Lancome Teinte Idole Fresh Wear

Lancome has a new foundation: Teinte Idole Fresh Wear. Fresh Wear provides light-to-moderate coverage with SPF 15. It’s oil-free, shine-free, and promises 18 hours of transfer-resistant wear (supposed to withstand humidity and perspiration). It’s recommended for normal-to-oily skin, and a squeeze-tube bottle is $32.

Lancome’s foundation nomenclature works like this: Foundation shades are first divided into color names (Ivoire, Buff, Bisque, Suede) according to depth of shade. Then they’re numbered (lower numbers are lighter, higher numbers are darker), and given a letter indicating their undertone. C is cool/pink; W is yellow/warm; N is neutral. 17 shades is too many to fit on one arm, so I swatched the Buff shades twice to try to help you compare.
Lancome, Teinte Idole Fresh Wear, swatches, Ivoire 1C, 2C, 4N, Buff 2W, 4C, 5C, 6W
Lancome, Teinte Idole Fresh Wear, swatches, Buff 2W, 4C, 5C, 6W, Bisque 0W, 2C, 3N, 4W, 6W, 7N, 9W, Suede 0N, 1N, 2W
I tried Fresh Wear… it didn’t work for me.  First of all, it didn’t play well with my Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen (my usual primer).  It’s also strangely not very blendable — it doesn’t sheer out very well when applied with fingers.

I tried Fresh Wear without the sunscreen, and though the results were better, it still tended to stick to and emphasize imperfections (fine lines, dry skin). It’s definitely a matte (almost powdery) finish, which can look perfecting from a distance, but was a bit too visible up close.

Ivoire 1C seemed like my closest shade match, but it was a bit too light (and the more coverage your foundation provides, the better shade match you need).

Justin11 had a completely different experience:

Huge rave for the new Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear.

I received it on Thursday, and I have worn it every day since then, but today was the ultimate test. I had just finished applying my makeup and I was on my way to the car to run a few errands when my neighbor stopped me and asked me to help her move stuff in her garage.

Now, keep in mind that not only am I in South Florida (it was up in the mid 90s), but I also have very oily skin and it typically only takes about 30 minutes for the shine to break through my foundation.

I ended up spending about an hour outside, and my face felt completely un-matte by the end. I could feel perspiration around my temples and I was 99% sure that I would be shiny and most of my foundation would have faded or melted off.

To my surprise, it looked PERFECT when I got back inside. I was just as matte as when I stepped out of the house and it hadn’t faded at all. I literally just looked in the mirror and headed back out… I didn’t even have to powder my T-zone, which is unheard of for me!

The foundation itself is *very* thin (think watery) so you only need a tiny bit to cover a large area. Because of this, it makes application almost foolproof. I can apply it carelessly like moisturizer, over large areas at a time, without worrying about lines or streaking. It seriously takes me only about 30 seconds for foundation now.

It holds up through the day (they say 18 hours, and I agree!), controls oil, hides pores, and obviously stays put in heat and humidity.

The coverage is great, too. It somehow provides medium, buildable coverage while feeling incredibly weightless. I’m a maniac for coverage and I love it. It looks totally natural and doesn’t get cakey.

Needless to say, I’m in love with it and will definitely be wearing it for the rest of the summer.

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13 Responses to “Lancome Teinte Idole Fresh Wear”

  • Shannon says:

    wow, the swatches seems very different. You said you match to Ivoire 1C (though a bit light) right? But in the picture it looks like it’s a whole 3 shades lighter than you. I guess your arm is a lot darker than your face? And i’m assuming these are heavily swatched or something…i’m usually like Buff 2W-ish in Lancome, and in your swatch it looked like it matches your arm perfectly. I’m NC20-25 ish, and so i was like “woah, i look to need something way darker”

    thanks for the swatches anyway!

  • Lori says:

    I picked up a sample of this from Nordstrom this weekend. I thought it was nice, but my skin tends to be a bit dry so I had trouble blending it. It dries down very light and matte – not much need to wear powder. I tried ivoire 4 but overall couldn’t get a really good match.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    My arms are definitely darker than my face — I just spend too much time outside (swatching). For reference though, I wear Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain and Armani Face Fabric shade 1.

  • shakz says:

    i am loving the sound of this foundation, but was wondering if you knew when it would be available to purchase in the uk???

  • CJ says:

    What shade are you in terms of MAC? I’m about an NC20 and I’m not sure which color to choose, maybe I should just go in and test it out

  • Liz says:

    CJ – I am about NC20, and I found Buff 2W a decent match. I might be too late for this to help, but if not I’d start there. Sample if you can though.

  • Ali says:

    Would you be able to swatch the Lancome Teint Miracle foundation please?

  • Milenna says:

    Hello, could you help me? I want to buy a foundation that (Teint Miracle) but do not know what my color. I usually use two mixes: Beige 402 and Beige 404, both from Mary Kay. Thank you very outset.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    I’m really sorry, Milenna, but I’m not familiar with Mary Kay foundation.

  • Sharleen says:

    Hello Karla! I wonder if you help me… I picked up some sample in Buff 2W, but it’s a bit too dark for me… The only sample available to buy in my country now is Ivoire 2C- in your picture it looks like this shade is darker than buff 2W, am I right? I know that shades are divided according to depth od shade, but I just want to make sure ;-)

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