Tested on animals:Yes
This Estee Lauder foundation has a lot of good things going for it, and is certainly not the worst foundation option out there. However, it doesn't live up to its perfectionist name, which is what you should expect, especially given the price.
Like many of Lauder's foundations, Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 25 comes in a thick glass bottle outfitted with a pump dispenser. The formula itself is fluid, though not runny, and easily spreadable for medium coverage of skin imperfections. Lauder offers a wide variety of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones, most of which resemble real skin tones.
As far as the wear, this foundation looks natural and skin-like, with a demi-matte finish, though as the day goes on it does start to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles.
So, what about all those "youth-infusing" claims tied to this product? The good news is that the formula does provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen. There's also a good mix of emollients, skin-conditioning ingredients, and some antioxidants in the mix, all of which have the potential to lead to younger-looking, smoother skin.
The problem is that this also includes Indian frankincense extract (appears in the ingredient list as Boswellia serrata extract), which has the potential to cause contact dermatitis (Sources: Toxicology Letters, March 2008, pages 144–149; and naturaldatabase.com). Anything that causes irritation is pro-aging, which counters the point of this product.
On the flipside, Boswellia serrata also has research showing it has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin and can stimulate fibroblasts, which are cells that make collagen (Sources: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, November 2010, pages 556–563; and Dermatologic Therapy, January-February 2010, pages S28–S32). Clearly there is some benefit for skin, but there are potential risks, too, just like with lots of other fragrant plant extracts. Our strong view is that there are lots of ingredients that have amazing benefits with no downsides, so those are the ones that should be in the products you use.
If you're in the market for a foundation with sunscreen, we say pass on this one and check out the ones on our list of Best Foundations With Sunscreen instead.
- Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Natural-looking coverage from a good variety of shades.
- Contains some notable skin-conditioning, emollient, and antioxidant ingredients.
- Contains Indian frankincense extract, which has the potential to cause contact dermatitis.
- Begins to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles about halfway through its wear time.