I’ve stayed away from foundation for as long as I can remember, going down the BB cream / CC cream / tinted moisturizer route instead; Smashbox and Dior, in case you’re wondering – both aces in the field of light, even coverage. On my last monthly excursion to Sephora, I came across Lancome’s Teint Visionnaire, and something made me want to try it this time – maybe it’s all those years of subliminal messaging from Daria, Penelope, Lupita, Isabella and their ilk.
I’ve always been a ‘review girl’ – the first thing I do when I hear about a product that looks interesting is head over to Makeupalley to check the ratings. Teint Visionnaire only had about a 3.4 on 5 rating, but I bought it anyway. Here’s why.
Available in 20 shades, this is both a light, airy liquid foundation and, it you check out the cap, a waxy concealer that does wonders for under eye circles. Gotta love two-in-one babies! Whether applied with your fingers, a blending sponge or a brush, the foundation gives you dewy, second skin coverage which builds up without caking. You can apply it with a sponge to buff on more product, which is what I do when I’m going out at night.
I’ve found that NARS, Stila and other cool girl brands don’t quite get my skin tone – I’m light with neutral to yellow undertones, and everything I try is either a smidgen too light, too dark or yellow. This one gets the tone just right – shade 2, in case you’re wondering.
It even passed the daylight test – foundation always looks like ‘foundation’ in the bright afternoon sun, don’t you think? This one, however, doesn’t – and the texture is so light, you can mix it in with your favourite moisturiser and create a DIY tinted version. I mix mine with the Burt’s Bees Radiance lotion and I’ve really hit the jackpot. So, ladies, as with many things in life, when a product strikes you, go with your gut instinct, and ignore the reviews. You might just find the one.
Illustrated by Roshini Frederick.
Written by Ambika Muttoo