Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Estee Lauder Equalizer Smart Makeup SPF 10
Now...the right formula on the other hand...that's a whole other category I loathe to try and combine with the sentiments above, which brings me to Estee Lauder Equalizer Smart Makeup for Combination Skin SPF 10. I've finally found a color light enough in EL's line of foundations (sometimes it looks like the brand has dozens of types) to suit my skin, and in theory this is also the perfect formula--oil-control where and when you need it but hydrating over the course of a long day of wear. Yes, well, unfortunately that's not what I've experienced so far...
Equalizer is a foundation I have to wear over a primer because it has the thin consistency of a moisturizer with only sheer pigmentation (until layered on) and the staying power of "don't touch my face or the whole thing will melt off!" By this I mean that it stays on all day, if. nothing. touches. your face. period. This description so far is fixable because primer helps me blend out the thin liquid and gets it to stick to my face a bit longer during the day. However, the real kicker is that I find it difficult to layer with a primer because product just keeps blending off of my skin, no extra coverage is achieved due to the primed-skin's inability to absorb or set the product on its own. And to put the nail in the coffin--without a primer there is oil everywhere on my face by the 6 hour mark, and it peaks through my t-zone areas after a whopping 2 hours. That's just unacceptable for an oil controlling foundation.
Without a primer this is a disaster for my skin type and longevity needs; with a primer, I am not getting the coverage I want, and the product consistency makes putting on a product of more coverage, in addition to this foundation, difficult if not impossible.
Bottom line: I can't deal with how high-maintenance this product is. It is luxurious, it has a good feel and decent results for someone else, just not me, and finally, I can just keep searching for a color-match in liquid products. Using powder foundations in the mean time won't kill me. Minor combo skin types with slight oil issues and larger dryness issues will find this a good match for their needs. Those who don't have specific problem spots and desire general, skin-smoothing coverage will really like this. I am simply looking for more, and so my quest continues...
Beauty Newb Rating:✪✪✪✩✩
Available online and at Estée Lauder counters.