COLOUR 5/5 The Estee Lauder consultant gave me 2WN1 – I have to say, this colour matched my skintone really well. I have warm yellow undertones (being Asian this isn't surprising) and the colour match was great! (FYI, I'm an NW25 with the Mac range) I don't know much about the IntuiTone technology involved with the product, but it seems to work. I don't have any photos of colour swatches, but this blog does a good job of showing you some different shades.
COVERAGE 2/5 I found the coverage very minimal; it evened out my skintone but didn't do much for blemishes. Other users suggest layering the foundation for extra coverage, but for me that defeats the purpose of purchasing an expensive foundation in the first place. If it's going to offer me a natural, semi-luminous finish, I want to be able to slap it on & go! ...rather than spend more than 10 minutes in front of the mirror fiddling with its application.
FORMULA 4/5 The bottle must be shaken before use, otherwise all you squeeze out is the watery, oily base (that's where it loses its 1 point with me - minor issue, really). It's definitely a lightweight, liquid, sheer feel as advertised. The finish is semi-matte and luminous. It was a long-lasting product that got me through most of the day.
PRICE – This retails at $68 for 30 mL, which I consider expensive considering what you get, but it does have Estee Lauder's name behind it. The 4 mL sample given to me is said to last 10 days & I can't refute that claim yet; I use 2 pea-sized amounts to cover my whole face.
SPF 0/5 – None.
OVERALL 3/5 It's good but not great. When I use foundations, I look for either a dewy foundation that will provide me with full coverage for an night out, or a matte one that will provide me with natural, medium coverage & SPF that I can wear on a day to day basis. The Invisible Fluid Foundation doesn't tick either of these boxes for me so I won't be purchasing it. continued >>
I am a 40+ Filipino with combination skin. This product was sampled on my face at a local store and I loved how it felt on my skin. I am fine with the coverage being light because I am a person that does not want my makeup to look so prominent on my face. So, I tend to stay away from full coverage foundations. With that being said, this makeup is build-able if wanted. It lasted all day and I received quite a few compliments on my makeup the day I wore it. I really like that it is oil free. The cons to this product is that it doesn't have any SPF in it and it is on the expensive side. For $42 - I wish the bottle was a bit bigger. On the other hand - for that price - I did receive a complimentary gift which was nice. Is this the holy grail of foundations for me? No. I have yet to find a foundation that I am in love with. The quest continues on that. I wish someone out there would create a foundation between this product and my Skin79 BB cream. I have yet to find it. Would I buy this product again.....no. I really like foundations that have a bit of spf in it.
I like this! It is a pretty good foundation for summer use especially, imo.
It is light, has the coverage almost of a tinted moisturizer, but it is buildable so you can achieve a bit more covered look too.
The result looks natural, not completely flawless, but it contains plenty of light diffusing agents without being shimmery, which is perfect for my dry skin with slightly enlarged pores, that looks a bit diminished with this foundation. It does not settle into pores! Instead it melts into skin and gives me a slight glow, but no shine, which I really like since it makes my skin look smooth, even and natural, without looking cake or dry... Even lines look a little bit smoother with this foundation...
In comparison it's coverage is similar to LM's tinted moisturizer, but has a bit more silicone feel to it, which I think makes it a good choice for breakout prone or sensitive ladies. It does not break me out, but on the other hand, not many foundations do, so that's no guarantee.
It covers a bit less than EL's BB-cream, for comparison, but gives a smoother result in spite of the lesser coverage, mainly due to the light diffusing properties, I think...
My guess is this foundation actually could fit both oilier skin types as well as dry ones like myself, which makes it very versatile.
Colorwise the nuance I bought (4CN1), is very similar in color with LM's tinted moisturizer in "almond". I chose a tad bit darker color compared to my skin since I want to use this foundation during summer to even out my suntan and tendency to flush and become reddish when warm... This evens it out perfectly. If used in wintertime I think it would be best to choose a skin tone matching color. But the lucidity and light diffusing agents makes it possible to use a darker tone too... A clear advantage for me.
I, who have dry skin, don't need to use any powder on top of this, which is another plus with this foundation making it perfect for summer use, when at least I don't want to use so much makeup, but still look fab...;)
And even though it is oil free, it does not make my skin feel dry, even after many hours. It's staying power is also pretty good, even though I don't know yet how well it will hold up in really hot and humid weather, but on the other hand, almost no makeup performs perfectly under such circumstances...
Some might point out that this contains no sunscreen, and that would perhaps post a problem fore some. But I actually like that it doesn't. Today almost all products contain high spf, and they always affect the consistency of the product, and creates a film on top of the face. And since it is most likely you already have some product with sunscreen in it, I don't think it is needed in this too. Lack of sunscreen, I think is one of the reasons the result looks so good.
But with this raving words for this product, why give it just four lippies? You know, I almost wanted to give it three...
Here is the reason: I HATE the packaging of this foundation!!! It's not that it comes in a bottle, which is fine, but for some reason the required shaking of the product makes it behave almost like beer does if you shake the can before you open it... It just comes out of it like a volcano, and spills around the nozzle of the bottle and creates loss of product, and more importantly a mess!
I have found that after shaking the bottle, but before and during the opening of the lid, I must squeeze the sides of the bottle to get some air into the nozzle to prevent the volcano effect somewhat when allowing the lid to come off... But even that does not work every time.
