If there’s one foundation you need in your life, it’s the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation. It literally is a game changer – especially if you’re part of the oily skin squad. I picked up this foundation after Lancôme launched in Kenya in late 2015. I’d heard a lot about it on the blogosphere and couldn’t wait to try it out.
The claim: An oil-free, up to 24-hour long wear foundation that delivers medium-to-full coverage and leaves a natural-looking, velvety matte finish.
On everything but the 24H wear-time (obviously I’m not able to test that out!) I would say this foundation is spot on about all the other claims it makes. It’s a definitely a medium-to-full coverage foundation and very buildable meaning you can get the full cover look if you need to, without it looking cakey. It dries to a beautiful smooth, velvety finish that definitely looks like you have foundation on, but still somehow gives a beautiful skin-like finish.
For me the biggest plus with this foundation is it’s oil control capacities. I consider myself on the oil-slick end of the skin spectrum and honestly you can wear this foundation without a mattifying primer and still get a good 6 hour wear before any of the oil starts coming through. IT’S INCREDIBLE. In fact on most days lately, I’ve been forgoing a mattifying primer and just wearing it as it is.
The formula is liquid but has a lovely creaminess to it that should feel heavy on the skin, but doesn’t. It has quite a distinct scent – which I can’t really describe. I haven’t fully decided whether I love it or hate it, but because it disappears shortly after you put it on, I’m not bothered. It also has an SPF 5 in it – which in my opinion is completely pointless, that little SPF will do little to nothing for your life. Pack on some real SPF underneath your foundation instead.
The packaging definitely feels luxe, which I love. The bottle is a frosted 30ml glass and it comes with a pump that puts just the right amount of product onto the back of your palm (or wherever). Because of the consistency of the formula, I prefer dabbing this onto my face first before using a brush or a beauty blender, just because it seems to get soaked up in any of the tools I use.
See this – now you see it, now you don’t! It’s literally like second skin!
SO after all that praise, are there any negative points to this foundation? Yes, but that’s more to do with Lancôme than the foundation itself. ANNOYINGLY, Lancôme do that thing where their shades are different names and numbers in different countries. The shade range of this foundation is incredible – it comes in 40 shades from the palest of whites to beautiful rich dark tones. But you wouldn’t know that here in the 254. I think the darkest shade I saw on the stand was a Shade 15 – what happened to the remaining 25?!! Even more irritatingly, the foundations are called something completely different on US/UK (and other sites). I have no idea how I will ever be able to buy my shade – 14 Brownie (my summer shade when I’m darker) – anywhere else in the world without physically being there to swatch it.
I can’t explain how much this aggravates me. Seriously, companies (if you’re listening) STOP DOING THIS. Or at least provide a colour chart that allows us to compare shades in different countries.
Other than that downside, I would emphatically suggest that you cop yourself one of these foundations. Trust me you won’t regret it. You can get this from the Linton’s store in Garden City Mall, Nairobi. I bought mine a while ago for KES 5,800. I know I know it’s very pricey, but honestly I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Will you be adding this foundation to your wish list? You should!