Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Review


Lately my skin has most definitely not been at its best; I've always been prone to acne but recently it's got a lot worse and my regular foundation just hasn't been cutting it. As much as a love the coverage of Estee Lauder Double Wear, for me, it just isn't enough at the moment. It does cover the majority of my blemishes, but only after I've applied rather more than I'd like to, which isn't ideal when the foundation itself costs over £25 a pop!

I've always been intrigued about Estee Lauder's other 'Double Wear' foundation, which I know doesn't really get much press (it's kind of hidden at the back of the Estee Lauder counter, I've no idea why they don't really like shouting about it). It's called 'Maximum Cover', and is described as a 'Camouflage Makeup' for face and body. It claims to cover tattoos, scars etc. - that suggests to me very heavy coverage. When trying it, I was pretty worried I'd look completely fake - as much as I love the 'made up' look, I don't want to look like I'm wearing a mask. I also feared it wouldn't let my skin breathe - I know some heavy foundations feel horrible on the skin so I was a bit worried about that.

I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I love this foundation. It feels so soft and smooth on the skin, and the tiniest amount is needed to cover my blemishes (that previously would take a great deal of normal DW to cover). I've actually never known a foundation that requires so little to get the effect I need - I'm a bit of a nightmare when it comes to applying foundation as I always end up putting so much on to cover my spots - this really isn't needed with this foundation. I've also never known a foundation that feels so light and air-whipped when applying. Considering it is such heavy coverage I found this pleasantly surprising. The foundation lasts well, probably on par with normal DW, and I do find myself having to touch up any shine with powder as the day goes on, but with my oily skin that's the norm with any foundation. It stays on my skin just as well as ordinary DW, but just has the edge when it comes to coverage. The only thing I will say about this foundation is that you NEED to use a primer with it. You will have such a problem applying it if you don't - it tends to stick to the skin and dry really fast, making it hard to blend. Slap a bit of primer on first and it's a dream to work with.

Is this foundation for everyone? No, definitely not. If you like a light/medium coverage/natural looking foundation then this most definitely is not for you. If, like me, you have blemishes that need covering or really like the 'made up' look definitely give this foundation a try. The key is to use the tiniest bit and buff really well into the skin, and you'll end up with really flawless looking skin. I know a lot of people who want to cover their blemishes, but don't want the 'made up' look use this as a concealer, which is definitely another way of using it. It retails at £26.5o (same as the normal Double Wear) and I really think it is worth it. I can see the tube (so glad it's in a tube, hate glass foundation bottles!) lasting me a really long while. As for the shade range, there aren't that many to choose from, so I'd definitely suggest getting a tester first. I was a toss up between Creamy Vanilla and Creamy Tan, but went for Creamy Tan in the end for when I've slapped a bit of fake tan on!

Here's what my skin looks like with Max Cover (in Creamy Vanilla) on:



I absolutely love how my skin looks with this foundation on, and it's most definitely my current go-to foundation. Maybe if/when my skin clears up I won't feel the need to turn to it, but in all honesty I think even if my skin was better I'd still love this foundation, purely because it's like a multiplied version of the normal Double Wear, which means I don't need to use so much!

Have you tried Estee Lauder's Maximum Cover foundation? Do you prefer full coverage or more natural-looking foundations?
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43 comments

  1. WOW this foundation truly made your skin look flawless. You look AMAZING! I'm impressed!(:x

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  2. oo im tempted to try this now! xx

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  3. that looks stunning! So tempted to try it!
    x x x

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  4. See in my opinion that does look so so made up and fake, really heavy looking- (Although maybe it's the bright pink lip too?)

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  5. NEED THIS! I stopped wearing heavy coverage foundations and now it's winter again I feel like I need to crack them out. Defs going to investigate on Thurs when I get paid.

    Ps, you look stunning Han x

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  6. It looks flawless on you! I haven't tried it but I am interested in getting it to use as a concealer. I found EL Double Wear far too heavy on me so I guess I wouldn't be able to use this one either. I do like EL Double Wear Light though! x

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  7. Hi Hannah

    Love yout blog..will defentily trying this out..big fan of EL. You remind me of leona lewis...your ridiculously pretty...love love the blog...

    p.s. amazing make up..check out my blog please im a newbie...
    http://catebeautyblog.blogspot.com/

    cate xx

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  8. Hahaha dont you love when someone has something nasty to say that they post as Anonymous! Cowards! Your skin looks airbrushed! I can see why it wouldnt be for every one but those really suffering from spots or scars this would be really good. How much was it hun? xx

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  9. Hi Hannah

    Love yout blog..will definitely trying this out..big fan of EL. You remind me of leona lewis...your ridiculously pretty...love love the blog...

    p.s. amazing make up..check out my blog please im a newbie...
    http://catebeautyblog.blogspot.com/

    cate xx

    had to re-enter..rushed and had lots of typos lol

    xx

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  10. sounds good!
    and it looks great on the picture, flawless
    really want to try it out x

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  11. wowww your look so perfect, you are amazing :)

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  12. This looks great, i have never seen this at a counter before i need it for some of those bad skin days! x

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  13. Wow you look boootiful :) such a doll-like complexion. Maybe i should invest.

