| Review | Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

| Review | Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup 

Once again, I have been suckered in by the use of the term "radiance". I have never been attracted to the Estee Lauder brand, mostly because it seems to be a stable brand of the beauty industry. Never really making many waves or announcing any innovative or exciting new formulas. As much as I don't want to admit this, I am a trend chaser and I love trying the latest and greatest. Estee Lauder is not a brand that often branches out from what we expect from the brand, which is one way comforting but another way, a little too predictable for me. 

Anyways, my point is I'm not often lured in by the brand but this particular foundation really appealed to me because of its luxurious formula and claims of a luminous finish. How does it match up to my other luxury foundations? Read on to find out.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

PACKAGING & PRICE

The Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup retails for $105.00 USD and is available at Nordstrom and other retailers. This foundation is housed in a heavy clear glass bottle with a pump. The bottle feels very significant in your hands and feels very luxurious. The cap is also clear but it is made of thick plastic. The packaging doesn't stray far from the Estee Lauder aesthetic and branding but it does appear and feel a bit more luxurious. 

The price of this foundation is noticeably and significantly higher than all their other foundation offerings. This is because of the luxurious skincare and anti-aging claims. It is considered their more luxurious and advanced skincare infused foundations hence, the big price mark up. 

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

SHADES 

This foundation comes in 15 different shades, which isn't the most expansive range. This seems to be the trend among luxury foundations. I hope that they will consider adding more shades in the future because the limited shade range is disappointing. However, the color seems to coordinate with their existing foundation ranges. So, if you know what shade you are in Estee Lauder Double Wear, you will be able to either find a match or determine your closest match easily. I appreciate Estee Lauder maintaining consistency in their shade range naming because nothing is more frustrating than trying to determine your shade match and the names are inconsistent. 

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

If you're not familiar with Estee Lauder's naming convention, you will notice there is a number followed by a letter that indicates your undertone. The number after the letter seems to indicate the shade you are within the undertone category. For choosing your shade, the most important thing to know is C - is cool-toned, N - is neutral-toned, and W - is warm-toned. 

I purchased the shade 3W1 Tawny, which surprisingly matches my skin perfectly! I have never used Estee Lauder foundations before so, I attempted to match myself using swatches online of the previous formulation of this foundation and swatches of other Estee Lauder foundations. The consistent shade naming made it easy to match my skin tone without seeing the foundation in-person. 

The shade 3W1 Tawny is the perfect match for my skin tone, which is approximately an NC30-35 in MAC foundations. This shade has a beautiful golden undertone instead of a harsh yellow-tone that brands often use but do not flatter anyone with a warm skin tone. The color blends into my skin seamlessly and it just looks like my real skin. They really nailed it with the coloring of this foundation! I hope they will continue to expand the range because there really will be a shade for everyone!

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

From the bottle

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Heavily Swatched

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Blended

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Fully Blended

FORMULA 

This formula touts being infused with peridot, the precious jewel, which sounds incredibly luxurious and unique. 

The description on the Nordstrom website reads as:
What it is: A luxurious liquid foundation infused with the radiant power of peridot, with medium-to-full coverage, lasting moisture and a jewel-like finish. 
What it does: This liquid makeup captures the power of two precious peridot stones (based on weight) in each bottle to help boost skin's natural energy for renewed vibrancy (in an in-vitro test). The formula is also infused with Re-Nutriv's advanced skin care technology to leave skin soft, supple and smooth so it appears more even with imperfections and pores diminished. Long-wearing and humidity-resistant, it also contains SPF 20 to help protect against UVA and UVB rays.
I have never heard of a foundation infused with peridot before. Now, while the claims of renewed vibrancy sound so exciting the effect was observed in an in-vitro test, which means it was tested in a test tube in a laboratory. The results were not claimed to happen on actual human skin. However, this foundation does offer a beautiful noticeable radiance while on the skin. The claim of "renew vibrancy" will be interpreted differently on everyone. To me, when the foundation is actually on the skin, I notice the renewed vibrancy but after removing it, I don't see much of a difference in my skin. 

