I’m not sure how many of you are aware about this, but Estée Lauder’s damage-erasing star serum can also be incorporated into makeup! The basis of what was a little experiment stemmed from having seen Tom Pecheux(the brand’s Creative Makeup Director) mix in a drop of Advanced Night Repair into his foundations.
It begun several weeks ago, using Guerlain Parure de Lumière Foundation and found the results remarkable – the serum imparts a firming effect, and also gave my skin an extra boost of glow. Other foundations I’ve used thus far – Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation & Revlon ColorStay™ Whipped Foundation.
Which brings us the question – how does it fare with the brand’s own foundations?
The ANR, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year, is formulated with the Chronolux Technology that promotes viability and reparation of skin cells, and simultaneously prevents future damage. Regular usage also improves skin tone and tightens pores.
The serum has a discernible tightening effect when applied, and this favorable factor acts as a primer that prevents the foundation from budging for 9 whole hours in counting. The caramel-colored serum doesn’t alter the foundation shade. If you’re already a fan of the product, the Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion makes its debut come January.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation in Sand
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation + ANR
DREAM TEAM The foundation is a delight within itself; it is basically budge-proof on its own but ANR gives an extra boost and plumps up the skin. Extremely creamy with a medium coverage, it is on par with the Guerlain foundation except the latter is more hydrating. Both products have its own merits but I think it works exceedingly better with the serum.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover in Creamy Ivory
Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover + ANR
OIL & WATER By contrast, the Maximum Cover [ Write-Up ] is a stubborn mule as it downright refuses the ANR to permeate upon contact. The serum gets pushed to the side in my attempt to blend the 2 components.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
To deviate briefly, this bronzer is another sensible purchase I’ve made this year, another being DiorSkin Radiant Base. Despite not being true matte as stated, its subtle shimmer pigments give the skin a healthy hint of glimmer.
Guerlain Météorites Perles in Teint Beige
Also on the list of Sensible Buys 2012 and the other half of what’s on my face besides the “dream team” in the top photo, this cult product illuminates the skin and gives a subtle air-brushed effect. Its oil-controlling capability is just remarkable as I barely see any shine for at least 3-4 hours on a typical hot day.