Estée Lauder Aqua Brilliance

I don’t usually wear foundation on my face when I go out because the wrong type can feel heavy and look cakey on my skin, but my recent discovery of Estée Lauder Aqua Brilliance has converted me into a fan!

These days, it’s all about the fresh faced dewy look, and Estée Lauder seems to understand that perfectly with the Aqua Brilliance Range. Developed in conjunction with the world renowned Estée Lauder skincare Asia Research team, Estée Lauder introduces the new Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF 15/PA++ and Futurist Aqua Brilliance Compact Makeup SPF 20/PA++.

Futurist Aqua Brilliance is more than makeup. It’s hydrating, illuminating skincare. Designed specifically for Asian skin, this deceptively light formula, liquid or compact, is a potent way to deliver intense moisture that leaves skin feeling hydrated for hours. From the moment it makes contact, this innovative foundation creates a flawless finish that helps minimize the appearance of pores and giving a more evened out skin tone.

This advanced formula contains the ingenious Revival Plant Extract, which has a unique ability to preserve itself from dryness. This extract is derived from the hardiest wild flowering plant in the Balkans, known as the “resurrection plant.” This plant has the unique and extraordinary ability to completely dry out and yet still survive. Then, once water is re-introduced, the plant fully recovers and continues to flourish, bloom and grow. Even in the harshest weather conditions and extreme temperature change, the “resurrection plant,” withers and dries but bounces back immediately after contact with water. The Revival Plant Extract is integrated into Futurist Aqua Brilliance to help it deliver that persistent moisture, and the extra dewiness that Asian skin needs.

Incredibly smooth and light, the Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF 15/PA ++ glides on the skin for medium to full, buildable coverage. Imperfections are diffused, fine lines and pores disappear, and the finish, plumped with sophisticated moisturizers, stays flawless and natural all day. Skin retains that moisture, staying more supple and fresh, even after you take it off.

I usually squeeze out two pumps worth of product directly onto my clean fingertips, then proceed to make small dabs around my face and then blend out with my fingers.

The texture of this foundation is easily spreadable and lightweight, which makes it easy to apply. I’m all about fuss free make up, so you won’t find me with a make up brush any time soon, and I love how easy this foundation is to use!

Making five dots on my face (forehead, cheeks, nose and chin) I slowly and gently start blending it from the center of my face, not forgetting to work it into my neck and jawline. It takes barely a minute for me to do my entire face!

This is the end result of using Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF 15/PA ++: most of my imperfections such as small blemishes, light pigmentation and redness are vastly reduced! My skin immediately looks livelier, with the color more evened out, and the best part of it all is that it’s not cakey in the slightest, which is something I can’t stand. My original skin tone is slightly reddish, so this provides just the right amount of color correction. It’s also hydrating enough that my dry skin doesn’t show any signs of flaking or drying out further (which usually happens when I wear foundation) and it remained plump even after I took the make up off!

If you’re more of a compact powder sort of person, then the Futurist Aqua Brilliance Compact Makeup SPF20/PA++ is for you!

All the radiance of a fluid with the ease and versatility of a powder compact foundation, and none of the potential for dryness, this innovative aqua gel-emulsion formula delivers hours of intense hydration.

You can build your desired coverage from medium to full, while this sophisticated blend hydrates and illuminates the skin. It’s a foundation, a treatment, and a powdery soft compact in one, with innovative oil-and-shine controlling components that don’t compromise on moisture. It contains naturally occurring waxes and skin-friendly oils to create a flexible, moist barrier that coats the skin like a breathable, conditioning veil. The waxes melt at body temperature, so they blend effortlessly into the skin. The veil secures the skin’s existing moisture, preventing evaporation, and locks in the hydrating properties of the foundation.

I prefer to use this product on-the-go, because when I’m out and about, I don’t want liquid foundation all over my hands which could potentially get onto my clothes or make a mess if I’m not careful, so this compact version is my go-to for quick touch ups. A few light pats on my oily T-zone area reduces the shine drastically.

In a country like Singapore where make up melts off your face pretty quickly, it’s always a good idea to carry around something portable for some quick fixes on the run! It comes with its own soft sponge which makes blending and application a breeze.

To complement the natural & radiant look Estée Lauder Aqua Brilliance provides, I suggest keeping the rest of your make up light and fresh-faced!

Always make sure your brows are nicely groomed. Here I’ve got on highlighter (which is very important for that luminescent glow), a rosy blush, concealer, pencil & eyeliner, falsies and lip stain. I like using lip stains because the color lasts longer and sometimes looks like I’ve got nothing on! After all, the best kind of make up is the type that looks like you didn’t bother applying anything at all…

It should look effortless! Whatever you do, be convincing at it. You don’t wanna look like you spent an hour putting on face paint in the morning, you want to look like you were born with it. My personal tip is to keep everything light – don’t go overboard with anything, which includes eyeliner, eyeshadow, foundation, etc. Sometimes, less is more.

A close up on my face reveals how nicely the products blend with my own complexion, it feels and looks like second skin. No powdery, cakey look!

Thanks to using Estée Lauder’s Perfect Duo skin care (Micro Essence + Advanced Night Repair) and their Aqua Brilliance make up, I can flaunt picture-perfect skin!

If you like what you see, you can also check out my video on Her World Plus where I demonstrate my daily make up routine, completed with the Aqua Brilliance.
Drop by the ION Orchard Estée Lauder boutique for a foundation fitting session and quote ‘Shiberty’ for a SPECIAL SURPRISE! If you purchase any of the Futurist Aqua Brilliance foundations, you will also receive a complimentary mini foundation brush.