|Above: The streamlined, luxe Serge Lutens packaging…I love this aesthetic.|
|Above: The Teint Si Fin is made in Japan and offers .28 ounces of product; thankfully, a little goes a long way!|
|Above: The relatively brief ingredients list of the Teint Si Fin…my sensitive skin hasn’t experienced an ounce of irritation from this particular grouping of ingredients. Also, although the ingredients include fragrance, I cannot detect a scent at all.|
|Above: The Serge Lutens Teint Si Fin compact in all its ebony glory.|
|Above: Even though the compact comes labeled and intact with a particular shade of powder, you can buy the refills in any shade, thereby making the compact quite utilitarian.|
|Above: My pristine pan of Teint Si Fin in O40 before sullying it with a brush or sponge ; ) It looks quite dark in the pan, but applies much lighter and thankfully doesn’t oxidize!|
Because there was so little by way of details and information (much less, swatches!) regarding this product, I spent an inordinate amount of time deciding on which shade to order. After a couple of phone calls with the Serge Lutens specialist at Barney’s (I even gave her my match in the Kevyn Aucoin SSE–#6–which she swatched in conjunction with the powders just to make sure), I came to the conclusion that O40 was likely the best match for my NC25 skin.
Texturally, this powder is exceedingly finely-milled, endlessly silky and somehow simultaneously harnesses both mattifying and glow-inducing powers. On its own as a powder foundation, I found that the coverage to be minimal; it is difficult for me to call this an official “foundation powder.” However, if you have very good skin to begin with, then I suppose a great primer and thorough application of this powder might be all one needs for a polished visage. I find that this works amazingly well over any foundation that I choose for the day, and I fully acknowledge that this rotation can be vast!
Applied with a foundation brush (in this case, my trusty Hourglass Retractable Foundation Brush), it provides a lovely finishing effect and additional coverage…a few swirls are sufficient as a little of this goes a remarkably long way. It simply melts into the skin, removing excess shine and adding extra coverage, all the while without imparting a perceivable powdery finish. I notice that this does not oxidize as the day goes on and touchups with the sponge throughout the day are achieved without unsightly buildup.
|Above: Serge Lutens Teint Si Fin in O40 in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Serge Lutens Teint Si Fin (top row L-R) in Blanc, BF20, B40, B60, D10 and (bottom row L-R) I20, I40, O40, O60, O20. It should be noted that the powders apply more lightly than they appear in the pan!|
|Above: The Teint Si Fin in O40 is clearly darker than both the Hourglass Diffused Light and Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder in #117 Warm Ivory (which is also more opaque, borderlining on chalky) but it is also more gossamer in texture! It truly melts into the skin.|
|Above: Swatches of the Serge Lutens Teint Si Fin shade range in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches of the Serge Lutens Teint Si Fin shade range in indoor car lighting.|
|Above: In direct sunlight…it creates a matte glow rather than a powdery finish (not a great expression, but a useful lighting context nonetheless!). I am wearing this over Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in #200.|
|Above: In a sunlit window. I am wearing this over Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in #2 Ivory.|
|Above: Outdoors in shade. I am wearing this over Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Foundation in Natural Beige (to be reviewed soon).|
|Above: In a sunny car ; ) I am wearing this over Hourglass Immaculate Foundation in Golden.|
Bottom Line: The Serge Lutens line is simply exquisite. Clean, luxurious and rather esoteric, there is something alluring about a limited product range that requires serious saving (in my case) or a trust fund (in the case of the extremely wealthy, perhaps) to comfortably procure its wares. In terms of its glowing matte finish and medium coverage, the Teint Si Fin is a powder to rival all powders. While I am extremely happy to own this, I wholeheartedly believe that one could also find joy and contentment in a powder with a less exorbitant price tag. That being said, I don’t believe this powder is without arguable merit; from the sleek compact to the buildable coverage that somehow avoids looking cakey, even after multiple applications, I can rationalize this purchase like I would a high-end skincare item because I use it almost daily. It is a fixture in my purse, and the refills will cost half of what I paid for the entire unit initially.
In turn, I recommend it along with a prudent sentiment…if it is within your reach financially, then it is a lovely acquisition that features both form and function. If its cost is not reasonable within the constraints of your budget, then there are a myriad of powders that can deliver commensurate results…Sulwhasoo Brightening and Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder to name a few!
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