Monday, May 14, 2012

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation Review

This is my honest opinions about this product. . . . 

I am a 410 Bisque (Warm) for Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation. I will start off by first saying that I have only been using this foundation for almost a week so my results are not actually of long term duration but I have used this for long hours and in different types of temperature/climate conditions.

I am acne prone and I have sensitive skin but this foundation DID NOT break me out. I have tried using this with and without a primer. Personally I think having a little bit of primer is important to keep your face from looking too dry or matte. I have combination skin so I mostly apply my primer (NARS primer, the one in a white tube) on my t-zone (forehead, nose, and down to chin) and a significant amount of primer on my cheeks.

I have also used powder on top of this foundation but I found that it looked too dry and the makeup just looked too heavy and obvious, which is one of my peeves. So I spritzed some MAC fix + and it helped but it made my skin look too dewey (maybe I over did it. Lol).

I know I have mentioned before that this is a foundation that you can layer to get a full coverage but I HIGHLY and STRONGLY discourage using a lot of this foundation because it will look like a mask and just very un-natural.

You only need very little of this, yes that is true but because it is a quick-drying foundation and it is not as emollient, the foundation is somewhat difficult to disperse around your face in an even manner, so I recommend doing one area at a time.


I still think that the original formula was BETTER than this new one. It's easy to feel like you are wearing foundation with this one unlike the older version. This foundation is very mattifying so unless you have very oily skin, I would not recommend this for you.

I used this yesterday when I was hiking under 90 something degree heat and it did hold up against sweat and heat but I notice that it did melt off slightly. The longest I had this on was 13 hrs..and when I took of my makeup, I noticed that there was not much of the foundation left to even take off because like I said, some of it melted off.

Also, this foundation OXIDIZES (turns dark after application). I haven't really had any foundation that doesn't oxidize on me later on even when I wear an oil control moisturizer prior to I don't really know what else to tell you guys. If you do have some suggestions about foundation oxidizing and how to prevent, oh do share! I am going to see if I should exchange for a lighter shade because I think this color is too dark for me. I am usually between MAC NC 30 - 35 by the way.

I have terrible acne scars on my cheeks but you can see that this foundation does not cover it completely. It does sheer out the redness but this is a pic of me after a LIGHT application of the foundation.

Full face photo wearing Lancome Teint IDole Ultra 24h foundation. The foundation is great for covering redness but not hyperpigmentation due to acne. I suggest using a full coverage concealer before applying the foundation.

The above pic was taken at the park with natural lighting.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sephora Haul + Mini Review of Lancome 24 hr Foundation

Now I know it's been a while, but man I can't make excuses...all I have to say is Nursing school is hard and sucks up all your time. I'm on a much deserved break right now and I'm enjoying every minute of it because I get to spend time with my daughter and hubby.

So I hauled a couple of things from Sephora recently and above is a picture of my loot. I purchased the Toki Doki pencil case (for school or makeup) and the new, re-formulated Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation.
 My 3 free samples

I used a code to get all these sample perfumes. I apologize in advance but I cannot remember what the code is, so please do look it up at the sephora website or at retailmenot.

I have heard so much about Argan oil and it's benefits so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to finally try it out for myself. What I love about this oil is that it's a multi-purpose product that can be used on your hair (for split ends or dry hair), face, and body. I used it yesterday in hopes of taming the dry, frizzy ends of my hair and it worked like a charm! So definitely look forward to a more official review of this. By the way, I got this as a Beauty insider 100 point perk.

I'm sure you were wondering what in the world is in the pretty pink sephora bag. Well I got this as a 500 point perk only because it has all the products that I either like or is interested in trying out. It comes with a nice sized Makeupforever HD powder, UDPP, Sephora primer, Anastasia clear brow gel, Smashbox illuminating primer, and a Lancome mascara primer.

 I also bought this Toki Doki pencil case. This was actually on sale for $9 and trust me when I say, there is nothing cheap about this item. It's very sturdy and I love the detailing. It has a gold, white, and black outer design and the inner lining is a very pretty gold and pink pattern. I originally wanted to use this for school pens and pencils but I thought, this thing is too pretty for ink stains! so I've decided to just use it as a makeup on-the-go bag (as if I don't have enough of those! lol)

Now on to my review. . . .

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h
Price: $44 USD 
Amount: 1 oz.
Packaging: Frosted bottle with a pump + cap

I was very hesitant to purchase this because I just fell in love with the older formula of this and the switch was...well it was rather difficult. Anyways, being an open minded person that I am, I decided to go for it and try it out. 

Right before trying this, I had that mentality of how would this product compare to the older formula. I kept this in mind as I poured the foundation onto the back of my hand. 
In a matter of seconds, I saw that it was actually not that different. 

It dried to a semi-matte finish, however did not emphasize my pores or lines (and yes I said lines because when you smile, you do have lines in your face, not necessarily because you are old but because your skin is normally with lines, why if you told me you had no lines on your face I would seriously drive to where you are in pure disbelief and check to see if your one a mannequin or two an alien from outer space! HAHAHA)

Anyways, it has a medium buildable coverage and the consistency of the foundation is smooth. People say that it has a rose scent to it but I didn't get that at all and I won't even bother smelling the bottle (fear of contaminating the product). Maybe some people just have a more sensitive nose.

My final thoughts on the product. . . .
I really like this product. I don't love it (yet) because I'm still mourning the older version of this foundation. It's being discontinued....*weeps* 
So far though, I like the coverage and if you use a finishing spray or some fix plus after applying this foundation, you will get a dewey glowy finish. It definitely gives you a flawless look! 

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