I’m sure we all know by now how much I love Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 hour foundation, but lately I’ve been a bit bored with it. It hasn’t done anything wrong, it’s just I’ve been wearing it for years and wanted to try something new. I’ve tried a few different foundations lately and still haven’t found the (new) “one”. Obviously I was happy to discover a free sample of Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation and Lasting Finish Primer in the March issue of Glamour Magazine. I love trying samples.
Lasting Finish Foundation promises skin perfecting full coverage with comfort serum. You’ll see in the pictures below that my skin is quite blotchy with more redness than usual, but the Lasting Finish covers it all really well. It is full coverage in the sense that I really don’t need to add any concealer but the finish is not as heavy and flat as I found the full coverage of the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. This alone looks the way a medium coverage foundation looks after I’ve used concealer and powder. I think my skin still looks like skin in this and it feels very comfortable on.
Surprisingly enough I’ve gotten three wears out of this sample and I wasn’t scrimping. I have no intention of testing the 25 hour claim and the primer reckons it could add up to 8 hours wear so 33 hours, no chance, some days it’s all I can do to get through 8 hours. I’ve tried the foundation alone, with the primer, and then with the primer and with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural as a setting powder. Alone it lasted about six hours before I noticed any shine but the shine wasn’t that bad and I could have lived without powder till about the eight hour mark. With the primer it was about the same. I didn’t think it kept shine at bay any longer but the primer felt hydrating when applied and created a lovely base for applying the foundation. Now with the primer and powder it lasted all day and I thought my makeup still looked perfect after twelve hours.
Top-Before, Bottom-After, no flash
(With a few finishing touches, MAC MSFN, Isadora Face Sculptor Palette. Taken indoors with a flash but next to a window)
I’m pretty impressed with this and if I’m honest I am a bit of a foundation snob. I’ll buy budget brands if there is enough hype but I wouldn’t wear a budget foundation on a regular basis and I definitely wouldn’t wear budget foundation to a special occasion or a night out. It’s about €9 and I am thinking about buying it to be my everyday foundation. It has an SPF of 20 so there is flashback when the lighting isn’t great so for that reason I wouldn’t use it for special occasions and nights out but spending only €9 instead of €30 plus on a foundation that I use every day, I will be saving so much so I can afford to spend big on the occasion foundation.
As for the primer, it creates a nice base but I’m not sure it extends the wear time of the foundation. I will try it with other foundations to see if it makes any improvement on them and report back. It doesn’t have any shimmer through it so I’m not sure it adds any skin improvements either but I’ll give it another go and let you know.