Lancome recently launched their new Teint Miracle liquid foundation to much acclaim the world over. The liquid foundation that promises to give your skin a glow and fill it with a luminous aura, does capture the imagination.
Of course, the gorgeous Julia Roberts on the promo posters doesn’t help. We all want to look glowy like Julia don’t we?! So let’s take a gander at the Teint Miracle liquid foundation and see how it fares.
Being in Malaysia, I noticed that the Teint Miracle foundation we get here is from Japan. Hence, our foundation has the Japanese style of numbering and has no names.
Mine is PO-03 (pink ochre = pink undertones). I did mention to the makeup artist that in Maquiliquide, I take BO-01 (beige undertones) but she told me this was different. I didn’t think it should run that far, but nevermind, I thought. Let’s take this for a run and see anyway.
First off, there is a technique to applying this liquid foundation. You can’t just slap it on with my usual technique, nor are you encouraged to use a brush or sponge. Instead, I was told to use my fingers and apply it in an upward motion, as I would a face cream. This, I was told, will help skin look more lifted and enhances the glowy factor.
The texture is very light on the skin. It almost feels like you are wearing nothing which is very impressive. I am one of those who hates the masky feel of liquid foundation and I am very sensitive to heavy foundations. So, I tend to go for lighter foundations and those are usually more sheer.
Which brings me to the third notable point. The coverage for me is medium light. With just this foundation, I can easily cover up redness and some minor imperfections better than with a regular sheer light liquid foundation. And, all with just 1 pump. Quite impressive wot?
So is this then, a Miracle as it claims? I ran into trouble in paradise with another 2 notable points.
This foundation oxidised a little on my skin – something Maquiliquide did not do. So although PO-03 was a good match immediately, after a couple of hours, it was about half a shade darker. Not very noticeable, but enough that I saw it. Perhaps I should then go for half a shade lighter so by the time it oxidises it should come up to my proper shade?
Secondly, the foundation turned a bit oily on my skin. This one’s a bit odd because I do not have oily skin and most foundation, liquid or powder do manage to stay put till the end of the day without too much incident. Teint Miracle however turned a bit oily and by the end of the day, had slid off because I had to do what I almost NEVER do – blot!
The problem however, is that some of you have noticed that in photographs, there is a nice glow to the skin. I used it when I met Zohn Ho the Estee Lauder makeup maestro and a couple of you asked what foundation I used. This was it. I’ve also noticed in a couple of other photos that it does give the skin a glowy effect without looking too much like an oil slick.
Because of the 2 drawbacks, I now consign my Lancome Teint Miracle foundation to limited use – for night or for short events when I’d only wear foundation or makeup for a few hours and I want nice photos taken. The oxidisation and oiliness starts after about 2 hours so that’s my gauge.
Pros: Nice glow on the skin, Medium coverage, Very lightweight texture, Did not break me out.
Cons: Oxidized a little on my skin, Turned a little oily on my skin after a few hours, Plastic cap and pump does not fit the elegant look of the bottle
I cannot say however, if it will oxidise on you or turn oily on you. Its one of those things you have to learn for yourself. So my advice before you run out and buy this foundation, is to go to a Lancome counter and ask for a sample which you can try wearing for a day or two. A small sample should be sufficient to help you decide if this one’s your Miracle :)
Oh one more complaint. The elegant glass bottle reminds me of Tresor in Love, but I feel the plastic lucite cover and pump looks a bit tacky by comparison. I know it costs more, but a glass cover would look better since its transparent.
Have you tried this one yet? I know lots of ladies who have and who love how lightweight it feels on their skin yet offers a nice coverage without looking masky. However, no one seems to report the same problems I faced so perhaps I’m in the minority. If you have tried this one, do please share your experience! :)
Edited to add: Diorskin Nude foundation gives a nice glow to the skin and is very lightweight too without either of the 2 problems I faced with Teint Miracle.
Lancome Teint Miracle liquid foundation retails at RM130/30ml at all Lancome counters. Until 31 October 2010, get a mini makeover and colour match at all Lancome counters and receive a 7 day sample of Teint Miracle while stocks last.