Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation: Review & Swatch

Lancome is one of my favourite high-end brands. I grew up watching my mother using Lancome products and now I’m using their makeup and skin care products often! One of the things I love about Lancome is how the brand places a lot of emphasis on skin care. I think it’s always good to have glowing, natural, blemish free skin. Great skin is a lovely canvas for makeup! 

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I also appreciate how much they include all shades of skin tones in their foundations and concealers. They have makeup for extremely fair skin and dark skin. It is great because it is difficult for WOC and fair-skinned ladies to find a foundation that actually caters to our skin tone.

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The Formula:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra is an oil-free, long wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. I am a full coverage kind of girl so this is perfect for that. It covers all my dark spots, discolorations and looks somewhat matte on my skin. Most foundations are quite oily and shiny when applied so you often need a mattyfying powder to set it. However, this foundation can be used on it’s own without a powder because it is shine free. It looks very natural, does not feel cakey and heavy on my skin so double plus!

I was also pleased to know that this foundation has SPF 15 which is great because I hardly wear sunscreen even though I live in a very sunny area. This means that it will protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays while providing a smooth and flawless finish.

Swatches + Try On:

I am using colour number 10 or Beige Praline. The foundation is now available in 40 shades which means you will definitely find a colour that suits your skin tone. Here is the swatch of this foundation on my arm vs blended out. It blends perfectly into my skin and matches my skin quite well.

 

The Burning Question:

Now on to the burning question; does it last long? Yes it does! I apply my foundation once a day and only touch up with a powder once my face gets oily. I don’t think any foundation under this planet can survive the Nigerian weather so I am not too strict on my expectations with regards to reducing shine. Even though I may get shiny, the foundation stays put and my face is still well covered. Here is the foundation immediately when I applied it and 5+ hours later…

 

I have used this foundation consistently for months in the UK and Nigeria and I have had no complaints. The only reason I stopped using Lancome was because I was trying to stopping my excessive spending on makeup products and $47 was not affordable for me at that time (Funny story: I had a family intervention a few weeks ago where they promised to cut my spending money if I keep buying so much makeup. LOL)

Some Tips :

  • Make sure you pick a shade lighter than your actual skin tone because this foundation will oxidize and turn a shade darker!
  • Do not pick your foundation colour from just looking at the bottle because the colour on the bottle appears darker than the actual product.
  • A little also goes a long way with this foundation so do not be too heavy-handed so you will not waste the foundation and look like a cake monster.

 

I hope you enjoyed this review! What do you think about this foundation?

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NYX Lip Lingerie – Beauty Mark Review + Try On

I’m super obsessed with NYX products. If I had the chance I would splurge on all their products. They have a wide variety of palletes, lipsticks and various makeup options to choose from. I was recently looking for a true brown nude that will give me 90’s inspired vibe and I stumbled across the NYX lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in the shade “Beauty Mark”. I was inspired by Sybil who is an antagonist on a show called the Vampire Diaries. I could stop staring at her lips and I decided to get a shade that is similar to her regular lip colour on the show. It is a gorgeous shade that I have been wearing often.

Packaging:

The lipstick comes in a classic lip gloss style packaging with a doe foot applicator. The lipstick cover looks feminine, attractive and classic.

Application:

It is also easy to apply the product your lips and it is not too thick or thin. You only need at most 2 applications to get your desired colour. Once it’s wet it appears pretty muddy and uninspiring, but not for long. It only takes a few seconds to dry but once it does the colour slightly deepens to a beautiful brown colour.

Wear:

It is not drying on the lips which I think is amazing. I forgot my lip balm when I went out wearing this product and it protected my lips from cracking! It also does not flake and you hardly need to re-apply. Here is how it looks on my lips!

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Overall it is a wonderful shade, formula, also affordable and I can’t wait to try more of the products in this line!

I’m curious; Have you tried this lip lingerie line? What do you think of this shade? What is your favorite NYX product?

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Urban Decay: Moondust Palette Review and Swatch

I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and I have been a faithful buyer of almost every palette that has ever come out. They are always so pigmented and look really nice. This summer I decided to buy the new Moondust palette ($49) and I was pretty excited to try these glittery colours.

The palette is true to its name and gives off a deep-space intergalactic chic vibe. The cover of the palette also looks very unique and futuristic which I love.

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Now on to the actual colours….I don’t like them. Oops.

Unfortunately they do not give off a very finished looked when applied. It honestly looks like cheap glitter eyeshadow that I can buy in a drug store. Although the shadows appear bright in the container, they are actually really dull. It is also not pigmented so I have to apply the shadow multiple times to get my desired look. There is also a lot of fall out so after you apply this eyeshadow you will end up with 10 tonnes of glitter on your face.

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[Galaxy, Vega, Lightyear, Magnetic, Lithium, Element, Granite, Specter]
Maybe its because I’m dark-skinned or its just not that good. I’m just disappointed in the quality of these shadows. For $49 I would expect to have a large variety of colours (which it’s lacking) and high quality shadows (which it’s also lacking). About 3 of the shadows just appear grey. Bleh!

Sadly I’m going to pass this eyeshadow down to my mother. I don’t think it’s worth the buy.

What do you think about this palette? Do you hate it or love it?