Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup review

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup is the latest foundation from Estee Lauder, released in the United States in July 2014. There are 21 shades for cool, warm and neutral skin tones. When you shop for this foundation, pay attention to the labeling where W means warm, C means cool (more pink undertones) and N means neutral. For example, 4W1 Honey Bronze has a warm tone (hence the W), 4N2 Spice Sand is neutral, and 4C3 Softan is cool. The numbers refer to the darkness of the foundation with 1 as the lightest and 6 as the darkest.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup Claims and Ingredient Analysis

The company claims that this foundation firms, brightens and hydrates. It is supposed to offer medium to full coverage. It contains a broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen; it is oil-free and fragrance-free. As you can see from the ingredients below, the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup foundation shares many of the same ingredients as the serum (e.g. sodium hyaluronate, peptides, and antioxidants that do brighten and hydrate your skin) but it has an additional advantage in that it has SPF 25 sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup Ingredients

Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide 1.90% and Octinoxate 7.5 % (these are UVA and UVB sunscreens)

water\aqua\eau • cyclopentasiloxane • isododecane • dimethicone • butylene glycol • phenyl trimethicone • polysilicone-11 • polymethyl methacrylate • coco-caprylate/caprate • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone • silica • polyglyceryl-4 isostearate • sigesbeckia orientalis (st. paul’s wort) extract • boswellia serrata extract • chlorella vulgaris extract • artemia extract • hydrolyzed fish (pisces) collagen • whey protein\lactis protein\proteine du petit-lait • acetyl hexapeptide-8palmitoyl oligopeptidecholesterol • sodium chondroitin sulfate • caffeine • glycerin • sodium hyaluronate • glycine soja (soybean) protein • aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate • decarboxy carnosine hcl • cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone • sodium pca • disteardimonium hectorite • c12-16 alcohols • dimethicone silylate • caprylyl glycol • triethyl citrate • palmitic acid • hydrogenated lecithin • hexyl laurate • methicone • glyceryl polymethacrylate • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate • peg-8 • hexylene glycol • triethoxycaprylylsilane • magnesium aluminum silicate • sodium chloride • lecithin • alumina • xanthan gum • disodium edta • phenoxyethanol • [+/- mica • titanium dioxide (ci 77891) • iron oxides (ci 77492) • iron oxides (ci 77499) • iron oxides

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum ingredients

Dimethicone, Water, Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Coleus Forskohli Rott Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Artemia Extract, Pantethine, Aglae Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cholesterol, Squalane, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caffeine, Whey Protein, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Phytosphingosine, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Polysorbate-40, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, PEG-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate-80, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Laureth-12, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Experience with Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup

The foundation glides onto skin and does not settle into pores. The finish is sheer to medium, NOT full, contrary to the company’s marketing claims. In fact, I love this foundation because it is not heavy and you can apply it to give your skin a sheer, natural glow. The SPF 25 sunscreen is a great addition. Although the company recommends it for all skin types, I would not recommend this foundation for oily skin. I have combination (normal-to-oily) skin and after two hours, I could see that my nose and forehead were a bit shiny. You should apply a mattifying powder on top of this foundation, if you have combination skin. After wearing this foundation for four hours, I noticed that my skin still looked very good, the fading was minor, my skin felt moisturized, but not sticky or greasy.

VERDICT: Because this foundation contains ingredients that are found in the Perfectionist Serum, this is, in essence, a treatment foundation and you are getting far more for your money than a foundation that just covers your skin and makes it look good. The SPF 25 UVA/UVB sunscreen makes this foundation especially appealing for daytime wear. I highly recommend Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup.

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