I recently picked up a sample of this, my first Lancome foundation. I am NC44 in MAC and was matched to 450 Suede(N) in this. In the store this looked ok (of course), but now that I am wearing it on my own I don't like the color on me. I live in a hot and humid climate and this did transfer on me some as well. That much alone is a dealbreaker for me for a foundation this expensive that touts having staying power.
One word. HG! This is what I have been looking for. In mac I am around nc50. In this iam shade number 10, beige praline in the European versions. I have always struggled to find a foundation that suits my skin tone and doesn't oxidise. This is it. No 10 suits my skin tone and undertone exactly. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing a mask and looks like skin. I tried it without setting it once and it was still perfect after an 8 hour day of work. Can't say much about 24 hrs because I never wear foundation that long. Doesn't oxidise like the mac foundations and the finish is absolutely beautiful and flawless. It has a bit of a scent to it buy it goes away when it dries. It's really easy to apply as it doesn't dry immediately like other foundations which last as long. Will buy again and again. Hope this never goes away!!!
Love this foundation! Still my HG, don't think its going to get any better than this one.
(first of all sorry if my English isn't great, I'm italian!) I've tried this foundation together with many others in the last few years, since I've been suffering from bad hormonal breakouts and really needed quite a high coverage... generally, I liked it. I think I'll be repurchasing it, and that's saying something, since it is really expensive!
*Long lasting: I've never honestly tried to wear it for 24 hours but I do wear for 10-12 hours... it still looks decent in the end, better than most foundations I've tried. It's also no- transfer
*Oil control: I've never found a foundation that keeps my VERY oily skin from looking shiny or greasy after a few hours, but still this foundation works better than others (and it didn't break me out)
*I know this is personal, but color match: Especially in Italy it's hard to find light colors with a pink undertone, but shade 02 of this foundation matches my skin tone really well!!
*Coverage: medium to high. Considering that it's not too hard to blend and that it looks very natural once applied (maybe it's due to the perfect color match but it REALLY looks good on my skin), I think that the coverage is very good.
- Packaging: I travel a lot and this glass packaging it's not practical at all
- Scent: this is very scented and it bothers me slightly, but someone might like that
- Again, oil control: not bad, but not my HG foundation. Anyway I think this works best for normal/combination/oily skin, not for dry skin
So, is it worth the price? It's probably a bit more long-lasting than some cheaper ones, gives a good coverage without looking like a mask (not every foundation can claim that)... That's enough for me to kind of like it, but I haven't stopped looking for my "perfect" foundation
Hope this was helpful!
I am using the magazine sample which actually is a decent match for me. The matte finish is not dry, and the coverage looks very natural. I did not blend it much into my neck and it actually looks way less masky than the other things I have. I had zero issues with this transferring, and actually found this to be better than other things I have. It feels like I am reading reviews for a totally different product when I see the negative reviews. I not touched up my dark circles at the end of the day. This lasted super well on me. I have acne but see a derm. I'd say my face is well balanced in terms of oil. UPDATE: I have a sample of this and on a sunny day I can see very pore in my face and my skin appears very crepey. On the plus side, the coverage and wear is still great. I am going to try to get this in a closer color match then judge from there. I used this over a Revlon primer. I will be sad if I am simply too old for a matte foundation at this stage of my life.
I have oily-combo skin, my matches are MAC NC35-37, NARS Stromboli, MUFE HD 128, Revlon Colostay Whipped Creme Warm Golden- medium, yellow, olive toned skin.
I was first matched with 330 Bisque N which is an pretty good match for me. The depth was right and it didn't oxidize on my skin. I got a generous sample and was able to get about a week and half of usage. It is lightweight but very pigmented. It did a good job at covering up most of my blemishes. The finish at first was matte but after it settled it left a demi-matte finish. It actually did not do a very good job at controlling oil- I had to do a few touch ups during the day. It blended into my skin easily and looked really good. It does last a long time but fades.
