I have what can only be described as an addiction to liquid foundations – I’ve tried about a million of them and my collection keeps on growing. There’s just something about the way liquid foundation can be blended to airbrushed perfection as opposed to powder or cream foundations that just keeps me coming back for more.
Having used Lancome’s Teint Miracle in Ivoire 1N for the better part of 18 months and loving it, I decided to branch out further into the Lancome complexion product line and purchase the Photogenic Lumessence foundation.
While I didn’t really “need” a new foundation per say, I’ve been in the process of completely revamping my makeup collection for the warmer seasons.
I tend to only change up the colors of my lip, eye, and cheek products for the various seasons, but this year I was in the mood to try something a little different.
I’ve had excellent luck with virtually all Lancome makeup that I’ve tried, so of course my first thought was to try a new foundation from them as opposed to other brands, especially since I know my shade is Ivoire 1N in virtually all of their complexion products and it’s a picture perfect match for me.
Lancome claims the Photogenic Lumessence foundation is meant for “light mastering and line smoothing,” meaning it’s specifically designed to give you a flawless finish and to photograph well, even with flash.
This foundation feels relatively thick when you first pump it into your hands, but once blended it is actually quite sheer.
Where one usually needs about 3-4 pumps of foundation to cover the face, neck, and decollate, I found that I only needed 1-2 pumps of PL to accomplish the same job.
This product feels phenomenal on the skin – it’s very breathable and just looks entirely natural, as if it’s still your skin (but better).
The PL foundation wears for at least 8 hours without budging, and at no point does it take on the dreaded mask-like feel or oxidize into a completely different color from when you first applied it. I have worn this out in bad weather and even with my face splashed by rain it still held strong and didn’t smudge one bit.
My shade, Ivoire 1(N), is one of fifteen shades offered, and is the lightest of the line, where Suede 4(C) is the darkest. If you are unfamiliar with shade matching with Lancome foundations, the letter accompanying the shade number (N, C, or W) indicates the undertone of the shade; W is for warm undertones, N is for neutral undertones, and C is for cool undertones.
My favorite thing about this product, aside from how well it wears, is how well it photographs; this product is basically the real-life equivalent of the skin smoothing feature in Photoshop. It seems to make contours appear more defined in pictures, and adds a subtle radiance to other complexion products like blush and bronzer.
Considering the fact that I didn’t really buy this foundation for any specific reason other than wanting to change up my routine, I am highly impressed with it and would recommend it to virtually anyone with virtually any skin type or skin tone.
Job well done, Lancome!