This will be a review of the new Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation - I have been using it for just over a week, and I must say that I am super impressed by it, so I feel that I can give it a review now.
I am using the foundation in the shade 130 Ivorie.
The foundation is currently available at all Lancôme counters, and retails for S$138 (30ml). It is definitely a higher-end luxe foundation, and the latest to join a new breed of serum based foundations. This is the second serum based foundation that I am trying from Lancôme (the first being Teint Visioniare).
Overall, this is a foundation that sits very beautifully on my skin, and I highly recommend it. The packaging of the foundation is a glass bottle in a pale antique gold bottle, with a pump dispenser.
Here's a close up swatch - the consistency is quite liquidy, and feels extremely smooth.
Before we move on, here is the product information:
Lancôme’s most luxurious serum-in-oil foundation: perfect blend of 45% active skincare ingredients and powerful precious essential oils. A renewed youthful complexion: sublime golden glow, smoothed and evened out, and visibly transformed. When used over time, bare skin improves.
The ultimate sensory experience : A divine serum in oil, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation transforms upon contact with the skin. Generous and luscious on application, its texture melts into the skin in perfect osmosis to become a fine, fresh and sensual oil.
Its delicate and refined fragrance reveals an opening burst of mandarin, bergamot and cardamom to energise the senses, just before the voluptuous and emblematic “Absolue Coeur de Rose™”.
To enhance and reveal all the radiance of Asian skin, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation is available in six shades specially created for Asian women.
Here's the application process:
my bare skin (I did have SPF50 sunscreen on)
I use 2 pumps of this foundation - and I will start by dabbing it all over my face.
I like this shade 130 Ivorie because it is slightly brightening and also helps neutralise the redness in my skin.
Here's a half face comparion, I have not set the foundation with any powder yet.
I think you can see how the foundation evens out my skintone, and also looks very smooth.
another shot of the finish, and comparison.
as a extra step, I will also use my fingers to further work the foundation into the skin after I have blended it using my foundation brush. I feel that this somehow sets the foudation even before I powder my face.
after I set with powder, and also wearing blusher.
I feel that this foundation really smooths out the skin, without looking heavy at all.
and some funky expressions of the overall face look.
This is a foundation that I have been really enjoying, and I would know that my skin/ face look good throughout the day.
In terms of coverage, the foundation provides a very lightweight medium coverage. You can easily build up the foundation should you need more coverage, but I would recommend using a concealer instead.
As for oil control, oxidisation, etc etc, I don't have any issues with this foundation. I have normal combination skin, and I just need to blot once throughout the day. The foundation did not oxidise on me at all, and it stayed the same looking throughout the day.
The finish is a radiant semi-matte finish, and it feels quite hydrating. I am most impressed by the finish of the foundation. The consistency is really easy to work with, and the foundation sets quite quickly.
As for lasting power, I would say this foundation lasts a good 10 hours (more long lasting than Visionaire). The foundation really does gives the look of a very refined skin.
It is a pricey foundation, but in my experience, it is worth the price tag for the performance and benefits. I will not comment on the exact skincare benefits, as I am also using skincare etc so any improvement in skin condition cannot be solely attributed to the foundation alone. But I must say that I am enjoying good skin days the whole time I am using it so the foundation might be a contributing factor.
I also think that this is a foundation that's suited for tired dull skin, this really did revive the skin and brings back the natural radiance of healthy skin.
it is more long lasting and has a better finish than Teint Visionaire.
it is not as matte nor long lasting as Mat Miracle
quite similar to Lightbulb in terms of finish and formula, but this is a bit more radiant just a tiny bit more lightweight
I haven't tried YSL Youth Liberator serum foundation enough so I can't compare (only tried sampled the former foundie once), but I think they might be similar too. (but don't quote me on that!)
Let me know if you have other foundations that you want comparisons with!