Invisible Fluid Makeup
This fragrance-free liquid foundation’s big claim is “see no makeup, feel no makeup” but you’ll feel something (however light) and to some extent this does look like makeup, albeit a very sheer one. The fluid texture is on the runny side, and demands vigorous shaking before each use or you will notice separation and have trouble getting this to blend on evenly.
Once shaken well, you dispense it from a fine-point tip and blend… and keep blending because this has quite a bit of slip and takes longer than usual to set. The finish is matte with a subtle sheen and provides translucent to sheer coverage that won’t exaggerate large pores or wrinkles. This foundation’s best attribute is how natural it looks, yet the tradeoff is minimal coverage. This isn’t the makeup to choose if you have an uneven skin tone, brown spots, or redness you’d like to soften. It helps to some extent, but really you’re getting less coverage than most tinted moisturizers provide. For some, that may be just perfect.
The formula is best for normal to oily or combination skin. It does not provide enough moisture for dry areas, though you can prep with an emollient moisturizer (with sunscreen, because this foundation doesn’t offer sun protection) first.
As for the shades, there are great options for light to dark skin tones, with none to avoid. However, many of the shades go on a bit pink or peach, so you’ll need to choose carefully. The pink and peach tones aren’t worth avoiding because the overall effect from this makeup is so sheer. There are no colors for very light skin but the darker shades are outstanding.
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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