Lancome recently relaunched their iconic Teint Idole Ultra 24Hr Foundation in celebration of its twenty years with a brand new chapter for 2017 with a new chicer than ever bottle and 40 shades to choose from. I’ve never seen such a diverse shade range for a foundation before.. 40 shades really is incredible and puts other brands to shame that have three shades such as Bourjois. Lancome believe diversity in beauty means diversity of complexions with shades catering for the palest of skins to the deepest with warm, cool and neutral tones.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation £31.50
The liquid formula offers long lasting, full coverage without feeling cakey, leaving skin feeling comfortable all day. The Teint Idole Ultra 24Hr Foundation is described as being ‘retouch free’ with a transfer free and smudge free finish and is packaged within a gorgeous frosted glass bottle, with a black plastic lid and golden metal rose on the top of the lid. I had a bottle of the original formula which felt and looked luxurious but the new bottle is absolutely beautiful and I find the pump offers a decent amount of control so you can choose how much/little product you dispense without wastage.
Lancome claim that the new formula is different because it contains Eternalsoft Polymer which allows increased comfort level with ultra‑long wear, NAI pigments which are specially coated pigments maintain consistent pH level with skin, so colour stays true all day and Perlite and Silica which are two of the most effective oil‑absorbing ingredients. It is without a doubt the longest wearing foundation I’ve ever used and I totally agree with the retouch free claims, but it has a matte finish which is quite drying on my already dry skin but if you have oily skin I’d really recommend giving it a try.
I have the 010 Beige Porcelaine which is considerably too dark for me unfortunately so it’s not a shade I’d have chosen as there are four shades which are lighter than this one. From looking at the shade guide on their website, I think I’d be 008 Beige Opale but I’ll have to check when I’m next passing a Lancome counter to be sure as I wouldn’t want to spend £31.50 on a foundation which I have to mix with a lightening mixer just to be able to wear it but considering there are 40 shades you’re hopefully going to find a good match.
Lancome La Base Pro Hydra Glow £28.50
I had no idea that Lancome even did primers but they have a couple to choose from. The La Base Pro Hydra Glow is infused with 14 intensive skin caring actives in a duo-phase-sensation formula: an aqua-sensation perfectly blended with a nourishing-sensation offering an instant refreshing dewy glow. The primer is infused with rose essence and the aqua-sensation gives an instant freshness whilst also being enriched with two types of pearls to revive the complexion with an awakened morning glow. In addition it contains a blend of 14 actives to intensely hydrate, plump, and continuously charge the complexion with moisture for rose petal smooth and healthy skin, perfectly prepared for the layering of foundations, with extend wear all day long.
In addition to the glow benefits, it supposedly offers blurring properties too and can be applied with a brush or your fingers. The tube is quite small for the price as it only contains 20ml of product so it’s not a primer I’d apply all over my face as I know I’d use it up very quickly so I do wish they offered a larger size, even if it was a little more expensive as 20ml is quite a small amount for a face primer. I tend to apply the primer to the centre of my face and concentrate on my driest areas and where I need an extra glow.
It’s a pale peach shade with a slightly slimey consistency due to the silicone but once I’ve massaged the primer into my skin, the slimey texture disappears within a minute unlike the Benefit POREfessional which feels slimey the whole time it’s on the skin. It does help to lock my foundation in place for longer and blurs imperfections but it’s not the most glow inducing primer I’ve tried so you could mix in a little of a liquid illuminator for additional glow but it’s a very nice primer nonetheless.
Lancome All Foundation Brush #28 £29
Again I had no idea that Lancome did makeup brushes but the #28 brush is such a stunning brush which is a very welcome addition to my collection. The Lancome All Foundation Brush is described as being the perfect partner for full coverage foundations with synthetic bristles which are slightly slanted offering seamless blending across the skin curves, for an instantly flawless finish. The bristles are nice and dense so you can use them to buff foundation or primer into the skin and I like that the brush head isn’t too big that you can fit into the contours of the nose and around the eyes. The brush has a black metal handle and ferrule which looks and feels very sleek, and it’s relatively compact too so it’d fit nicely into a makeup bag.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the new formulation of the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation?