Don’t you just love when the beauty overlords shake things up and come out with new technology that sets our hearts all aflutter. Over the past few months, cushion foundations have begun to make an appearance on the makeup scene, with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation the latest to hit the shelves.
The Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation isn’t like any other cushion foundations, as Lancome have developed their own cushion polar technology. This is the next generation of technology for cushion foundations and it is completely unique to Lancome. What makes this foundation so different, is that it gives us exactly what so many want from a foundation . High coverage, with a lightweight feeling on the skin.
As a fan of high coverage foundations, I often find that to achieve a good level of coverage, a foundation is usually thick and therefore can feel rather heavy on the skin. Due to the technology in the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation, the mesh on the cushion filters the product out to be much thinner then if poured from a bottle.Not only that, it slowly releases the product, so that there is no waste and keeps the foundation from spilling out.
As I have never used a cushion foundation before, I was unsure of how to actually apply it and I ended up using a flat head kabuki brush to apply the foundation. The mesh is activated the first time you use the foundation and to get the product from the cushion to the brush, all I had to do was gently touch the brush off the mesh cushion and the product slowly filtered out.
I was sceptical as to how I would achieve high coverage with such little product, as I am someone that generally uses a lot of product when applying foundation. I was genuinely surprised as to how little product was actually needed to achieve a high coverage look. I know this is an overused phrase in the beauty world, but a little bit really does go a long way. The foundation was incredibly creamy and applied to the skin beautifully. Due to the lightweight creamy nature of the foundation, it took very little work to get it to glide across the skin and the result was really something beautiful. In fact I found myself looking in the mirror quite a bit during the day admiring the finish. The finish itself is in my opinion, a satin finish. In fact I felt that it looked like my skin was made of velvet. It really was beautiful.
While this is a first impressions post, on my initial use, I did find that the foundation lived up to it’s longwear claims. After about 7 hours of wear, I had a little wear down around my mouth, but this is completely normal for me and a little bit of a top up brought it back to life. I didn’t need to use a powder to set the foundation but like with any foundation, I do like to use a primer. Overall I was very impressed with how the foundation wore.
What I really like about the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation is the packaging. The cushion is housed in a beautiful sturdy plastic compact with a good sized mirror inside. To keep the foundation at it’s freshest, the cushion and the compact are housed separately in the box when you buy the Teint Idole Ultra and you assemble them yourself. The compact makes it easy to carry your foundation around for top ups if needed and for travel, as there is no risk of spillage.
Not limiting themselves to foundation, Lamcome have used the same technology to create their cushion blush subtil. Available in 6 shades, these blushers really are something special.
Like with the cushion foundation, I had never used a cushion blusher, in fact I had never used any type of blusher other than a powdered one and my god was I surprised with how much I liked these.
Like with the foundation, the blusher is released from a mesh cushion. You can apply these blushers using your fingers or with a brush. I used a small flat head kabuki and gently bounced the brush off the pad to release product. You really have to go lightly with these, as the colour pay off is unreal!! When releasing product, only use a very small amount at a time and build to your desired colour, as due to the high colour payoff, you run the risk of look like aunt sally, but when used lightly these really are beautiful on the cheeks. I felt that not only did they give your cheeks colour, but they gave them a little bit of a glow too.
The colours when swatched and when applied to the cheeks are true to the colours in the pan. Although the intensity is a lot more subtle when blended into the skin. While not all of the colours suit my pasty skin, there really is a shade in there to suit everyone.
My first impressions of both the foundation and the blusher are really good. I love the finish and lasting power of the foundation and the lightweight feeling of the foundation on the skin really makes this stand out amongst other high coverage foundations. The wear time and the colour payoff of the blushers really is also very impressive. If you’re in the market for a new foundation, I highly recommend that you check this out. You can pick up both the foundation for €38 and the blusher for €34 exclusively in House of Fraser.
This post is in collaboration with House of Fraser and Lancome. Although this is a collaboration post, my review sticks to the ethos of The Beautiful Truth!