I actually don’t know why it has taken me so long to review the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation on the blog. God knows i have used up my fair share of bottles, going trough different shade stages as times goes by. I have always been a fan of full coverage, semi matte foundations as this is what suits my skin best – oily combination with a high tendency to shine and break down makeup. Which makes the Teint Idole Ultra Wear an excellent base choice.
C O L O R C H O I CE
You will notice i have two shades to show you out of the 39 available: 023 Beige Aurore – a cool toned, pink beige that is my perfect shade during winter and 03 Beige Diaphane – a warm toned beige (probably Lancome’s bestselling shade for Irish skin). From my experience working with the foundation, i have noticed that the colors oxidize a fair bit so its best to get a sample to try out first or leave the foundation on the skin for a while to see what tone will develop.
Like i mentioned, 023 is my winter shade when i want my face to match my neck and 03 my summer one. During the seasonal transition i tend to mix two pumps of 023 with a pump of 03 to add warmth and gradually darken my makeup as my skin color changes.
A P P L I C A T I O N
My favorite application is when i am using a damp Beauty Blender. It allows the skin to get perfected without heaviness and you can layer product where you need that little bit of more coverage. The Zoeva Silk Finish Brush is another great contender for flawless application. I would personally avoid the traditional flat foundation brushes with this foundation as it just creates a heavier unnatural coverage.
W E A R and F I N I S H
Lancome has a very bold claim of 24 hours wear retouch free and i can only vouch for about 8 hours of daily testing. Fortunately, i was never in the position of trying a foundation out for 24 hours and frankly im not too keen either. From my experience, i found that the foundation lasted well on a normal working day – primed and powdered of course. At the end of the day there was wear around my nose as i physically touch that area a lot and blow my nose quite often and a touch of shine on my tzone. I’m particularly oily so the matifying powder is my best friend – im yet to find a foundation for my skin that doesn’t need blotting or powder.
The coverage is medium to full, buildable and natural. Matte radiant finish that sets on the skin quite fast. The formula is creamy, with an added SPF 15 for daily protection. A little goes a very long way, i tend to need just 2-3 pumps for my whole face. I find that my skin still shines trough in a natural way and just looks perfected.
Overall, i would wholeheartedly recommend the Teint Idole Ultra Wear if you are looking for a good coverage foundation for day time and of course, your skin is oily combination. If you are dry sensitive, prone to dry patches i would advise to stay away and just try the more hydrating Teint Miracle if you are a Lancome fan.
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