Or in Lancome's words: Natural Light Creator, Bare Skin Perfection. Because "foundation" is such a layperson term.
Internationally, there has been a lot of hype going on for the Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation (I'm calling it what it is!). Glowy foundations to me are like fat juicy worms to a hungry fish. I was definitely keen and I probably shouldn't have been. Don't you just hate Murphy's Law?
You can already tell from my tone that I have me a few not-so-good things to say, can't you?
Let's ignore the product description for once because the fancier the brand, the fancier the words used to gasconade, leading us to pull our expectations way up.
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation basically claims to give a lightweight glowing finish, hydrate the skin for 18 hours and provide up to 12 hours of wear without looking powdery.
Note: I have combination-dry skin. Relatively strong yellow undertones. Exposed to air-conditioner on average of 4 hours a day.
Oooh.... My skin looks superb! Looks a tad pink though. But the beauty consultant insists that it's the correct shade... Maybe it's just the loose powder or the blush that's making it pink. Or the lighting?
Second and third time
I think it's time for a tan. The foundation's looking pretty dark. I couldn't have gotten that much fairer in a week, could I? Why am I turning pink? *Applies yellow loose powder* Better? Still pink! ARGH!!
4 hours later...
Must... have... facial wipes!
*Rummages through stash for a lighter and yellower foundation* Maybe an oil control makeup base would do the trick.
The Good: Blends like a dream by simply applying with fingers using circular motions as recommended by Lancome. Insanely smooth texture that feels very lightweight and makes the skin look luminous. Diffuses the appearance of imperfections. For the first hour, at least.
cheapo foundation from Tesco and used over Shu Uemura UV Underbase Mousse, followed by Ben Nye Banana Visage Powder, the color matches a lot better and holds up longer.
When it comes to reviewing foundations, I scrutinize objectively and if I can help it, I would make it work. "Work" being the operative word here. Why can't a foundation be great on its own without needing so many adjustments?
O-045 Sable Beige, which I believe is a neutral tone thus, looking pink on my relatively beige skin. So I don't like looking pasty but it's not pretty for my face to not match my neck and chest either. I haven't been tanning so my skin color now is between NC30 and NC35 for MAC and O-045 is like an NC37. Get my frustration? I should've insisted on a more accurate shade and save me an extra step. All because I didn't wanna seem like a diva. Or perhaps I should start tanning again.
Many have raved over the Teint Miracle and I don't doubt that it does work fantastically on them. Nevertheless, I'm still flabbergasted at the fact that a glowy, hydrating foundation is making my dry skin oily. My face wouldn't look utterly greasy but it'd feel so clammy that I can't wait to get it off me. Maybe it's because of my moisturizer? Maybe it's because I don't stay in air-con long enough? I really don't know and it's upsetting because I had high hopes for the Teint Miracle. I'd still use it (adjusted, of course) but not as often as I'd use the Lancome Maquiliquide.
ParisB too had a similar experience with this foundation.
Coverage is light to medium which is great for day but I'll only ever dare use it if it's only for a few hours and I know I won't be doing much sweating.
Lancome Teint Miracle retails for RM130/30ml at all Lancome counters and boutiques.
*The product featured in this post was provided by Lancome Malaysia for review on Skin Deco