If you were around to read my Lancome Makeup Round-Up back in February, you may be surprised that I’m posting about this brand. At the time, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be purchasing any more Lancome products, but nevertheless, here we are.
If you are a fan of Lancome and are interested in anything, now is a good time to place an order. They have a friends and family sale going on that ends at 11:59 PM PT on August 31, 2021. If you don’t have an account you can get 25% off and those who do have an account (free to join), get 30% off. They have revamped their brush line since I posted my round-up, but you can check that post for an overview of products I have tried from them. I also have stand alone posts for their Color Design Eyeshadow Singles (Gold Lame and Canyon Swatches) and their Dual Finish Highlighter Illuminating Powders (Dazzling Bronze and Sparkling Peche).
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Now let’s get into my thoughts on the newly reformulated Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Stick**.
UPDATE October 13, 2021: I decided to purchase a lighter shade with a warm undertone in hopes that it will match me better. I figured it would be helpful to show you swatches of the new shade (410 Bisque W) and how it compares to 450 Suede N for those that may be in that range of shades. Click continue reading below to see all the swatches.
While, the Lancome Teint Idole Foundation Stick does now come with an attached brush for application, I did not use it.
To me, this new formula is very close to the original formula that was discontinued. On the upside, the new formula is just a little easier to blend. The old formula definitely wasn’t hard to blend, but there does seem to be more glide. This applies easily and very quickly for those that like quick makeup. I use the e.l.f. ultimate blending brush** or a beauty blender with this formula. The e.l.f blending brush (reviewed here) works the best with the formula of the Lancome Idole Foundation Stick and makes for a quicker application. I personally still prefer using the beauty blender with it because I feel like it helps the formula sit better on my dry skin.
On the downside, I don’t think this foundation is buildable to full coverage as claimed. It is buildable from light to medium coverage, but medium coverage is the most I could get. I’ve been very impressed with how well it builds on itself. On one occasion, I was able to add more foundation later in the day to cover an eyeshadow fallout issue and it didn’t look bad or heavy.
It does have the promised matte finish, but, it isn’t a flat unhealthy looking matte. I don’t feel the need to set it with powder, but again, I have dry skin. It claims to be transfer-resistant, and while it isn’t as bulletproof as Estee Lauder Double Wear, I’d agree with that. The transfer is very minimal for me, even without setting powder.
I am still disappointed that they cut 7 shades from the shade range. Considering that the liquid version of Teint Idole Ultra Foundation** comes in 50 shades, it is confusing to see such a small selection for the foundation stick. It would be nice to see a shade expansion, but since this is a relaunch, I’m sure their sales data told them that these 22 shades were the popular ones.
UPDATE March 30, 2022: When I initially reviewed this foundation it was summertime and I got along well with the formula. Well then came the Missouri winter and this formula just would not cooperate with my dry skin. We’ve obviously moved into the spring season, but here in Missouri, we still have low 30s weather happening here and there. I just have not been able to get this foundation to look as good as it did during the summer months. I have tried going back to using a brush with it instead of a beauty blender and it still doesn’t sit well on my skin. The biggest deal-breaker is that it settles into my smile line area and makes it looks like I have some serious wrinkles. I do not have this problem with Estee Lauder Double Wear, so it isn’t necessarily the matte finish that is a problem. The color range is also a personal gripe of mine. I wish they sold 435 Bisque W in this formula so I didn’t have to mix. However, while annoying to need two shades, my bigger issue is that the formula is just not the best fit for my skin type all year round.
UPDATE October 13, 2021: I decided to purchase a lighter shade with a warm undertone in hopes that it will match me better. I figured it would be helpful to show you swatches of the new shade (410 Bisque W) and how it compares to 450 Suede N for those that may be in that range of shades.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m typically impressed with Lancome formulations, the packaging for the price is always my hangup. While I personally could’ve done without the added brush, since it has its own cover, I think it looks fine.
All in all, this is a solid foundation for anyone looking for a quick, matte, medium coverage foundation. You can find the Teint Idole Stick Foundation on macys.com for $44.00**.
Have you given any new foundations a try lately? What did you think?
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