Well I popped in to see the nice lady on the Estee Lauder counter in Perth and was pleasantly surprised to be offered a ten day sample! Bonus :) However, after using it for two days, I found the colour to be completely wrong (Pure Beige) so I went back and got the one I intitally asked for (Desert Beige). They have a wide range of colours (30 to be precise) but I have to say I wasn't impressed by my colour match consultant! And if you're going to sample it and are in-between colours, goes for the lighter one. Anyhoo, on to the product review...
Consistency and Blending
It's very thick (and I mean VERY!). A little goes a long way (which is handy considering the price of it) and the coverage is heavy. I've applied it every way possible: fingers, foundation brush and sponge and the sponge was by far the best. I applied it in dots around my face and used a damp "egg" shaped sponger to "bounce" it in. Not using the sponge definitely doesn't give such a nice finish and it's quite difficult to blend into the hairline without it.
Set and Budge-ability
The second thing about it is that it sets very quickly... you've gotta be fast! But what I will say is that it really doesn't seem to budge once it's on. I tried setting it with powder (as I would with any liquid base) and without - just to compare. And I'd honestly say it's the best foundation I've used for not coming off. I touch my face a lot so I'm a pretty good test to that. I also found it good for covering blemishes and dark circles. I have quite combination skin and it covered up my spots (just dabbing the sponge a bit heavier on them) and didn't feel dry on my skin. In fact, it was quite moisturising without being greasy at all.
It's a heavy foundation so it's a heavy look. In my opinion, it's too heavy for every day wear and could easily look "cakey" if you didn't apply it well. I certainly wouldn't wear it to work or out and about shopping. I think it'd be good for a night out or a big event... saying that, I'd probably not use it for wedding make-up as despite what I'd been told, it doesn't photograph as well as I'd thought it would. When a camera flash is used, some pictures still appeared with that "white out" face look. Not so good.
It's a hefty pricetag at £27.50 for just 30ml and although you get what you pay for, I think this is overpriced. However, for occasional use I'd recommend to have it on hand for a strong, heavy, long lasting base that you want to stand the test of time (or a night out on the tiles). I'll definitely be buying a bottle of Desert Beige for my own personal use and may invest in a few colours as an option for my clients.