    Love the pink lippy too, i've got a similar colour and i've worn it to death xx

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  14. i love this foundation i got a sample a while ago and its fantastic doesnt even feel heavy goes on and kinda feels like chalky ;] xx

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  15. Aww you look really cute, gorgeous eyes and i love your lipstick too!

    http://munchmecat.blogspot.com/

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  16. I got this in the creamy tan and its a little darker than I would normally wear but I love it. Best coverage ever and I have a lot of scars and blemishes. Well worth the money x

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  17. wow, it looks flawless! Definitely a next purchase! I also looove your lipstick! x

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  18. You've pretty much convinced me to put this on my wishlist! God knows my acne covered skin probably needs it!

    xxx

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  19. your make up looks awesome! definately gonna look into buying this xo

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  20. That looks really good! I agree that dw isn't always the greatest in terms of covering really bad blemishes so I'm really considering investing in this so help out when my skin just doesn't want to behave itself!

    thanks for the review xxx

    usagi-bun.blogspot.com

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  21. I rarely wear foundation but the coverage looks amazing! I might have to invest in some just incase xo

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  22. I didn't have a very pleasant experience with this foundation I'm afraid: i have incredibly oily skin, and this just slipped right off my face in horrible weird patchy pools, clogging my pores as it went! Oh how I wish this worked for me! I've found that the more I used heavy foundations, the more blemishes I was creating for myself, in turn needing even heavier foundation! Such a vicious cycle. x

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  23. Suits you well.
    After consulting my auntie over foundation as i was sick of high street cap that just made me orange (i have pale skin and freckles) and with her working for estee lauder i thought she'd be best person to ask, she pointed me in their direction but said the nutricious foundation be better for me as its lighter. and its great. hate paying the £25, but i know it works.
    Great review and glad you found a great item.
    C.x

    www.starsandthebutterflies.blogspot.com

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  24. this looks amazing! one for the xmas list. thanks for the post! x

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  25. Love this foundation; done a review on my blog not so long back. You look gorgeous x

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  26. Ohhhhhhhhh!! You look so gorgeous! Absolutely flawless. Will def have to try this now! xxx

    http://insidemenu.blogspot.com

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  27. Your skin looks lovely with this foundation on! How do you apply it? At the moment I'm definitely loving full-coverage because of my acne, and when my Revlon Colorstay ran out I was torn between buying this foundation or the Vichy Dermablend Corrective foundation, but in the end I went with Vichy. Have you tried it? It might be a cheaper alternative to EL but the coverage is amazing.

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  28. Oh wow this looks amazing, your skin really does look flawless. Think I'll put this on the Xmas list for bad skin days!x

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  29. Looks very nice, the package is also very cool!

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  30. your skin looks amazing in this picture! totally flawless and stunning lipstick too =) xx

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  31. Looks great!! My mom was an Estee Lauder Makeup consultant/makeup artist for a long time so I used a lot of Estee Lauder products! I love double wear!!

    xo

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  32. wow you look stunning , love that lipstick!

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  33. wow...its ah-mazE!


    http://www.shellzdoll.com/

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  34. I've tried this product but I really didn't like it, but it looks so good on you! what applicator did you use to put the foundation on with? x

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  35. I've never seen this foundation on blogs or talked about so thankyou so much for this post. I'm 19 and still suffer with awful acne and even Vichy Dermablend doesn't cover it. It's sooo frustrating having bad skin at this age and no foundation I have tried [and I've tried too many!] has completely covered it. Will definitely be giving this a try now! X

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  36. Gorgeous! Might get some and do a sort of hotch potch using Double Wear on clearer parts of my skin and this on problem areas. What lipstick are you wearing in this photo? It's gorgeous!

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  37. I told my friend about this today and she went and bought it. She loves it. Looks lovely on you x

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  38. Argh Hannah I've just posted about this too - I found that it really sunk into the lines on my face, and I don't have that many! But you're review has made me want to give it another go!!! Love the way it looked on you sweets :)

    Alice xoxo

    p.s. want your hair as always!

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  39. Didn't knew about this one until suddenly, it was all over the blogosphere haha! It looks really nice on you! My skin is really prone to acne to, so I really want to try it, however heavy coverage foundations seem to make me break out even more, which is a shame because I actually really need it. This is a really nice review, thank you for sharing! xoxo

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  40. your skin look absolutely flawless! verry pretty :) xo

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  41. I just bought this and when I was matched to a Creamy Vanilla I instantly thought of you! (....fangirl much?). I chose this one over double wear because i've heard that doesn't photograph very well...and i don't like the pot with no pump!

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  42. what lipstick are you wearing?

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