I received this foundation for my birthday, after a year of using Clinique's Stay Matte oil free make up, and I have to say I definitely prefer this. First of all, the colour match for me (005) is perfect, I didn't realise quite how pale I am! Also the consistency is nicer, it has a fuller coverage (which I wanted), yet is also quite natural looking.
Before - After (1 coat)
As you can see my skin is pretty bad at the moment, I have very oily spot prone skin, and for some reason recently the spot prone side has been horrendous. I've been eating pretty healthily so I've put it down to my skin care products not being great. I seem to wake up with red spots in the morning which disappear throughout the day, and I have quite visible pores around my nose on and on my chin.
I find one pump of this foundation gives me a quite natural coverage, if I'm going out I'll use two pumps so my skin is practically blemish free. Especially with oily skin you don't want your make up to feel too heavy and I find this one okay, I only notice the 'ew I want to take my make up off' feeling after 5 hours + on a hot day if I've been moving around a lot.
Above before - Below after 1 coat
As you can see the coverage is pretty good with one pump, I usually go over with my Bobbi Brown colour corrector under the eyes and on more noticeable spots, but with two coats you can probably skip concealer with this foundation.
The packaging with Teint idole is quite fancy with the frosted glass and I love the fact it has a pump dispenser. The only problem with glass is that it can smash, and also when you get to the end of the bottle the pump may not get the remaining product out (in contrast to the Clinique stay matte where the tube is plastic and you can cut it open like a toothpaste tube to get the last of it out).
One thing I recommend with foundations is to go to the beauty counters in Boots or whatever and ask for a 7 day sample of foundations they have for your skin type (so I asked about ones which were good for oily skin). They may make you make an appointment, but then you can check the foundation you splash out actually works for your skin and is a good investment. Also if you do this you can make sure the colour is a perfect match.
- Fairly full, build-able coverage
- Nice packaging
- Good colour range
- Long wear
- Not heavy on oily skin
- Smells good
- SPF 15
- Glass packaging can break
- High price point (£28.50)
In summary, if I have the money I will definitely purchase this again! Have you tried Teint Idole Ultra or do you have a high end foundation favourite? xx