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After reading reviews by Graygirl I thought I would give Lancôme a go. I needed a new foundation so then seemed a prime opportunity to take advantage of their free gift when you by two products deal.
A counter assistant of Lancôme selected the foundation for me and they came up with Lancôme teint idole ultra 24 hour.
With the packaging Lancôme are simple and elegant, it comes in a silver box with a little gold Lancôme logo on it. Other than the front that simply has the name, size, colour and minimal detail; each side is full of the same detailed information about the product in several different languages and a list of the full ingredients.
Lancôme boasts about their 8 year research into the foundation and have a substantial list of criteria that the item is supposed to meet. This impressed me- if the foundation could meet all of the said targets I was onto a sure winner!
So when you open your box a thick clear glass bottle with a pump action top secluded by a pull of lid greets you. Again simple and elegant, the lid fits well and needs to be given a little push to pop on so it fits securely. The pump action is good I tend to do little pumps as I am always afraid of wasting too much product if a give it a good squirt! More often than not I use my fingers to apply foundation and it suits this purpose well, I do occasionally use a brush if I am going out or spending more time perfecting my makeup, again it suits it well tending to use a little more with a brush.
This foundation has an agitator in it, a new thing for me, but basically means you need to shake the bottle before use to mix the foundation to get its full benefit. The agitator is quite useful in that when settled you can see a faint line in the foundation and shows you roughly how much is left! It serves as a good reminder to shake the bottle too, as I am sure you probably should with many other brands but I always forget.
So to evaluate I will go through each of the claims and give you my opinion on each.
Divine Comfort, Smooth and velvety.
The foundation feels more expensive than a lot of others I have used. It glides onto your skin. It does feel very velvety and smooth I have to say and I am impressed with the way it blends into my skin to leave no great streaks of foundation lines! The advantage of having a make up assistant suggest your foundation is that the colour is suited to your skin tone. If left to pick on my own I always go for something far lighter than I actually need it turns out. So because of this your foundation sits well against your natural colour and is far less noticeable. This foundation comes in a choice of 18 shades.
Because it is so light you hardly notice its there. Even being so light it does cover well and I only use a concealer for more defined things like the odd spot.
24 hour matt, touch-up free, sweat and friction resistant.
Ok this is quite tough to achieve I feel but that is what they state on there box.
For me personally, I do need to touch up. My make-up is still there at the end of the day as when I go to bed I take off my make-up and there it is on the cotton wool. However, I do not feel it is in good enough shape by the evening for me to go out again so I always touch up my entire makeup.
Now when I put my makeup on I do get a lovely matt finish with a slight gleam of what I describe as a glow, which is great and I have been complemented on how good my skin looks lately since using this and a few other bits and pieces.
As for sweat resistant, as mentioned I still have makeup on at the end of the day. My skin though is quite oily around the t zone and I don't feel it stays on my skin here; it sweats off especially after a busy day. This is improved somewhat with a good primer but I still end up with a shiny nose and forehead :( whether this is the product or just me who knows but I have not found a product yet that stays put all day without my nose shining and no touch ups!
Not completely convinced. If I use my mobile phone to my face I have makeup on my screen. I appreciate this May again be partly down to my complexion but it does say the foundation is suitable for all skin types including sensitive. It does not however rub off onto my clothes when I pull them off, so it must have some transfer resistance I guess.
I do love this foundation even with the minor flaws that I have noted. This is because it feels so good and looks right for my skin.. I would prefer not to have to do touch ups but I have always had to do that anyway so I don’t think I am losing out particularly. It would be nice if what they suggested, as in 24 hour matt, was true though.
The foundation has sun factor 15 in it, so a little added extra especially as I am diabolical at remembering face sun cream!
The product can be bought on various make up websites, however I suggest that you go to a Lancome make up bar, at least the first time to get your match. These can be found in House of Frazer and Debenhams plus a few other big retail shops. Or your could visit the website www.lancome.co.uk where you get a couple of free samples with purchases too.
For a 30ml bottle expect to pay about £28
Made in France and lasts 12 months from opening.
