Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: Tarina Tarantino Primer and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation

At the Nordstrom Trend Show, the MUA used Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation on her and as the night went on, I found that I really liked the way it looked on her. I decided to get color matched and try a sample of it.  I was a bit worried since it's a long-wearing foundation and usually those have a matte finish and can be drying. Since I had decided to get this sample long after we left Nordstrom, I got my sample from Macy's. I felt that the color she matched me with was going to be a bit too dark and ashy for me. Plus, it was Bisque 3W, which is warm and I am cool-toned. When I first applied it, it was a perfect match but as the day went on, it did turn on me and didn't quite match well. I looked a bit tired and sallow. I went back and got a sample in the Bisque 2C and while it did apply a bit light at first, the color ended up matching me the best. At the end of the day, I still looked bright.

This foundation provides me good coverage, and even if I don't set it with powder, it doesn't stay tacky. I think that I finally  found a good foundation that fits my needs.

I've been using a mini bottle of Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer and I can say without a doubt, it's awesome!

According to Sephora's website, this primer is hydrating and smooths your skin prior to makeup application. It contains light-reflective properties which helps to give skin a healthy, luminescent glow. Yes, it does all of that for me! I'm totally blown away by how well it works on me. It doesn't feel greasy or sticky and absorbs quickly into my skin. I'm not sure if it makes my skin a little whiter than normal or if that's the brightening property in it but when I first apply my foundation, I must admit that I do look like I'm wearing the wrong color foundation. After some time though, it does balance out. I've noticed that at the end of a 12+ hour day, my skin still looks nicely hydrated and smooth. Usually, my fine lines are showing up way before then.

Start of the day

After 12 hours

At first I wasn't sure if it was the primer or the foundation that was making my skin look good after a long day so I used my Dior primer today with the foundation and my skin is definitely as nicely hydrated and smooth as when I use the Pearl Glow primer.

I decided that I wanted to buy a full-sized bottle of the primer. I ended up getting both the primer and foundation on the last day of the Sephora V.I.B. sale so I'm a happy camper. My search for a new primer is over and it's quite reasonably priced.



BV said...

You know what? This post gave me the chills... cos I am now using the very SAME foundation!!!! Cos I ordered online it I accidentally got a darker colour (4W) and it tends to oxidise and go darker on me too. I don't mind it although I reckon it produces a lot of oil on me.

I seriously had a freaky twins moment there! Haven't tried the Tarantino primer, but your review does make me curious!!

Talk soon

galpal.hi said...

@BV--OMG! Seriously?! Definitely twin moment! LOL!

Mai got the Bisque 4W and I'm wondering how she's doing with it during the daytime.

I realize that I didn't do the Tarantino primer review well. I should have gone a little more indepth on it so I may actually do another post on it.


Anonymous said...

ohh this primer sounds great.. would love hear a thorough review on the lancome foundation!!

galpal.hi said...

@Nic Nic--I am really liking this primer and the best part is that it is reasonably priced, or at least the price is comparable to other primers out there. I am hoping to do a better review on both products.


Kei Kei said...

I really love the look of Tarina Tarantino products and especially this primer. I am all about glowy skin. Another one of those Sephora products I wish I could get hold of. x