My small rant was when I went back to purchase this foundation- the SA claimed that the shade 330 Bisque N did not exist and rematched me to 410 Bisque W. It actually looked good at first- it is very yellow toned but it oxidized a little too orange and dark for me. I am guessing whatever is in their Warm toned foundations shifts orange on me and maybe that is why Neutral worked out best. I decided to just return the foundation but will reconsider it in the future for the correct shade. Overall, it's a very good foundation- just on the pricier side.
This shows every pore and blemish you have and emphasizes it. Terrible foundation.
I REALLY wanted to like this foundation having read all the great reviews and seeing how gorgeous it applies on other people. but for me :-/ it just wasn't good enough. I'm an NC45 in mac and have a yellow undertone. this foundation i feel like has a more red undertone despite all the claims. it doesn't enhance my skin colour but makes it look like I am wearing a Mask I am not sure whether this is because of the colour I was advised to purchase which is a number 6 in Lancome or whether this is the nature of the product. ANOTHER thing i have noticed is that it started to break me out. I have never really used any foundations that had an effect on my face. being a person that is already prone to acne and has a sensitive skin, a product that breaks me out regardless of how beautiful it looks is a NOOOO GOOO...Besides my personal preferences I do see why other people might like it. It does give u a nice finish for a foundation, the texture is great and I just wish they had alternatives for people with yellow undertones like a (warm/cool or clay/ earth) kind of thing. Also note that it does not stay on for as long as 24 hours and the longer you have it on the more it fades.
Overall I would say that it depends on your skin. If your skin doesn't break out from the product or if you are generally blessed with great skin than I would definitely advise this over any other MAC foundation. If you have a sensitive acne prone skin than you might have to carefully rethink the purchase.
I was keen to try this foundation in 005 (I'm a MAC NW15) as it has yellow undertones to balance my redness, and I generally struggle to find anything pale enough for my skin. The colour is perfect! Coverage feels medium, and initially the cover is great, giving a nice glow.
However, I have combination skin, and this summer my T zone is super oily! This foundation just slides right off this area. I frequently don't have time to blot/powder during the working day, and after a shift find this foundation has pooled in my pores and slid right off. Yuck. certainly not matte there! Even my drier cheeks don't really seem matte at the end of the day. Such a shame as the coverage is really nice to begin with. maybe I'll keep the rest and try it in winter when my skin settles down a bit.
Every day HG foundation, never tried the old one so I can't compare, but this is amazing. It gives medium-full coverage, and looks good no matter how I apply it. It stays all day and helps with my super oily skin, although i do still have to blot (mac blot powder). I always set it with a powder, either Mac MSFN or Elf HD powder and it stays foreverrrr. It is really expensive, but I use it every day and I'm not running out yet, been 3 months! (: Will definitely repurchase(: Oh and no breakouts!
EDIT: I think this is breaking me out. I was using Estee Lauder Double Wear with no problems, then swictched and used this for a few days and got several small whiteheads. Perhaps the checmical sunscreen is irritating me. Disappointing. The bottle was almost empty so I tossed it. Also I HATE the top-heavy square bottle! Looks dumb and always tries to tip over.
I loved the original tent idole (how the heck do you pronounce that anyway) so I was disappointed that they discontinued it for this. However, I have noticed a positive difference on my very oily and acne prone skin since I bought the new version. It stays longer, provides about the same great full coverage and keeps my skin matte just a tad longer. I like it. Only complaint is they changed all the colors, and I let the SA at sephora match me, and of course when I got home it was a tad too dark. :( I'm going to live with it (luckily it's summer) and go back for a better shade when this runs out. Overall I like it though, no breakouts, actually seems to improve my skin condition slightly, if that's possible. Oh, I do hate that they replaced the titanium dioxide sunscreen with a chemical! But whatever, it is still my go-to foundation until my stupid acne clears up and I can use something lighter.