Buy or Ditch: Lancome Teint Visionnaire review

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The Product
Are you like me and are always on the hunt for brightening, dark spot correcting products? Then you will be very interested to find out more about this classic foundation from Lancome. The Teint Visionnaire is a 20 shade foundation that provides full coverage, SPF 20, corrects dark spots and contains LR2412, the primary ingredient in the Visionnaire anti-aging serum for minimizing fine lines and uneven skin tone. You may purchase this product at your local London Drugs.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this foundation are:

  • Dimethicone - a silicone based lubricant that provides smooth application and fills in fine lines. As this type of ingredient causes product to sit, rather than absorb into your skin, if you have acne prone skin, you may wish to avoid this ingredient as it can prevent your skin from breathing, which can lead to breakouts. I did notice that some reviewers on MUA did get breakouts, probably due to this ingredient.
  • Phenyl trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane - more silicone based ingredients that functions similarly to dimethicone
  • Propanediol - provides that liquid foundation texture, but has been known to cause skin irritation in sensitive skin

Price & Packaging
The bottle is fairly standard sized (1 oz) and costs $60. Since it's Lancome, I'm not surprised at the cost and it's certainly not the most expensive foundation I've ever tried.

The packaging of Teint Visionnaire is two-fold. The bottle part of the product houses the liquid foundation, while the lid opens up to reveal the concealer. One quick pump of the bottle was enough for me to cover the areas of my face that I usually apply foundation: under-eyes, nose and apples of my cheeks. Considering the amount of product in a bottle and the number of applications I can get out of that large bottle, I think the value of this foundation is pretty good.

The shade I received was Ivoire N, which is a medium in the Ivoire shades. Each of the 20 shades of Teint Visionnaire are divided into shade groups: Ivoire, which is the lightest; Buff, a more beige tone; Bisque, a range of beiges with pink to neutral undertones; and Suede a group of shades suitable for darker skins.

Here is my shade as it appears out of the bottle and swatched:

As you can see, it appears quite brown on tissue, but on my skin it turns into a really light nude color. The coverage is definitely full, which I like, yet doesn't feel heavy at all, nor does it cake into your skin. Compared to my last foundation, the Eve Pearl cream foundation, this liquid foundation felt super watery. It spread really easily and without streaking. I wore this foundation over my Lise Watier primer and found the wear to last all day while I was at work.

Despite being full coverage, this foundation is not matte at all, so if you like a light, dewy finish then you'll really like this foundation. So far, I've only been using the foundation so I haven't been able to comment on the dark spot correcting capabilities of the concealer. I actually thought the foundation contained the same feature as the concealer, which is why I skipped applying the concealer first. This lack of consideration to include the same dark spot fighting ingredients in the entire product is probably my only complaint with this product.

The Verdict

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