I’m sure many of us scramble for concealers to hide those blemishes, especially during a breakout. Be it stress, our diet or bottled up with anger, using the right combination of base products is unanimous to achieve a flawless canvas.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover – S$50
Purchased last June, I had a lot of play time, or should I say, trials and errors with it. The product can be utilized as a foundation or concealer, depending on the coverage you need.
The superiority lies in its coverage; the creamy consistency is so concentrated that it only requires a smidgeon on your blemishes and undereye areas. I highly recommend to use a brush for application because the product is extremely drying and warmth emitted from your fingers will caused it to cake. I suggest to prep skin beforehand with a hydrating moisturizer and eye cream. Alternatively you can mix in an adequate amount of emulsion to curb the drying flaw.
I have come to the conclusion of using Sigma E40 Tapered Blending brush, and dab directly from the nozzle and then buff into the skin.
Another major problem is the formula’s tendency to oxidize. When that happens, the foundation shade that is supposed to suit your skin tone, turns a shade or two darker and skin will appear sallow. In my case, I only use the product for spot-correcting so imagine the skin under harsh lighting appeared with unnatural patches all over my face.
This was rectified only last January when a BA pointed it out while browsing for opinions on the Dior Radiant Base at DFS. The pink undertones not only cancels out the yellow undertones of my skin for a more radiant complexion, but also curbs the sallowness from Maximum Cover and skin tone appears more unison, as illustrated above. I’m using the shade in Creamy Ivory.
Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer – S$46
An oil-free, gel-cream formula designed for normal, combination and oily skin types. The primer contains soft-vision optics that minimize appearance of pores to refine, mattify and instantly create illusion of even-toned skin, as well as skin-calming green tea and Vitamin E to re-balance and perfect skin’s texture.
This mild silicone-based primer not only mattifies my oily T-Zone, but also leaves a velvety slip on dehydrated areas to allow foundation adhere better onto the skin. The product smooths out the skin, and creates an illusion of minimizing pores to a certain extent. It controls sebum well too; I only needed to blot once and my skin stays comfortable for the rest of the day. Unless you’re staying out in the sun for the entire day, it requires minimal blotting as the day progresses.
It is also the one primer that goes extremely well with Maximum Cover – I’ve often talked about the dehydrated skin under my eyes which is an obstacle for many of my concealers, especially those with drying formulas. The primer slips over the skin, giving that perfect surface for the concealer to cling onto.
On the downside, it would be much perfect if it comes with SPF, and could fill in fine lines to prevent foundation from “cracking.”
Estée Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer – S$46
The makeup base contains special hydrators and skin-soothing Vitamin E, Rice Bran Extract as well as Shea Butter to nourish the skin. It also contains soft-reflection optics to diffuse appearance of pores, and instills instant brightness and radiance.
The skin-loving ingredients embrace the skin by leaving it well-moisturized and supple after application. But once it sets into the skin, it leads to the accentuation of my pores and causes thicker foundation to cake. The opalescent cream contains subtle light particles that briefly perform its diffusing duties but took a backseat after a while. The product can feel greasy when applied too much.
It does not sit too well for my combination skin, and doesn’t have the same oil-absorbing properties as its sister. Despite that, I made full use of the illuminating factor by cleverly applying on my cheeks and nose bridge where the light hits, and avoid the oily T-zone as well as my chin. Its hydrating aspect comes in handy by utilizing a tiny amount on my dehydrated cheeks for a dewy finish after setting my makeup.