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Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup by Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder

Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup

staying power(229)
finish: natural coverage: medium coverage
Variation: 1C1 COOL BONE

Top Reviews

staying power


i love this 'new version' and it's my everyday foundation; it's lightweight, it truly blurs my pores, it's not drying, stays put all day and i've found a perfect match for my skin, i also love the packaging: lightweight, no mess, easy for travelling

- Esteelauder User

it doesn't take much at all and it stays on all day

- Nordstrom User



when i apply this over my moisturizer in the morning, i look rested and my skin is calm and smooth

- Esteelauder User

this product makes my skin feel soft and smooth, and does not clog up my skin

- John Lewis User



i love the way it covers without looking cakey

- Macy's User

stays all day and doesn't cake or feel heavy

- Macy's User



perfectionist is the absolute best moisturizing and best all over coverage foundation that is made

- EstéE Lauder User

as i am now aging and my skin is more dry

- Macy's User



luminous silk

- Macy's User

just like the product details says; it makes you skin stay radiant all day long

- Macy's User


blends well

it goes on easily, blends amazing well and it stays on all day

- Ulta User

this makeup is silky and easily blended

- Stagestores User


not creasing

i work 12 hour shifts and have no time for touch ups , but the perfectionist foundations applied smoothly over my primer ( i used my beauty blender) and it lasted all day without fading or cracking , had great coverage and did't settle into fine line, and great soft matte finish

- Sephora User

it doesn't settle into lines, it covers dark spots and blemishes, builds and blends better than anything i've tried but doesn't make me look like a clown

- Nordstrom User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

this foundation goes on so smooth and just the right coverage--never turns orange and looks natural

- Esteelauder User

another nice feature is that the perfectionist does not oxidize on your face, so the color stays true and lasts all day or all evening

- Nordstrom User



it's buildable from semi-moderate to semi-full, i go lighter on weekends and go moderate to full on weekdays and depending on how much i need to cover

- Nordstrom User

it is easily buildable too, applying a thin layer gives a good medium coverage, further layers build up to closer to full, without looking heavy or mask like

- Esteelauder User


good quality

the high quality of this estee lauder foundation is ever present

- Macy's User

i've worn it several times and have been pleased with the quality

- John Lewis User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

doesn't clog pores or feel drying

- Esteelauder User

it hides the wrinkles, i have pores, it blends in everything

- Esteelauder User



i’ve use and tried multiple foundations over my entire life and been using the perfectionist serum since my mid 20’s my face hadn’t looked and felt better when they released this foundation i knew i had to get my hands on give me a nice balance with covering everything that needs to be covered without looking like it’s too much, natural coverage, and knowing i have the benefits of the serum in it makes me like it even more and that it’s like me wearing my serum all day with benefits that i have protection against the sun damage, i feel beautiful thank estée

- EstéE Lauder User

this foundation feels lightweight but it covers beautifully with a healthy "underglow" coming through the skin; my skin looks natural, healthy, and young all day long

- EstéE Lauder User


medium coverage

i don't like the feel of heavy makeup, and this foundation gives me the perfect medium coverage i want with one layer and feels light on the skin

- EstéE Lauder User

it gives good medium coverage with a beauty blender

- Sephora User
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Estée Lauder userFebruary 15, 2015

Perfectionist is PERFECT!

Before I bought this product I decided to read reviews some were good and some were not so good. Although the reviews are helpful I decided to go out on a limb and directly purchase this product without the 10 day sample. I live in the NorthEast our climate is horrendous, our winters are ridiculous and when it snows man does it snow. The air is dry and well you get the point. My skin is oily and it is SOOO hard to find a foundation that "works". I've just started using Estée Lauder products because of high recommendations. Perfectionist is PERFECT for my skin!!!! The coverage is great, it's not heavy, I work 9 hour days in a stressful medical environment and let tell you perfectionist is amazing!!! I get compliments ever since I first out it on in December 2014. I don't have to rub it in because of the fine lines, it stays on smooth and my face looks great. I mean really great, Estée Lauder has my business this product is amazing! I like that it's not heavy and you feel weighed down by your foundation! I don't need that at all. Medium skin tone is my preference because I am tanned but not overly tanned so it blends in perfectly especially with the primer I bought that goes along with it. I'd call it a dream team made in heaven! Thank you Estée Lauder you've just gained a customer and I have recommended all my friends try it. Thanks! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="4669197620375785390-full" data-show="4669197620375785390-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Estée Lauder
esteelauder.ch userJuly 4, 2019


