OK, the title is pretty wrong. This is by no way a hidden gem in Lancome's eyes. This foundation is their most sold foundation (ever) probably because it's been around for over 20 years, and was recently listed as one of the brands top 10 innovation products. So why is this a hidden gem? Because I don't ever hear anyone talk about it! And I have no idea why. So it's time to give this powder some blogging spot light
My one and only powder foundation. I don't even look at other powders in stores because of this baby.
I have been pretty dedicated to Lancome's mineral foundation all summer but one day, I got freaking tired of adding mineral veil into the powder to keep me matte, so I dabbed on concealer and whacked on this powder with a huge powder brush, and left. Period.
Dual Finish is a matte powder foundation. You can apply it a few ways, hence the name dual finish. Wet or dry.
Dry - Can either be applied over liquid foundation/Tinted moisturizer, as a setting powder, or used alone over concealer and according to their instructions "well moisturized skin" for a soft matte effect
You don't stay matte, I blot in about 4 hours, but I don't need to re powder, once I re powder I get oily again with this foundation
(Too much powder, creates more oil)
I blot once, and that's the end of it.
I like that I don't stay matte, adding a bit of shine to the skin is more natural, I just don't want to look like a grease ball, but if you like the matte look, a touch up is easily done
This powder comes with a poof which I have never used - I have no idea how to clean a poof...
If you over powdered- Fix + or any other hydration product can fix that in a spritz
Wet - Take a damp sponge with water squeezed out, and spread it into the powder. It will turn into an almost cream foundation and apply over your face for a more full coverage look
The powder also comes with a sponge, which I have never used. I just use disposables
In the winter, I spritz my face with fix + after primer to give the powder something to stick to, spritz the sponge with fix + ( I think it is more long lasting than water this way) and spread an even layer over my face.
Perfect. My skin looks sooooooo naturally clear, almost porcelain like?
It does NOT look fake. I asked a few people and everyone thought I was wearing nothing (win!)
Of course if you go to town with the sponge, you're going to look like a cakey mess. The coverage can be built to high, but I prefer a thin even layer over the face to get rid of general ruddiness
It comes with a ginormous mirror, and one of these compacts lasts a ridiculous amount of time because you get .62 oz of powder (huge)
I have read numerous reviews on this powder and have noticed just about all the negative reviews online were due to 1 reason. The smell. Granted, I recently went to the store and took a whiff of what everyone was complaining about and ugh.. they're right! It has a super strong baby powder smell which I hate - I believe the industry term is "classic"
Well, you may be asking, why I just recently went and took a smell at a powder, which I already own?
Because I read reviews on this before I purchased, and took the route which I highly suggest to anyone who is sensitive to smells, or has sensitive skin
This is the secret
They sell Fragrance Free
(added fragrance adds oils to products which is not needed)
Fragrance Free is only available at Lancome Counters, Sephora sells the original version with Fragrance
You have heard me sing praises in the past about Maybelline Dream Matte powder (which I love to blot, if I touch up) but this powder looks less powdery, and has more coverage - I will continue to repurchase both regardless. They're both winners in my book
The pictures above look new because I recently picked up a back up of this powder. Yes, a repurchase, a rarity in my life.
My first powder lasted about two years with regular use, and it's still going!
This post was scheduled for today because !!!
Lancome currently has a current Gift with Purchase at MACY's for any products over $35, this, is $35.50 =)
Do you have any powder foundation favorites?
PS: Just wanted to THANK YOU!! to all who participated or promoted my blog sale!!!!
Special shout out to Christine, who went above and beyond!!!