matte all day, but it definitely keeps me matte longer than any primer ever has. It controls oil amazingly well. Usually I am oily by the two hour mark. I’m talking oily enough to fry chicken on my face. But with this primer, I find that my oils start to come through after 6 hours, and even then, it’s just dewy, and not straight up oily. So I rock the dewy look before I typically have to blot around the 8-9 hour mark. 

It is of a thick consistency, much like glue, but turns clear once you warm it up. It is important to use it right, else it won’t work. Do not rub the primer into your skin, else it’ll pill and roll and separate when you apply your base. Instead warm it between your fingers and tap it into your skin, much like how you use a blotting paper to take away shine, then let it set before you go in with your foundation or bb cream or whatever you’re going to use. I do find that it doesn’t necessarily fill it my pores, but it does do a good job of blurring my smaller pores, however I don’t find that effect to last too long. After applying the primer to my t-zone, which is where I get oily, I leave it to set while I fill in my eyebrows and do my eye makeup. I realised that when I leave it to sit too long, it leaves a kind of grey cast on my face that thankfully goes away when I apply my foundation. 

I’ve tried applying over my foundation, and I love that it doesn’t move my makeup at all. It dries fast, so it would be best to work in sections. I find that it extends the wear of my foundations. After my 12 hour day, I could just as easily blot all the shine from my face, reapply powder and my makeup would look like it was freshly applied. With this primer, I don’t even see the need use a setting powder. I just apply my foundation in a patting motion over it and I’m set. 

It is primarily water based, and contains no silicones, which is good for people who do not like silicone based primers. I’ve tried it with all of my foundations and I’ve found that it works beautifully with all of them. I have nothing bad to say about this bomb product, except probably for how expensive it is! To spend so much on a primer, I’m like whetttt. However I definitely most highly recommend this, especially for my oily/combination girls. If you’re dry, this is not the primer for you. I only apply this to my t-zone but if you’re oily all over, you can go right ahead and apply it all over your face. Just remember NOT TO RUB. I would definitely repurchase. In fact I should probably do that now before the price goes up. That’s how much I love this primer. It is definitely holy grail status for me. The BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector costs $36 and is between 150 – 200 cedis. I got mine from Zuzu’s Web on Instagram for 150 cedis  

Have you tried this primer? What is your holy grail primer? 

Maybelline SuperStay

Hi guys!

Doesn’t it seem like our obsessions change at a point in time? Like I was (and still am) a die hard lipstick fanatic. Now my obsession has changed to foundations. I am obsessed with finding the right foundation. I see the word “matte” in a foundation and my heart starts to sing. Anyway back to the topic. So I finally tried the Maybelline superstay. I don’t know why it took me so long to. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think it’s about to be discontinued?

As with all my foundation posts, I’m going to review this based on coverage,  finish and staying power.

For reference I have combination to oily, acne prone skin with a super oily t-zone and hyperpigmentation, so I prefer full coverage foundations.

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This little guy claims to have micro – flex formula for 24hr wear. Who wears their foundation that long?! Now can we talk about how miserable the shade range for dark skin is? I got this in the shade cocoa which is the darkest in the range and it’s not even that dark! So if you’re darker than I am, sadly there’s no match for you which I think really sucks.

The claims:
• Withstands heat, sweat and humidity
• No transfer: won’t rub off
• Flexible, breathable, all day comfort
• Oil free – non pore clogging
• Suitable for all skin types

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Right off of the bat I should say this this DEFINITELY transfers. I honestly don’t know why Maybelline claims it doesn’t. And I was finally looking forward to hugging my boyfriend without leaving brown stains on his shirt but sadly that wasn’t the case. Sorry boo! 😂

COVERAGE:

Maybelline claims this is a medium coverage but this is easily a full coverage foundation to me. The level of coverage in one layer is mind blowing. I don’t even need to add a second layer and I definitely do not need a concealer after. However I have noticed that it does turn a hair darker when it oxidizes, but thankfully it doesn’t make me turn orange. It does tend to look a little mask-y when you layer too much so I’d be careful about that.

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It seems to be neutral but leans more yellow, and so it matches me perfectly. It makes me realise even more just how neutral my CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is.

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SuperStay cocoa, Outlast Stay Fabulous soft sable, Ready Set Gorgeous tawny

FINISH:

Dries to a complete matte finish which I absolutely love. It doesn’t dry too fast but definitely faster that my CoverGirl foundations. It’s also of thicker consistency than my CoverGirl foundations. However it spreads and blends easily, no matter the tool you use to blend your foundation. I did find that a sponge provides better coverage compared to my beloved expert face brush.

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If there’s one this I absolutely hate about this foundation, it’s the lack of a pump. Why would you do that Maybelline? This causes major wastage, if you end up pouring more than you need.

STAYING POWER:

I tried this in different situations to test the staying power, and each time I was impressed. I wore it without a setting powder, without a primer and with both a primer and a setting powder. It definitely lasts much longer with both the primer and setting powder, but thing is no matter how much I blotted, I still looked made up. I could have easily reapplied my setting powder and I would look freshly made up. Oil control was better managed when I used a setting powder. Without setting with a powder, I feel my nose get shiny by the 4 hour mark which is pretty impressive.

IN SUMMARY:

This is definitely a winner in my book, and I highly recommend that you try it, if you haven’t already. I am going to get backups just in case it’s really going to be discontinued! Definitely Holy Grail status to me!

Have you tried this? Share your experiences and Holy Grail foundations with me!

Beverly xx

Sleek Blush, For the Perfect Flush of Colour

I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get into using blushes. I think the first reason is cos I’ve laughed at a lot of black people I’ve seen wearing blush cos I thought we didn’t need it. I see now that I was horribly wrong.

Sleek MakeUP is a brand that has been known to me for ages. I’ve used their pressed powder, their pout polish, eye liners, lipsticks but it never occurred to me to try out their brushes. Til I decided to get Flushed…

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As with most Sleek MakeUP products, it comes in a black matte rubberized packaging. It’s very durable and travel friendly cos it snaps shut tighly and it’s so tiny you can just throw it into your purse and go. And best of all, it comes with a mirror! Handy for touchups on the go

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I would describe this as a deep red -berry with a matte finish and fine shimmer. Thankfully the shimmer is not obvious when worn.

According to the Sleek website: Our blushers are long lasting and highly pigmented available in a variety of finishes. Each shade glides on smoothly and enables you to create an array of stunning looks. We offer a wide range of shades to complement any skin tone, no matter the occasion.

This blusher is pigmented, and gives a natural flush when applied lightly, but can be built up for a kapow look.

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I apply this with my BH angled blush brush and it does the job just fine. It doesn’t pick up too much of the blush so I build it up to my desired level of colour

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Swatched and blended. I like that even though it’s pigmented, it’s not overly pigmented and so there’s absolutely no way you’re going to end up looking like you have a baboon butt on your face 😂

Staying power is phenomenal. I get 6 – 7 hours of wear, probably could last even longer, and that’s even in the extremely humid weather that is Ghana. I am extremely impressed by this. Definitely holy grail status.

Yes, you need this. That’s if you already don’t have it. And if you do, good on you girl!

Have you tried this or any Sleek MakeUP blush? What is your favourite blush?

Beverly xx