Since the start of this year, people have been commenting that my skin looked better than ever. I must admit that is partly due to my Thermage treatment [you can read more about that here] and some dietary supplements [more on that at a later stage]. Whilst boosting collagen from inside out works well in the long run to replump skin, the surface of the skin still suffers from environmental stresses and needs pampering and care from the right products. Now, even on my worst days when I’m down with a bad cold and my skin is looking dull and miserable, I am still confident enough to face the world. And that is all thanks to my new-found love… the Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Makeup!
Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv line consists of an extensive range of skincare and makeup that harnesses the power of rare and precious gems to target mature skin with various anti-aging benefits. The Re-Nutriv makeup collection was recently reformulated, and consists of a cream foundation, my current obsession – the liquid foundation, a concealer & smoothing base duo, and a compact powder. I had the opportunity to try the liquid foundation and concealer & smoothing base, and have become irrevocably hooked!
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup is a sumptuous fluid foundation that makes use of light-diffusing technology powered by precious gems. Incorporating the power of different colored light to brighten and create a more radiant complexion may not be a novel concept, but Estee Lauder takes this to the ultimate luxurious treat by using micro-fine powders from actual gemstones! Sapphires, rubies and jade help provide a flawless finish and jewel-like radiance; gold and south sea pearls give a look of plumpness, suppleness and luminosity. The red fluorescence from rubies bring a natural elegance and warmth to the skin, and complements the blue light of sapphires to create a vibrant light that boost skin’s clarity.
In case you think this is all marketing euphemisms, take a look at the ingredient list and note how ruby, sapphire, nephrite (jade), pearl powders and gold are all listed!
In keeping with the Re-Nutriv heritage, the Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup also contains vitamins and anti-oxidants to pamper and care for the skin throughout the day. In particular, Rice Bran extract contains skin soothing enzymes and antioxidant properties; Gentian Root extract has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits; Luminara Digitata extract stabilizes the skin’s hydration and supports the skin barrier function. Lecithin helps regulate the balance of skin; Jojoba Seed oil provides all-day moisturization; and Wheat Protein soothes the skin. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup comes with SPF15 PA+++ protection which is just about adequate for a day spent mostly indoors, although these days we are all accustomed to a higher level of SPF.
The foundation is packaged in a solid glass bottle with a pump dispenser. To use, give the bottle a good shake first, and a full pump dispenses just enough product to cover the entire face thinly. I love that the pump works smoothly and does not squirt out too much, and I can squeeze out just a tiny bit to cover specific spots without having to do a full pump. The foundation is a light fluid that is easy to apply, does not streak, and feels comfortably lightweight on my skin throughout the day.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup gives a generous medium coverage and it is buildable to full coverage by patting on more as desired. I love that it easily conceals any imperfections on my skin, including the random pimples and dark eye circles and minimizes the need for concealer. It floats over dry patches and fine lines beautifully without emphasizing them. The foundation provides a blurring effect and emits a glow that makes me look refreshed and healthy. It lasts me all day without oxidizing or creasing, and does not dry up my skin! Priced at SGD132 (or USD90) for 30ml, this is certainly a luxury foundation, but well worth the investment!
For an even more flawless look, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Concealer and Smoothing Base has all your base needs covered. The palette contains a clear Smoothing Base that conditions the skin and fills in lines and pores to enable makeup to glide over more smoothly. The accompanying concealer glides over makeup to provide additional coverage over blemishes like redness, dark circles, etc. There is also a dual-ended flat application brush included in the palette that is convenient on the go.
Although I have enjoyed using both the Smoothing Base and Concealer, I personally found the Smoothing Base to be somewhat heavy and silicon-y. It provides some retexturizing benefits but nothing exceptional that my all-over facial primer does not already do. The clear winner in this palette is the Concealer. It provides sufficient coverage for me – covers dark circles under my eyes and redness around my nose well in a single swipe, and yet not overly thick and heavy that it requires a whole lot of blending. It also stays in place well throughout the day and does not crease. The concealer also covered up the redness around my nose and on my cheeks well. If it was available separately, I would highly recommend everyone to go out and purchase one right away. As it is, priced at SGD84 (or USD60) for 1.2gm of product, and with the Smoothing Base half leaving me feeling somewhat ambivalent, this is an investment to consider carefully. Personally I love the luxe shiny metal packaging, but it is a finger-print magnet and rather bulky.
This post features products that were sent to me for my consideration by Estee Lauder Singapore. Regardless, all views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinions, and are not influenced in any way.