Review: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation - 125W

Another one of high end foundations I have been testing out lately. It's actually my first product from Lancome. Their Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation is quite popular among bridal makeup artists as well, because it's fairly versatile and lasts well on the skin. 


It comes in a matte glass bottle with plastic cap which has gold 3D rose design on its top. Sleek and elegant packaging, as I would expect from a high end foundation.

In it is 30 ml of product. The prices vary a lot depending on where you buy it from 35 up to 60€. I got it on sale for around 34€. It's also one of the rare high end foundations that I could swatch in my local Müller. 


It's a liquid formula which has good coverage, but feels fairly light and thin. It gives a medium coverage and you can build it up to a descent full coverage. It covers most of the redness and blemishes. Finish is natural matte.

The formula contains a lot of skincare ingredients amongst which is also hyaluronic acid, great for moisturizing.


125W is light warm yellow shade. It's a good match for me. On my hand it oxidizes and looks dark (almost orange), but on my face it blends in well and doesn't look as warm. My body is still darker than my face, so it matches well.

I think it comes in 55 shades, though shade range in Slovenia is a lot smaller. But after swatching the shades in store, I can say they have a nice range of cool to warm, neutral and even more grey tones, so everyone can find something. They have N for neutral, W for warm and C for cool which I appreciate. Plus the shades actually match the tone they say it is.


Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily 150 Buff - one of the lightest shades with a great olive undertone
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC13 - light, but darker than Revlon with warm yellow tone
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 4 - a bit darker than MAC and slightly more peachy yellow toned
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear 125W - darker light with again more yellow undertone
Make Up For Ever HD Skin 1N10 - also darker light shade with yellow warm undertone
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Fiji - another pretty yellow warm toned foundation
L'Oreal Infaillible 32H Fresh Wear 100 Linen - very similar to Nars, again yellow warm
L'Oreal True Match Nude Plumping Tinted Serum 0.5-2 Very Light - the second lightest shade, but this one has more of a pink neutral undertone


It sits in the pores just a bit, but it doesn't emphasize them. As most other foundations, this one too clings to my problematic flaky skin around my nose. It's not too bad though. I noticed it siting in my fine lines as well and it can emphasize my smile lines just a bit.

Overall it sits nice on the skin, feels like you're not wearing anything, so very lightweight formula indeed. It transfers a bit to the touch, but I always set my foundations with transluscent loose powder anyway, because my T zone can get really oily.

It lasts well on the skin and they say it's waterproof as well as sweat and humidity resistant, so it's appropriate for special occasions as well. Though I have had more long lasting foundations too - like Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Luminous Matte.

I think this is a well rounded foundation. It gives you good amount of coverage, is lightweight and the finish is natural matte. I would say this can be worn on all skin types with the right prep. Dry skin will need more skin prep underneath, while oily skin can use it with minimal skincare under. It's a nice reliable foundation for everyday wear or even special occasions, because it lasts well on the skin. And it has one of the best shade ranges I have seen, because of the different undertones. 

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