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Welcome again to Foundation Friday! I thought I would take a break from BB creams and tell you about a powder foundation that I have been using off an on for 15 years! Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup. My color is Matte Porcelain I (C) (The lightest shade…of course)
The Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup is actually VERSATILE! How nice of them to use truth in advertising. This powder can be used wet or dry. It provides a range of coverage from full to light but the finish is always matte. I personally like to use it applied with a kabuki brush over my BB cream for a flawless finish, but you can apply it on a bare, yet moisturized and primed face.
The powder comes with two puffs. One is a fairly thick makeup type sponge puff and the other is a thin touch up application puff. If you choose to apply the powder wet and dry I prefer to use only one side of the powder for wet application because the powder does seem to get a bit of a crust on it when it dries from being used wet. The "wet application" puff is sturdy and rinses out well, remember to keep it clean because you don't want to harbor bacteria on the sponge and transfer it to your face, right?
As far as application goes, here is what I like to do. For wet application, I put the puff under the tap, get the puff wet, wring it out and then apply it to the powder. Once you have transferred enough to the sponge I like to alternate between smoothing a patting the sponge on my face working in sections. Then once the foundation is applied and dried I like to take a kabuki brush and buff it out to eliminate any lines or marks from application. The finish is almost opaque. When applying dry I use a kabuki brush and apply it in circular movements working in sections around my face. The coverage can range from medium to light depending on how much powder you use. The most important thing to remember about the finish is that it looks almost flawless. I get this airbrushed look to my skin which I ADORE!
The things I like about this foundation:
It does not break me out! Unlike MAC Studio Fix which broke me out terribly, Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup does not irritate my skin, cause breakouts or seem to cause any blemishes.
The Powder never seems to settle into my pores or fine lines. It does not emphasise fine lines or pores as long as I prep my skin for application first (Primer / Moisturizer)
You can achieve different levels of coverage
It does tend to keep the oilies at bay slightly longer when I use it over my BB cream.
The powder comes in 26 different shades. It has a nice range of colors and tones for warm or cool skin. (Most important it comes in a shade light enough for ME!)
The compact is well designed. It can easily fit in my purse or makeup bag, comes with an ample mirror, and a protective plastic tray for the puff to rest on inside the compact
The things I don't like about this foundation:
OK. so some people complain about the scent of the powder, but I guess I have been using it so long I have grown used to the scent.
Some people complain about the price. It retails for $36.50. I guess I have become jaded because I don't think that's too much to pay for a department store foundation. (Hello Armani LSF is almost $60!)
Do you NEED this? If you have oily or combination skin, this powder foundation might be just the thing you are looking for this summer. It provides a great matte finish, works well with oily to combo skin and comes in a wide range of shades. If you have dry skin, I really don't recommend using this powder foundation. It won't emphasize fine lines, but I doubt your dry skin would feel comfortable all day long using it. Now here's the thing. I said I had been using this off and on for 15 years. I go through phases where I use it, then I find a new foundation landfall in love with that and the Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup goes by the way side. Then my skin starts looking wonky and I reach for the Lancome and POOF! My skin looks awesome again. I'm not sure why I keep doing this to myself, but I am VERY glad that this is one of the few foundations that Lancome has NOT discontinued in the last 15 years! I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't have it anymore.
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