Estee Lauder

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is an American manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The company owns a diverse portfolio of labels, distributed internationally in up-market department stores, and has its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. (

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1,370 products

28,820 reviews

64% would repurchase

Recent Estee Lauder Reviews

Liquid -Estee Lauder -Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

on 5/18/2018 4:12:00 AM


This is a cult foundation for a reason, that being its staying power. It adheres to the skin like paint, and stays there until you take it off. I find it could be described as specifically formulated for oily skinned ladies and gents, as it doesn't need setting powder (unless you have exceptionally oily skin i presume), doesn't break down on critical oily areas throughout the day (nostrils, in between the brows, nose, inner cheeks), doesn't oxidize or change color. I absolutely adore it and yes, if i had to wear a single foundation for the rest of my life, this would be it.
This is my "husband" foundation. The rest are all occasional, short-termed, exciting but quick-fizzling, cool-but-enough-now "affairs".

- one of the few foundations that actually does what it claims to do;
- great coverage without looking dry, cakey or streaky;
- beautiful smooth finish, like glass/paint;
- very long lasting;
- unbreakable, doesn't dissolve on oily areas or under the eyes. This particularity is almost impossible to find in other foundations, in my opinion, and if met, it comes with significant disadvantages (extreme thickness, dryness, for example the Kat Von D/ LA Girl foundations);
- contrary to other reviews, i personally don't find it drying under the eyes at all. Eye cream is a general must for the skin regardless of one wearing makeup or not;
- extensive shade rage, for pretty much everyone;
- very buildable if applied fast;
- a little goes a long way, a bottle will last for months with daily use;
- replaces concealer successfully;
- good skin tolerance (didn't break me out);
- wonderful natural look for its consistency and coverage. Pretty much 5% heavier on the skin than liquid foundations.

- expensive (but good things cost money);
- the significant shade range makes it difficult to choose one's right tone, particularly in store lights;
- the glass bottle albeit beautiful is not user-friendly and needs a pump;
- needs attentive removal, hard to scrub off.

I will continue to repurchase this foundation and not the light version as i don't want to stray. The company could offer a more extensive guideline for choosing the right shade and add a pump and they'd be market leaders.

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Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder -Pure Color Envy 5-color palette

on 5/17/2018 12:21:00 PM


When the Pure Color Envy 5-palettes range was newly released (2014?) with reformulated eyeshadows I got myself the #07 Infamous Sky. Several weeks later I came back to purchase the Ivory Power. The quality was excellent. The longevity without any primer on my *very* oily lids was superb, like 6-8 hours - that was the main reason why I bought them. The blendability - great (however, for the price it should be), the texture silky smooth. And a very “adult” microshimmer - an elegant sheen, not in-your-face teen shimmer - smth I looked for and only found in these palettes at that time (other brands’ releases seemed either too glittery or straight up matte). Also, after the eyeshadows gave in to my oily lids, they swiped away easily with a finger without having to rub the remains or leaving a trace/stain (Clé de Peau, I’m looking at you!).
It is such a shame they discontinued the Infamous Sky :( The sheeny cool beige and silvery grey were and still are in 2018 virtually undupable (incl. MAC, UD and MUFE “pro” ranges). The whole palette actually is undupable to this day - the 4 color shades allowed a nude beige look, a more intense cool beige-brown look, a silvery-grey with dark navy eyeliner look, a mixture of the beige and grey (looked so good on my green eyes), and the beige looked magical as a lower lid liner (defined without being heavy). I actually first bought the palette for the beige which was a close dupe (but a bit less flattering shade) for the Sisley #03 Dune single (or was it “Nude”? - a beautiful sheeny light beige with silky buttery texture but sadly no longevity, which btw turned out to be rather undupable). And the grey became my other favorite. It was for me truly a “desert island” pallette, perfect for travel, too. This is the only palette I would definitely repurchase in a heartbeat for its great choice of shades.
The Ivory Power was an excellent satiny/matte beige/brown neutral-cool palette. Very office-proof. However, not undupable. E.g. the Chanel quad in # Tissé Essentiel is a close dupe, albeit it is warmer.
Both my palettes expired and it really showed at around 6 months after their respective expiration dates - the *very* dense texture (which I so loved) turned noticeably softer and started giving kick up (using the same MUFE brush as before - which in the beginning was actually too soft for the density, and at times I switched to a harsher but grippier synthetic MAC). And the longevity became worse. So this range is not the case for stashing up! And I wonder why EL did it - cause it was understandable for Sisley with lots of extracts and oils in their eyeshadows - but the totally non-natural EL? Idk.

