This foundation comes in a transparent glass bottle displaying the brand name and some of the characteristics of the product. The bottle has a pump that enables the distribution of the right amount of fluid. Read More
This foundation comes in a transparent glass bottle displaying the brand name and some of the characteristics of the product. The bottle has a pump that enables the distribution of the right amount of fluid. The black cap closes firmly and prevents leakage of the foundation especially if placed inside a makeup pouch.
The foundation is available in 40 shades, from the very light tones that are adapted to fair complexions to the darker tones for the tanned skin. It is always important to test several colours on your skin before buying to make sure that it blends with your carnation.
The foundation has a strong perfume; if you tend to dislike strong scents in makeup we recommend that you test it ahead.
The claim on the bottle is that the Teint Idole lasts for up to 24 hours, which we found excessive. When we tried it, we noticed that the foundation works well to cover imperfections of an oily skin however it was not long lasting and required the use of blotting papers throughout the day. We noticed the same effect for combination skin, as it was not able to keep the T-zone matte for a long period; and we had to re-apply another layer of the product on the zone.
For a longer lasting effect, it is best to use it on dry skins; although it has a mattifying effect we did not notice any dry patches following its application. However we noticed when using it on combination to oily skin that it tends to make the T-zone shiny during the day and will only effectively last for a couple of hours. We felt the need to set it with a powder to extend its wear-time or to use a mattifying primer on the oily zones before applying it.
If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, it is always best to apply the foundation on your skin in thin layers during a certain period. In case there is no evidence of rashes or worsening of the acne this would mean that the foundation is suitable for your skin type.
Shake well the bottle before using then press the pump to apply a small amount on the back of your hand. Use the foundation brush to spread the product on the face and make sure to begin with thin layers. You can further increase the coverage progressively to prevent the foundation from settling into fine lines.
The foundation comes in a 30ml bottle and retails at 47 USD (official price on Lancome website). The price is comparable to that of other foundations of same container size from brands such as Shiseido, Yves Saint Laurent and Kat Von D. However if you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, you can find a wide range of products between 20 USD and 30 USD from brands such as Clinique, Vichy and La Roche-Posay.