Thursday, 10 May 2018

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

I can clearly remember the first time that I ever purchased a high-end foundation, I'd gone into my local department store, sat down and was given the works by a lovely lady on the Lancôme counter. I'll be honest that I can't remember which one it was, although think it was in similar packaging to the one I'm discussing today. What I can remember is the first class treatment, luxurious packaging and heavenly smell. From that first step into the high-end world, I've been around the block a couple of times when it comes to foundation and it wasn't until I was looking for a decent base to see me through the winter that I remember my first love of Lancôme and decided to head back to my roots.

I'm much older now than I was when I first started purchasing high-end foundations, and I'm far more brutal and honest about what I want to achieve from them. I don't have the patience to try something that doesn't offer what I need and so I can be quite fussy. In this instance, I wanted high coverage, warm toned and good staying power. Something that would last a long day at work and also look flawless for an evening out. I'll state for the record now, the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation got 2/3 of these bang on. The only one that let it down was the colour, it's too pink for me and makes me look quite washed out. But this is something I struggle with universally, partially because the assistants never seem to believe me when I say that my skin is actually really yellow toned, partially because all department stores seem to love pushing their makeup counters under artificial lights so you can't really see the colours, and partially because I always jump in head first and can't be bothered to take home a sample of a foundation to really test it out first.

So the colour isn't particularly Lancôme's fault, though I'm yet to find a Lancôme shade that is right for me. I can soon warm this up with some bronze or mix it with a slightly darker foundation to achieve the right colour so it's not the end of the world and in the winter when I'm far paler, I can get away with it. The coverage, however, is incredible. It's definitely a medium/full foundation and I don't feel as though I need to build it at all. I apply this with my beauty blender and find it goes on flawless first time, there's no faffing around my nose or having to go back over any redness. I don't even need to touch up any blemishes with concealer (apart from under the eyes, Lord knows I always need concealer under the eyes). The staying power is seriously impressive too, I can be quite bad at touching my face throughout the day (hello, stressful job), but if I'm good and leave it alone then it stays in place beautifully. No breaking up around my nose or coming off on my chin. It stays even and in place. I feel like it holds my contour and other face products in place well too - if that's even a thing?

 It's £32 for 30ml but that's about what you'd expect from a Lancôme foundation, you don't need a lot of it to create a flawless base so you can use it sparingly and it's got an SPF of 15 so particularly in the winter, you wouldn't need to add a separate product to protect your skin. I'd say that the finish is a demi-matte finish, I usually prefer something dewier but know that's rare to find with the level of coverage I want too. For such a high coverage foundation it doesn't look cakey either, sometimes I find that the higher the coverage, the more powder products tend to build up and sit on top and my face ends up looking chalky - not with this, however. It still feels like a liquid and leaves my skin feeling as though it can breathe. If you're looking for a classic foundation that packs a punch, I'd definitely recommend a look at this one. Just select the right shade first!

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