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You all know by now how much I love getting Influenster VoxBoxes, but this box I’ve recently received is by far the best one ever! Influenster managed to somehow figure out my favorite brands, and lately I’ve been getting some great boxes (they are far apart, but once they come I am always thrilled). Lancome is one brand I’ve started loving a few years ago, and most of their products have worked well for me, so I was very happy to see an almost full face makeup routine in this box. I’ve been using these products for a few weeks, and now I’m ready to share my opinions.
The products I’ve received:
- Lancome Blur & Go Mattifying Stick
- Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation in 110 Ivoire C
- Lancome Fix It Forget It Setting Spray
- Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick in 266 Deep Attraction
The first product I’ve tried is obviously this primer stick, and I’m so happy I did. It’s my favorite product in the box! I first tried it with my usual foundation and then with the Lancome from this box, and it works great with both of them. The stick glides over my skin easily and instantly and visibly blurs it. It fills in pores and provides me with a very smooth canvas for the rest of my face makeup. Since it blurs so visibly it makes it easy to see where I applied it and which spots I’ve missed. The stick itself already makes my skin look better and it would be great for more natural makeup looks (for example, just the stick and tinted sunscreen over it). Initially this stick makes my makeup look flawless, but it’s not particularly hydrating, so good skincare routine before using it is a must!
First off, this foundation comes in 40 shades and what makes me particularly happy, a lot of them have neutral undertones (some companies only make warm and cool foundations). Since I was choosing the shade from photos, I ended up with a cool undertone, but it’s not too pink and I can definitely make it work. It’s great when companies have a wide range of shades, since it can be challenging to find a very light or very dark foundation sometimes. It especially sucks when I like the formula, but can’t find a good shade match. Well, no such issues with this foundation.
The foundation is supposed to have a medium to full coverage. When applied with a sponge blender it has more of a light to medium coverage, but it’s buildable without getting cakey. I do need to use a concealer on a few blemishes and red spots. Just as described, it looks very natural, and it feels lightweight. I don’t feel like I have a layer sitting on my skin, I can almost forget I’m wearing it. It doesn’t stick to dry patches. I highly recommend setting it with a powder, or else if sinks into fine lines a bit.
After wearing it all day my forehead gets barely any shine, which is impressive. The few dry spots on my face do get more noticeable after a few hours, so I have to use a facial mist to refresh the foundation (I have dry/combo skin). But compared to other foundations it happens much less. Overall, I’m in love with the foundation and it really delivers on every promise they’ve made!
This is the first product in the box I had some issues with. I am so close to loving it, though, it just needs better packaging. It mists wide enough so that I can cover my whole face in just a few spritzes, however the mist is not as fine as I would like it to be. It doesn’t really hit me in the face like some other setting sprays do (and I hate those), but I can see droplets on my skin when I spray this on. That is actually my biggest issue, and if it had a better sprayer, I would’ve loved it!
Besides the sprayer issues, the mist feels refreshing and hydrating. It’s not heavy on my skin, but I could feel it setting my makeup as it was drying down. Even when set, it feels comfortable. I didn’t feel like this mist made my makeup last all day, and I had to reapply it once. (But in all honesty, it’s hard to compete with my favorite setting spray). I like it for daily use when I don’t want my favorite heavy setting spray, but in a case when I want my makeup to really last 24h (or more than 12), I wouldn’t reach for it.
Sadly, this is my least favorite product in the box. This lipstick is made using Lancome’s new powder technology, and it definitely feels powdery when being applied. It’s creamy, though, and there is no dragging on my lips. It’s very matte, and I need two swipes for full coverage. The lipstick also feels very light and comfortable on my lips, much better than liquid matte lipsticks.
The downside of all the comfort is that it wears down like any cream lipstick – meaning, it’s not long lasting. This is not an issue for me, however, it quickly becomes patchy on the inside of my lips and it looks really bad that way. Because of this I had to remove it and apply a different lipstick literally within an hour of wearing it.
Deep Attraction is a pinkish coral that is very fresh and summery. It’s not a color I usually wear, but it’s nice to have some variety in my makeup bag. Hopefully I’ll find a way to make this lipstick work. The packaging is unusual, too, to open the lipstick one needs to press the engraved rose on the top, and the lipstick drops at the bottom. It’s fun and different, but it doesn’t make it more functional or easier.
Here are the swatches of the foundation and the lipstick. You can see that the foundation is not too pink in the light shade (110 Ivoire C), so it definitely works for me. This is great, since I really love it. The lipstick has just enough pink in it to look good against my skin tone, and I’ll try to make it work better for me when warmer temperatures hit again. It may work over a lip primer maybe!?
Here I’m wearing all the products. I’ve only added eye makeup and blush here, and no setting powder. The overall look is quite natural, which is the way I like it, but I could’ve easily built up the foundation a bit if I wanted to.
The primer stick, foundation and the setting mist work well together for my dry/combo skin. Some spots on my face get a little bit dry over time, but using the mist once during the day refreshes my makeup well. When all used together these products keep my slightly oily T-zone under control, and I barely notice any shine. The foundation wears off a bit around my nose, but that is because I’m constantly wiping it, so this always happens to me with every foundation. Overall, I really love the combination of these products. It’s hard to find products that don’t dry out my skin too much AND keep my T-zone shine free, and these work well for that. My favorites are the primer stick and the foundation, the setting mist is fine, but needs a better nozzle, and the lipstick is not good for my lips because it wears off way to quickly.
- Blur & Go Mattifying Stick – $53 CAD
- Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation – $55 CAD
- Fix It Forget It Setting Spray – $21 CAD/ 30 ml; $42 CAD/ 100 ml
- L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick – $40
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