Makeup. It’s not something I would call myself an expert in. I don’t wear a lot of it and don’t have a lot of knowledge about the different types, brands, colours, etc….you get the picture. So when I was approached to do a collaboration with both Lancôme AND Vogue for Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, the first thought I had was ‘OMG am I even qualified?!?”
But of course I said yes (I was screaming it in my head, but on the outside I was calm and collected….ish) because who wouldn’t?
When I started blogging, I didn’t think I’d get to be working on such an amazing collaboration as this one so soon! I’ve always associated Lancôme with higher end products. Ones that I wouldn’t normally try out of fear of it being ‘too expensive’ or ‘too good’ for me and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t go out and get on the Lancôme bandwagon sooner (more on that later).
Before I could even think about trying it out, I needed to let them know the correct shade for my skin tone.
To get this, I was asked to head into a David Jones, Myer or Mecca to get matched. I went to the Lancome setup in Myer and was greeted by some lovely ladies who helped me in no time. We went through a few shades and each time I was talked through each one. We very quickly settled on the 02 shade. I was given a tiny sample pot to take home and an email subscription for their newsletter. Long story short, the service matches the higher-end brand identity they’ve got going on. It’s tops.
Fast forward a week and a package arrived at my doorstep. In there, was a new bottle of Lancome Tient Idole Ultra Wear Foundation (in shade 02), the latest copy of Vogue Australia magazine and a super sweet handwritten note from Teagan (the middle (wo)man for the collab) all wrapped beaufully in silver metallic tissue paper.
One of the first things that I thought – the packaging is so pretty! It really does scream high-end. The shiny silver box is beautiful as is the frosted glass foundation bottle. It stands out in my bathroom and I feel so much more grown up for having it there.
The first thing I noticed when I used the foundation was the smell. Maybe it’s because I haven’t used higher end makeup before or maybe that’s just what scented makeup smells like, but at first it was really strong and completely took me by surprise.
It’s not what I would normally think makeup would smell like. It’s a mature scent that isn’t fruity or sweet. More florally but also musky. Something I would associate with my mum wearing. I got used to it after the first couple of uses and I actually like it now.
I used to wear foundation but switched to BB cream because I always found foundation to be too heavy and felt like it was weighing my face down. By the end of the day, I would feel tired and like my skin had just carried around a bag full of bricks all day. The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation didn’t do any of this. It was light to go on and light to wear. I didn’t feel like I was wearing anything at all (makeup, that is!). The consistency coming out of the bottle and going on my skin was like a moisturiser.
I used the foundation just by itself. Nothing else besides some mascara and eyeliner to bring out my eyes (which I do almost every day anyway). Other than that, no primer, no blush, no nothing. Just the foundation. And I honestly felt like I didn’t NEED anything else. It blended so well that it looked like I wasn’t wearing makeup. It evened out my skin tone and even though you could still see hints of blemishes, they still looked covered and most importantly, my face looked natural. If I had applied some concealer and other things, my skin would have looked flawless.
So, I hear you asking, after all of this, would I buy Lancome Tient Idole Ultra Wear Foundation in the future? Or any Lancome product for that matter?
UMMMMMMMM….YES and YES!
Of course I would and will. I love everything about the foundation. It’s a dream to use and if Lancôme’s other products are of the same quality, then there’s no question.