Re-Nutriv is like the mac daddy of ranges under the Estee Lauder brand (not the umbrella brand; just Estee Lauder as its own cosmetics brand). It’s targeted towards mature skin and provides rich, intense hydration and “lift” for the skin. My mother has used a number of Re-Nutriv products and she’s quite a fan.
Even though I’m not their target market in terms of skincare (touch wood not yet!), I was quite keen to check out their foundations instead. One of them was the Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Lifting Creme Makeup. I was half expecting this foundation to be quite thick and rich on the skin but I’m surprised to find that it’s actually pretty light. I heard on the grapevine that this is a reformulation of the original Re-Nutriv which was actually a lot thicker and creamier. For selfish reasons, I’m happy for the texture of the reformulated foundation as I find that it suits my skin type a lot better. On the other hand, I’m not supposed to be the range’s target users so I reckon a slightly richer formula would suit more mature skin types.
This foundation is creamy and feels like soufflé. It leaves a satin finish on the skin and provides medium coverage. It’s buildable to higher coverage but I find that the more I layer this on my skin, the cakier it started to appear, especially around my nose. I’d stick to a thin layer of this and blend it well for it does leave a lovely yet natural finish on the skin.
In terms of longevity, it doesn’t last the full 12-14 hours I usually subject my foundations to. By the 12th hour, I find that at least half of the foundation has faded, especially on my forehead and nose where I’m oiliest.
I do like this foundation but I can’t help but compare it to the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing foundation, which I find superior to this one. The Perfectionist lasts longer on my skin and while this Re-Nutriv foundation is not rich nor greasy on the skin, I still find it thicker than the Perfectionist. I prefer my foundations as light as possible and long-lasting, and the Perfectionist does a better job than this Re-Nutriv cream foundation. Better yet, at AU$68.00, the Perfectionist is cheaper too!
Do excuse the large pimple between my eyes. I didn’t want to use concealer for this before and after photo just so I could show you how the foundation looks on the skin
At the end of the day, like I said before, as beautiful as the Re-Nutriv range is, I’m not really their target audience. I’ll be passing this foundation on to Mum; I reckon she’ll like this one a lot more than I do. As for me, I’m sticking to the Perfectionist, which is becoming a fast favourite of mine.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Lifting Creme Makeup retails at AU$130.00 and is available at Estee Lauder counters at major departmental stores like MYER and David Jones. It’s also available at selected pharmacies nationwide.
What I like about it: Light and creamy, oil-free, leaves a lovely finish on the skin.
What I do not like about it: Pricey, doesn’t last very long on the skin.