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Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Review

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I have been testing the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation for a little while and this is my review. Yup, that’s the best introduction I could come up with. 

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Price, Quantity and Shade Range

$47 on the US Lancome website // £32 on the UK Lancome website

The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation is  available in 40 shades, and has a good range of undertones. I was unfortunate enough to be advised the wrong shade by the lady working at the store where I bought it and I now have a foundation that’s probably two shades too dark for me, even in the summer.

Belgium is not the USA and you just can’t return a product when you’ve unpacked and used it. But it’s my bad. I should have known that a white woman with an orange face wasn’t going to make the best recommendations.

Because it belongs to L’Oreal, Lancome isn’t considered vegan nor cruelty free. 

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Lancome teint idole ultra wear consistency

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Claims

Long lasting, full coverage without feeling cakey, comfortable, great staying power, no need to retouch, transfer free, smudge free, SPF 15.

My thoughts

The packaging

The packaging is beautiful and the glass bottle makes it feels expensive and luxurious. The sturdiness has a price, as it is a bit on the heavy side and might not best the most convenient for travelling. 

The scent

If you’re one of those people who can’t bear heavily scented cosmetics on your face, this is not going the foundation for you. The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation smells of expensive French perfume. 

The pump 

It gets dirty easily, so make sure that you clean it up after every use. Otherwise, the product will dry out and it’ll pump out chunks of dry foundation next time you use it.

Lancome teint idole ultra wear pump

The application

The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation is really pleasant and easy to apply seamlessly. The way I apply my foundation is usually by first buffing it in with a brush and then smoothing the product with a beauty sponge. I’ve tried applying it with only a beauty sponge and it works just fine as well. 

The coverage

I find it strange that Lancome claims that this foundation is full coverage because, in my humble opinion, it is medium coverage at best. It is buildable, but you’ll end up using a ton of product to achieve full coverage and I’m sure you’ll go through the bottle quite quickly. 

It does oxydize a little bit.

The finish is matte but retains a very natural and luminous look. Once it has fully set, it doesn’t transfer at all. 

Lancome teint idole ultra wear coverage

Staying power

I have to confess that I haven’t tried wearing it for 24 hours and I don’t think I’d have the mental strength to do that as I usually want to scratch makeup off my face at the end of the day. It does have a great staying power, though. I wore it all day yesterday and even cleaned the house sweated for my life and it didn’t budge.

My skin can be very oily and a lot of foundations will separate on my nose and on my cheeks. I’m not going to say this one doesn’t at all, it does slightly, after a very long day of sweating and teaching (which are pretty much the same thing), but it definitely takes longer than most foundations I’ve tried and when it does, it’s gracefully.

Would I recommend the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation?

Yes, absolutely. If you have oily or combination skin, I would definitely recommend that you try it.

Remember that quite heavily scented and that if it’s something you dislike, you’d better stay away from it. If you need a similar foundation which doesn’t smell of anything, I recommend that you give the Clinique Superbalanced Foundation a try (I mentioned it a few months ago in my Makeup Ride or Die Tag).

Do you know of any drugstore alternatives which work well on oily skins?

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  • Reply
    October 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I have the Clinique Superbalanced Foundation but I can’t make it good on my my skin. I have combo skin and that foundation looks terrible on my skin. I don’t know why, I think it just doesn’t work for me. The lancome teint idole ultra Foundation looks better but I think the lightest shades is too dark and the undertones are very yellow or very pink (not a single neutral). The smell is like you said, an expensive french parfum scent (I cund’t put it better words)…but I like that 😉

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      October 10, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Oh, good if you like it. Yes, their undertones are quite intense. It’s weird the Superbalanced one doesn’t work for you. Are there other foundations that work well on your combo skin?

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        October 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

        I have the Superbalanced almost new in a drawer. I like the Clinique’s beyond perfecting Foundation/concealer, Too Faced born this way is also good but unfortunatly their undertones are too yellow for me. But my top three are the Sephora’s Fond de Teint Perfection 10h, YSL Fusion Ink and the Makeup For Ever Water Blend.

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          October 10, 2018 at 6:40 pm

          Ah my next foundation might be a YSL but I’m hesitating between the all hours and the fusion ink!

          • Beautyworkers
            October 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm

            They are completly different! We talked about both in different posts. Overall, the all hours have much more coverage but the fusion ink is better foir oily skin. Check the posts if you are curious 😉

          • Kate
            October 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

            I will! Thanks!

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    Closet Reboot
    August 25, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Great review – thanks so much! I’ve been looking for a good medium coverage foundation so may give this a try!

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    Erika Campos
    August 25, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Love it!

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    August 25, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This shade looks so perfect on you. Love the finished effect!

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    August 22, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Love your review, I’ve always wanted to try this foundation but hadn’t really seen enough review of it. I’m really intrigued to try it. Have you tried Ester Lauder Double Wear? I would love to know how it compares!

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      August 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

      I’d love to try the EL foundation but haven’t bought it yet. I’m trying to finish the 283945 foundations lying in my drawers and summer isn’t the best season for foundations lol
      But it’s definitely on my to try list!

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        August 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

        They sound quite similar apart from Double Wear doesn’t have a strong smell. I definitely need to try this foundation!

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          August 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm

          And I def. need to try the Double Wear!

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    August 22, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Loved this review and your intro ;)! Lancome and myself don’t have a great history but I am oily/combo so maybe this one can win me over! x

    • Reply
      August 22, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks! What products did you try that you didn’t like?

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        August 22, 2018 at 11:49 am

        Ummm I don’t recall it’s name. It was a foundation and some of the skin care! It probably was my skin to be honest, it’s super sensitive. My face prefers Nars, Too Faced & Estee Lauder for foundation and Elemis for skincare x

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          August 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm

          I’ve heard really good things about Elemis!

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    August 21, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Haha excellent review! I’ve not tried it myself as I stick with Rimmell and don’t like change when it comes to foundation too much (fussy skin) but it looks good on you! Xo

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      August 21, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Which Rimmel? I used the Lasting Finish foundation for a while and I quite liked it!

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    August 21, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I love this foundation! It really does wear so gracefully

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      August 21, 2018 at 8:55 pm


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