Complexion Products,  Face Makeup

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Review and Wear Test

I purchased this foundation in two shades – 095 Ivoire Warm and 130 Ivoire Neutral. I returned the 095 shade for a few reasons – it was light enough that it was unflattering on my skin, the product was expired (I ordered in May and the product had an expiration date of April printed on it), and I’m not impressed enough with this foundation to own it in two shades. I don’t think….

Foundation Swatches Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24 hours 095 Ivoire Warm/Yellow, 130 Ivoire Neutral fair, Revlon Buff and Creme Brulee, Milani Conceal & Perfect 00B and 00BB

This review is mixed. I have to say that my first impressions of this foundation were pretty terrible. However, I have to admit that it is growing on me, and I have been wearing it for over a week straight at this point. It’s definitely not my holy grail foundation, but let’s go over the Pros and Cons.


  • Lightweight
  • Looks like skin (because it’s low coverage and you can actually see your skin)
  • Over 50 shades available
  • Pump functions well


  • Has some alcohol-like ingredient and feels drying for the first couple hours of wear (I think it’s probably the isododecane)
  • Fell short of long-wearing claims for me (see the wear-test photos below)
  • Couldn’t cover spots because wherever I built up layers of the foundation ended up clinging to powder in a really unattractive way.
  • Glass bottle packaging is tapered at the bottom which makes it unstable when standing up. It keeps falling over on its side which is driving me nuts! If a product has a pump, I like to store it standing up so that the product collects in the bottom where the pump reaches.
  • Price: retails for $47 (I purchased during a sale on Lancome’s website for 30% off). This is a pretty high price. There are tons of foundations on the market for a fraction of this price.


I can’t truly recommend this foundation. I see that it gets amazing reviews, so I don’t know if it isn’t working for me, or perhaps my expectations are just unrealistic. If you truly want a long-wearing foundation and don’t mind paying this price, then I think Estee Lauder Double Wear is a better choice.

I ended up having the best luck applying this in a very thin layer with my fingers and using a light weight gel moisturizer to prep my skin. The texture of this product is incredibly thin and alcohol-like. It reminds me of an alcohol-ink that’s used for arts and crafts.

But am I going to make it work and finish this bottle because I paid for it? You bet I am!

Wear Test Photos

Let’s dive in to some super-unflattering close ups of my face! For these pictures, I tried super hard not to touch my face and I did not wear a mask at all on this day. I also did not use any blotting papers to remove oil on this day. I did use blotting papers on several of the initial days I wore this foundation because as you can see my face gets really shiny during the day when wearing this foundation.

The 6pm photos show how shiny I was. And what’s left of the foundation looks kind of flaky/dry….but I think most of the foundation is gone.

I think using blotting papers and touching up with powder once or twice during the day would really improve the performance of this foundation. But I’d really rather not have to do that, and to be honest., that isn’t the performance I was expecting from this product.

Lancome teint idole ultra wear foundation wear test shade 130
6pm photos show lots of shine and I think most of the foundation has worn off.
Foundation wear test before and after pictures lancome teint idole ultra wear
The forehead area looks the best! Minor settling into lines. Honestly, this could be smoothed out just by tapping with my fingers.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear shade 095 wear test review nose
Yikes. This photo was taken on one of the initial days where I wore the shade 095 instead of 130. I wore a mask for just a bit to a doctor’s appointment and was left with this scary patch on my nose for the rest of the day. The fact that this wasn’t a perfect shade match for me REALLY emphasized where the foundation wore off.

If you’d like to purchase this foundation or find more information, it can be purchased at, Ulta, Sephora, and many other retailers.

Link to purchase at

Have you tried this foundation? What was your experience? Am I doing something wrong? Is my skin just to oily or dry or something for this one?

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  • ghekate

    Wow! That’s very troubling that you were sent an expired one! Perhaps the non-expired foundations were also on the shelf a bit too long. My experience with the foundation was positive, but I never actually used it on its own because I didn’t have a good enough shade match with it either. I always mixed it with other foundations. Mixing it with others is possibly why I liked it, but it’s out of my collection now.

  • Nikki

    Lancome does allow returns, so I would suggest either returning it or contacting them to ask for a not expired replacement.  There is no reason to suck it up, they are a reputable company and I would think that they would want you to be happy with your purchase.  Considering the age of the product, I do wonder if a fresh bottle would perform better.

    • stefsedge

      I did return the expired one! That’s a good point though about maybe why that shade performed SO badly. The 130 N shade expires in September. So not expired yet but maybe a newer one would perform better…hmmm.

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