Sephora recently released a new foundation, which is their take on the ultra-lightweight fluid foundation concept. They’re calling it the Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation, and it comes in a bottle with a dropper. The claims include a lightweight and hydrating formula with a natural, barely-there finish.
The biggest reason I was so keen to try it out was because I enjoyed their previous foundation release so much, the 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation (read my review). They have 18 shades in the Teint Infusion line I’m currently using shade 20 Cream, which is a great match for me. I’m really happy with how works with my winter skin tone, and I think it’s a better match for me than 16 Light Linen in the 10 HR Wear Perfection foundation, which seems to be my best match in that line.
The sample I received has been lasting me a while because I use very little of it at a time. I’ve applied it with my fingers, with a brush, and with a Beautyblender, and I generally think it works nicely with all three methods. I think this foundation looks great both sheer as well as layered a bit, but when I use a brush I’ve found that I can sometimes accidentally apply too much foundation and I think the sponge just gives me a little more control in making sure I don’t take things too far, so that’s been my preferred method lately.
The consistency is very watery but it does have a silicone slip to it, and the instructions say to shake it before each use. It leaves a beautiful satin finish that looks like lovely, natural skin. It can give light to medium coverage, depending on how much it’s built up, and I love that it helps smooth over skin texture.
You can click to enlarge the image for a better look at my skin.
Another thing I really enjoy about it is that it controls oil a bit throughout the day and it won’t look too luminous when applied over well-moisturized skin. When I first apply it, it can even look a tad dry if I had moisturized more sparingly, but it settles over the 10 minutes or so after applying and the appearance of dryness seems to fade away. Even if it didn’t look dry to begin with, I still feel like the look of the foundation continues to improve over 10 minutes or so after I apply it. It looks good at first, but I’m always really impressed by how good my skin looks as I’m nearing the end of my makeup routine.
Although they don’t advertise any claims of long wear, this foundation does last really nicely throughout the day. I like that it doesn’t let a whole lot of oil shine through (unlike the 10 HR Perfection foundation, which doesn’t really hold back oil at all). It gradually seems to fade somewhat throughout the day – I wouldn’t have really noticed except that the redness around my nose seems to peek a little through after 7 or 8 hours. I have combination skin that can get a little oily throughout the day, and during “normal” conditions of mild weather and moderate activity levels, I can get through the day wearing this foundation and not reach for blot powder.
One criticism of similar fluid foundations that pops up frequently is the high levels of alcohol in the ingredients. This one has some, but it is 10th on the ingredients list so I don’t think it should be of high concern. This is primarily a silicone-based formula, so it glides over skin and helps to even out texture. That said, I’ve noticed very specific areas like healing blemishes that can look a dry under the foundation, which makes me think this formula may be optimal for normal to oily skin, and not as well-suited for drier skin that struggles with visible patches or flaking. I will say that Sephora’s 10 HR Perfection Wear foundation may be a better option for dry skin, as it has a creamy texture and a wonderful softness once applied.
Above, I’m also wearing L’Oreal True Match liquid concealer (shade N1-2-3), Physicians Formula Mineral Oh So Radiant! powder, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (review), Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop (photos), L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara (review), and some eyeshadows from the Smashbox Cherry Smoke palette (photos).
For me, this foundation has been a really great fit. It makes my skin, which has been going through some ups and downs lately, look healthy and evened out while reigning in the oil. My biggest tip is to not over-apply it, as it can get a little slippy-slidey on the skin if there’s too much layered on. It also isn’t totally transfer-proof, so I generally try to be careful about touching my face. There’s no fragrance or SPF, and the shade range is really accommodating, so I can see this working pretty well for a lot of people.
Here’s one more photo of my wearing it, which I wanted to share because this was a day that I felt wasn’t a particularly good skin day. I documented it because it seemed like once I had applied the foundation and finished my makeup, my skin looked pretty darn good. I’d had a breakout of small blemishes that made my skin look irritated and unhappy, but I really don’t think you could tell once my face was done up.
Teint Infusion been a really nice foundation to have around while traveling and I’m likely to purchase it once I’m back in the US. It’s $24 for 0.67 oz, which may not seem like a steal because you’re not getting the standard ounce of product. Keep in mind, though, that I use very little of it with each application, so the value really doesn’t bother me one bit.
Update: done and purchased.
Animal testing: Sephora says on their website that Sephora Collection products as well as Sephora originals like Formula X and Kat Von D have not been tested on animals, though their products are sold in China and are thus required by Chinese law to be tested on animals before entering the market.
You can purchase the Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation at Sephora. Have you tried it? Are you a fan?