Estée Lauder Perfectionist Foundation, €46. No press samples featured. Full disclosure policy here.
Every year, my birthday coincides with the sea of winter foundation launches. Last year, I took my gifted eurobux and bought YSL Youth Liberator, reviewed here. This year, the hype, and I, moved onto Estée Lauder Perfectionist Foundation.
It’s a ‘youth-infusing’ foundation, which means it’s formulated with hydrating, plumping skincare. At 22, I can’t test the wrinkle-vanishing claims out. Still, I usually like foundations aimed at mature skins. I don’t reap all the benefits, or need to reap them really, but the typical mix of good coverage and a moisture boost is what I like.
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Foundation is just that kinda thing. Coverage is definitely hovering just above medium. I use my fingers to apply, after I found brushes made things look a bit too heavy. With my daub and blend method, it provides general uniformity without looking like mask.
The finish is natural, maybe a little bit velvety, with slight luminosity. The glow is more of a subtle, brightening effect than a key note. It’s there, but it’s not the first thing you’d notice.
Longevity is really great. From morning to evening, I don’t think this changes too much. Right around the time I remove my makeup, there’s a touch of shine on my nose, but not so much that I’d even have to powder.
The 22-strong shade range starts with me – 1C1 Cool Bone. Its sister, IN1 Ivory Bone, is a bit darker and more yellow. Things go from there up to 6, with tone nuances on every shade.
Overall, I feel a strong fondness. There aren’t any bells or whistles that make me feel like it’s the one, but it’s really lovely. And actually, I can see how, if my skin were more suited, I’d get hooked. I’ll definitely finish my bottle, and be darned if I don’t look good doing it, but I’ll try new things once it’s gone.