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September 04, 2011

Review: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Compact-Creme Foundation and Giveaway! [CLOSED!]

I have to be honest and say that I was more than a little bit wary of La Roche-Posay's new cream foundation, Toleriane Teint. Compact cream foundations drag up questionable memories of my early teens, where girls would slather themselves, lips included, in Max Factor Pan Stick (remember those?!) and Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish. I will admit to giving in to the peer pressure and buying a Flawless Finish compact back in the day but, the results left me so scarred that I have steered clear of cream foundations since. 



However, I can report that compact creams have come a long way since I was a wee lass (all of seven years ago, mind you!) and Toleriane Teint is far from the death masks that Pan Stick and Flawless Finish used to create!
Let me get the one moan out of the way first; the packaging. It's fine but, it is rather bland and a bit clinical. I know that La Roche-Posay is extremely science-y and they push this element of their products in their marketing which is most likely why the packaging is a bit staid. That being said, there is just nothing eye-catching about this compact and I would probably glance right over it in the chemist. I also find it a bit odd having a white compact for a foundation. Seems like a recipe for a manky, messy disaster if you ask me. Aside from those two gripes, there is a great big mirror inside which is brilliant for on-the-go and a hidden layer containing a make-up sponge which I could take or leave.

The consistency of the foundation is gorgeous. It's a light, silky cream that is being marketed as ideal for dry and sensitive skins. It features a unique "ultra melting" texture which allows the foundation to blend with your natural skin tone and texture. It doesn't completely blank out any natural colour in your skin or make you look like a zombie which is mainly how it differs from the cream foundations of old. I found that it did tone down redness in my cheeks but, I could still see my freckles through it which was nice and kept me looking alive. It also has SPF 35 which, even in the winter, is very important.


I will say that the choice of shades is limited; four to be precise. I really could have done with the palest shade, Ivory, as this shade Light Beige, is just too dark for daytime-wear (It would be perfect for a night out or with fake tan though). This is really a shame as I would love to wear this foundation to work because it is so long-lasting and well-wearing but, I will just keep it for evening-wear. 

Swatched (L) and Blended (R)

Tips for using this foundation? Well, I would always recommend a foundation brush over the included make-up sponge. Firstly, sponges can become very unhygienic very quickly and secondly, they pack way too much product onto the face which I think was one of the major issues back in the Ye Ole Arden days! I used a MAC 190 foundation brush to apply this which gave substantial coverage and the foundation looked almost airbrushed on after some basic buffing and blending.

Toleriane Teint is available from pharmacies nationwide for a very respectable €20.




And now, for the best part, we have one compact of La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint to give away in the shade Light Beige. This would be perfect for light to medium skintones i.e. most Irish people! To enter,  you must be a follower via Google Friend Connect (in the sidebar!) and just leave a comment with your email address here so we know to enter you!

The giveaway will end Sunday 11th September at 12 noon and is open internationally!










44 comments:

  1. SAWEEET! Looks interesting...

    GFC: Tarmar
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  2. Wow i would love to try this sounds amazeing :)

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  3. Would love to throw my anim in for this one girls - will completely ignore your slight on my beloved Panstick :P

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  4. I would love to try this (and this shade would be perfect for my skintone!) ;-)

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  5. enter me please :)
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  6. enter me please
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  7. Hello girlies.
    Please our my name in the hat!! deirdracarroll@Ireland.com
    Cheers!

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  8. Throw me in for this one too girls, cheers!
    Used to love ye olde cream foundations, couldn't go anywhere without a mask of Elizabeth Arden or Max Factor!!

    GFC: MissGreenEyes
    E-mail: shannairl1983[at]hotmail[dot]com xx

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  9. Hi - I would love to win this foundation!

    My email address is alisonds@hotmail.co.uk and I follow on GFC as alisonds.

    Thanks

    A

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  10. This looks lvely, am following your blog, email address is helmarkxx@yahoo.co.uk

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  11. Dry/sensitive skin, check and check. Count me in cos I love the sound of this, I'll overlook the niggling feeling that I have that it might be to dark for me though.

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  12. sounds good, stick my name in the pot so.
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  13. Would love to win!

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  14. Ah the pan stick memories... shudder...

    GFC: Edel Hennessy
    email: hennesed@tcd.ie

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  15. id love to win, thank you!
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  16. followed blog

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    thanks,

    sandy

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  17. I already follow with GFC :)
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  18. Looks interesting god pan stick was the thing to use... War paint or what

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  19. I really want to try this!
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  20. Enter me please.

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  21. jaysus girls! Yer class with all the giveaways!
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    thank you!

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  22. I'd love to win this. phelanemm@gmail.com

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  23. Hi! would love to enter i follow your blog through my twitter @pinkredsq and email is pinkredsq@gmail.com thanks xxxx

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  24. sounds sweet!
    enter me please :)
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  25. i would love to try this:)
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  26. I'll throw my name in too please girls.
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  27. Pippa Saunders
    Would love to win this!
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  28. Ah throw my name in the hat girls!

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  29. Ŵould love to try this out!
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  30. love it....
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  31. id love to try it :)
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  32. looks nice
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  33. looks nice
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  34. Looks good!
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  35. Please enter me, would love to try it :)
    Following on GFC as @valantev

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  36. GFC confessionsofamakeupaholic

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    :)

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  37. Follow you girls on everything! It's just Niamh Nutty :)

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  38. Would love to try this.
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  39. Dying to try to this...

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  40. I'd love to win
    My email address is magscasey84@hotmail.com

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  41. I always use La roche posay skincare, would love to try the foundation, sounds perfect my my skin.

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  42. Would love to try this. Email - natalie_589@live.com

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