Friday, 24 February 2012

Lancome Les Yeux Doux Vert Tendresse and Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation

Lancome recently released Les Yeux Douc C50 Vert Tendresse (€47.50) as part of its Roseraie des Delices spring makeup collection. This is the European version. The USA version has five shades (see it on Makeup & Beauty Blog) while the Asian version is a different combination of four green shades (see it on Lancome Japan and My Women Stuff).

It comes with a protective pouch with a mint green lining at the opening. The velvet material is a lint magnet though. The pouch fits very snugly around the compact, so the compact does not fall out easily but it also takes a bit of manoeuvring to slip the pouch on.

The palette contains a shiny metallic white, bright mint green, pearlescent mid-toned blue and a shimmery green-tinted silver. The four shades complement one another well to produce a fresh look for spring. The palette also comes with two broad sponge applicators and a thinner one for lining. I like Lancome's sponge applicators as they lay down the eyeshadows well and can withstand washing without crumbling but for blending, I still prefer to use brushes.

The palette is made in France and has a shelf life of 24 months. Each eyeshadow is 0.7g.

After prepping with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I applied the mint shade along the upper lashline and outer corner of the lower lid, the blue shade at the outer one-third of the upper lid, the greenish silver shade as a wash over the browbone area and the metallic white shade along the lower lashline.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well the mint and blue shades showed up when applied with the broad sponge applicator. The combination may be too vibrant for some ladies but you can always tone it down by applying with a lighter hand or pairing them with darker or more understated shades. It's not a combination that I would wear every day but it's a fun look to try for spring, especially if you are tired of the dreary winter months.

The other products used for this look are Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H 03 Beige Diaphane and L'Absolu Crème de Brillance #357 Rose Mythique, Lunasol Under Eyes Base 01 Natural Beige, Becca Raspberry Beach Tint, Cabrera Line + Define Pencil and Ultimate Mascara.

Teint Idole Ultra 24H (€42.90) is Lancome's new liquid foundation that purports to provide a perfect velvety, matte finish for up to 24 hours with an ultra-comfortable texture. I received a sample of it in 03 Beige Diaphane at Sephora in France.

While the shade is a tad dark for my MAC NC20 skintone, it does perform quite well on several fronts. It offers medium coverage, nicely evening out my skintone and minimising the appearance of pores and blemishes without caking or feeling heavy. It has just enough slip for a smooth, even application and allows for enough time to blending before it sets. After it sets, it does not feel too tight, dry or powdery. It also lasted well through more than 10 hours of wear. In terms of oil control, I had to blot about every three hours. Compared to Teint Miracle liquid foundation which has a more satiny finish, this provides more coverage and has a slightly thicker consistency.

Teint Idole Ultra has denatured alcohol listed as the third ingredient on the list, which may be problematic for some ladies. Another drawback is the lack of SPF.

The extensive shade selection is truly impressive. It is available in 15 shades in France, 18 in the UK and a whopping 28 in the USA. Overall, I think it is well worth checking out if you have oily skin and need a foundation that can cover up skin redness, pores and blemishes, without feeling too heavy on the skin. If your skin is largely problem-free or on the dry side, Teint Miracle will probably be better. If you can, get a sample to try before investing in the full size.


Cath said...

[Not related to this post]Could you explain the function of a lotion in the Japanese skincare regime? It's not really a moisturiser right? But it's also not a toner... What is its function really?

Paris B said...

Hi Iris, thanks for the link :) And I am really surprised at the different palettes we are getting in different parts of the world! The Asian green version is pretty but I also like the combination of blue and green in yours and Karen's being the US version just threw my head in a spin. Brands can be so confusing :P

Have a good weekend ahead!

Haru said...

Hi Cath,
The lotions do function very much like toners and mainly are to refresh the skin and aid the absorption of moisturiser. They usually come in two versions, a 'sappari' type for oily skins and a 'shittori' type for dry skin that needs more hydration.

Hi Paris B,
I find it mind-boggling that the same ad is used to sell different palettes in different regions. Lancome is the only major company that does this.

MaquiLab said...

Very nice look, so gentle and feminie :)

Anonymous said...

The colours look very fresh and pretty. You look so spring-like!

Cath said...

Thanks Iris!

Anonymous said...

Hi Iris, for the teint idole foundation, what would your shade be in the US version? Thanks:D

Haru said...

I don't have access to the US version of Teint Idole Ultra so I really can't say what my shade will be. My guess is that it would probably be the second lightest shade.

Vanilla Sencha ツ said...

Hey, thanks for the review. So what shade of the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h would you recommend for NC20 skin? Thank you =)

Haru said...

I haven't looked at the other shades of the foundation closely so I really can't say for sure. Judging by the shades pictured in the pamphlet, my guess is 010 Beige Porcelaine.