Okay, so I have been having a terrible time finding foundations that are just very flattering on me... I have very dry fair-skin, pigmentation, wrinkles, freckles and moles... I also have redness from irritation on my face. I have went through over 35 foundation in the last 6 months. I'm not saying a may not find something better, but I have spent so many hundreds of dollars looking for something that looks good on me.I love the double Wear, but with my severely dry skin, it just does not look flattering on me at all and I have tried everything from moisturizers to primers to practically scrubbing my face to nothing and I still can't get anything to work.I tried this in one of the stores and it looked beautiful. So I thought I would go ahead and purchase it and it's the best decision I have ever made! It hides the wrinkles, I have pores, it blends in everything! Now here is the deal, it's a medium coverage but you can build it up! Some of my deeper moles do still come through a little bit, but it's hardly noticeable because your face looks so flawless that you really don't even notice it.I have used a brush, a sponge, and my fingers. I use the elf foundation brush because it's a very loose brush, and then I will go over it with my damp sponge. Anything that I would like to cover a little bit more, I will go over with the brush and stipple it, and then press it in with the sponge.If you do more than two layers, you might start to get some caking. So in just understand that so I just do the one layer all over, and go back over with stippling motion with my brush and then damp sponge it out on the spots that I need.please do not discontinued this as you discontinued great foundations all the time! That is what I'm afraid of most. Less

- esteelauder.ch
Nordstrom userAugust 12, 2016

Very disappointed in product

I love Estee Lauder makeup (foundations, powders, eye shadow, mascara, skin care, etc), but I am super disappointed in the 'Perfectionist' foundation. I typically buy Double Wear and have been doing so for years, but I decided to try Perfectionist because of so many positive reviews. I'm not sure if it's because of the serum that's in it, but it just sat on top of my skin (i.e. didn't blend in) and therefore rubbed off really easily. I found myself reapplying this all day and eventually putting my Double Wear over it. It reads that it's medium to full coverage but it didn't cover my uneven skin at all. I would only recommend this to someone who has really dry skin or has minimal flaws/unevenness and is just wanting a little color. It's back to Double Wear for me.

- Nordstrom
Nordstrom userDecember 14, 2014


I had heard about this foundation from a friend and decided to walk into Nordstrom to get color matched and try it on to see how I like it. Boy was I surprised! I am in love! I had a wonderful experience at the EL counter with the pro, who was OUTSTANDING and wish I could give her a ten star review, and she color matched me AND made me a good size sample that lasted me two weeks.This foundation is not like any other I have tried (and recently I have tried almost everything high-end at each Nordstrom counter). My skin is maturing, and not so gracefully...so I have been on the hunt for the perfect foundation that covers hyper pigmentation but doesn't dry, get cakey, crease in my lines/wrinkles, get chalky or fall off and/or fade. I know that's a TALL order in a foundation, but with so many foundations out there I figured eventually I'd stumble on something that at least came close without having to use concealers everywhere...well, here it is!It's buildable from semi-moderate to semi-full, I go lighter on weekends and go moderate to full on weekdays and depending on how much I need to cover. It glides on like silk, is NOT sticky like some full coverage are and doesn't dry me out like some of those liquid-to-powder formulas. It stays in place for my full 9 hour work day and doesn't slip in humidity or flake in dry and cold air.I have been putting this one to the test because I have such high expectations and I don't write reviews based on one or two uses...I write when I have had a full experience and can vouch for a product. I believe that reviews are only helpful when a product is used for more than a few tries...I don't get value from reviews that say "love it"!I have been using it with different primers to see how it reacts and it works with all that I have tried (at least 5 different brands/types) and that may help it's staying power, although in store, the pro did not use a primer and it held up perfectly for several hours. I have used it with and without a setting powder and both are perfect.I apply using just my fingers because a little goes a LONG way and it blends beautifully. I've tried a regular foundation brush and a beauty sponge, but for me, fingers have been my best method, dotting a little extra here and there, etc. although, I have not used the recommended EL sculpting foundation brush that is supposed to work wonders with this. That will be my next purchase when I need to replenish.You do not need a lot to achieve the look you're going for, so this bottle will last a while, just like the sample lasted me two full weeks.So, in my opinion, this is a winner! I think any age group would appreciate this formula. It doesn't settle into lines, it covers dark spots and blemishes, builds and blends better than anything I've tried but doesn't make me look like a clown! I'm also thrilled because the color range is tremendous and I can have a shade for summer and a shade for winter! I hate to admit that I was literally mixing two different shades of another VERY high end brand just to achieve my perfect shade, but the EL pro found my PERFECT match with ONE shade, "Pebble"...I even like the name :)I hope this helps and wish everyone a very safe, happy and healthy holiday season! « less

