• Anastasia Pentias

TBN: Fabulous Foundations Edition- Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Review

I was watching a video from my beloved Nadine Baggott one day, where she mentioned asking a woman with fantastic skin makeup about her foundation. It was Lancôme's Teint Idole. Mental note, taken. I never felt the need to buy a foundation from Lancôme because, I'll be honest, I find them too expensive, even on sale. WHY AND WHEN DID SKIN PRODUCTS GET SO EXPENSIVE? Rant over, on with the review.

The information had stayed with me and for the past couple of years, I had also noticed a lot of influencers citing this as their stable go-to foundation. It doesn't make their regular videos because it's not sexy enough; it's not a new release and there's no gimmicky aspect to it. But people who specialise in beauty buy it again and again, so, eventually, I decided to take the plunge.

I bought it in the shade Beige Lin because in the winter I am very pale. When it arrived, I realised I could have gone up a shade (maybe two?). The downside of buying products online, I guess. But since it still blends in seamlessly with my skin, the slightly lighter colour honestly turned out perfectly fine.

This has an SPF 15, always a great bonus, and is marketed as a full-coverage foundation. For me, two pumps provide a very solid medium coverage. With a light, creamy consistency that is not thick, it blends in very easily with fingers and brush alike. The finish is a velvet matte, not cakey at all. It stays on all day, turning naturally dewy in the afternoon. It doesn't settle in pores, doesn't patch from oiliness and gives you a full-on makeup look in the least fake way I've found. It also doesn't transfer easily (to the touch, to clothes, etc.). If you read my review on Charlotte Tilbury's new foundation (you can find it here), it was a product with big claims which, bizarrely, didn't live up to any of them. Well, this actually achieves them. It gives you great skin through great coverage, finish, durability and duration. My skin stays very comfortable, natural-looking and moisturised, throughout the day.

I would recommend this for normal, combination and oily skin. I am not sure about its performance on very dry skin, as you might prefer a more radiant product.

I wear this alone (as seen in the photo below, in direct sunlight) or mixed with Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter that takes it to another level (as seen in the second photo below, in indirect daylight). It's a great performer either way, but also with every other primer I've also tested it with.

Lancôme's Teint Idole foundation is widely available to buy in department stores.

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