Buying a new high-end foundation is a pretty big deal. While you don't have to spend big anymore to get a decent result - check out my top ten affordable bases - we all know the rush of splurging on a top tier beauty product. And when we splash out, we have every right to expect superb results.
At €46, the new Estée Lauder foundation is definitely a splurge. But it has a lot going for it. Firstly, the anti-ageing properties: the formula is infused with Lauder's anti-wrinkle serum, Perfectionist, and promises to improve the condition of your skin with time.
The second plus point? As you'll see from the pictures, the finish is incredibly natural. Uneven skintone is probably the biggest issue I have with my skin, and this is great for making things look more even and uniform.
Now, it doesn't do that by covering everything up - coverage is actually light to medium, though buildable - but through brightening optics, along with a little bit of blurring action, to lift and enhance the complexion, and give a flattering, radiant finish.
Texture wise, this is lovely - it feels really silky and there's a lot of slip to the formula, which means it glides over the skin and is easy to blend. With 22 shades in the range you should be able to find your perfect match, (I'm wearing 3C2 Pebble) and the staying power is decent, too: it stays put throughout the working day, but I'd need a quick top up if I was heading somewhere after work.
The accompanying brush is also €46 - I haven't tried that yet, I snapped this photo at the launch event (see what else is new from Lauder here) - and both are on counter now. If you've tried either or both, I'd love to hear how you got on.
Foundations are one of the trickiest items to recommend to someone else: skintype, age, texture, personal preference and our own complexion hang-ups and concerns come into play.
But this is one I think a lot of women will get on really well with; it's great on my combination skin, but I think drier complexions will like it too - there's hyaluronic acid in the mix to attract and lock in moisture. The fact that it's oil-free, longwearing and has a built-in primer should tick your boxes if you have oilier skin. Report back with your findings!