I was lucky enough to be given the chance to try a 7 day trial of the improved formula of Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24h. Now, long name aside, I was so excited to try out this foundation. Generally, I switch between my MAC Face and Body and Rimmel Wake Me Up, with Revlon Photoready being my full coverage foundation.
Although my MAC foundation is the right colour for my skintone, it can sometimes look a little too yellow toned, so when the lady at Lancome told me this foundation was pink toned I was quite happy to give it a try to see if I noticed a difference between a pink and a yellow toned foundation..
Let's get the bad bit out of the way right? This foundation broke me out. And I mean broke me out. I suffer from mild acne, but the spots this foundation gave me weren't 'acne' like spots. It broke me out around my hairline, my jaw line, under my chin where I'd blended it onto my neck, around my nose, around my mouth. This foundation broke me out beyond belief.
BUT it could just be my skin it didn't get on with.. I'm not waving my hands and screaming avoid it don't ever use it. It could work extremely well with your skin. It's worth giving it a try, maybe get your hands on a sample first?
On to the good stuff..
The colour match was fantastic! I got matched to 02 and it was the perfect shade. I have read some reviews saying the foundation oxidizes and goes orangey after a while on the face,but this wasn't the case for me. The coverage is amazing also. It's very full coverage and it hid every single freckle, acne scar and spot- even the ones the foundation itself gave me! It literally made me look flawless, but it didn't feel heavy. The texture of this foundation on the face feels like a powder rather than a liquid because it's so matte, but it felt like my skin could breathe underneath it.
This claims to be a 24 hour foundation, which seems a little far fetched and I don't know anyone who needs their foundation to last 24 hours?! But maybe that's just me..
It did last a bloody long time however! I applied it at 6am (yes that hour does exist!) and by about 7pm it had just started to show what I call 'wear and tear'. It needed a bit of a touch up. But 13 hours is some going!
I don't have oily skin, and I don't have dry skin. I have a couple of dry patches here and there, especially in winter. I applied this foundation after I moisturized, same as I do with any foundation.
The first day after around 6 hours the foundation had gone cakey on my dry patches. Not ridiculously cakey, but noticeable. And I noticed that on my nose, it clung to my pores, attractive right.. I never have this problem with any other foundations. However, it was still matte and other than that it looked like it had when I had just applied it. Impressive.
So the second day I intended to banish the cake face look. After I applied my moisturiser, I used Benefit POREfessional primer in my T-zone and it seemed to do the trick, both getting rid of the dryness and minimizing my pores.
Now I loved the finish of this foundation, the colour match, the coverage and the fact it lasted so long! It's probably one I'd save especially for a night out, or a day when I really need my base to last.
However, I won't be purchasing this foundation.
I would break the bank to buy it normally, but I think it's a little too pricey to say you need a primer underneath.
This foundation currently retails for £27.50 in Boots here.
Have you tried this foundation? Let me know what you think