I have always pondered over this foundation. The reviews it receives are so mixed that I just never felt brave enough to risk it. I have asked several times for a sample but have always been told that they don't have any, or that they are not allowed to give them. That was untill the new Estee Lauder counter opened at my local department store. The woman at the counter was incredibly helpful,and offered to remove and reapply makeup, so that I could get a feel of how the foundation lasted. She also gave me several samples to last me a week.
I can report that I love this foundation. It does not give you the naked effect, like the mac face and body. However it does not give you the caked on effect that many complain it does. A little goes along way. I apply this with my mac 190 and I love it! It reports to stay matte for 15 hours. Now I would be lying If I said I wore my makeup for that length of time, though I can believe it would withstand 15 hours! I am still matte 8 or 9 hours later! This is a must have for anyone who has a busy schedule and needs their makeup to withstand sweat, aircon, well basically hard bloody work!
For reference I am shade shell and I am nw20 in mac.
So ladies get to your Estee Lauder counter and demand a sample!
One last thing.... I am buying it!