I've been using Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra foundation for a number of years and for me it struck just the right balance of long-lasting coverage without being too heavy or thick. I have to admit that when I recently went to the Lancome counter to repurchase it I was in a hurry and picked up the newer version without giving it too much thought. I was completely unaware that it had been discontinued and assumed that what I was buying was just an improved version. However, the moment I first put it on it was obvious that it was a very different formula. Whereas the original was a light fluid consistency that was easy to blend, the new version is thick and gloopy which is difficult to apply without looking cakey. It really highlights any dry patches and is much too heavy for the delicate under-eye area. The only improvement is that the SPF is increased from 10 to 15, but one of the things I liked best about the original was its oil-free formula, making it a great all-weather foundation – even on beach holidays. The texture was fluid enough to layer over a high factor sunscreen without overloading the skin.
It's a shame Lancome couldn't have offered this new product alongside the original foundation as they are very different. I think it's fair to say that if you liked the old version you will almost certainly not like the new one. I won't be buying it again and I'm now working my way through samples of other products. So far I've tried Clarins Everlasting SPF 15 foundation which claims up to 15 hours of coverage. I'm also testing Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2-in-1 Foundation + Serum. Both are light, silky and blend easily – much like the old Teint Idole Ultra. Next on my list to try is Lancome's Teint Idole Silky Mat which claims up to 18 hours shine-free refined pores with SPF 15, but it's only available in three shades. It's really annoying when something you've been using for years is discontinued and you have the hassle of finding a suitable replacement. But it does have its benefits I suppose. It prompts you to try lots of new products…and you never know…you may just discover something even better.
Have any of your favourite products been discontinued?
There's nothing more sartorially festive than a bright red coat (I'm ignoring the Christmas jumper trend on the grounds it'll be distinctly naff by mid January) and so what better occasion to wear it than a trip to town for some Christmas shopping? I'm having to restrain myself quite a lot when it comes to clothes shopping to allow for some sale splurges after Christmas. The sales are the perfect opportunity to pick up a good quality winter coat – I bought this one half price from the J by Jasper Conran range at Debenhams in the Spring and have been saving it for the colder weather. It looks and feels much more expensive than it was, with a good quality lining and attention to details at the waist and cuffs. I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of wear out it over the coming months. The leather bag is by Temperley London – another January sale purchase from a couple of years ago. I love the circle details, they really stand out against the red. It reminds me of that part of a sight test when you have to look at the black circles on the red and green backgrounds!
Coat: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, Bag: Temperley London, Gloves: TKMaxx
What bargains are you hoping to snap up in the January sales?
It's been a while since I last posted – starting a new job and my camera breaking can be blamed for that! Anyway it's good to be blogging again. Even though it's freezing cold I still managed to work a floral skirt into my winter wardrobe. This one is from Marks and Spencer, bought in a sale a month or so ago. I liked the idea of keeping the whole outfit tonal, which meant I could wear berry-coloured tights and boots – bare legs are definitely not an option right now! Apart from the skirt and the Swarovski ring the outfit is made up of items I've had for some years. The bag is one of several I bought on holiday in Sorrento. A bit of that Italian sunshine wouldn't go amiss now as I think about scraping ice off the car. Oh well, a girl can dream…..
Jumper: Dorothy Perkins, Skirt: M&S, Boots: New Look, Bracelets: DIY.
After writing about the pop art trend in a previous post I've been wanting to get my nails done in a design similar to the Models Own Wah Nail wraps. I've got to give it to the lovely lady who does my nails – whatever I ask her for she can do it. I love them, what do you think?