REVIEW: Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a foundation post. However, I’ve recently gotten back on the foundation bandwagon; and, I’ve been into mixing formulas lately. I stumbled across the Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation by accident when I was originally researching a different foundation. I decided to give this foundation a try when it promised healthy, glowy skin from within — which is right up my alley. Lancôme claims that the “Lancôme science” discovered the “inner light of perfect skin and recreated it via this foundation. Additionally, their marketing is clever as they explain that “light is not only reflected on the surface, it is also naturally re-emitted from deep within the skin. This is skin’s inner light. At its peak, this surface radiance and inner light constitute skin’s aura.”

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In addition to the light reflecting particles, and providing “surface radiance,” Lancôme’s exclusive “Aura-Inside (TM) Technology” is allegedly a big part of creating freshness and radiance. Above all, the Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation is considered to be “a new generation of bioptic pigments combined with classic mineral pigments. Together, they reproduce the appearance of inner light of perfect skin, by recreating the intensity and pristine freshness of its radiance. A unique liquid light essence maximizes skin’s surface radiance.”

There’s lot of big claims here and fancy language that is equally exciting and confusing at the same time. I wear the shade IVOIRE 4N and it’s a good match for me — a mix of both pink and neutral undertones that balance out my not-so-yellow skin tone. A big part of why I like this foundation is because it feel so light and watery when applying on the skin. It absorbs and your skin and makeup seem to fuse into one — leaving the finish very light and undetectable. The glow and radiance that Lancôme speaks of is really in the formula. There are swirls of iridescent pigments. And, while they may look very glimmery, it doesn’t apply too glittery or crazy on the skin.

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The formula and texture of this foundation are both great. The light texture makes it really easy to use and blend. Coverage is light and natural; and for that reason, I don’t think this foundation is meant to be buildable. That’s probably why this foundation is best on “good skin days” lol. It fills in lines and pores really well, and it also boosts your complexion’s tone. However, oil control is pretty non-existent, which I accept since it never claimed to be that kind of product anyway. I don’t like to powder over this because I like to maintain the glow that the foundation gives. It does provide a fresh face, but it does get oily and slippery on my skin during the hot summer months.

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Review: Lancome Renergie Éclat Multi-Lift Multi-Action Tinted Skincare Illuminate + Lift Instant Enhancer

Recently at an outlet sale, I purchased the Lancome RÉNERGIE ÉCLAT MULTI-LIFT Multi-Action Tinted Skincare Illuminate + Lift Instant Enhancer for $25 and it was such a steal. I was always interested in this product some time ago, but felt that $75.00 (regular retail price) for it was ridiculous for a product that wasn’t even a foundation.

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I’m quite pleased with this product and I’ll probably go back and get one for my mom. Keep in mind, technically, I can’t review this product on its lifting and anti-aging performance — although that’s what the product is designed to do. But I do believe that the skincare ingredients in this product has done wonders for my skin — in terms of “preventative measures” regarding anti-aging.

I like the pump and the overall packaging. It comes with 1.3 fl. oz. of product, which is more than a standard foundation. I’ve also reviewed the Lancome RÉNERGIE EYE MULTIPLE ACTION Ultimate Eye Care Duo, which is still performing well. In my experience, the RÉNERGIE line seems to be very effective.

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This product is marketed as “a lightweight tinted moisturizer that addresses signs of aging” and claims to be “more than a BB cream.” I would say, in terms of coverage, this is NOT a foundation and NOT really a tinted moisturizer. I would say it’s more like a BB cream that is hydrating. With this product, I need to set it with powder and it strangely doesn’t contribute to any oil production throughout the day — which is weird, but good. Sephora says that “this new generation of multi-function tinted skincare product moisturizes, lifts, illuminates, and instantly evens skintone.”

I agree that it moisturizes, illuminates, and evens skinstone. That’s really all I expect from a good BB cream/tinted moisturizer. I don’t expect much coverage, and it’s a good thing I didn’t! This product is “created with lifting and color-correcting Multi-Tension technology designed to target upper layers of the skin. The “multi-action formula helps skin feel firmer and denser, as if lifted. Wrinkles appear reduced, and skin’s texture feels smoother.”

