I've been using this for several months. I bought it to cover up some adult acne I've been struggling with (thank God for Accutane). Right from the store where I tested it, I was blown away:
- It melted into my skin perfectly;
- It covered up almost everything (really impressing);
- The finish was amazingly natural and matte for such a heavy, creamy formula;
- Love the packaging, (I love tubes) you can be very precise;
- Great price/quality balance;
- It stayed on all day,
So the next day I hurried back to the store to buy it. And was less enthusiastic. I've been a big fan of EL's double wear concealer and this line has a perfect match for me. But Maximum coverage had only 4 shades: Medium/Light (03) - Medium - Medium/Deep - Deep. I'm very pale (Mac15) so neither of those shades worked on me. Then I discovered that on the website of Estee Lauder, 4 different shades are listed? I went to some more stores but no, in Europe you could only get the 4 darkest shades, which is so strange since people here are pale. I really needed Creamy Ivory (01) so I ordered it on Ebay and this is a perfect match for me, I'm so happy! But really strange that in different countries, different shades are sold.
* I've seen on Estee Lauder website that Double Wear has also formulated a full coverage foundation, there seems to be no big difference with this formula... only more shades!*
I have oily acne-prone skin and this product works to control oil and covers imperfections. Unfortunately, the lightest shade is still too dark for me to even wear this as a concealer. It is also very cakey. Even with the teeniest amount of product, it looked like I was getting dolled up for a pageant. I'm upset because I've been using cheap, Maybelline mineral makeup and so far, it's better at keeping a natural look.
Very creamy, long-lasting and covers everything. I will not be repurchasing for the following reasons: I need to mix the light and the medium for a decent shade that I'm not completely happy with. Can be very masky and obvious, perhaps because I can't get the match I need. Brings on the oilies mid-day and I actually need to blot. And I haven't done that in years. Clogged my pores after three days. This is heavy-duty concealer that does not allow skin to breathe. The tube will last for years since you only need so little. For equivalent value and quality I will keep my Illuminare fantastic finish and extra cover at hand.
This is by far the best foundation I have ever used. The consistency, color, and coverage is flawless. I have used other more expensive brands such as Cover FX and Make Up Forever and nothing even holds a candle to this brand. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a foundation- acne problems or none.
I had a procedure a few months ago that left me with a small but noticeable scar high on my chest, so I've been hunting around for a "super-concealer." There are quite a few of those but they're either hard to find, even online, or actually very expensive for the tiny amount that you get. Then I heard about good old EL, which is sold everywhere, and got the last of my shade (Creamy Vanilla) at my local counter. Perfection! Not heavy or cakey yet fantastic coverage, doesn't require setting powder, doesn't rub off on my neckline, lasts all day, and since it's sold as a foundation, you get a lot of product. So far I've only used it on my scar & a few spots on my neck but I'll be using it under my eyes when I finish the remainder of my other concealer. I could also see using it for special occasions when I want everything to be covered.
EDIT: I tried this on a full face today and I'm in love! Looked & felt natural & lasted all day with just one powder touch-up. I was amazed how little I used to cover my entire face (used a little extra for problem spots).
P.S. According to the EL rep at my counter, this is one of their best sellers & they are definitely not discontinuing it. I did run across an online post saying that EL is reformulating it to include more shades, which would be helpful as there are only 4 right now.
RIS and I loved it so much I went and bought another one.It went on like a dream considering its thicker than my usual foundation and covered everything yet looked natural.The colour 'light' matched me well and didnt oxide throughout the day.I love that this comes in a tube rather than a glass bottle,no waste and much easier to use.The packaging is classy and looks expensive.Im very impressed.
OMG, this is THE best foundation ever! I LOVE it! You only need a tiny lit bit to cover the whole face, but DO remember, you need to moisturize you face fully before apply this product, or it will be caky! It is a full coverage foundation, but if you apply sheerly, it won't looks heavy. Just moisturize your face deeply before apply.
Put a pea size amount on the top of your hand, then use your fingers to apply and blend to the face. It's that fast and easy to get perfect, full coverage that lasts. The price is reasonable for you much you get and how little you use when compared to other higher end foundations.
However, the time you save in application you will lose trying to make your face look like it belongs on your body. Color selection is terrible. If EL would make this product in the range of colors it makes the rest of its foundations, you would never need anything else.
It has SPF, great for everyday, but that will not photograph well under a flash. Also, it is very matte, so dewy finish girls should look elsewhere.
This is by far my favourite foundation/concealer. It was the very first make-up I ever wore borrowed out of my mother's draw and it's absolutely amazing. I've never come across better coverage and luckily the colour suits me although I agree the range is limited. It's important to apply a tiny amount to avoid looking like a cake but that's good because it lasts at least 6 months - 1 year of every-day wear. It's also waterproof providing you don't rub it once it's wet. I also used to wear the lightweight formula and was devastated to hear they had discontinued it when I went to buy it, and spent months trying to find a replacement and being disappointed by every other brand before hearing they had replaced it with camouflage. I agree it is ever so slightly inferior due to be a bit more heavy duty and the colour slightly different but I'll continue to wear it until they discontinue. I love this makeup!
HG foundation! After years battling with acne I now have clear skin, but acne treatments and medications mean I have a lot of persistent redness in my face. This covers it with the tiniest amount, and doesn't rub off or change colour throughout the day. It takes some time to get to grips with just *how little* you need, the slightest bit too much and it can look mask-like. Once you've grasped that though it's perfect. Colour choices are limited - thankfully my pale, yellow-toned English skin is a perfect match for Very Light. Have repurchased and will definitely purchase again!