The lovely Tracey Wornout alerted me to this and of course if there is a new foundation around then you can be pretty sure I feel compelled to try it.
I’m a fan of the Armani Maestro (see my review here) and in my view this is an almost exact dupe of that. I put the Lancome on one side of my face and the Armani on the other and really couldn’t see any difference. As well as the texture and performance similarities, both are 30ml and have an SPF of 15. I did do swatches on my hand to show you but they blend in so well it was impossible to see them (and any differences) so I all I would have been posting is a picture of a hand looking a bit more polished than usual!
At a pinch I would say the Lancome is slightly less drying…but other than that they are identical. However most importantly at £29.50 it is £9.50 cheaper than the Armani Maestro, which retails at £39!
As with the Armani, the Air de Teint has an amazing texture – like no other foundations I’ve come across – super light and you really don’t feel like you are wearing anything.
You only need to use very small amounts (so a bottle lasts for ages), it goes on beautifully and is relatively buildable (though I get a little bit of visible build up if I’m not careful). I have found this works perfectly applied with fingers. No need for faffing about with foundation brushes. Always make sure you give it a very good shake before using it.
The reality is that this is a foundation for you if you already have good skin. It makes it ‘better’ skin. Perfect for the ‘no make up’ make up look that is being raved about in all the magazines (as it is every spring – I hate the way they always present it as a ‘new’ thing). I find it evens out my skintone and gives me a more polished and ‘together’ look. I have tried using concealer over and under it and have found, because of the light texture of the foundation it actually works better to use concealer under it. I know this defies normal convention but I’m a craazzzy rule breaker
If I was going out for a party or needed to have my best skin I would still use my beloved Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua or Armani Lumimous Silk but this is a beautiful foundation for every day spring wear and, as mentioned, has the added bonus of it’s SPF 15.
I have dehydrated/sensitive but slightly combination skin. I think if my skin was any drier it wouldn’t work for me (it did cling to drier patches) and would suggest that if you have dry skin you make sure you get a good sample to test and ensure it doesn’t dry you out. I found I have to powder less when using this, which is a nice benefit.
So well worth a try if you are looking for a very light, natural base that is perfect for spring/summer.
Next on the hit list? I’m very tempted to also try the new Bobbi Brown foundation stick which, I hear is invisible on the skin but actually gives good coverage… and the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. I shall let you know how they work when I manage to get my hands on them. If you’ve already tried them do let me know in the comments. Also if you’ve tried either/both the Maestro or Air De Teint how you think they perform on your skin.