Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base & Essence Makeup

April 18, 2016

Makeup offering skincare benefits is nothing new, but when Estee Lauder leverages its Crescent White Skincare’s full cycle brightening technology [reviewed here] to produce 2 new makeup bases, I am intrigued.  Ester Lauder Crescent White is built around the idea of skin’s inherent day/night circadian rhythm, providing the right type of skincare at all times to fight not only hyperpigmentation but also dullness and discoloration.  The latest line extensions into makeup, further extends this philosophy, and helps women look more radiant and luminous.

Estee Lauder Crescent White base

Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base is a lavender-tinted fluid that has colour-corecting properties that reminds me of CC creams such as this one.  Lavender shade is best suited for Asian skin to neutralize the inherent yellowness in our skin tone, and bring radiance to sallow skin.

Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base swatch

The Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base is a lightweight fluid that seems thick when initially squeezed out of the tube, but it spreads easily and a pea-sized drop is sufficient to cover my entire face.  It does not feel as heavy as a BB or CC cream, but it also does not dry down completely.  I personally feel that it is best paired with a powder foundation or a more mattifying liquid foundation on top, because I am out for more than 12 hours every day, and I don’t like to bother with touching up.  Of course for severely dry skin, or if you are traveling to a dry climate, this can be very helpful.  I like that it comes with SPF30 / PA+++ which is good for normal mostly-indoor lifestyle.

Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base comparison**Click to enlarge

I was rather apprehensive when I first put this to the test as lavender bases have a tendency to pull ashy on me.  Fortunately, it does exactly as it says, giving a visible brightening boost without turning grey.  As you can see from the comparison photo above, Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base brings a dewy glow to my face, which is thankfully not overly shiny, and layers well under foundation.  However, those who are prone to getting oily easily, you may want to either layer this with a mattifying primer or keep this to the high points of the face like a highlighter.  On its own, this Brightening Makeup Base does help to extend the wear time of my foundation by 1-2 hours, but it does not provide much coverage for red patches and blemishes.

Estee Lauder Crescent White Essence Makeup swatch

Along with the makeup base above, Estee Lauder has also released the new Crescent White Essence Makeup.  This is a light-weight, medium-coverage foundation.  It comes in a tall glass bottle with a dropper dispenser which is similar to this foundation; and a thin, watery texture that is popular with the recent wave of skin-like foundations.  The relatively high SPF30 / PA++ sun protection is also very welcome!

Estee Lauder Crescent White Essence Makeup comparison**Click to enlarge

In the above comparison photo, I had first applied the lavender makeup base all over, before layering on the Crescent White Essence Makeup on the right side of my face.  And as you may be able to see, the Essence Makeup provides noticeable coverage, evening out my skin tone and bringing a luminosity to my face.  Coverage is light, as the red patch on my cheek is still visible, but it is slightly buildable by dabbing on more where it is needed.  It feels slightly cool upon application, and is wonderful for those hot, hurried mornings!  It is sufficiently lightweight that it wears well in our heat and humidity,and stays color true all day without oxidizing.

I have really enjoyed adding Estee Lauder Crescent White Essence Makeup to my arsenal of sheer, skin-like makeup; and this is the only one that I can safely say would work well for those of us with dehydrated skin and prone to flakiness!  Unlike others of its class, it is not finicky to apply, and wears well all day.  The Estee Lauder Crescent White Makeup Base is probably the only lavender base that I’ve tried that actually brightens my face without pulling ashy, and is useful to have on hand for those dull moments.  Both are now out in Estee Lauder counters and retail for SGD86 and SGD89 respectively.

xo Linda

This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.