Put to the Test: Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup

Finding the dream foundation that gives you just the right amount of coverage and leaves your skin glowing isn’t always that easy. In the quest to find the perfect all-rounder foundation, the MiNDFOOD team put Estée Lauder’s new Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup to the test.


The Foundation Fanatic 

STYLE editor and MiNDFOOD beauty editor, Nicole Saunders, has lost count of the number of foundations she has tried over the years and says that these days she prefers lightweight formulations that give skin a luminous glow. “ I prefer lightweight foundations that enhance my complexion rather than hide it,” she says. “And thanks to a whole lot of innovation in the skincare and make-up world, there’s no reason why a great foundation shouldn’t come packed with skincare benefits,” she adds. “So that’s always top of my list when hunting for a new foundation formulation to try.”

“Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup ($78) ticks all the boxes for me – it’s luminous, acts more like a second skin and has no shortage of skin-health-enhancing properties packed into the formulation. It’s also fairly easy to build up or pare back coverage wise which means it’s ideal for a number of occasions. I found it was great for day-to-day wear as well as ideal for low-key weekends.”


The Natural Beauty Fan

Staff writer Kathryn Chung confesses that she’s not much of a make-up person. That being said, Kathryn quickly warmed to Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup. “I don’t wear foundation very often so this was a bit of a change for me but I really loved it,” she says. “It was easy to apply, lasted most of the day and suited my skin which is typically quite dry. I also loved that it gave me a soft, radiant glow and even skin tone.”


The Barely There Foundation Enthusiast

Ashley Wallace, one of MiNDFOOD’s staff writers, says she tends to opt for barely there foundation formulations. “Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup has more coverage than I tend to use in my day-to-day, so when I first applied it I was a tad heavy handed,” she says. Ashley says she quickly realised that the new Futurist formulation glides onto skin and is easy to apply lightly if you’re after a more natural look.

I added a little bronzer, I was very happy with the result. It left me with a subtle, dewy complexion, and the product felt lightweight on my skin. It lasts well throughout the day – the fact that it is buildable means you can take it from day to night. I love that it has a high SPF too with broad-spectrum protection.”


Read more about the benefits of Estée Lauder’s new Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup and how to find the perfect foundation right here

STYLE Bookclub with Founder of Kowtow, Gosia Piatek

Not sure what to read next? Gosia Piatek, founder and creative director of Kowtow, shares a few of her book recommendations with STYLE.

My Brilliant Best Friend by Elena Ferrante

I loved this book. I spent some time in Italy as a child, went to school there and made friends. This book instantly took me back to that time. It’s so well written in so much detail, Ferrante makes the ordinary into the extraordinary. 


No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg

I buy this book as wee presents and stocking fillers. It’s about $5, a very short read but possibly one of the most important in our times. I feel it should be part of the education curriculum, all ages are able to read it. Greta is one of my idols, she is clear about her climate change message and has the courage to stand up and speak about it. 

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

I read this book often to my five-year-old son, it’s so dreamy and each page is beautiful enough to put in a frame.

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is straight to the point and outlines issues of capitalism vs the climate. An instant New York Times bestseller, it’s a read for everyone in 2020 living in a world where I feel these are such pressing issues and conversations we should be having.  


On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I read this book a long time ago but it left an imprint on my mind. To this day there is nothing better than the feeling of letting go of the day-to-day worries and pressures and just simply living in the moment and getting lost in the adventure.