Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation: My Impression

I got a sample of this foundation a couple of weeks ago and I have been wearing it pretty much every single day in order to test it out and figure out if it's something I'd buy full size or not at the end of the trial - the sample was quite generous, I have about a month or so of use left!

The name and claims of this foundation seem quite lovely: 24 hour wear, comfort, retouch-free, DIVINE perfection! Long story short, I like it... but would I purchase the full size? Probably, but not right now. Not because it's a bad product by any means, I just have some foundations in my stash that I enjoy using and that perform in a similar manner (namely YSL Teint Resist and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua).

To recap, my skin type is oily and acne prone. In MAC shades I am somewhere around NC25, and B20 in Chanel.

Here's what I liked about it:

Great colour selection

 I was matched to the shade 230 Buff W. Their naming system was confusing at first but they have tons of subtle undertone variations so you are bound to find a good match in the range

Medium but buildable coverage

This foundation is a true medium coverage. You can build it up easily or sheer it out with a buffing brush.

Very comfortable on the skin

Unlike similar foundations (i.e. Estee Lauder Double Wear/Chanel Mat Lumiere) this did not feel heavy or cloying at all on my skin. Very comfortable and lightweight.

Nice finish

 I'd call it a semi matte. 

Doesn't oxidize

What I didn’t like:

Didn’t apply well when used with fingers

This isn't a big deal since I prefer using a buffing brush anyway (Sigma F80 or Sephora 45, namely) but the first time I applied this foundation with fingers it was really gross. Hard to work with and sank in all the pores.

Long lasting but needs to be used with a primer and powder

By itself (no setting powder or primer) this lasted about 2 hours on my oily skin before I needed to blot. With that being said, it did work really well on top of Hourglass Mineral Veil primer.

My favourite way of wearing this product (and the way I got the best results) was on top of Hourglass Mineral Veil primer and set with Chanel loose powder. When I didn't use the powder/primer combo I found the need to blot within 2-3 hours or so.

If you are combination/dry or normal, you will probably be able to get away skipping the setting powder and primer. I do like that Lancome has such a great colour range and the formula had no scent at all... maybe I'll try one of their powders in the future to go along with it!

Have you tried this foundation? Any other Lancome recommendations for me? I really haven't used much by them aside from the odd lipliner or mascara.