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