Idk wtf peoples problems are. This is the best foundation ever! I stipple it on with lancomes no.3 highlighting brush and tada flawless looking skin. It has no hydrating effect so use moisturizer with this. I use this with lancomes la base pro primer and i dont have any touchup all day.
Note: My 2-star rating is for the 2012 reformulation. The prior formula I gave 5 stars to!
I used the previous formula of Teint Idole for about 10 or 12 years. I was a loyal, regular customer. It was perfect for me - texture, color, coverage, staying power, effect on the health of my skin.
SADLY, the new formula of Teint Idole (so-called "24 hour", which is a ridiculous and unhygienic concept anyway) does not work for me. The color I was matched to (at three different department store Lancome counters) is not a good match for me, the texture is thick, it magnifies my pores and wrinkles, it is drying, it is mask-like, it causes me to get oily in my t-zone quickly, it causes pimples, it makes my face red and blotchy for a while after I wash it off, it feels like it has taken a backwards step of 2 or 3 decades in terms of foundation technology.
On top of all those negatives, I cannot use products that contain chemical sunscreens on my face because they cause a broad rash of tiny red bumps after a couple of days of use, so this foundation is well and truly OUT for me.
It is hugely disappointing.
When it comes to makeup, I am pretty boring. I like to find one product (and often just one color of it) in each makeup category that works well for me, and then stick with it. I guess I would be called a "minimalist"!
I do need to wear foundation to be presentable, especially in work and social situations, so the sudden disappearance of my HG foundation has thrown me into a tailspin, and I've spent hour upon hour upon hour researching other options, sourcing them, getting color-matched, buying them, trying them, having my hopes dashed, returning them, etc. I still have no clearcut solution to this.
The best no-spf foundation substitute I have found so far, Lorac Natural Performance, isn't that great for me (I can't get a close color match; it causes my pores to appear "polka-dotty"; it dries quicker than I can apply it; it only covers my pores and wrinkles moderately-well; when I am wearing it, it feels masky as if it were giving medium-to-full coverage, even though it appears when looking at my skin to give only light coverage. This Lorac has to do for the short term, but I'm still looking for an acceptable foundation for the medium and long term.
As many of the reviewers here and on the product's home website have said, it is hard to imagine what the Lancome product developers and marketers could possibly have been thinking when they switched to this new formula. At the moment, the new Teint Idole formula has got a 57%-do-not-recommend-it rating on its own website, which is shocking (but at least they are allowing negative reviews to stay up).
This weird wrecking of an iconic, profitable, beloved product line also happened in early 2012 with my HG shampoo/conditioner (Redken All Soft, which underwent a dramatic product formulation that ruined it for me, and for many other users, as can be seen in the anguished reviews on the product's own webpage), causing my hair much distress and me a lot of time and expense. I still don't have a solution to my shampoo/conditioner loss, either.
This also happened to me with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night Lotion which suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth about 4 or 5 years ago, which I had had great results from for years. I cannot use the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Lotion variant that has chemical sunscreen in it, which they still manufacture. After a terrible 6 months of testing a lot of products that caused bad breakouts (especially anything with salycilic acid in it), I found a much more expensive AHA product that doesn't do nearly as well for my skin as the Healthy Skin Night Lotion did, but it's been servicable (it is Peter Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Acid Hydrating Gel). However, this year my aging skin has started to require more moisture than the Roth gel can provide on its own, even though my skin remains oily/combination, sensitive, and breakout-prone. I've tried several alternative non-comedogenic, oil-free AHA products that have caused breakouts and skin disturbances, no matter what they claim to do.
You'd think consumer goods companies would have learned from the "New Coke" debacle, but they seem driven to repeat the experiment on some of the most beloved products. At least Coca-cola admitted their error and brought back "Old Coke", but I am pretty sure Lancome and Redken etc. will not revive the late, great products that I and many others had come to rely on.
In case it helps anyone else who can't use makeup that has chemical sunscreen in it, I will list here some of the no-sunscreen foundations that are geared towards normal-to-combination-to-oily skin that I found out about via Paula Begoun's product listing website Beautypedia and other internet research.
None of them are, for me, a good substitute for the previous Teint Idole formula.
Make Up For Ever - HD Invisible Cover
Nars - Sheer Matte
Too-Faced - Amazing Face Oil-Free Closeup
Lorac - Natural Performance
Stila - Natural Finish Oil-Free
Tarte - Amazonian Clay
Urban Decay - Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition
In addition to being open to the medium-to-high-end product lines, I have searched high and low for a drugstore foundation that would work for me. There are only a few that don't contain any spf, and a few more that contain physical sunscreen, not chemical sunscreen, but nothing worked for me. They caused me to break out, didn't look very nice, didn't wear very well, caused irritation due to added fragrance, etc. I gave up after a few weeks and resumed searching amongst the higher-end lines.