So overall would I recommend? Yes if you are prepared to take the 24hr no touch up bit with a pinch of salt. Maybe for others it will be just that.
Review maybe posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username ☺
I purchased the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation on the recommendation of the make up artist who did my wedding makeup. I didn't use it on my wedding day but was interested to know what she recommended for a light-coverage foundation. I can't bear caked on foundation and hate the feeling that your face is in some sort of face mask when the foundation is too heavy. Equally, I can't bear foundation that doesn't cover basic skin flaws or comes off easily. I wanted a light-coverage foundation which would provide me with a nice base for my skin.
I had a skin match at the Lancome beauty counter and asked for a sample so that I could try it a few times to ensure I liked it. I did like it and ended up with colour number 02. It is definitely worth getting a sample and the ladies at the beauty counter understand that you want to try it several times before making an investment. At £27 per 30ml bottle, it isn't cheap so you want to make sure it is right for you. The foundation comes in a bottle with a pump action. The foundation is liquid and best applied with a foundation brush. I find for me a full squeeze of the pump provides too much foundation for my needs, I tend to squeeze it between half and three quarters of the way to get the right about of foundation for my needs and that means I don't waste it. The foundation is oil free and has an SPF10.
As aforementioned, the coverage is very light, I can very rarely feel this on my skin which I really like. It covers up all basic blemishes such as red patches around the nose and does quite a good job on spots without the need to use concealer. If I am going on a night out I also use a Smashbox primer underneath to ensure I get long-lasting coverage. The two combine really well and I don't find the need for a heavier coverage foundation when I go out at night. I would say in terms of how it lasts over the day, it lasts quite well, I wouldn't say it was quite the 14 hours it claims, but certainly gets me through a day at work. Additionally, it is worth noting I only use a very small amount and coverage can be built up by layering more foundation on in thin layers. I occasionally do this for a night out and it doesn't look clumpy in the slightest. I also find there is a nice natural feel to this foundation with a bit of a natural sheen popping through rather than completely matt look which I don't like at all.
== Other points==
This foundation typically lasts me around 5-6 months depending on how much I use it (try not to use it if I don't need it). In that sense it seems to be quite a good buy. I tried another "new" Lancome foundation which was just hideous and ended up going back to my trusty faithful Teint Idole Ultra.
I have and will continue to buy this foundation again. It goes on smoothly, looks great and feels nice too. Give it a try!
I have spent years trying to find a foundation that doesn't go shiny a few hours after applying it, that covers quite heavily, hiding all imperfections, and that lasts for at least a few hours without needing to reapply. Although all top foundations on the market promise to do this, few actually deliver. This is one that does!
I find I have got a slightly 'oily' skin type, and I always try to go for 'matte' effect foundations to stop these shiny patches appearing on my face. Either that or I have to buy the little paper sheets that soak up excess oil, which can be a pain to remember to put in my makeup bag all the time. This foundation stops all shiny patches, for at least 10 hours too, so I am genuinely amazed by it. It covers quite heavily too, without looking like it does, so it covers all flaws on your skin, without looking like you've 'caked' on layers. If it wasn't as amazing as I have just stated I couldn't justify spending £30 a go on it - compared to a £5 foundation you can pick up in boots. But it really is worth it. It gives such an expensive, quality looking base that you can scrimp on other make up essentials such as bronzer or mascara to cover the expensive price. And I find I don't need additional concealers, or green tints, etc.....
A quality piece of sheer excellence that it is a must for your cosmetic bag!
I absolutely had to review this foundation as I am an avid follower and worship this foundation.
Ever since the perils of my dramatic teen years I have always had combination skin. Dry, sometimes oily, and a reasonable amount of imperfections. Forever conscious of my skin, my mother funded many foundations to ease my pain. I started off with cheap & cheerful foundations that just did not cut it on the coverage factor. From that stemmed brands such as Mac, Clarins, Dior and Clinique. Although all of these foundations worked and felt good at the time I still wanted to try more. And then I found Lancôme......and I never chose another foundation from that day on.
