So I’ve been testing this foundation on and off for about 3 weeks now (I think) … I haunted a few bigger Monoprix’s and picked it up the second it came out and shelled out between 13 to 14 euros for it, I can’t remember how much exactly. The main reason for my interest is of course due to rumours that it’s a dupe for Giorgio Armani’s Maestro foundation. I don’t have Maestro but I remember the launch when it happened and thought it to be a nice concept and I remember wanting to try it. I didn’t buy it in the end because I had (still do) a few bottles of foundation in place and then I read the mixed reviews. All this plus the fact that this isn’t the cheapest foundation at 63.50 euros.
So. Did I like L’Oreal’s Eau de Teint?
But before I get to that I’ll just briefly describe the packaging. You get a small 20ml glass bottle of foundation. The shades are quite limited but I got 120 in Ivoire/Pure Ivory that fits me the most, quite nicely actually. It was more neutral, less pink than the other Ivory shade (sorry I can’t remember the exact name). There is no pump, just an open bottle. You’re supposed to shake it gently (there’s no agitator like in Chanel’s Vitalumiere), open it and then place your finger at the opening and flip the bottle over and again to get 1 drop of the product. I don’t know if 1 drop is the recommended ‘dosage’ but I tend to repeat and rinse this process until I get the maximum coverage I could out of it – you’ll read about this in #3 below [spoiler: it’s next to zero]. Now onto the liquid!
I will probably be repeating what many others have observe, but from my experience in trying to get it to work, my thoughts are that:
1. You need pretty good skin for this foundation. By that I mean you don’t really need much coverage (no acne scars, heavy pigmentation or random spots) if at all.
2. You should ideally have normal/combination skin. This foundation will magnify dry patches.
3. In my experience you can layer once or twice or 50 times to try to squeeze more coverage out of it. But the most you will get is a tinted moisturiser level of ‘coverage’.
Those are all quite negative aren’t they? For what it’s worth though, the finish is really the most skin-like, natural looking finish I’ve ever seen and felt. But since I do have some light scarring and redness in my skin, Eau de Teint doesn’t help me with that at all.
To be fair they said it right on the bottle that it’s a nude skin finish, giving a [loose translation here] ‘transparent natural veil’ to the skin … with ‘undetectable coverage’ (see, they did warn us). I wanted the impossible, to have enough coverage and yet for it to be imperceptible. It was unreasonable to ask this much of a foundation … perhaps?
Anyway, if you have what it takes to make this work, and are looking for a daily foundation that’s super easy to apply that gives a teensy lift to your complexion that looks as if you’re wearing nothing, or if you’ve always been interested in trying Maestro (even though I don’t have that one but in theory they sound similar), then do give this a go. This is almost 3 times cheaper if you go by price per litre.
… Then again, if you have what it takes to make this work, I would skip foundation and just use a nice finishing powder or something like that 🙂