It normally takes one of two things to turn a beauty product into a genuine cult buy—delivering top-notch results in a well-carved niche, or garnering endless shoutouts from big-time A-listers. While some buzzy new makeup brands rising up the ranks of Instagram manage to nail one or other, OG beauty house Lancôme has long enjoyed both.
That’s why when Fenty Beauty dropped its epic line of foundation shades, conversations around it still included references to Lancôme’s offering—they’ve had one of the largest shade ranges on shelves for years. It’s also why you’ll find a Lancôme foundation in the kit of most celebrity MUAs: You can’t compromise on coverage when your clients are hitting the red carpet, and this brand delivers.
If you needed any more convincing that it’s time to take another look at Lancôme foundations, just check out the stats: One Teint Idole stick foundation is sold every two seconds, while a Teint Idole liquid foundation flies off the shelf every 20 seconds. That’s at least 47,520 new Lancôme foundations hitting makeup bags around the world every single day—and we’ve only done the maths for the brand’s top two sellers.
With that fact in mind, we’ve created your ultimate guide to the best Lancôme foundations. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about your next makeup purchase.
Teint Idole Ultra Wear
Lancôme’s classic foundation, the Teint Idole Ultra 24H Liquid Foundation has just celebrated its 20th birthday by switching up its bottle design and rebranding itself as Teint Idole Ultra Wear. Full coverage with a velvety, semi-matte finish, this is the one to turn to for a flawless, round-the-clock base. The range has also just expanded its already impressive shade offering, meaning you’ll be sure to find a match among the 40-strong spectrum of tones. It’s worth noting that the high-coverage power of the liquid foundation also comes in a cushion compact, Teint Idole Ultra Cushion, £35, which is great if you prefer the slightly dewier finish a cushion formulation can deliver.
Teint Idole Ultra Stick Foundation
Lancôme’s current best-seller in the foundation sphere, this creamy stick is almost part-foundation, part-concealer. The solid formula is perfect for keeping in your handbag for touch-ups—not to mention travelling—and blends well for a high-coverage matte finish. Available in 20 shades, you can also opt to jump one or two shades darker than your base skin tone to use these as natural-looking contour sticks.
Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Duo
This is where super skincare science meets makeup. The Teint Visionnaire teams a creamy full-coverage skin corrector in the cap, enriched with vitamin CG to reduce the appearance of dark spots and circles, while the semi-matte liquid foundation uses active ingredient LR 2414 to balance uneven skin pigmentation, minimise pores and blur lines. If you’re prone to redness or dark spots, this clever formula, which comes in 18 shades, is a great shout.
Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation
If full-coverage isn’t your bag, or you want something lighter for summer that still gives a flawless finish, try the Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation SPF 15, which comes in 18 shades. A medium-coverage formula, this is all about brightening your complexion with pearlescent pigment for a luminous satin finish. Packed with water, it’ll keep your skin hydrated too—ideal if you’re switching up for a summer holiday. As with Teint Idole, there’s also the Miracle Cushion Liquid Compact Foundation (£32), which comes with the specially developed fresh-touch puff, an applicator designed to cool and hydrate the skin as you blend.
Skin Feels Good Foundation
New to the collection, Lancôme’s Skin Feels Good Foundation has its sights set on improving your skin’s condition while you wear it. A sheer formula for light coverage (it comes in eight different shades), this is part-makeup, part-serum with added SPF 23. Teaming vegetable glycerine with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate your complexion, the base also contains antioxidant moringa extract to shield skin against pollution and boost radiance. If you love a BB cream but want something with a little extra oomph, this is for you.
Le Teint Particulier Custom Made Foundation
If the struggle to find your perfect foundation is too real, we’d suggest heading to Harrods in London for a full custom-blend Lancôme experience. While pricey at £90, the Le Teint Particulier Custom Made Foundation team use a digital skin scanner to assess your skin’s undertone, which then colour-matches your complexion to one of 72,000 swatches. After you choose the level of coverage you’re after—light, medium or full—a machine then mixes up your perfect foundation on the spot. Genius.
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