I tried so hard to love this foundation. Shades that I tried/was matched to: 2WN1, 2CN2, 3CN1. My coloring - currently around NC30-35, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundy #54, MUFE 123, Mat Velvet 35, EL DWL 3.0 is a teeny bit dark for me (but works better than 2.0).
While the matches were all okay, I liked 2CN2 the best on me. I tried this foundation out so many times because I really loved the idea of it. It's so lightweight and really gives me just a nice hint of color - enough to even out my skintone, which is exactly what I need. It didn't break me out and stayed reasonably well on my face over the course of the day. I didn't get oily from it.
What causes me to give it a 3 star rating is the fact that I could not for the life of me get it to apply so that it didn't accentuate dry patches. When I wore this, I noticed that around the bridge of my nose, there were always "dry patches" - this only happened when I wore this particular foundation! It gave me dry patches I didn't normally have! I always moisturized beforehand, but it didn't help. I'm not sure why this happened, but I do have dry/combo skin. I really wish this didn't happen because I really did love the formula and look of this foundation.
This is my current favorite foundation. Very light (feels like I'm not wearing anything) but somehow gives nice coverage. For reference, I have decent skin - leaning toward dry with occasional blemish here or there. I definitely need to moisturize before using this, but I would do that either way. I have found that applying with my fingers works best, especially because this product seems to need some heat and time to really blend into the skin. But once it does, the finish is terrific.
I like the packaging - glass bottles are good and well, but they are heavy and I've had problems with carrying them. So I like the plastic bottle with the nozzle dispenser.
Like all of us, I've been on the hunt for the HG foundation, and I've finally decided that such a thing doesn't exist. Some foundations will work better at certain times of year, etc. and so I think I will always need to switch things up occasionally. But for now, this one is in the rotation :)
The invisible technology is quite new on the market, but Estee Lauder did it brilliantly. I heard all the rave and shelled out nearly $40 for this foundation. At first glance, the packaging looks cheap, but I actually quite like the simple look. The squeeze bottle is perfect for getting the right amount, however, the foundation is liquid. Just a tilt of the bottle will spill foundation. The liquid texture is what I like most next to the finish. I don't need too much to go over my skin and it spreads easily. I get a few stress related zits here and there and this won't cover it, but it does cover the redness. This foundation is one of the few i've found that works with cream blushes; it won't absorb whatever you put on top and there's no need to powder. I can't speak for photo quality, but I assume Estee Lauder designed the product with that in mind.
As far as longevity, I give it a 3.5. It won't last you 12-hours, but it'll last through a work day. It actually looks more and more like your skin after a workout or a walk because your body heat blends it into your skin. Now, Estee Lauder has been branded in the past for more mature women, but I'm in my early 20s and it works just fine with my combination skin. I use a primer under it to help make it last longer. You can definitely build this up and it won't look chalky. So, I call this one my everyday foundation and I regularly use it during the summer as well.
I use the regular DW on a daily basis and have also tried DW Light. This product provides better coverage than the DW Light (which is more of a tinted moisturizer). I liked how easily this went on and I didn't need much concealer after, which I do need with DW Light. This would be a good choice for the summer as it feels very lightweight going on and also comes off easily with a good cleanser. I will defiinitly switch from DW Light to this, but I do wish it had SPF so that I could skip that extra step.
This is my foundation that I use only on days when my skin already looks really good. It gives the coverage of a tinted moisturizer but without all the extra shine that as someone with oily skin, I can definitely do without. I've tried using a powder over this for more coverage but when I start to get oily and need to blot or put more powder on, the foundation doesn't hold up well and it all becomes a cakey mess. So I give this a 4 for now and if I can find a powder that works with this, I'll give it a 5.
I'm on the fence about this one. I was given 2 samples in different shades and still can't decide which shade is better. I would have given it an overall rating of 3.5 because sometimes I really like it and think it makes me look really polished other days it disappears by the time I get to work. The good part about the sheer is it goes easy on my lines, the bad part about the sheer is it doesn't cover discolorations so well.
So i recently did a review on el double wear light. I wanted to love it but after applying a full face in natural daylight. No. It didn't work sadly. Maybe it was the shade. I'd been given a darker one and although I claimed it was skin looking. It really was but just a tad darker than mine also it was thick. Not as thick as DW but of course it was a light version. So.. After a few tries of blending. Mixing with moisturiser an a lighter foundation. Still hated my face.
I mixed and tried revlon mac Dior vichy dermablend and a few cheap brand. Nothing. Looked ok in my mirror but I looked into natural daylight and I looked caked!! I always loved the full coverage which Is why I have the ones I do but they was too light for me. I use sunbeds now and I'm normally nc15 and that's a tad dark for me!!
Now I will tell you one thing. You need good ish skin to pull this invisible foundation off. Let me tell you about my face lol
I have pretty clear skin. The odd horrid spot now and then. By the way if you break out garnier do an awesome moisturiser and when I use it no breakouts at all it's about £4 it a blue squeeze tube!
So yeah the odd breakout. Few freckles I noticed more due to sunbed but I have very light ones plus abit of redness mainly on cheeks. Id say abit of uneven skin tone.
I took my DWL back today going to get my money back and she aske if I'd like to try this invisible one...I was like um.. Not really in my head but I went to town with a naked face!! Thinking I could test some other products but I said yeah anyway I thought at least she could match me up better with no foundation on
She tried two shades on me. They looked pretty much the same although I slightly. Just saw one a tiny tiny tiny bit darker. So I choose the lighter one to be safe as before I'd gone for a darker one and reason why I came back..
