Sneek Peek: Lancome Miracle Air de Teint: It’s Matte But It’s Sheer – How Did They Do It? Review, Swatches

By Aisling | January 24 2014 | 17 Comments

The first thing I noticed about this foundation is that it is just so fluid.  It has more viscosity than water of course – but much less than other relatively light liquid foundations (like YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat say).


To put it bluntly: it’s runny and the dropper is absolutely necessary – otherwise you might find that your bottle of foundation quickly spills.

So it’s mega runny – how good can the coverage be?


Well, surprisingly good.  Air de Teint is the new incarnation of the beloved  Lancôme Teint Miracle and improves upon the original formulation.  It really does feel incredibly light on the skin (hence the “Air” in the name) but it does provide  good medium coverage.  It’s definitely one for good skin or good skin days – if you want to cover a Vesuvius grade zit you can forget it and those of you who love full coverage like Double Wear will run shrieking.

Lancome want us to think of this more as a “skin perfecter” than a foundation.  The aim here is to provide a base that’s sheer, provides coverage where you need it but is undetectable.  You only better.

So how do they do it?  Well of course there’s all sorts of science involved and  made up terminology.  But it seems pretty certain that they’re using the light reflecting “blur” technology we’ve been seeing so much of lately.

Miracle Air de Teint, pioneering a new generation of nude, lighter than ever thanks to a blend of volatile and semi-volatile oils alongside “Miracle Particles” composed of 90% air.

Thanks to the outstanding soft-focus power of Blur technology, the next-generation complexion product that is Miracle Air de Teint blurs imperfections without ever covering them. How? Its unique ability to backscatter light creates a remarkable blurring effect. Instantly, the complexion is perfectly and transparently evened out, skin is left matte yet radiant with light.



 Available in 12 shades, my swatch shows how good the coverage is.  Despite my skin being as dry as the Gobi Desert the foundation worked well, lasted until I took it off and sat on the skin perfectly.  It’s matte, but it’s not dull and if you like light to medium coverage and are sick of foundation that acts like a mask, this might be your Holy Grail.

Air de Teint Compo 3

Miracle Air de Teint is available from 12th Feb.  Do you think you’ll be interested?

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17 Replies to "Sneek Peek: Lancome Miracle Air de Teint: It’s Matte But It’s Sheer – How Did They Do It? Review, Swatches"

  • EvieM says:

    This looks lovely Aisling, is it available on counter yet? I was a big fan of the Teint Miracle. What’s the shade range like, any pale pink shades? I assume it’s something similar to Armani Maestro, which I haven’t tried, but have heard good things of. This would be much easier for me to get hold of though.

    • Claire says:

      Oh SNAP, EvieM! We posted pretty much the same thing at the same time! :-)

    • Aisling says:

      It’s on counter on the 12th Feb and with regards to the shades I don’t have a shade chart but I will ask Lancome for more info because the only real info re shades is this:
      “The formula fuses with skin so well that a single shade now matches several complexion types. With 12 shades available, you simply can’t go wrong.”

      • EvieM says:

        Cheers Aisling, that’s fairly vague alright. I wonder will they give out the brilliant free samples like they did for Teint Miracle, I still have a teeny bottle with a little bit left stuffed in a drawer somewhere, twas fierce handy for bringing when you were going anywhere overnight.

        Claire, great minds ;D

  • Claire says:

    Gosh, it does read an awful lot like it is a copy of the Armani Maestro, dropper and all! It even uses the oil within a water structure that is hyped for the Maestro one. A side by side comparison would be good! What is the price of this one?

    (BTW, I love the Armani Maestro, for me it has a near-revolutionary texture and slip)

    • Aisling says:

      Good idea on the side by side review, we’ll see what we can do – there are a lot of similarities

      • EvieM says:

        There’s that L’oreal Nude Magique one too, that’s also a volatile oils mix too isn’t it? Maybe ye could do a comparison between all 3?

    • Fee says:

      It sounds EXACTLY like Armani Maestro except maybe for the matte finish? I am still on the fence about Maestro so would be very interested in a comparison review.

      Lancome do a great pale shade 005 in some, not all, of their foundations so I’ll be curious to see if they have an equivalent shade in this. I might be wrong but I think Maestro comes in a smaller shade range than other Armani foundations, maybe on the same matching principle Aisling quotes above.

  • Cabbage says:

    Sorry but the “90% air” claim made me snort a bit, it sort of sounds like they are selling you an almost empty bottle.

    I have huge grá for Lancôme as a brand (best mascaras and lipsticks ever IMO, and Effacernes is an excellent concealer) but I don’t get on with their foundations at all – always slightly too dark and slightly to yellow for me.

    • salsera says:

      I have the same problem with Loreal hair dye (sister company). They’re French, and they think everyone’s skin/hair is warm-toned. So does Bobbi Brown. I’m not pale enough for Porcelain, but I need that tone, just a shade darker.

      I find American companies put an astonishing amount of citrus/rosemary oils in their cleansers, even those ostensibly for dry skin. Aveda would rip the face off you with the amount of rosemary.

  • LoCo says:

    When I grow up I’d like to be like Penelope Cruz. Girl crush.
    Foundation sounds nice too.

  • Corrie says:

    Really excited to try this but please tell me that this is not replacing Teint miracle? It’s my HG foundation!

  • Sunshine says:

    Will definitely check this out!

  • B says:

    Ailing, you were saying your skin is very dry, can you tell me what your face foundations for dry skin are?Whenever am going out have to hydrate to within an inch of my life for my foundations not to cling to dry areas!

  • Marie says:

    I love Teint Miracle but, like many of you ladies, am very pale with pink-toned skin. I had the 010 shade and it was too yellow, and a smidge too dark. I have a drawer full of lovely foundations with the same problem! Then I got my hands on the Teint Miracle in shade 007 beige rose. It’s totally pink. I mix a wee blob of this into the 010 (or any other foundation that’s a bit yellow) and it’s perfect. It’s actually the best foundation I’ve ever bought, because now I know I can adapt other foundations to suit.

    I have to say I’m tempted by this new offering though. I guess my skin is the type it’s aimed at too. Generally in good condition and blemish free. It looks lovely, but I’m a bit concerned that it might have a bit of a greasy feel.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I like the sound of this foundation – I’ve noticed that I’m going more and more towards medium coverage as apposed full coverage foundation these days.

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