If any brand is into shaking things up — literally — it's Lancôme. After last year's successful debut of Ôscillation mascara, the brand has recently rolled out Ôscillation Powerfoundation ($48), a vibrating mineral foundation whose applicator vibrates 7,000 times per minute. The idea is that these microvibrations make for a smoother and more even finish, all while creating softer skin over time.
But how well does it work? To find out, just read more.
One of my complaints about mineral foundations is that the loose powder tends to be messy, especially if you're clumsy. (Ahem.) Because of Ôscillation's smart packaging design, you get enough powder on the application wand without scattering powder all over the place. That's a win in my book, although the applicator sponge can't be washed — so if you're obsessed with avoiding bacteria, you'll have to buy replacements frequently.
Applying the foundation is easy; you just press a button and the sponge starts vibrating. Whee! The foundation does go on evenly and smoothly, providing light to medium coverage. It gives skin a beautiful glow without looking shiny, and most importantly, it lets your skin show through. It's great for a no-makeup look on days when you want to even out or brighten your complexion.
Unfortunately, though, I have a B.O. problem. Like many mineral foundations, Ôscillation contains bismuth oxychloride; that's the ingredient that creates the soft, pearlescent glow. Sadly, it also gives my skin a starring role in the Itchy and Scratchy Show. After wearing Ôscillation for an hour, my face started to itch, and I had to wash it off. Bummer. Most people won't have this problem, but some other women respond poorly to B.O. Lucky us.
Overall opinion? I'm not convinced that the wand provides significantly better application than a brush would, but the foundation gives a gorgeous, almost candle-lit glow to skin. Since that's what really matters, I think it's worth trying Ôscillation at a Lancôme counter to see if you like it. But if you also have issues with B.O., you'll want to take a pass on this and any other formula with that particular ingredient.