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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Haul: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation + Gift with Purchase (value up to $136)

Von Maur is offering a 7-piece gift with purchase when you spend $39.50 or more on any Lancome products. There are 3 gift bags that you can choose from and I chose the High Resolution Mix gift bag because I wanted to try the pressed powder in the shade Bisque. The pressed powders that come in the other gift bags are too light for my skin tone. If you have any Lancome products on your wishlist, then this would be the perfect time to purchase them because of all the extra goodies you'll be getting. This offer expires March 18, 2012. Also, Von Maur always offer free shipping with no minimum order.

Absolue Mix Gift Includes:
  • Absolue Premium BX Cream SPF 15, 0.5oz
  • Color Design Lipstick in Curtain Call
  • Translucence Pressed Powder Compact in Ivory
  • Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad
  • Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector 7ml
  • Nutrix Royal Body Repair Cream 2oz
  • Black Cosmetic Bag

High Resolution Mix Gift Includes:
  • High Resolution Refill 3X SPF 15, 0.5oz
  • Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector, 0.5oz
  • Juicy Tube in Moulin Rose, 0.33oz
  • Flash Bronzer Leg Gel, 2oz
  • Translucence Pressed Powder Compact in Bisque, 0.12oz
  • Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara in So Black
  • Pink Cosmetic Bag 

Renergie Mix Gift Includes:
  • Renergie Lift Volumetry SPF 15, 0.5oz
  • Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate with dropper 8 ml
  • Color Design in All Done Up
  • Flash Bronzer Leg Gel, 2oz
  • Translucence Pressed Powder Compact in Ivory
  • Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara in So Black
  • Pink Cosmetic Bag

The gift with purchase definitely lured me into buying the new Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation ($44 for 1oz), which I ended up liking, but not loving. Lancome labels the shades using a number and letter system. C denotes cool, which is suitable for those who have a pink undertone. W means warm, which is suitable for those who have a yellow undertone and N means neutral, which is suitable for those who are neither cool nor warm. I went to get color matched at 2 different Lancome counters and both SAs recommended 320W, so that's the shade I chose when I placed my order online, but it ended up being too dark for my skin tone. For reference, I'm an NC30/35, L'oreal True Match W4, Dior Forever 021 mixed with 031, and MUFE HD 127. 

The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation has a thick creamy consistency that glides onto the skin like butter and feels silky smooth. It blends easily and offers buildable, medium to full coverage. It does not emphasize dry spots if you exfoliate and moisturize well. Also, the finish is neither cakey nor fully matte, but looks natural and like skin. However, I still need to set with a powder on my forehead and nose area because my t-zone gets oily throughout the day. 

The main reason why I don't love this foundation is because it's not as long lasting as it advertises. My t-zone starts getting oily after about 4 hours of application. This also happens when I wear my L'oreal True Match and Make Up For Ever HD foundation. The biggest difference between these 2 foundations and Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra is the texture. The L'oreal True Match and the MUFE HD foundations have a more runny consistency and feel more moisturizing, which is why I prefer them over Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra, for the winter months. (For the summer months, I prefer a more mattifying foundation, such as Dior Forever, which keeps my oil at bay for at least 6 hours.)

One thing to keep in mind is that I never wear primers underneath my foundations except when I wear my MUFE HD foundation because I've had no luck with most of the ones that I've tried, including CoverFX Clearprep FX Matte, Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup, NARS Pro-Prime Oil-Free, Smashbox Photo Finish regular + light version, Laura Mercier Oil-Free, Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting primer and many others. The MUFE HD primer is the only primer that lengthens the wear time of my MUFE HD foundation; however, I see no difference with the longevity of my makeup when used with my Dior Forever or L'oreal True Match foundation.

One thing that I am loving about my order is the gift with purchase. The pink makeup bag is cute and great for travel because it's so spacious inside. It measures 8.25" x 4.25" x 3.25".

Bottom Line: I would still recommend Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation because it applies smoothly onto the skin, blends well, has good coverage and doesn't look cakey. My reasons for not loving it is strictly personal. (It doesn't feel as moisturizing as my other foundations and the shade is too dark.) Also, just because the foundation doesn't last long on my oily t-zone, it doesn't mean you will get the same result. We all have different textures, skin types and complexions. However, those with normal skin may benefit more from this foundation.

Here's a list of products that I packed in the bag (I don't carry all these products with me when I'm travelling, but this is just to show you how much stuff this bag can hold.):
  • MAC Vera Flower Fantasy Face Powder
  • MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Lancome Flash Bronzer Leg Gel (travel size 2oz)
  • Dior Forever Foundation
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
  • Lancome Pressed Powder (travel size 0.12oz)
  • Lancome High Resolution Refill (travel size 0.5oz)
  • 2 L'oreal Lip Balms
  • Lancome Juicy Tube (travel size 0.33oz)
  • Dior DiorShow Mascara (sample size 5ml)
  • Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara (sample size 4ml)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Lancome Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector (travel size 0.5oz)
  • 2 Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow

    Bloomingdales is also offering the same Lancome gift with purchase; however, you get to choose the products individually. This is definitely a better option for those who plan on making a $50 purchase or more, especially if you use Mr. Rebates to get cashback. However, Von Maur's gift with purchase was a better deal for me since they didn't charge tax and offered free shipping for my $44 order.

    Are you a sucker for "gift with purchase" offers?
    Have you tried the new Lancome foundation?

    *This post contains affiliate links. None of the products mentioned are sponsored.


    1. I have been wanting to try Lancome make-up! Especially some foundation and bright, springtime lipstick. Thanks for sharing! I am following your blog now, it is so well organized and informational :) I am following! Check out my blog and follow back if you like it.

    2. I like the Lancome bronzer. Bet it works pretty well.

    3. Nice things! :)

    4. love your blog! i just discovered it. i'm ur newest follower :) please check out my makeup blog too when you have a moment!

      i noticed you have the loreal lipstick balm in your makeup bag, do you like that one? i'm debating trying that or the lip butters by revlon. :)



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