I’m not sure about you lot, but other than a new lipstick there is little else that excites me more than a new foundation. Let’s be honest my fellow makeup mavens, a good, flawless canvas is the backbone of every good makeup look.

This week I am trialling Estee Lauders new foundation Perfectionist and their new Sculpting Foundation Brush, both which sound promising and interesting. Foundation these days just get better and better, we are getting used to brands being able to offer us high coverage but light and moisturising formulas. Estee Lauder Perfectionist foundation has probably been the most difficult foundation for me to review since starting blogging. How does one describe a pigmented yet silken and barely there formula? Here I go….


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First Impressions

The gold band and text with the navy lid is classic Estee Lauder, a lovely cool and weighty glass vial holds the formula. What I am really intrigued by is the Sculpting Foundation Brush; I haven’t seen anything like it. Super keen to try.

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Texture and Application

The foundation fluid itself is super lightweight, two pumps only covers half a face so I dispense another two to complete the application. There’s no denying the beautiful fluidity of this product, it glides over the skin like satin. I found there was no dry with this product and it’s also oil-free but please bare in mind I moisturised and primed before application.

There is not much  “buffing” capability with the Sculpting Brush but the pro (that I really really loved) was the precision application the brush offers. The fact I could get my foundation into the smaller/tighter areas on my face, like around the eyebrows, without getting the product in the hairs was a massive bonus for me.

Application with the brush was different to my usual stippler brush by Real Techniques. After playing around I can advise a 3 step method to getting the best out of the brush:

1. Use the moulded sculpture of the brush to move the product around the face for even distribution

2. Adopt a circular buffing motion to buff in the product

3. Use the fine point of the brush to work the product into smaller areas around the nose and under the eyebrows.


This is a great everyday foundation for a natural glowing coverage, to wear it at night I wouldn’t go without a bit of concealer though, as the formula is quite light.

This isn’t marketed as a long wear foundation so I advise using a setting powder. Saying that, it is a complete pleasure to use and a comfort to skin.

If you are after a youthful, healthy radiant, dewy but still semi-matte look (see, told you this as hard to describe) with light to medium coverage, then this is a great product for you.

Price: £37 & £37

Colour Tested: Pale Almond

Undertone: Neutral/Yellow

Finish: Semi-Matte Natural

Opacity: Light

Brand: Estee Lauder

Buy Perfectionist Foundation here and Sculpting Brush here.

Have you tried the Perfectionist Foundation or the Sculpting Brush? Do you think this would beat your buffing brush in application? Please leave your comments below!

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