The range imo is very stable quality-wise - every shade in every palette I swatched was good and
longwearing(!). Unlike, say, Lancome 5-palettes - the reformulated in 2016 (?) range - which is all over the place quality-wise.

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Liquid -Estee Lauder -Double Wear [old formula - REFORMULATED]


This is quite simply, the best and most versatile foundation on the market. It is a high coverage, long wearing foundation, available in 36 shades. With that as a start, you can then mix it with other products and alter it for other purposes. If you are feeling dry and want a more dewy finish, add in your favourite face oil. If you want more of a glow, mix in one of your glowy type primers e.g. MAC Strobe Cream. If you want to change the tone of it, add in a tint of mix it with one of your other foundations. If you want a more sheer finish, mix it in with your moisturiser or SPF. It honestly can't be beat. I have tried countless other foundations, I guess to just try something new, but each time, without fail I come back to this and wonder why I ever bothered in the first place.

Treatments (Face) -Estee Lauder -Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

on 5/13/2018 11:45:00 AM


I've been looking for a serum for a while so I decided to give this much-hyped product a go. I believe that it brightens and tightens, but my dry skin didn't like this at all. I had to apply three times more moisturizer and skin mist than usual. We all know that moisture is the secret to youthful looking skin, so any product that dries you out is totally counterproductive. This wasn't the only issue that I had with it, either. Within a matter of two days, it gave me pimples, and I'm not prone to breakouts. I didn't care much for the scent either.

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Mascara -Estee Lauder -Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara

on 5/13/2018 9:09:00 AM


Nearly a decade ago, I borrowed my mum's tube for the first time (this was when I was a poor student with no concept of how grotty it actually is to borrow someone else's eye makeup, simpler times...) It was the first mascara I had tried that DIDN'T end up smeared half-way down my face by midday (oily gal probs), making me look like a hungover, hard-partying panda who had been in a fist fight and come off worst. It was a total game-changer. It was heaven for my medium-short, unbelievably straight lashes that couldn't hold a curl if their tiny little lives depended on it. I scrimped, saved, caught the bus instead of driving and took on as many extra shifts at work as possible, to make the idea of me owning this sorcery myself a reality.
I finally had soft, fluttery lashes that stayed on my eyes instead of migrating to my. It held them in a delicate curl once dry and they actually stayed there, all day! They didn't flake, or clump, or look anything other than bangin' but also natural, like I was one of those people who were born with lashes that looked pretty and 'girly' and opened up my face. The icing on the cake was watching those little tubies sail down the sink or shower drain without any scrubbing or makeup remover, just a splash of warm water. WATER! It was love. I would drag my friends to the Estee Lauder counter when we were at the beauty store to try this potion of happiness to make them love it as much as I did. I was a maniac in those early days of discovery, but friends who actually tried it also loved it and were pretty darn stoked that they could wear a mascara out clubbing and not look like they had drawn all over their face with black sharpie afterwards. I hijacked travelling friends/family's duty free time to make them bring it back for me so I could have my fix.
For 9 years, this has been my holiest of holies, my pièce de résistance, the crowning jewel of my made-up face.

Until 3 months or so ago, when (devastatingly I may add) out of the blue, I developed acute contact dermatitis. On my eyelids. After using a brand-new-never-been-touched-by-human-hands/eyes/whatever tube I had just purchased. Horror, disbelief, grief... I felt them all. My doc gave me some cream and sent me on my way with advice to skip the eye makeup for 2 weeks to let my lids stop swelling, itching, stinging and flaking and just heal. I did as I was told and when the wonderful day arrived, I elatedly swiped my way back into lash glory. And the redness came back. As did the itchy-flaky-puffy-stingy feelings of both allergies/grave disappointment. Again I tried the 2-week wait and see, but every time I reapplied it, the same thing. I tried other inferior mascaras and my lids were totally fine. I tried this one again and itch. My own body sabotaged my happiness.
Alas I return to the exhausting hunt for the best mascara, hoping that one day I will try this beauty again and it will be like those first 9 years all over again. Even though I'm sad, nine years is pretty good innings, no?

-Doesn't clump, flake or smudge.
-Stays on even if you're oily as anything.
-Comes off easily with water.
-Seems to be pretty sweat resistant.
-Formula is forgiving, isn't too wet or
too dry.
-Pretty good at maintaining a lash-curler
induced curl.
-Looks natural.
-Gives length and definition.
-Comes with a spoolie brush (if that's your jam.)

-Is fairly 'up there' cost wise, at least it is her in NZ.
-Doesn't work on my stupid face anymore. (More of a personal gripe....)

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