So she applied the lighter one to my whole face. The shade was the nc1 sumit sorry I forgot lol there like 4 coded shades but defo had nc and 1 lol
Amazing!! Omg I've never felt something so nice it was like cool air being massaged into my face I could of fell asleep!!
Felt so light!! She didn't use a lot of product either. Then we agreed on bronzer I thought at least if I go for the lighter shade and it's too light bronzer will work. She used the matte one sorry I never asked the shade but I'm still quite pale on my face. Never seems to tan like the rest of my body!! Grr.
So I'm guessing it was the lightest? She applied some. That felt light and not cake like at all. Then she applied more! And more!! She applied it about 6-8 times I thought oh dear I'm gonna look awfull. Then done. Showed me.
Wow amazing. My face looked like my body!! I blended so so good!!! Now I never get it matching my neck and chest I don't have the tide line lol but I always notice theres a difference but it looked incredible. I felt made up but I had hardly anything off.
Put it this way I didn't want to wash my face tonight!!
I passed mirrors in the mall and had to stop and look. Flawless!!!
Now this is a very sheer coverage but builds up. It covered well tbh and was a gorgeous finish! I love it!!
I will be buying the bronzer too as its the most natural bronzer I've ever tried. And sheer so it's buildible. I should know!
Please try this anyone who has decent skin evn of you have problems and don't need the full look try this!!
It's £27 which is ok by me as I used Dior for years and that was 29.50
The packaging I love squeeze Plastic bottles but you can't see how much you use but you know when something is running out. Generally foundations last 5-6 months so be sure to buy another around that time :)
Defo a 5/5 it's flawless it's air like and it lasted ages on me I had it on only about 6 hours and today was so hot!! But I needed to wash lol so probably last longer.
I'd reccomemd going to get matched up as they have lots of shades and if you can go bare faced it helps a lot more plus they can do you a full face to test out
I love this based mainly on the fact it does not leave that horrid full faced cakey power trapped look ESP round nose and chin
I am sorry, but I seem to have missed the hype on this one. It gets so many raves from the YT that I watch, and so I got it. I was matched to 3w1. I tried it a couple of times, but just don't get it. I use Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation and the Maximum Coverage as well. I have melasma on a large portion of my face and need the heavy duty stuff. I have tried so many hardcore products but have been sorely disappointed. But the DW and Max Coverage provide me w/the coverage and longwear that I need and want for my 10 hr shifts. When this came along w/such high reviews, I tried it but it seems that only those with perfect or near perfect skin will adore this.
I mean, it has such light coverage that I ended up returning it. I was so disappointed and would not re-purchase unless they reformulate it similar to the DW coverage and lasting abilities.... sorry Ladies, but this is a pass, esp for the price.
I have combo skin that is very oily in summer and dry in winter. I also suffer from SD. My skin tone in MAC is NW15. I tried this in 1CN1 and was matched at my local counter.
I really like this foundation. It feels and looks like my-skin-but-better. It covers minor discoloration and doesn't irritate my SD. I personally have pretty good skin but my cheeks can look ruddy and I do have a few age spots that I am trying to correct. So, for me - who normally hates foundation, it's perfect.
Matching for this foundation has been a huge adventure for me. It seems that every time I hit a counter, I'm getting a different match which in the end means that I have tried all the colors within the range of NC25.
I'm around a NC25 with light yellow tones (less yellow than MAC), and I've tried:
- 1WN2 which was a little light, probably good for NC20
- 2WN1 which was a good shade match but was a little too yellow for me / made me look sallow
- 2CN2 I was pleasantly surprised. I thought this would be more pink toned but it blended in well and it brightens my face up
- 2WN2 which was definitely a shade darker / more orange, probably NC30/35ish
With all that being said, I think the 2WN1 would suit most NC25ers that have yellow tones. For me, it does initially look sallow but will meld with my skin after about half an hour so it's not a bad fit. If I were to buy this however, I would probably end up getting the 2CN2 because it looks much more flattering overall. If you do lean more neutral yellow, don't be afraid to try the CN shades - they seem less pink than you think. One of the SA's actually told me she preferred the CN shades for people in general because the WN shades run very yellow this time especially as you progress onto the darker shades. She was a medium-dark asian with yellow tones and she was wearing 3CN1 and it looked great on her, so she seemed to know what she was talking about.
I tried this foundation for over a month, and the finish is like natural skin with a bit of glow. There's no shine and it's not completely matte either - just skin-like. By now, you should know that the coverage on this foundation is light and it feels light on the skin too. Expect to even out your skin tone not cover up all blemishes. You can of course layer the foundation, and that actually works really well. My problem with this foundation is that it just doesn't work for me. I really wanted to like this and I wore it out in various conditions to give it a try. For the first time in a long time, I've had my friends and my sister comment on my foundation at various times telling me how they notice that it's there. Somehow, the technology of this foundation (a lot like the other shake-it-up natural skin foundations out on the market like Chanel VA) just doesn't suit my skin. It just sticks to dry spots on my face unlike any other foundation (even with exfoliation and good moisturization on my part) and with extended wear seems to dry out areas of my face. I remember wearing it out to class, and four hours or so into the day, the area between my eyebrows and my entire nose area looked so dry and flaky. This does not happen with my other foundations. I've also tried Chanel VA and had this happen also, and blamed this on the alcohol in the ingredients. I tried Invisible Fluid hoping this wouldn't happen since it doesn't include alcohol, but no such luck.
So regretfully, I can only give it 3 stars. 3 stars because it is a great light coverage natural skin foundation and I would definitely recommend trying this if you can. But for me personally, it was a complete fail. I'll be sticking to my MUFE Face & Body for lighter coverage until I can find something better.