After hitting the European market last year, the cushion foundation has become part and parcel of the beauty landscape.
Lancome was one of the first on the scene, unveiling their Miracle Cushion with brands like Kiko and L’Oreal launching budget friendly versions of their own later on. Now, Lancome is back to regain its crown with the Teint Idole Ultra cushion foundation.
One of the first things to note about this foundation is the consistency. As with all the cushion varieties, it has a beautiful, light, fluid texture that melts into skin for a natural, true-to-skin finish. Just because it’s light, doesn’t mean it’s ultra sheer, though. You can build this up from light to medium coverage easily using fingers or a sponge.
I have three of the new shades: 01, Pure Porcelain; 02, Beige Rosé; and 03, Beige Peche which you can see swatched above. 01 suits my pale complexion well. It has a neutral tone and looks natural on, but if you need a shade lighter, then 010 Alabaster should do the trick. For deeper complexions, shades Beige Ambré and Beige Mocha will give a warm, healthy glow.
The wear time is excellent with these. I’ve been testing them out for about a week now and found that there’s been no patchiness, or uncontrollable shine, just a light, natural base for hours on end. The SPF50 included in the formula is a major plus too. However, this is something to keep in mind if you’re going to any functions or special occasions where you’ll be photographed. SPF50 = major flashback! For day to day, though, I really love the finish and fresh feel of this.
For a new foundation complete with compact it’s €38. After that, you can buy refills (with new sponge/puff included) for €25 which fit neatly into the compact. All in all, it is very reasonable considering how much product you get and the quality of it. Especially when you consider that some of the high street foundations can be upwards of €20.
Are you a cushion convert? Or do you still prefer the original liquid formulas? Let us know down in the comments.