I have used this foundation almost everyday for about ten years. I have acne prone skin and I'm not sure if this foundation breaks me out or not since I am an avid user (I have not tried any other foundation in awhile). This foundation works wonders for coverage. It can be a bit thick, but I find if I use a moisturizer and primer underneath, it goes on smooth. If it's good coverage you are after, I highly recommend.
I absolutely LOVE this!!! Although it does come on cakey sometimes I think it's a great FULL coverage foundation... Will be re-purchasing
My experience with this has been really good. It covers any discoloration and brightens up your skin. It's excellent for melasma. Really amazing for that. My sis turned me on to this and she has some dark discoloration on her forehead and you would never know. This covers my acne scars like an eraser. Im really amazed. I had never seen my skin look so flawless as with this concealer. This did settle onto my current breakouts and cake up a bit but it wasn't too bad and all I had to do was tap on it with my fingers.
I had to add my views on this product since i feel I have used many of the 'full coverage' foundations out there. This is actually full coverage and how do I know this, it completely covers my hideous melanisma. I have tried many foundations ranging from max factor to high end chanel, dior and Mac none of which covered very much. EL Maximum cover actually out-covered dermablend for me. You do not need this foundation if you have flawless skin, but for 99% of us we need it. This is incredibly pigmented and on days when my melanisma isn't looking too bad this works perfectly as an under-eye concealer. This is a product that must be used sparingly, a dot smaller than a pea will do my whole face, this stuff spreads amazingly and so will last forever. All in all, if you have scarring, uneven skin tone or brown patches like me this is an absolute heaven sent..
This is really an amazing foundation because it covers everything up! You don't need concealer or anything else ,and it's water proof! It use this when I have a bad breakout phase! It is almost too good! I have tried everything really from chanel to clinique, givenchy, ect. This is the best I have found and I think Estee Lauder is one of the top brands for foundation! if you have acne or redness this is your foundation and it lasts all day! It is expensive but you don't need to use a lot , a little goes far!
Hmm im very confused about this product.. when I first got it.. I LOVED IT!!! It covers soooooooooo well but it is SO NOT BLENDABLE and it can turn up cakey sometimes.. i dont know its OK.. but when i first got it it was AMAZING i dunno lol.
Update:Right now I am using it as a concealer and it works really good for that, again, not easy to blend but it does cover well.
It covers everything. I use it to cover my sun spots first and put my liquid foundation on the top of it. The result is perfect. Creamy Ivory is tad pale but not too bad. Creamy Vanillia is too dark and orange for me. Good product.
First of all, the coverage is the highest out there. It covers everything. But it's a pain to blend evenly. I find it's impossible to apply with fingers or foundation brush. I have to use a damp illuminare fast application with a lot of fix+ to get a decent look. And it's get cakey very easily. You just need a very tiny bit each time, so the tube seems to last forever.
BUT it breaks me out so badly! It causes me several pimples and tons of clogged pore each and everytime I use it. What a shame. I think I won't repurchase.
This foundation covers well, but it's way too thick to use with my 187 foundation brush. I made the mistake of using the brush to apply it the first time I used it, and it went on way too thick and was hard to blend.
It matched perfectly when I tried it in the store, but when I got home and used it all over my face, it was too dark. Using a lighter powder over the foundation made it look better, but that's not always a good idea.
I tried one shade lighter and it was way too light, so I guess I'd have to buy 2 tubes and mix them for the right shade.
Definitely moisturize well before using this if you have dry skin, and a primer might be a good idea too. Using a foundation brush may not be the best idea with this thick cream, either. It definitely didn't work for me.
On a side note, I bought a bottle of Guerlain Parure Extreme foundation for $60 the same day I picked this one up, and although the Guerlain one smells much better, blends easier, and is much, much thinner and easier to work with, this EL one looked and felt almost exactly the same on my face as the Geurlain one - the shade even seems to be exactly the same.
Weird, because both foundations looked like an exact match when I tried them in the store, and both were too dark when I used all over my face at home. Which makes no sense because I was really pale when I went to the mall, so you'd think they would have made dark streaks on my face at the time when the SA tried them on a small part of my face.
The Geurlain one looked slightly more flawless, but there wasn't a significant difference between the 2 once they were set. Possibly because I can use my stippling brush to apply the Guerlain, for an airbrush effect, and have to use my fingers or a sponge for the EL one.
One other thing: the cool thing about EL is you can ask for a sample and they usually give you one. So before you spend $33 on this, go to the EL counter and tell them you heard about it and would like to take a small sample home. They'll likely try it on a small part of your face, and send you home with a sample big enough to use for about 10 days.
Fabulous foundation, I have tried forever to find a foundation that suits my fair skin tone perfectly, and this is it! It's long-wearing, and you only need a tiny bit, a little certainly goes a long way! So whilst it is expensive (for me) it will last a long time, I'm sure, so it's certainly worth it. I have quite a bit of redness on my face, and usually it takes layers and layers of foundation to cover it..then I end up with a cakey-looking face.
This foundation is lightweight and hardly feels like you're wearing any make-up.