Smooth, creamy consistence, that is a easy to apply. The smell is divine. Once applied the foundation is very comfortable to wear and soft to the touch. Oil-free so no disappearing or shiny results. I would say this medium to full coverage foundation, that is totally buildable if desired, but not necessary, not for me anyway! Easy to blend, with a superb finish. It also contains an SPF 10 which is reassuring to know.
Teint Idole Ultra is presented in a very stylish, compact bottle. Complete with pump and a lid to prevent any spills or mess. I carry this with me everywhere, everyday, Holidays included. And its durability is fab!
Although this foundation is fairly pricey at £27.50 a pop, it is definitely worth it to me! And it will last you a good few months, used day-in day-out! I will never go without this foundation and always have an emergency supply for when my current bottle is running low.
Thank you Lancôme x
I was at the Lancome counter at my local House of Fraser buying a lipstick, and they had an offer on to get a free gift with purchase of 2 items. Being in the spending mood, I enquired about a suitable foundation for my problem skin as my second purchase. I was recommended the Teint Idole Ultra, because the beauty lady said that I needed to keep my skin moisturised for good skin so this would be a good one to use. It was quite pricey at £27.50 for a £30ml bottle, but you know what it's like when you're at a beauty counter, you get tempted quite easily to buy!! She tested it on a part of my face, rather than doing a full face coverage (as I didn't have time).
Albeit, this was not a bad purchase, as I found it to be a really lovely and natural foundation. It comes in an elegant shapely pump bottle, and it a normal consistency, not too thick and not too thin. My shade is pretty accurate (always get it tested in store before you buy any foundation!) and it was a really nice matt, natural finish. The coverage is light/medium, so not for those who want a full coverage. I use concealer along with this, which works fine.
The foundation is transfer resistant, and has SPF factor 10 so you are protected adequately from the sun. I couldn't particularly notice this as a moisturising foundation from the description of this product, but my skin didn't feel dry so i guess it must offer adequate moisture.
Prior to this, I have been using MAC Mineralise liquid foundation, which is very good also, but I find this Lancome foundation to be a lot more natural in finish. My skin also felt soft after using this. It does dry fairly quickly too, and like it says, is transfer resistant (unless you rub your face quite firmly against something, I imagine!!). My face still looked very fresh and natural at the end of the day, which is a good bonus.
I felt this was a nice natural foundation, and I will happily continue to use this. I was quite lucky with this purchase as I was happy with it, but if you are unsure, see if lancome will give you a tester on this, or just get them to put it on for you, and then see how you feel at the end of the day.
"My foundation stays fresh for 14 hours no need to touch up... Divinely comfortable. A record standard of perfection not only for the complexion but also for pleasure on the skin: a full 14 hours of immaculate long-lasting wear without re-touching and without staining clothes. 14 hours of comfort of a soft, smooth texture that leaves skin supple and silky without the "mask" effect. TEINT IDOLE ULTRA, a clever blend of performance and comfort in a divinely refined bottle.
ULTRA LONG WEAR - This lightweight, oil-free formula provides a flawless 14-hour wear with the highly stable ColorKeeperTM pigments. TEINT IDOLE ULTRA is formulated to resist transferring onto clothing.
ULTRA COMFORT - New Soft'LiquidTM Powders give an incredible sensation of comfort that lasts all day. The beautiful full coverage evens skin color and minimizes imperfections with a natural, soft matte finish.
Lancôme Tent Idol
Virtually all make-up addicts have heard of the brand "Lancôme". It's one of the best premium brands in make-up however; I couldn't help feeling rather unsatisfied with this product.
The Lancôme Teint Idole really didn't do my skin any favours, I knew straight away when I pressed down the pump it wasn't going to do anything for my very sensitive skin because it had a lot of fragrance in it. It smells a little bit like baby wipes... which isn't exactly appealing... right?
So anyway, I applied the product already aware this product would be a nightmare for my skin, as I'd used other foundations from the Dior collection that had perfume in them and my skin was left looking really dry and dull.
