Review | Lancôme Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

September 9, 2010

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d know that I’ve been test-driving the new Lancôme Teint Miracle that Lancôme Singapore had given me to try. Formulated with bioptic pigments and a ‘liquid light essence’, Teint Miracle promises to deliver an aura of glowing skin. Here are my thoughts on this new-age foundation that is the fruit of optical research.

The Pros

  • It goes on well

Its hydrating ingredients are evident at first swipe. Thanks to its moist feel and a nice emollience, it glides on the skin; blending evenly and effortlessly.

  • It is light in texture

Light and smooth, it almost feels like second skin.

  • It has buildable coverage

Despite its lightweight quality, it has buildable coverage and can minimise the appearance of my facial spots.

  • It brightens my complexion

True to its word, Teint Miracle imparts a glow that is somewhat different from what I get with other base products. I’d pegged it as a refined radiance and yes, the glow is somewhat akin to a lit-from-within appearance, as promised by the brand. Ultimately, this is what I love about Teint Miracle and it is this that will tempt me to purchase a(nother) bottle.

  • It is beautifully-packaged

The clear crystal cap embossed with a rose, together with the sturdy feel of the glass bottle, makes this one of the prettiest and classiest foundation bottles that I’ve seen in a while.

  • It has a pump dispenser

I appreciate this feature very much because the pump dispenses the foundation easily and hygienically. I also like  how the pump structure keeps the foundation fresh.

The Cons

  • It cakes a little

It can streak/cake a little, so blending and setting it well is important. I like that I can easily rectify this with a gentle swipe of the finger or a velour puff. I suspect this happens because of its unusually-high water content. Interestingly, I don’t oil up with this foundation until I’ve worn it for about six to seven hours.

  • It’s a tad too fair for me

A quick glance at my photo below says it all. It will be difficult to use sunscreen with this shade too because of the inherent lightness. That said, this problem can be easily solved with a darker powder and gentle downward contouring on the jawline. For reference, I’m a MAC NC25 but I like to mix foundations to achieve the right tone.

The disparity isn’t very obvious in real life – friends have told me that it looks natural and didn’t discern the difference until I actually told them about it.

  • It has a low SPF value

It contains SPF 16, an unusual number. If they were going to up the value from that of the US version (SPF 15), I wish they had made it higher, considering Asia’s sunny climes.

  • It is somewhat pricey

Although I feel that S$65 isn’t terribly expensive for a good foundation such as this one, I’d admit that it is dearer than many foundations (as a comparison, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, also 30 ml, is S$47). On the other hand, there are several foundations out there that command a higher price too, so it really depends on the brands that you’re comparing this to, as well as the foundations’ efficacy.

As you can tell, this shade is too light for me – it doesn’t match my neck in tone and in shade.  However, I was able to mix it with O-04 (darker and yellower) and this combination works much better on me.

My eyebags are evident in the first photo (*boo* to ageing and the eyebag genes I received from my mummy!) . Thankfully, my glasses do a good job of obscuring them. In this second photo, I also have the foundation on; I definitely prefer how this photo turned out! :) I’ve been using this foundation exclusively since I received it – you can see more photos of me wearing it at the Teint Miracle press event, as well as at the MAC Fabulous Felines event.

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14 Responses to Review | Lancôme Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

  1. stella
    September 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    how does this compare to rmk liquid foundation, would u know? it also gives a dewy finish. thanks

    • makeupmag
      September 10, 2010 at 2:36 am

      Hi Stella,

      That’s an excellent question! The RMK gives me a porcelain finish but it doesn’t glow as softly.

  2. Dina
    September 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    What shade would you recommend for a MAC NC30?

    • makeupmag
      September 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      Hi Dina,

      OC-04 might suit you but be warned, it’s very yellow. I’ve since found that OC-03 mixed with OC-04 gives me the most matching shade. You could ask for a sample to try before purchasing a full bottle. :)

  3. Ann
    October 1, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Hi there,

    Is it possible for you to post a pic of the ingredient list of the foundation. I am keen to try but i have super sensitive skin thus I want to take a look at the ingredients b4 deciding..

    Appreciate it. Thanks

  4. magpopo
    October 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Hey thanks for the review. Wow, I can’t believe how light the two darkest shades are! I’m NC35, do you think O-04 *could* work for me? I’m very yellow so I actually look forward to the yellow tone. But is it dark enough… hmm.

    • makeupmag
      October 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Magpopo,

      You’re welcome. I eventually found out that the OC-03 + OC-04 works best on me. I think OC-04 might suit you. It’s very yellow and darker than NC25 for sure. Do ask for a sample at the counter.

  5. October 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, 03 is too light for your MAC NC25!??? This sounds like a really good foundation nonetheless =)

    • makeupmag
      October 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Cendana,

      It looks ok in some pics but shows up lighter in others. My best bet is 03 mixed with 04! :)

  6. Amanda
    November 5, 2010 at 10:10 am


    i have sensitive skin. would u reccommend this for me? ;)
    wanted to try clinique but they dont exactly suit my skin type.
    chanel’s only moisturising im scared they irritate my skin.

    • makeupmag
      November 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      I think it is best that you make a request for a sample at the counter. I hope it works for you!

  7. Sher
    February 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Hi! Is the teint miracle suitable for oily skin? (:

    • makeupmag
      February 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Hi Sher,

      I think it is all right for oily skin but do try a sample first.

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