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The texture of the product is really slick and smooth. Because of that, it blends seamlessly into the skin very quickly. I can feel my skin drinking up the hydrating ingredients, because it plumps up my skin and makes it look so smooth and radiant. Pores, redness, and lines are concealed immediately and feels nice too. However, there’s no actual coverage — just mild blurring of the imperfections. In my opinion, if you need/like more coverage, it’s probably best to use this product as a primer and layer something on top.

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I got shade 1, which is the lightest shade that seems to work well for my skintone. The shade is very forgiving because it doesn’t seem to actually have that much pigmentation — hence, the lack of coverage. The one thing that I must rave about is the brightening effects of this product. It’s so pretty and it looks just like your skin, but better. I’d say this is more like a “skin enhancer” and I think it would look just as pretty underneath a base product that provides more coverage. Also, unlike most BB creams and tinted moisturizer, this product does not include any sun protection.

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I would recommend this product based on its illuminating and brightening factors, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the coverage. I think the original retail price of $75.00 is ridiculous; and, the outlet price is only slightly better. If you can hit up the sale, you can snag this for $25, which I think is completely reasonable. I’m going to see how my mom likes it, but I’ll most likely not re-purchase this again unless it’s on sale.

I love how the product looks and feels, but I don’t think it’s for everyone. As always, thanks for reading and happy spring break! :)

Rénergie Éclat is available in four shades for all skintones, from fair to deep:
– Fair/rosy skin: Shade 1 tones down redness
– Fair/beige skin: Shade 2 neutralizes yellowing
– Golden/beige skin: Shade 3 illuminates olive tones
– Golden/dark skin: Shade 4 awakens gray tones

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Check out the glow and illumination from this product! :)

1.3 oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $75.00.
Outlet price $63.90.

Lancome RÉNERGIE EYE MULTIPLE ACTION Ultimate Eye Care Duo

The Lancome RÉNERGIE EYE MULTIPLE ACTION Ultimate Eye Care Duo is an item I’ve had my eye (no pun intended, hehe) on for quite some time. In the past, I reluctantly passed it up because either I was already currently trying to use up an eye cream; or, I couldn’t get myself to spend nearly $80 for an eye cream of all things.

At a massive outlet sale, I was able to snag this for just $25! What a steal! I’ve been using it for nearly 3 months and I’ve got to say that I love it – even for my young self. Because it works so well for me, I’m inclined to believe that results for those with more mature skin would be astronomical. In short, I believe that it would truly be a product that is equally effective and useful.

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The RÉNERGIE EYE MULTIPLE ACTION Ultimate Eye Care Duo is an interesting dual-functioning product. In the future, when contemplating if I’d like to re-purchase, I could potentially justify purchasing it by convincing myself that my nearly $80 would be well spent because it’s two products in one. The claims are high – but, because I find that it’s truly working – I think Lancome succeeded in releasing a product that did what it was supposed to do.

According to Lancome, “youthful-looking eyes are the key to a youthful-looking face. The eye area is the most delicate part of the face, so it is the first area to show the signs of aging.” Because of this, Lancome’s innovative product is marketed as “eye care at its peak.” This “ultimate eye care system…[is] a unique combination of two treatments for six visible anti-aging actions.”

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“Eyelids are visibly lifted [and] the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is virtually erased.” The “eye contour looks firmer [and] looks illuminated” while “under-eye bags are visibly deflated” and “dark circles appear faded.” The product claims to make the “eye area is visibly revitalized. In just 4 weeks, the whole face looks up to 5 years younger.”

As you can see, this dual-functioning product is an eye cream and veil in one. I wouldn’t consider it a heavy-duty concealer or even a mild concealer. Much like the YSL touche eclat, the top portion of this product, is a veil that is applied after the eye cream. Basically, the cream is designed to “lift, firm, and fight wrinkles,” while the veil is used to “fade, deflate, and illuminate.”