- Nordstrom
Macy's userDecember 30, 2014

A great new EL addition!

I had been using the same ultra high end foundation for ten years but when I turned 40 I noticed it just wasn't giving me the look I wanted anymore...my skin had changed from normal to combination and I needed more coverage in certain areas plus more moisture in other areas, etc. etc. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only woman experiencing all this! Anyhow, for the past 5 years I have been on a quest to find new products that work and actually do what they say they're going to do...it's been harder than I thought it would be and is definitely costing me a lot of time and money!For the past month I have been focused on EL and have found some amazing products! I'm really impressed! The EL rep gave me a sample of this foundation after she color matched me to Pebble. I was skeptical at first because it claims to do a lot of things, but it was a free sample so I gave it a try... Boy was I surprised! The sample lasted nearly 2 weeks, so a little goes a LONG way with this one which is a big plus in my book when you're spending over $40 a bottle. I loved it so much that I bought the full size and have been using it for a month. I don't write reviews after a few uses...it adds no value. I like to put a product through my tests before I recommend it to others...so here goes:I have used this over moisturizer and over different primers (matte, pore reducing, HD, brightening). I have not had to change brands of primers, which is another plus...it seems to work well with all the ones I currently own. I feel it works equally well with or without a primer and depends on what your personal needs are for that day.It does NOT dry me out or cause dry patches anywhere. It keeps me feeling hydrated without becoming an oily mess.It glides on like silk, with or without primer and stays put for a solid 10 hours. It may go longer...I just happen to take my makeup off after a ten hour day and reapply if I'm going out that night simply because I like a fresh application after a long work day...just my personal preference :)I have not had a single breakout or blemish since using this...and my skin reacts to basically every new product I try, so I was waiting and waiting and waiting for a blemish but nothing! That's a HUGE plus for me!It's buildable from light-moderate up to moderate-full...another huge plus on days (or nights) when I need/want that extra coverage.It's not matte but it's not dewy either...it's natural, like your skin, just a better version of your skin! You can easily make it matte by putting a mattifying powder over it or a mattifying primer under it, and you can make it a bit dewy by using a brightening or glowing primer. Personally, I'm not looking for dewy, so this isn't a look I've tried to achieve with this foundation but it seems doable since this is such a versatile formula.My most significant observation is that it appears as though my existing lines are not growing/deepening at the rate they were a month ago and that's a big one for me...I was seeing new lines every day, or my existing lines were getting deeper or bigger, but this seems to have dramatically slowed down that process. It doesn't make lines vanish but it has softened them and it doesn't sink/settle into them...it just glides over them. :)There is a huge shade range! I know I'll have a perfect match no matter what season it is. I don't have to play chemist in my bathroom and mix different shades to get the right one...EL has done that for me! I'm fair skinned but get very, very tan in summer despite SPF, so I will simply revisit the EL counter in June and get rematched!And last but not least, it's weightless! It feels completely natural no matter how much I build it up. Love that my skin feels like it can breathe despite having full coverage. This is the first time I've said that about a moderate-full coverage foundation ,I have applied in three ways...with the recommended brush, with a beauty blend sponge and with my fingers and quite honestly, my fingers work best for me but it's all about preferences so I suggest you try all three to see what works for you.It is my absolute pleasure to give this 5 stars! It's an outstanding formula, it is reasonably priced (a little goes a long way, so the bottle will last!), it does exactly what it claims to do and has given me the look I have been trying to achieve for FIVE YEARS!!Thank you EL for another great product and a wonderful addition to your line! « less

- Macy's


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