Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation: Tarte VS. Lancome

For most, full coverage foundation is a necessity to cover up any flaws on your complexions. I for one, have tried numerous full coverage foundations in an attempt to evade the demons that have marred my face over time.

As a side note I must say that I have combination skin and that will be a factor in this battle as I have two different skin types to deal with.

Today in the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation I will comparing Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation is a 12 hour foundation  that is vegan friendly. The product comes in a 1.7 fl.oz. squeeze tube and is a thick consistency because it is clay.. You can purchase this on the Tarte website or Sephora for $51 CAD. This foundation does have SPF-15 in it.

Application is best done with a dense brush or by spreading and buffing with a make up sponge. Buffing is important when working with this product as it easy to use too much.

How did it perform?

This foundation claims to be 12 hour wear, and I partially agree. If you have dry patches this foundation will cling to it and emphasize those problem areas. If you have normal skin then this will be a good pick for you and will hold up to the 12 hour claim.

For those who have pronounced lines on your face; such as expression lines and laugh lines then after hours of wear this product will settle in those lines with a have a cracking appearance.

If have areas where your are oily I found that this foundation would have oil break through and look streaky. The area I found this to occur the most was on my chin. I found this could be avoided by baking areas like forehead and chin however you run the chance of looking cakey.

Lancome Teint Idole is a 24 hour wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. This product took 8 years to develop by Lancome and is oil free and fragrance free. This foundation does have SPF-15 in it and packaging comes in a heavy glass pump jar of 1 fl. oz. You can purchase this from the Sephora website for $55 CAD.

As for application the product is a watery consistency and a little goes a long way. Generally, one pump will give you a full face at medium coverage. Brushing on small amount and then buffing them out with a damp make up sponge will give you a flawless finish. Go in a second time to build up coverage to full.

How did it perform?

I have seen no oil break through when using this product  on either my forehead or chin area. This product does not emphasize laugh lines or expression lines. However it can “catch” on dry patches. To best avoid this use the setting spray method on dry areas when working with this foundation.

Who is the winner in the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation? Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation!

For the price point I would spend the $4 extra to purchase this. It will last your twice as long as the Tarte Foundation. Even though Tarte’s Foundation is 1.7 fl. oz it is a thicker consistancy. On average a tube would last me about 2 months. Whereas, the Lancome foundation has lasted me about 3.5 months and I’m just a little bit past halfway in the jar. In the end you are saving money by spending a few dollars more.

For skin types I found the Lancome Teint Idole to perform better. Because I am combination skin I have both extremes of oily and dry and this worked with these issues  instead of against them. I found the Amazonian Clay did not work with combination skin (oil break through and exaggerated dry patches) and would be better suited for normal skin or sensitive skin types.

What foundation stories do you have? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @Lidsandtricks.



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