Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H

WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY. Also, I was battling stress and hormonal acne for half of the pictures taken. Please do not be disgusted. :(

You can buy the new Lancôme Teint Idôle Ultra 24H formula at most, if not all, department stores and also at specialty makeup stores like Sephora. Lancôme claims that one's complexion will stay "perfectly flawless and unified. Never cakey." It should also last for 24 hours and wear "irresistibly comfortable… blendable and fresh texture leaves the complexion perfectly smooth, velvety matte with no powdery effect."

Really, the only thing I really don't like about the product is its packaging. It's made of glass, so it's incredibly fragile. I will say that it's attractive with its frosty look. But it's not functional. Boo!

I find that the liquid is not runny, but not at all thick and has a very good consistency. Also, I had time to buff it without worrying about it quickly drying. Its semi-matte, almost dewy finish is absolutely beautiful. (So beautiful that it pains me to set it with any sort of powder.) But its formula is great enough that even without setting the foundation, it looks and lasts the longest time.

Top: Freshly swatched. Bottom: Swatches after 15-20 minutes.

I found the color selection to be extremely good. It ranges from very fair to very deep and offers a generous amount of Ws, Cs and Ns to choose from. Also, I think it's a good idea to be matched at the makeup counter. That way, you can get a sample of your suggested color and test out whether or not your skin agrees!

When I was matched in July, I was getting over my Californian tan. I was matched to 410 Bisque (W). It actually melted onto my skin. Although I was darker than I normal, I was happy with how tan it made me! Later, in late August/September, I swatched 320 Bisque (W). Although much peachier than #410, I could tell that it would be suitable as my winter shade. Both looked great on my skin and had the right amount of yellow! I was completely amazed as this has never happened before (by that, I mean a foundation that just blends effortlessly onto my skin).

Freshly applied. Left: No flash. Right: With Flash.

8 hours, without blotting. Left: No flash. Right: With Flash.

16 hours, blotted twice. Left: No flash. Right: With Flash. (Sorry for the derp face. This was Halloween night...)

When tested under normal weather (no rain), I found that within the first 6 hours of wear, my face looked exactly the same as when I first applied it, and my forehead wasn't shiny. But after 8-9 hours, I started to notice shine so I'd have to blot. After 12 hours of wear, my whole face ended up becoming shiny and I would need to blot again. But again, my face still looked just as when I first applied it (only shiny). Even when I've napped, I found that the foundation still looks great. In my tests, I find that it looks decent even after 19 total hours of wear.

(Sorry about the pictures below! I finalized them before I knew how to lighten photos!) When I tested the foundation during inclement weather (when we had random spurts of rain and it was extremely foggy and humid), I decided to forgo the use of concealer and setting powder to fully test its capability. With one layer, TIU24 covered my redness, unevenness and blemishes with ease. I'm sure that even with a second layer, coverage would be emphasized, but would not look cakey. I find that it just looks like skin, such is the case with Teint Idôle.

5 hours in rain, without blotting. Left: No flash. Right: With Flash.

10 hours in rain/fog/humidity, without blotting. Left: No flash. Right: With Flash.

19 hours in rain/fog/humidity, blotted 5x total. Left: No flash. Right: With Flash.

For these pictures, I was able to go 16+ hours as I applied my makeup around 5am and washed it all off at 2:30am. (Close enough to the 24 hour claim, right?) At the end of the night, although I was an oil slick the coverage was still palpable. The redness from my the majority of my blemishes were still covered as only the two large cysts decided to peek through. It held up through rain, fog and long hours humidity. My pores were still covered and looked as fresh as when it was applied. The unevenness of my skin was still masked by the single layer of foundation.

Although I don't have oily skin, it's best to have a few blotting sheets handy. I found that after 6-7 hours of (normal) wear, I started to get shiny and needed to blot. Also, I'd like to note that the foundation is transfer-resistant. When I lightly blew my nose or rubbed against someone by mistake, foundation didn't appear anywhere! But when I blew my nose roughly (haha, I blow my nose like an elephant. Yes, yes!), I saw traces of foundation on the tissue. I think it lives up to its claims. I was testing out a long-lasting lipstick (which did NOT last, by the way) and even though I was constantly rubbing off lip product, the foundation stayed put.

8 hours. Concert conditions. Taken with flash. Both #320 and #410 worn.

Oh- and photographing in flash? Awesome. It didn't photograph with a white cast and kept me looking nice and even. When wearing this, I have no qualms over what to wear during a special event because I know I'll look human (aka not a ghost).

• medium to full coverage
• perfect amount of yellow
• long-wearing (lasted over 16 hours)
• concert-proof
• demi-matte finish
• photographs well
• transfer resistant
• not cakey
• perfect for cooler weather since oiliness is at bay

• packaging (gotta treat the bottle like porcelain…)
• ok for warmer weather, but prepare to blot a lot!

Would I repurchase this? Yes, most definitely!

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