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.
I tried Fresh Wear… it didn’t work for me. Â First of all, it didn’t play well with my Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen (my usual primer). Â 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.