I think the problem is the tiny hole in the nozzle, would it have been a bit bigger, it would not create such a pressure inside while shaking... Plz see this review, EL, and revamp the bottle!! Then I will give this foundation a 5!
The SA gave me a sample couple days ago along with the DW, i have tried two colors of the DW, somehow both colors are so pink on me! Ivory beige and shell beige on my nc42 skin, soon i applied the DW i had to wipe it off the shades were just horrible. When i applied the insivible i loved it, the shade is heaps better, i have lots of scarrings, u may think i need more coverages than that but most of my foundations are all med coverage, i had to shake it up really well however its diffficult in the sample bottle, its just impossible to shake in the sample bottle, i used EL matte perfecting primer i think it does help with oil controling, i did also build it up by applying one more layer cause the coverage was so sheer, still look natural, did not touch up during the day, at the end of the day after got home i found it had faded away about 85%, thats like 8hrs top with primer on and set with powder, i think it would help if touch up a bit in mid day, i thinks its nice, i dnt think its meant for long lasting so dnt expect it to be, but still nice to work with, and i do prefer it over chanel vita aqua, i will buy a full size. :) yay
After using a sample of this for the past week, I have just placed an order for it. I have dry, peeling, rosacean skin that is pale and yellow-undertoned (NC15). My shade is 1WN2 (the lightest warm shade - looks to be equivalent to about NC20) and it's a very close match, though it's slightly dark for me so I lighten it up by mixing in some Face Atelier Ultra Foundation zero minus. I apply it with my fingers. It looks better after it's been on for 30 minutes or so - it kind of settles and melts into the skin. I like this foundation a lot but not enough to call it HG material and I'm definitely still searching for the perfect foundation for me. What I like about it: the color match is close and I'm able to make it pretty perfect, it lasts fairly well, it doesn't look like a mask, it evens out my ruddy complexion, it can be built up easily, it doesn't transfer, it hasn't caused any breakouts on my crazy sensitive skin, it has no detectable fragrance, it wears well over my sunscreen (Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free) without balling up, and it doesn't turn into an oily mess by midday. I also think it's very reasonably priced ($35 usd) in comparison to many other high-end foundations. Where there's room for improvement: the finish is a bit too matte for my liking and it highlights my flakes, it doesn't completely cover my redness, it can be a bit hard to remove even with a good cream cleanser, and it wears off on my nose by mid afternoon and that's the area I need to cover the most. Overall, it's a good foundation and I will stick with it until I find something I like better.
Got a sample & used it for the first time today! love this product, going to purchase the full size after work! The finish is so absolutely lovely. def feel as though im not wearing makeup! this is going tobe my day-to-day foundation. Its coverage is minimal, but im fine with that. I used my LM silk creme as a concealer over my primer and under this foundation. looks amazingggg! continued >>
I really wanted to love this product after all the raves I read here..but alas I've yet to find my HG foundation. This has pretty decent coverage and a faint smell (nothing overpowering whatsoever). My problem with it is that I found that once I wore it for two or more days little pimples would start all over my face..in places I never break out in! So I'll use it up some other way...definitely not a day-to-day foundation for me and my extremely sensitive acne-prone skin
I really like this foundation! I tried a sample and I was actually in awe of how pretty and natural my skin looked. SOLD!!
I've been a religious user of EL's Double Wear and Double Wear Light for years. In comparison, both of those feel even heavier (no suprise there). Invisible FF stays on for 5+ hours, longer when set with mattifying powder; even on hot & humid days. continued >>
I am on LOVE.
I've been a long time DW user... I liked the full coverage and the matte finish because I have combo-oily skin. But I found I was wanting a more natural finish to my foundation. And Invisible Fluid is it.
Of course, the coverage is no where near DW (I do find it has lots more coverage than a BB/TM, unlike other reviewers) but the finish is so beautiful and it's enough coverage to even out my redness and uneven tone. It's also buildable so I just apply another layer over areas where I need it.
It wears well, too. I can put it on in the morning and still have make up on after work (I usually touch up with powder during lunch); this normally doesn't happen with other foundations for me because of my oily skin. I also don't get oily looking while wearing this... I do get some shine, but it truly just looks dewy, so it doesn't actually look bad LOL.
My only downside is the packaging... you can't see how much foundation you have left.
Also, be sure to shake the foundation before you use it every day :)
Before I begin, let me just say that I'm an ELDW wearer, so for those of you who don't like ELDW, you may as well stop reading now because you won't be able to relate to what I'm going to say as we obviously have different skin concerns/needs.
I do like the colour range of EL Invisible Fluid but for me this is one of those foundations that are best suited to those of us who live in colder climates where you are not fighting with your environment to make your makeup last. For me, living in Australia, this just doesn't cut it. I liked the formula but to me it has no more coverage than a tinted moisturiser and it definitely didn't last even half the day. It is water based so it looks very natural but for me there's just no point in putting something on that will not last due to combination skin and climate (Australia). I test drove the foundation with just some loose powder over it to test it and nope, halfway through the day I couldn't stand it any longer and just took out my trusty ELDW and went over it quickly in areas where it had started disappearing (nose and chin).
I know for those of you who love ELDW you'll get what I'm saying. Having said all this, I reckon that if I lived in England or somewhere much cooler, I'd manage with this foundation - but I have to admit that I'd still be using some concealer around other areas where a girl just needs a tiny bit more coverage. With ELDW I don't bother with concealer apart from under my eyes.