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“How can this go so wrong for me?” I wasn’t ready to give it up. You guys know how in love I am with Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation. I’ve used at least 10 bottles to date and am still stocking it up whenever I travel. So, this press powder version can’t be that bad, right? Over the span of more than a year, I kept trying Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder, albeit on an on-off basis. Whenever I stopped the usage (due to disappointment), I would pick it up a while later with a refreshed perspective and think of excuses on why it might work this time round:
“Maybe my skin condition wasn’t good then.”
“It may work better in hotter/colder climate.”
“Maybe it’ll work now since I’ve gotten fairer.”
“Perhaps I should use my professional brush instead of the given brush.”
Unfortunately, I always ended up regretting putting the press powder on either instantly or a few hours after having it on, depending on the climate.
Enough testing! Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder is simply just not meant for me
The first Teint Miracle product I’d tried other than the liquid foundation was a huge disappointment. The shimmery powder that Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder came in highlighted my complexion flaws and made me look unnaturally shiny.
Therefore, I was extremely cautious when getting the Teint Miracle Pressed Powder.
The beauty advisor at Lancome counter assured me that the press powder didn’t contain shimmery bits. A test of the powder on my hand and jawline proved that it was indeed quite matt.
I went ahead to purchase a 02 colour which the advisor had prescribed.
Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder and her Marketing Claims
Lancome teint Miracle Pressed Powder comes in a sleek and classy reflective case which you can double-up as a quick mirror if are lazy to use the mirror from within.
It contains 11g of powder and comes in 4 shades.
“Enriched with the exclusive Aura-Inside technology, it reproduces the natural light of the most beautiful skin. Instantly, complexion lights up with a sublimely bare, truly flawless finish.
Formulated with an infinitely gentle and light-as-air texture, the Teint Miracle Pressed Powder mattifies skin without stifling its natural radiance and causing any powdery effect.”
- Boots surface radiance with translucent micro mirrors
- Recreates skin’s inner light for a natural glow with Pink and Blue bio-optic pigments
- Shine & sebum control, with extremely light weight texture
- Pillow effect polymers mattifies skin without leaving a powdery effect
- Creamy silky filters provides an extremely smooth and non-drying touch
What’s Bad about Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder?
This review has been one of the hardest to write. Some of the points below may even seem contradictory, but was exactly what I’ve experienced.
1. Poor Coverage
The first time I used this powder was during a business gala dinner where most ladies were decked out in glamorous evening gowns.
I was retouching my makeup in the hotel washroom. No matter how many times I applied the powder on my face, I didn’t get the feeling that my face was freshened or touched up. I kind of looked the same and my pores and skin imperfections were unconcealed.
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I’d then blamed it on the brush and thought sponge might work better.
After testing this product for a year now, I’m not sure if it’s the brush or the texture of the powder that gives very light or almost no coverage at all.
2. Highlight Flaws
Despite it not containing obvious shimmer bits, this pressed powder was able to highlight my enlarged pores to my dismay. Could it have been the work of the “translucent micro mirrors”?
3. Unflattering Finish
This is the mystery I was trying to solve. How can something with seemingly light coverage ended up leaving obvious white powder patches on the face?
The powder appeared as an obvious layer on my skin when it’s supposed to be blended in. Was it due to the color being too light? I’m not sure. The color was prescribed by Lancome advisor.
4. White Streaks
On hotter months when my face would get oily by mid-day, I would notice white oily streaks on my face. Not a pleasant sight at all.
5. Face looks Flat
Despite it being marketed as a powder that reproduces the natural light of the skin, I thought my face looks flat after application. The dewy glow from the foundation was totally masked out. Although I like a matt finish, this was overly-matt in my opinion. It almost feels like a sebum-control powder than a press powder.
Also, the powder might be too drying for me. It’s strange that this is coming from my review since I have normal-oily combination skin. The powder highlighted dry patches and flakiness that I didn’t even know I had.
Lancome is a premium brand and its price reflects its status. It was quite disappointing when something so pricey (S$65) turned out to be unsuitable.
7. Reflective Case gets dirty easily
I love the elegant and sleek reflective case Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder comes in .The case is sturdy and durable. However, like all reflective surfaces, you have to live with obvious finger print marks, dirt and smudges.
This is a really difficult review such that I don’t even know who can potentially benefit from this powder or which profile should avoid this. My guess is that if you have flawless skin, you may like to test out the powder at the counter and have it on for at least half a day before committing to the purchase (in case it’s too drying). If you have very oily skin, you’ll also want to test it out first to see if any white streaks form towards mid-day.
For the rest of us with flaws to conceal, I wouldn’t recommend this. In fact, I would skip this if I could turn back the clock.
As much as I’m a supporter of Lancome and own many of their products, Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder just isn’t right for me. Rating: 1.5/5
“I’m sorry I’ve to let you go today, just like how I’d let your sister Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder go. You know how hard I’d tried to love you. We are not meant for each other. Hopefully, you’ll find another person who’ll deserve you more than I do.”
Goodbye, Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder.