I first became aware of Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup when the brilliant and beautiful celebrity makeup guru Lisa Eldridge used it in one of her videos. Seriously, if you’ve never checked out her tutorials stop reading this right now and go do it. Yes, I mean it! Lisa’s word is usually gospel, so I was excited to try this foundation since she recommended it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out how I had hoped. Read on for a laundry list of issues and some pretty scary pictures!
Here are the basics: Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup retails for $36 a bottle, leaving it right in the middle of the price pack. It offers no sun protection, so I wore it with my Clinique City Block. It comes in 16 shades that are clearly labeled as cool, warm and neutral. This initially excited me, since I’m a pretty hard cool and that can be difficult to find in very light shades. The range appears to go considerably deeper than some of the others ones I’ve sampled, so it may be a great option for dark skinned lovelies. It contains “IntuiTone™ technology” which the brand claims “guarantees your true-to-life shade and keeps it real in every light.” It offers medium, weightless, buildable coverage.
Here it in natural light, at the beginning of an 8 hour work day. Notice how much darker and more warm it is than the skin on my chest. This is shade 1CN1, so it’s the lightest, coolest shade in the range. When I got my sample home and applied it I was positive I had somehow been given a defective one, so I actually took it back to Estee Lauder and was re-matched and given a new sample. Unfortunately, it was the same. This is as good as it gets, and it’s not very good. Notice, also, that it’s sunken into every single line, crease, and spot on my skin. In short, it’s unflattering, so even if it did match my skin tone perfectly it would be a loser in my book.
Here it is after 8.5 hours of wear. Are you thinking, “gee, it seems like it got more orange, but I don’t know how that’s possible because it was already SO orange for a cool?” Because, it totally got more orange. Thankfully it also sheered out a lot, so you can’t even see it too well except across my forehead.
The one plus I am willing to allow this foundation is that it was quite skin friendly for such a light weight liquid. Often these super fine mills will slip right into pours and cause trouble (I’m looking at you, Chanel) but this one seemed to be very skin friendly. If you’re a warm and have sensitive skin but want an ultra fine liquid this just might be worth checking out. Maybe. But probably not.
Check back next week when I will be testing the cult obsession Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat. If the internet reviews are to be trusted I am 100% sure that somewhere in the country there is at least one real, bonafide alter dedicated to this product. Do you think it will be able to dethrone the reigning champ, Revlon Colorstay? We’ll see!