Aug 23, 2016

Makeup │ Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation [Review]


Hello my lovelies! How are you?
It is time to talk about makeup, more specifically about a foundation I've been wanting to try for long. This is Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint foundation and I got it because last year I loved using my Diorskin nude Air serum foundation and I wanted to see how I liked the Lancôme one.

I've been using it for about six weeks now and I wanted to share my opinion with you.

As you know I have normal to dry skin, but it tends to get dryer in winter and more normal to combination during the hot season. I point this out because I firmly believe understanding how your skin works is the MOST IMPORTANT in order to get the right makeup and cosmetic products. I suppose Lancôme Miracle Air de teint is more suitable for normal to dry, normal, and normal to combination skin, I don't think it would work for combination or oily skin, but of course, you can't tell until you try, right?

Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation Review


Lancôme Miracle Air de teint Foundation is silicone based and has a very liquid consistency, not as watery as Dior Nude Air Serum foundation, though. The consistency reminds me of MAC Face and Body foundation (if you are familiar with that) except that it has a higher coverage, but we will get to that in a minute.

The foundation is scented, which could bother some people, but it hasn't bothered me. If your skin is very sensitive, you should be careful and test it first because the fragrance is quite present.


The packaging is a fancy matte glass bottle with a dropper applicator. We've seen that in the past and I don't find the dropper to be especially practical. The watery foundations tend to be messy so you need to be extra careful. I do not appreciate that the bottle is thinner on the bottom and larger on top, since that makes it more unstable and prone to accidents!

Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation Review

The application is less difficult than it sounds. I prefer to apply a couple of drops to the back of my hand and then pick it with a dense buffing brush (I use Real techniques face expert brush) and buff it into my face. I've also tried applying a few drops directly on the brush, but I find the first method works better for me. I buff the foundation on my face and it takes a while to make the product work. At first, it looks like you are just dragging the product from one place to the other, leaving brushstrokes on your face. But at one point, it magically starts working and it sets to a beautiful flawless finish. I haven't tried applying it with a beauty blender but I suppose it would be a good alternative. I wouldn't apply it with fingers, because, personally, I couldn't bare the mess, but, if fingers are your thing, I guess you could make it work.

Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation Review
Foundation buffed on the back of hand. Almost imperceptible!

This foundation has light to medium coverage, depending on how much product you apply. On me, it covers perfectly my pregnancy melasma, but I still need concealer for the birthmark on my left cheek. It sets to a velvety matte finish and it feels very comfortable on my dry skin unlike other matte foundations. It does not give the impression of "dryness" or "paper skin" (gals with dry skin will know what I mean). This foundation is very forgiving with problematic skin as it has so much silicones it tends to give a "blur" effect to those areas achieving a quite flattering overall look. I am having a "good skin" period now, I mean, there are no break outs, pimples, or dry patches for me right now, so I might update this info as we get into the cold season.

Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation Review
Right: wearing no foundation. Left: wearing Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint
Now, let's get into the things I like less (besides the shape of the bottle).  You have to be very careful about your primer choice and the products you use beneath. The first few times I used this I TOTALLY HATED IT. I was using Estée Lauder Day Wear Advanced Multiprotection SPF50 (what a mouthfull), which is a moisturizer with sunscreen and both products were totally uncompatible. I first blamed the foundation, but then I tried it over Vichy Slow Age SPF 25 instead(reviewed here) and OMG, it was applying like a dream!

Another bummer is, it is not a long-wear foundation and it definitely needs touch ups past 6 hours. I was getting shiny around my nose and forehead areas, and I'm not an oily gal! So I suppose that oily skin types would get, what? 3 hours? hmmm... I needed to apply more powder than usual over it, and  I don't appreciate that.

Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation Review

One more thing that bothers me is that Lancôme does not have a perfect match for my skin. I chose the shade 01 Beige albatre, which is the lightest of the yellowed undertoned shades, and it was too dark for me. It only matched my skin nicely right after my two week summer vacation, but now I'm getting pale again and it starts looking weird again. There is no way I could pull this off in winter.

So, to sum up:
  • Upon application it needs some extra working to look flawless, but the result it's worth the effort.
  • I need to powder a bit more than usual over this foundation, despite my skin being more on the dry side.
  • The matte velvety finish is very flattering and the medium coverage is buildable to a certain point.
  • I have noticed a slight "blur effect" with this foundation, since I couldn't get a sharp shot with my camera even with the more specific macro lens. And that is a good point!
  • It is not a long wear foundation, nor very mattifying so I don't think this foundation will work for people with oily skin type.
  • The colour range is not very large. I couldn't get a perfect match.
I certainly recommend this foundation, but not for everybody! I suppose it would perform better in winter than during the hot season. I like it and will use it, but I don't think I will repurchase it.

Please let me know your thoughts on this foundation if you have tried it or you are willing to try it! See you tomorrow with another review :)

Love,
Nati

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