If anyone has any suggestions for good replacements for the previous Teint Idole formula (and with no chemical sunscreens), please let me know. I have searched all over the internet on every combination of likely search terms that I can think of, but can't find anyone who claims to have found a decent substitute.
I'm NC35/37 and I got shade 03. It's great! Covers my blemishes well and it feel light. Stays on all day. I fell asleep with it on and i woke up still looking great haha. It didnt transfer or slide around - without primer. Only problem is that it slightly breaks me out. Not that bad but I can't use it constantly. Maybe once a week-fortnight =(
So, finally this is the successful and upgraded version from Teint Idole Ultra 14-hr and Teint Idole Fresh 18-hr. I have tried both the other two Teint Idole Ultra and Teint Idole Fresh for some time and either Ultra gave me an orange face (almost all the shades oxidized badly and turned orange on the face) or the Fresh gave me too little coverage, it was just never making it up to my expectation. I almost gave up and started looking at other brands and then, it came this Teint Idole Ultra 24H.
The texture of this Ultra 24hr is really light and it feels like my second skin after applying it. I have combination skin and surprisingly, the Ultra 24hr doesn't make my skin oily most of the time, except for if I'm under some extreme environment like being inside a really stuffy room and it provides enough moist on my dry area like cheekbone. The coverage is good, medium and it's buildable and it covers my imperfections like freckles and some light redness around my nose. The foundation even seems a little pricy, but a little goes a long way. I don't need a full pump for my entire face. I apply it with a blush and it also stays for most of the day, at least for 12 hours. Another good thing about it is that it doesn't break my skin out. The only draw back would be, even though it feels light on the skin but I still feel a "second skin" sticking onto my face. It would best if I could feel the foundation totally dissolves in my skin but still be able to provide coverage.
My skin tone is light beige with a combination of yellow and pink undertone and I'm using this found in shade 250, which matches perfectly with my skin tone.
This product is simply AMAZING! The airbrush finish, the smooth texture, what's not to love! Lancome has an extensive palette of colors which is pretty impressive for a brand not specifically catered to Women of Color.
If something ain't broke, don't try to fix it is my opinion of this product. I was extremely disappointed with this considering that the previous 14hr version was my HG. The coverage is ok but it feels heavier than the former. It also oxidizes and broke me out after 2-3 days of use (I have semi-sensitive combination skin). Luckily I've been able to find the other one on eBay...when I can't anymore it'll be time to find another. It's a shame that they ruined such a great product.
I'm a teenager so I have very oily skin. I heard this would help control my oil while providing medium-full coverage. I bought this for $50. At the end of my 10 hour school day I was super oily and orange. This oxidizes big time, and is not good for oily skin. If you have normal skin I would recommend this because the finish is nice looking, it's matte a little overly matte though. And you still need concealer with this. I do not recommend this though, Revlon Colorstay tops this and is way cheaper.
I was looking for a long wearing foundation for my oily, acne proned skin and came across this. I purchased this foundation with very high hopes. At first, I thought to myself, could it be? Did I just find my HG? It was very long wearing and it didn't make me look greasy by the end of the day. My face looked unbelievably flawless, I was ready to throw all the other foundations I own. Until...a couple of days after trying this foundation, my face broke out. I'm not talking about little bumps that goes away in two days. It was cystic acne on my forehead, & cheeks. I literally had 10 cystic acne on my face at one time. I was super depressed and angry at my skin. It was so horrible, I didn't even want to leave my house! At first I was in denial that it wasn't the foundation that was causing my break outs since the coverage and the finish was so great. When I stopped using this foundation, the breakouts stopped, but I still have little black heads scattered throughout my face. Coverage is great and long lasting but not for acne proned skin! continued >>
Good foundation with a nice medium-light coverage. I have acne-prone skin and I would rather have a bit less coverage than something that covers well and looks caky and is thick, so I like the coverage level of this one.
What really sold me on this was the fact that--at last!--I found a perfect match for my skin tone. I take their fairest shade (100 Ivoire N) and no other foundation so far has been able to match like this one. The lightest shade in all other brands is still too dark on me.
The bottle is great because you can use the pump or actually open it to get all the product out.
This is my first high end foundation and I could kick myself for all the drugstore foundations I have wasted my money on....
This stuff is very nice and gives great coverage, it is light and has a non offensive smell with a beautiful bottle. I will never buy drugstore again. This stuff really does last...the end of the day and my face still looks great!
Oh and I also purchcased this when Lancome was having an amazing 6 piece gift with purhcase....score! So it cost me $50 CDN for the foundation but I got a makeup bag with lip stick, face creams, blush, mascara etc ...timing is everything!