First impressions were not good, I must admit it covered all my flaws on my skin, the colour was shocking despite been told by the make-up staff that it was the perfect match for my skin (it really wasn't it didn't match my neck at all) It's the 03 shade which is a really weird red/beige colour.. Something that wouldn't look good on even Megan Fox's skin.
So the colour was definitely a no go, oh and the fragrance... but did it leave my skin looking good? Yes and no... ok so at first dark circles were no longer visible which is always a good factor for foundation... however the next day my skin was really dry after just ONE whole day of wearing the product it had completely dried my skin out despite the fact my skin wasn't dry beforehand it was pretty balanced after using a wonderful moisturizer from Boots which had sorted all my dry skin issues out.
I must admit, this product could really look good on other people's skin, but it really didn't work out for my skin type because my skin is incredibly sensitive.
I personally think it's a product that would work best with people who have oily skin because it really dries your skin out even more if you have dry skin or combination skin and leaves it looking very matte and also for those who have sensitive skin like myself.
What I do like about the foundation is my skin does look pretty good on photos with it on, I don't know whether it's a good thing that it only seems to look great on photographs? Looking back at some of the photos I took on a weekend in Manchester my skin looks really good and dewy, however the next day my skin looked the complete opposite to dewy that's for sure.
The Lancôme Teint Idole comes in a cute bottle with a black lid and white writing. It says on the front: "Enduringly divine comfort make-up 14h retouch- free oil- free"
Although the claims on the bottle meet up with the standards of the product: it's definitely oil free and it's definitely retouch free because it's very matte once it's on so you don't need to add anymore power through the day or foundation because it just seems to sit there, it did however disappoint me with how my skin looked the day after.
Additional information on my experience of this product
I haven't thrown this product away, two reasons for this: 1. I have used it only a few times so I have loads left. 2. I have kept it as an "emergency foundation" so when my gorgeous Chanel tient foundation runs out I'll have to use this fragrance filled product.
The product is about £26 which is a few pounds cheaper than my original foundation from Chanel.
I will definitely be sticking to my Chanel foundation which I've used for nearly a year, I only bought this for a change but it's obvious that this product is definitely not right for my skin, but could potentially look good on other peoples skin if they don't have sensitive skin like mine.
Conclusively, I would surprisingly recommend this product, because it does cover flaws really well and probably would work well on other people's skin just not mine that is all.
At first I absolutely loved this foundation as it does stay put really well especially with powder or a primer. However, as I continued using I realised that it really wasn't that good. It is suitable for oily skin, so it is water based. This means that it dries very quickly so you need to blend as soon as you apply it. If you try and blend after it has dried, you end up rubbing the foundation off and get an even more obvious tide mark than before. The coverage is not great to be honest - you can build it up but then you end up using loads of the foundation. It is very good in the fact that it looks very natural and never looks caked. The colour range is good but don't try and match it yourself as you'll either end up looking orange or like a ghost! It is best, like with most foundations to get it matched at your nearest Lancome counter. I would recommend this to people who want to wear foundation but don't need much coverage as this foundation is very thin. For people who need more coverage, I would recommend Estee Lauder double wear foundation.
Teint Idole This is my absolute favourite foundation from the Lancome stable. It's more long-lasting than Maquimatte and easier to apply (with a better dispenser) than Maquicontrole. Aimed at oilier skins, this is good for everyone, except very dry complexions, who want a medium to fuller coverage that's oil free and really does stay put all day. Like a lot of oil-free make-ups, it needs a deft hand in application. It dries quickly on contact and needs very careful blending around the edges. But once it's on it really does stay put, especially if set with a dusting of powder. As with much Lancome, it's quite highly scented (although, interestingly, that made for the American market is less so), and it's always worth doing a sensitivity check, I've found, with this range (although it's fine on me and I have quite reactive skin) The colour range is nothing special, however, and very pale and cool-toned skins are likely to be disappointed (take no notice of the colours on the Lancome web-site by the way, they must win the accolade for most inaccurate on the whole WWW!). The pump dispenser is nice because it keeps the product fresh and protected from any contamination; and unlike many such packs you can actually undo everything to get the last bit out of the bottle.
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