True story: I can tell you in almost every picture taken of me in the past 3 years what I was wearing on my skin.
🙂 This post makes me happy, because I’ve tried a few foundations here and there, as well as tinted moisturizers. And didn’t think there was anything affordable out there for me.
So here’s my comparison of 4 products: Tarte tinted moisturizer alone, Lancôme Idol Tient, Nuance and Inglot, which Nate surprised me with and I did a pretty good of picking the color on the website. How does this work you ask? Well I said I’d like a sample of Inglot YSM 41 and Nate surprised me with the whole bottle, and the shade seems to match. Score!
Tarte TM alone:
glowy, but a little shiny and uneven, and this is one of the best pictures of this product I have
Lancôme Tient Idol
Feel like this isn’t the best picture of the Lancôme, but I’ve taken many. I guess the coverage is so-so.
Nuance – really radiant finish. This one was so fun to put on but unfortunately really irritated my skin and made it break out, despite lots of botanicals (ok so I think I’m beginning to realize that just because something has botanicals doesn’t mean it’s the best). I REALLY wanted to love this stuff. It’s nearby. It’s pretty. It’s coverage is good. It’s only $15, and you can get it at CVS, which takes returns. But like I said, it makes me break out, and after comparing it to all the other foundations, I decided maybe it looked a little fake, like plasticy.
Inglot YSM Foundation
Matte and even and smooth, feels really good on the skin as well.
Sorry not a great picture on the Lancôme but I kept having bad luck with my shots.
At first when I tried the Inglot, I didn’t think I liked it. It was much more matte than anything I’d tried, but after using it for a few days and comparing pictures, I realized that I really liked this, and it suited me well. After all, I have an oily complexion, so I don’t need more “radiance.” Inglot uses a micro-sphere technology that absorbs oil and creates a matte finish that I can testify wears really well.
I don’t know about you but I’m really liking my $15 Inglot foundation. What a relief to pay that much compared to what I would pay for Lancôme! Or even if I had to try to use my TM as a foundation (have to build a lot, and I feel like I’m wasting the product).
Ingredients and Links below. When I asked CVS for the ingredients I got this letter in the mail weeks later, marked confidential. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m not supposed to post it. But I hope this saves someone some trouble.
Active Ingredients: 5% Titanium Dioxide , 5% zinc oxide.
Other Ingredients: Aqua, cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, glycerin, dimethicone, aluminum hydroxide, stearic acid, triethoxycaprylylsilane, calcium sodium phosphosilicate, saccharum offcinarum (sugar cane) extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract, ginkgo biloba root extract, anthemis nobilis leaf extract, kaolin, phytantriol, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, tretrahexyldecyl ascorbate, boron nitride, palmitic acid, dextrin palmitate, sodium hyaluronate, sodium chloride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol. (+/-): Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), mica.
Nuance Flawless Finish
(Thanks CVS customer service!)
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene, Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone,Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetayl PEG Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, PEG10 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dsteardimonium Hecorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, ,Safflower Seed Oil, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Opuntia Ficus-indica Stem Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Lentil Fruit Extract, Watermelon Fruit Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum, Physalis Angulate Extract, Silica, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Dehyroacetate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, Dextrin Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Sea Salt, Polyurethane-40, Polyvinalcohol Crosspolymer, Nylon-12 Flourescent Brightern 230 Salt, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Dosium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Phytantriol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Lancome Tient Idole
(Thanks makeup alley! oh and I’ve linked to Nordstrom because it’s free shipping and free returns at all times – how much better can it get?)
Octinoxate 3%, Aqua / Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Nylon-12, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Silica, Perlite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, [May Contain Iron Oxides /Titanium Dioxide] other version: AQUA / WATER CYCLOHEXASILOXANE ALCOHOL DENAT. ISODODECANE BUTYLENE GLYCOL ACRYLATES/POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER NYLON-12 ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE PEG-10 DIMETHICONE ISOHEXADECANE SILICA PERLITE ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE MAGNESIUM SULFATE DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE PARFUM / FRAGRANCE LINALOOL GERANIOL EUGENOL ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE CITRONELLOL BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL HEXYL CINNAMAL BENZYL ALCOHOL BENZYL SALICYLATE [ /- MAY CONTAIN CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Inglot YSM Cream Foundation
(Thanks Inglot Customer Service!)
INGREDIENTS:WATER/AQUA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYSILICONE-11, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), DIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, SILICA, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, IRON OXIDE (CI 77492), POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, MICA, IRON OXIDE (CI 77499), GLYCERIN, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, PRUNUS PERSICA (PEACH) JUICE, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM.
There is nothing in the YSM Cream Foundation (and I had to look up every product separately on Cosmeticscop website) but slip agents, conditioners, minerals, and peach juice. My skin does not get irritated from it or break out, which is weird because it really broke out with the Nuance stuff.
Colors added by request: The Tarte Tinted Moisturizer is Agent 06. The Lancôme Idole is 210 Buff N. The Nuance is (I think) Light Warm. And the Inglot is YSM 41.