Review: Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum + Concealer and Double Wear Powder Foundation

Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer (1C Light (Cool), pictured with Lauder's Double Wear Pressed Powder Foundation in IN2 Ecru.

It seems most social dancers I know, who wear makeup anyway, are looking for products that can pull double-duty, or at least do their job taking up as little space as possible. For me, it takes several products to remotely cover my under-eye circles. I am constantly looking for a way to reduce the number of products I have to carry with me for that particular issue. Lauder's Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer (what is it with Lauder and these ridiculously long names??) seemed like it might just be the thing I needed. If nothing else, maybe they would be a good "I'm in a hurry" solution to carry with me in my bag.

The serum isn't much of a serum as it's shiny and pink, but it does diffuse the darkness of the circles pretty well. It has some nice skin care ingredients in it as well, but how those will do any good getting through the shimmer and the pigment, I really have no idea. The serum does seem to keep my eye area from feeling especially dry, so that's a plus.

The concealer on the other end is a silky concealer that has minimal-to-medium coverage. The base, Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, is an excellent skin conditioning ingredient so it doesn't make the eye area feel dry at all. It is a little "slippy" though, so I recommend setting the serum underneath with a colorless setting powder like Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder (don't use a finishing powder for this, since we need to apply the concealer on top.) A setting powder will keep the serum from mixing with the concealer and creasing or "moving" on the skin.

Once I applied the concealer, I found I needed additional coverage from my powder and Double Wear powder worked great. Without the powder, the coverage isn't quite enough, but the Double Wear powder was just enough to lock in the color, mattify, and diffuse the circles just a little more.

I accidentally included the Serum+Concealer duo in my Double Wear post, and photographed it with that group. The Serum and Concealer are pictured 3rd from the right, below.

Swatches after dry down and in natural light. The Perfectionist Brightening Serum+Concealer is 3rd from the right.

During the flashback test I found that the brightening serum, likely due to the mica shimmer, did flashback somewhat. With concealer over it (and powder) however, I doubt it would be much of a problem.

Flashback test swatches:  The Perfectionist Duo is pictured 3rd from right - the top dot is the Brightening Serum (more of a shimmering cream), and below is the Concealer in 1C Light (Cool).

Several people have asked how the serum compares to YSL's Touche Eclat. Lauder's Brightening Serum is more peach-toned, while Touche Eclat #1 is more cool pink. The color is almost in between YSL #1 and YSL #2 in the pink-to-yellow range. The Lauder serum also has more shimmer and "flashes" more than the YSL Touche Eclat colors (except for the "Strobe" version.)

Lauder's Brightening Serum between YSL's Touche Eclat #1 Luminous Radiance and #2 Luminous Ivory. (Unblended)

Lauder's Brightening Serum between YSL's Touche Eclat #1 Luminous Radiance and #2 Luminous Ivory. (Blended)
Lauder's Brightening Serum between YSL's Touche Eclat #1 Luminous Radiance and #2 Luminous Ivory. (with camera flash) You might have to enlarge the picture, but under brighter light, the mica shimmer in Lauder's brightener is more obvious.

In conclusion, I like the pair and I enjoy using both products. Both products are great for touch-ups. For coverage though, on their own, they're not enough and I need to put powder foundation over it to get the even color I want.


Brightening Serum: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerine, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimetylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, Trehalose, Zinc Stearate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Whey Protein, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Sorbitol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Artemia Extract, Dextrin, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Trihydroxystearin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Laureth-7, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium PCA, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, PEG-8, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol Acetate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Sodium Dihydroacetate, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxethanol, [+/-] Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77981), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

Concealer: Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Kaolin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Barium Sulfate, Bisabolol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/-] iron oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica.

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup: Talc, Isostearyl Palmitate, Silica, Calcium Silicate, Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Boron Nitride, Methyl Methacrylate, Crosspolymer, Polypropylene, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine, Chromium Hydroxide Green
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

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