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Beauty Review: Lancome Teint Visionnaire – Deborah Tan

When Yanny of Lancome emailed me about a new foundation the brand was launching, the title of the email went something like, “The new vision of Skin Perfection”. And as I read the content in detail, she wrote how this new foundation is capable of improving skin texture and evenness with consistent usage. This new foundation is Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo SPF 20 and my curiosity was truly piqued.

It comes in one handy package where the concealer is … umm … concealed (haha! Sorry, couldn’t help it) in the cap of the bottle. The foundation contains the same ingredient as the Visionnaire serum, LR2412, while the concealer has Vitamin CG and light fillers to correct spots and dark circles.

At $70 a pop, it is a pretty price to pay for a foundation-and-concealer so I really wanted to be sure that it delivers what it says it will in the press release. Teint Visionnaire promises results on 2 fronts – Immediate and After 4 & 8 Weeks. Here are the Before & After pictures:

Immediate:

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Pictures were not digitally touched up in any way

Before: Skin is blotchy with some signs of ruddiness around the cheeks and there is a zit on my chin.

After: Skin tone is very much evened out and the zit is concealed quite effectively. I also like that the mattifying effect of the foundation gives a natural-looking complexion rather than one that looks like a mask.

Although it is recommended that you use the concealer as a Step One, what I did was use it as a Step Two after the foundation. After sunscreen, I apply the foundation. Then I dab on the concealer on my problem spots. I find that if you apply concealer BEFORE your foundation, you end up just blending the coverage away. I personally find that I get a better coverage and a more natural finish when I use the concealer ON TOP of the foundation layer.

After 4 Weeks
(Skin shots taken without makeup. I put a blob of foundation on the skin as a point of reference):

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Pictures were not digitally retouched in any way

Before: Without makeup, you can see my skin was rough with obvious pores and little red, pimply spots.

After: Although you can still see some whiteheads peeping out from my jawline and the area near by nose is still a bit bumpy, my skin’s texture has definitely improved, skin tone is also brighter and fairer. Pores are smaller and shine and redness are almost things of the past. This was without makeup. Even I was pretty blown away by the improvements on my skin.

If seeing IS believing, this foundation truly lives up to its claims of being a complexion-perfector. I look forward to seeing what my skin will be like in another 4 weeks. In fact, now I’m going to open up my Visionnaire serum and give it a proper go.

Only one word describes my verdict for Lancome Teint Visionnaire:

WOW.

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo SPF 20 is available at all Lancome counters and is priced at $70. This foundation was given to Material World for review purposes and all opinions are the author’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits and is in real dire need of a facial – it’s been about a year since she’s had one done. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

WIN ONE OF 3 LANCOME TEINT VISIONNAIRE SKIN PERFECTING MAKEUP DUO SPF 20!

So you’ll be able to experience the skin-perfecting benefits of this foundation-concealer duo, we are giving away a full-sized bottle of Lancome Teint Visionnaire to 3 lucky readers! The shades are BO-1, BO-2 and PO-3. To enter your name for the draw, follow the steps below:

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1. In the Comments section, tell us why you want to win a bottle of Lancome Teint Visionnaire.

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3. Finally, PM us your personal details (name, age, gender, NRIC no, email address) and state “Teint Visionnaire” in your message.

Closing date for this contest is this Friday, 20 September 2013. This is only open to members of Material World’s Facebook Page please make sure you Like the page first.

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Beauty Review: Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid – Vanessa Tai

During my time working in women’s lifestyle magazines, I’ve probably tried more than 50 BB creams … but strangely, Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid is the first liquid-to-powder formulation I’ve tried. What surprised me most was its lightweight, non-sticky texture. When you first squeeze out the product, it looks thick and viscous, so I assumed its texture would be almost like poster paint. However, it melted easily into soft powder when applied onto my face.

Here’s an example of how it looks like in its liquid form:

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So what’s great about a liquid-to-powder formula? Well, as a general rule of thumb, women who want more coverage tend to opt for liquid foundations while those who want that bright, matte finish will go for powder foundations. The liquid-to-powder formula of Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid combines smooth liquid oil for easy application with smooth matte powder for a radiant finish.

Here are some Before/After images for comparison.

Before: Skin looks rather dull and lacklustre

Before: Skin looks rather dull and lacklustre

After: Skin looks cleaner and more luminous

After: Skin looks cleaner and more luminous

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Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid

Verdict: Although the Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid comes with Double Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin to hydrate skin, it’s still recommended to prep your skin with some moisturiser beforehand. I tried applying the product sans moisturiser, and it didn’t glide on as easily as when I had applied a layer of lotion on my face. That aside, this worked well as a makeup base as it brightened my complexion considerably, and helped my makeup appear fresher for longer. This is probably due to its Shine-Free Powder, which helps absorb sebum and prevent makeup from fading due to shine.

Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid, $38, will be available at all Ettusais counters from October 2013. The product was given to Material World for review; all opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.

 

 

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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