Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation Review

I got an email from Sephora yesterday saying that I was $98 away from becoming a VIB Rouge, which if you don't know, means I spent an embarrassing amount on makeup and skincare products this year. In my mind, this means I have 2 options: a) go into a makeup-spending induced shame spiral or b) start this blog back up again so that I can justify my insanity as a "hobby." Guess which option I picked? Hahahaha... Come to me, VIB Rouge exclusive products... 

To kick off my foray back into makeup blogging, I decided to go with my latest and most pricey attempt at finding my dream summertime foundation because I can't find a lot of decent reviews on it.

The other day, I went into a Macy's with my friend and got color matched for Lancome's latest foundation, the Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion SPF 50. I don't know about you, but finding a foundation shade that matches and works on my skin is a goddamn nightmare.  If I had to pick one makeup issue to be whiny about, it's color matching. I have neutral undertones with a lot of redness from karatosis pilaris/rosacea, so I need a  neutral light-medium foundation with a hint of yellow and medium to full coverage to balance out the pinkness. You'd think that wouldn't be too hard to find, but it weirdly is. I usually have to mix foundation shades together to get a match. I am also really picky about how foundations settle into my fine lines. Basically, I hate foundations and am hard to please. I would go without, but I get really red when I'm mad or stressed at work, which is 70% of my workday, let's be real. I need that damn coverage to make my wrath mode more subtle.  Anyway I got color matched for this product and Bisque 310 is somehow PERFECT for me, so I bought it on the spot to get the gift-with-purchase bag of deluxe samples (I'm a sucker for those. Every time. UGH). 

Overall,  I really, really love this foundation. The formula is everything that I've ever wanted. It's moisturizing, comfortable, covers my redness and skin flaws, has a wonderfully high SPF, isn't too perfumed, stays on my skin all day, and has a truly beautiful luminous finish. As someone with super dry skin, this is my dream formula.  I like it even better than the $63 Guerlain that is my winter foundation, because that one can emphasize all my dry spots if I don't slather my face with my hardcore-est of moisturizers beforehand. 

Here is my face before foundation. I have on some brow powder, mascara & lipstain, but that's it. Behold, my pores, non-angry pinkness, and freckles as taken by my phones camera w/ flash: 

before and after lancome cushion foundation

And here is my face after applying the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion with a beauty blender: 

before and after lancome cushion foundation

Same lighting, same phone, zero editing because I'm lazy AF. Thanks to my phone's flash, I look 3 shades pastier than I am in real life, but it gives you an idea of what I'm working with beforehand and how great this foundation is at evening out my skin. It is absolutely perfect for me, and I love that it somehow hides everything I don't like about my skin but you can still see my skin underneath. If you build it up, you can get full coverage out of it and it still somehow doesn't look cakey. I just can't get over how much I adore this stuff. 

There are a few cons: I hate the cushion. I haven't used cushion foundations before, but this "cushion" is made of fine wire mesh, and I feel like I have to press really fucking hard to get any product onto my beauty blender. I feel like I'm going to bust up the mesh layers with how hard I have to press. Also, you want to use a beauty blender or similar with this. The pouf applicator it comes with is crap and applies too heavy-handedly/unevenly.  When I'm really lazy, I use a flat top kabuki brush and force the bristles through the mesh to get product on there, and that works ok, but not as well. 

In addition to that annoyance, with cushion foundations and this product in particular, you just don't get as much product. I'm convinced the "cushion" is just an annoying gimmick that makes my foundation hard to get to and hides how little is in the cartridge. I certainly can't find any benefit of having this formula in a "cushion" vs having a normal Lancome pump bottle. With this product, you get .45oz for $47, when Lancome's regular pump foundations are 1 oz for the same price, so you are getting less than half the amount of product, and that irritates me. 

In short, the foundation formula is awesome but the cushion isn't a cushion (it's a sad, metal mesh foundation prison) and it's not a good value. But if you are as desperate as I to find a foundation you love and have stopped caring about price tags, this is a great option for normal, dry, and combination skin. It's an oil free formula that claims to work for all skin types, so it might work if you're oily too? Worth trying a sample, in any case. But definitely make sure you love it before you buy, because the price tag is stupid high for the amount of product you're actually getting. 

Rated Beauty Grade: A- (would have been an A+ but I can't get over the value aspect of it) 

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