Another week, another foundation to review… are you ready? I’m trying to work through my pipeline, and hopefully clear out some of the warehouse before summer collections start rolling out. The foundation I am about to discuss today came to me slightly late, and so it is no longer “new” to the marketplace, but was actually launched last year. Nonetheless, it is a good one, and deserving of your consideration! And without further ado, let me introduce Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup!
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup marries the best of Estee Lauder expertise in skincare and makeup. It contains a good dose of Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist wrinkle-fighting technology to improve the skin’s texture over time.
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup is a fluid foundation that provides medium to full coverage and leaves a velvety matte finish. In comparison to the Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup [reviewed here], Perfectionist feels slightly thicker in texture, with a corresponding increase in coverage. Interestingly, it was designed to be applied with the accompanying Sculpting Foundation Brush [sold separately at SGD80 or USD45]. Since I don’t have that brush, I used my Rae Morris Radiance brush instead [find out more here – unaffiliated link] and was able to achieve a nice, even finish with minimal effort. On the other hand, when I tried to apply the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup with other smaller “normal-sized” foundation brushes, it tended to streak and required more effort to blend perfectly.
As you can see from the comparison photos above, Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup provides a good level of coverage, camouflaging any uneven skin tone even dark eye circles, and reduces the appearance of lines. It also brightened up my complexion, rendering a glowy matte finish without any dewiness. And to test out the anti-wrinkle claim, if you click on the above image and zoom into my forehead, you will notice it looks much smoother with Perfectionist. Of all the Estee Lauder liquid foundations that I have tested lately, this Perfectionist has the thickest coverage. However, it does not feel heavy at all, and stays in place well all day without creasing or sliding. On my dry combination skin, it lasts for about 7-8 hours, after which some shine starts to creep up which is easily resolved with blotting.
I was curious about Perfectionist’s anti-wrinkle claim, and took a look at the ingredient list:
Octinoxate 7.5%, Titanium Dioxide 1.9%. Other: 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, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Cholesterol, 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, Iron Oxides.
Apart from a bunch of silicons, all which are common in foundations, there are some very interesting skin-loving ingredients as well. St Paul’s Wort extract, Chlorella Vulgaris extract, Artemia extract, and whey protein are skin conditioning agents to keep skin moisturized, protected and helps prevent aging. The introduction of fish collagen is something I’ve not seen before, and is supposed to help skin plump itself up, although topical application of collagen is unlikely to help the skin boost its own collagen levels. Instead, other ingredients such as Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and caffeine provides that instant “botox”-like effect of plumping up fine lines. Soybean Protein and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide are also novel to me as one appears to protect skin against hormonal-related aging, and the other help skin cells function more healthily. Overall, the ingredients sure look interesting, making Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup a genuine serum foundation (although it is not marketed as such) as compared to others making the same claim (looking at you, By Terry!).
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup comes in a glass bottle and a plastic pump. I found the pump to be slightly awkward to use, as I seem to be unable to do half-pumps, and a full pump is too much for me. It also tended to squirt and gets rather messy around the nozzle. But it is very much a matter of personal preference, and a minor inconvenience for an overall excellent foundation. Priced at SGD76 (or USD45) for 30ml, this foundation is priced in the medium range of high-end foundations. It also comes with SPF25 for daytime sun protection. I recommend this for those with dry skin in need of heavier coverage.
Have you tried any Estee Lauder foundations yet?
This post features a product that was sent to me by Estee Lauder Singapore for my consideration. Regardless, all views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinions, and are not influenced by any monetary consideration.