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

This foundation also contains Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv advanced skincare technology, which according to Estee Lauder's website, the original cream was infused with "26 of the world's most rare and costly ingredients". Since it is clearly a "very special" secret formula, there isn't much information on what may be in this foundation that is supposed to make your skin soft, supple, and smooth. 


From what I can tell, the foundation does give the appearance of more youthful skin, including a soft-focus effect, a radiance that makes the skin look supple, and it does smooth over imperfections, pores, and lines. Does the skincare infused foundation actually give my skin visible results or changes? No, but as I always say, it can't hurt. It actually makes the foundation more comfortable and more nourishing on my skin than other foundations. 


FINISH & WEAR 

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

The biggest selling point for me when it came to this foundation was the claim of radiance and let me tell you, it delivered! No lies here, this foundation is very radiant and dewy! It gives you this very luscious, plush, and surreal skin effect that I have rarely seen in foundations! In fact. there are only a handful of foundations that give me this effect and they're all on the very luxurious and expensive end of the spectrum. Therefore, the price-point of this foundation really falls in line with its performance. 

I just can't express enough how amazing this foundation makes your skin look! It really just looks like the healthiest, plump, smooth, and glowing skin. It makes you look like you drink a ton of water all day long and you're the healthiest person in the room! The foundation doesn't sink into lines and although radiant, it doesn't emphasize texture, lines, or pores! 

While the finish is amazing, I noticed the wear of this foundation varies and depends very much on your skin prep! The finish of this foundation is so beautiful that it would be a shame to use powder and cover it up but this does increase the wear of your foundation and make it last all day. 

I found that I had to prep my skin with a moisturizer that wasn't too emollient and my skin had to be on the drier side, which is something I don't often do because I have dry skin. However, because my previous attempts to make this foundation last failed me, I went for just a simple balmy sunscreen cream, which left my skin without any kind of moisturizer residue and the foundation lasted all day without setting it! For me, that's about 8 to 12 hours! 

Now, the moisturizers I had previously used underneath weren't that emollient but it still faded my foundation by the afternoon! I even used a gripping primer over my usual moisturizer and this foundation did not stick around. I believe this may be due to the skincare infused into it, making it not as long-lasting, especially when applied over skincare. This makes sense since this foundation is targeted toward mature skin types who often need a lot of hydration and emollient formulas. 

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

Anyhow, the best method for getting this foundation to stay is keeping the skin relatively unprepped or on the drier side. I recommend using a very lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly into the skin. I didn't find my skin felt parched or drier throughout the day when I didn't prep my skin with a heavy moisturizer, I think that is a good indication of the skincare-infused formula being nourishing. 

The coverage is a beautiful buildable medium to full coverage. It covers very well and layers beautifully without looking heavy or cakey. I find that two pumps will give me medium coverage and an extra pump on top of that will give me full coverage. The foundation applies very well with a dense buffing brush or a sponge. I like to use a stippling motion with the dense foundation brush to get a fuller coverage and a flawless streak-free finish. 

THE LOOK 


Here is the foundation on my skin. Note: I do have a cream highlighter on but a lot of the all-over glow and flawless texture is from the actual foundation.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I am a HUGE fan of this foundation! Although the price is quite high, I think it can be justified due to the beautiful and surreal finish this foundation gives the skin. This a very rare finish to find with a foundation and I have only experienced it with the very highest tier and most prestigious brands, which happen to be within this price range. You really do pay for quality and the beautiful unique finish on the skin. This is truly a dewy and radiant foundation that is perfect for dry skin and mature skin types! 

While I'd like the foundation to last longer with my more emollient moisturizers, I find that I don't need the emollience of a heavier moisturizer when I'm wearing this foundation. The foundation is nourishing and fresh on the skin. It covers very well for such a glowy foundation and the finish is just incredible! If you want compliments on how flawless and healthy your skin looks, try this foundation out! You won't regret it!

Again, it's not a formula that works for everyone because it's longevity is very dependent on skin type and the skin prep you use. I recommend trying to grab a sample first. Additionally, the shade range is a bit on the small side, so you will want to get properly matched. Overall, I really enjoy this foundation and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves a dewy finish! 

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