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I appreciate the portability of this product because it’s functional and compact. The cream is a whipped texture that feels creamy but absorbs into the skin well. This is important for me – especially regarding eye creams – simply because I hate it when my eye cream sits on top of everything and slides around. To me, it probably wipes off onto my pillow and the product is wasted.

This cream, however, absorbs right in. The instructions suggests to apply the cream around the orbital bone, into the eyebrows, around the under eye area, and into the temples. That’s A LOT of product to use. So, I stick with applying it around my eye area – upper and lower – and I rub the remaining amount of product into the eyebrow area. I suspect that Lancome recommends applying generously all over for the ultimate lifting and firming effect.

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I use the veil in shade 1. It’s a light, fair shade that will be suitable for those with pale skin. It’s an emollient creamy consistency that is very thin. This is NOT a concealer, so you don’t need to pack it on with a brush. I just swirl my ring finger around in it, get some product on my finger, and apply gently under the eye and into the inner corners of my eyes. Amazing, my eyes are brightened yet it’s not masked under concealer and corrector. It’s just a natural, healthy bright-eyed look.

I apply the eye cream after my morning skincare and before my sun protection. Then, I apply the veil after foundation and before powdering my t-zone.

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I’m amazed by the product and am surprised that it’s all that it’s hyped up to be. It’s recommended that you use it morning and night (the veil just in the morning), but for me, I reserve it for mornings because this is so freakin’ expensive. It’s the perfect way to oomph up your eyes without going overboard. I think those who have more mature skin will benefit more than me; and, I highly recommend it. But, if you’re like me, and you’re looking to implement preventative measures – I don’t think there’s anything wrong with integrating a product like this into your routine.

Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested for safety.
$78.00 USD.

New Things Make Me Happy

I’m telling myself to stop hauling stuff and I’m sticking with that promise! This post is a bit overdue and I only recently unboxed my new goodies. So, technically, it’s like a mini surprise that I was actually expecting.

I had an early birthday gift card that I was going to save until my actual birthday – which is in April. But, I’m one of those people who like to be gifted early, so I treated myself nearly a month in advance. :)

My new goodies unboxed here:
NARS eyeshadow in “Nepal” – totally my new favorite
MAC eyeliner in “Teddy” – another favorite
Lancome Brow Expert – not sure about this one
MAC blush in “Blushbaby” – my go-to blush right now
Bare Minerals concealer in “Well Rested” for undereyes – impressive product
Laura Mercier lipgloss in “Bare Naked” – totally my new favorite lipgloss, pretty much of all time
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Roman Holiday” – love!
NARS Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil in “Frivolous” – love!

NEW MAKEUP BAG from Victoria’s Secret that I absolutely adore.
It meets all of my makeup bag requiremets:
1.) bag must be wide (to stuff a bunch of stuff in);
2.) bag must be deep (to stuff a bunch of stuff in);
3.) bag must be made out of flexible material (to stuff a bunch of stuff in);
4.) bag should be reasonably cute, but not tacky and junior high-ish;
5.) bag must contain sturdy and reliable zipper that does NOT get stuck.

As you can see, I’m quite particular with makeup bags and rarely change them. So when I find one I like, I stick with it (unless I’m traveling and need to pack accordingly). For me, my main makeup bag stays at home; I rarely tote around all my makeup. If, for whatever reason, I do take some cosmetic items with me – only necessities like lipgloss, chapstick, oil blotting paper, floss, and tampons – are carried in a smaller pouch.

Though I try to keep everything reasonably organized on my vanity, items in my makeup bag have a special and honorable purpose. It basically means those products are my “go-to” products or can be easily labeled as my “current favorites.”

When I rotate items OUT of my makeup bag, it generally means I got bored of a particular product and it will be waiting in line during rotation; or, it means I don’t like the product anymore. I’m hard to please, haha.

Thanks for reading. I know this post seemed kinda random, haha.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)