Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid SPF 10 Makeup Review

Thanks to an awesome contact at Estee Lauder, I got to try out their first mineral foundation before it hits the market.

The Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid SPF 10 Makeup ($33.50) is a mineral liquid foundation that contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iron, Potassium, Titanium Dioxide and Pomegranate extract to help protect skin and erase signs of fatigue while creating a natural, radiant look. It is available in 6 shades and Intensity 2.0 is the right match for my NC30 skin.

While this is supposedly a liquid foundation, I find the texture to be slightly thicker. It is very creamy just like BB creams and blends effortlessly into the skin. The coverage is light to medium and the best part is, once you blend the foundation into your skin, it becomes invisible! People can never tell I am wearing makeup when I wear this and unlike some foundations, I can also feel my skin breathe through it.

My only complaint would be the low SPF – come on everyone knows we need at least SPF 15! Other than that, this is a really good foundation if you are looking for something light and not a lot of coverage.

The foundation also comes in powder form – Nutritious Vita-Mineral Loose Powder SPF 15 Makeup – and both are available at all Estee Lauder counters and this month.

Read my other Mineral Foundation Reviews!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. My initial reaction to the name of the product was like, “What?? SPF 10!?” too.
    My derm told me to wear at least SPF 30, and it’s hard to find a foundation with that much protection. I’m considering buying the Prep + Prime from MAC because it’s SPF 50, and would take a step out of my makeup routine.

  2. *lol* You are going to LOVE the MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50! For me, it is hands down the best primer. I wear it with or without makeup.

  3. hey phyllis! i know they are all different products, but how would you rank the following products: Mushroom BB, Firming Nars foundation, and Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Min? Also, do you need to apply a powder after the Estee Lauder foundation? Thank you!

    p.s. i recently bought L’Occitane Very Precious Fluid in SPF 40. It’s great under make up as it gets absorbed in your skin quickly FAST. I hate having to wait for my moisturizer to sink in before my tinted moisturizer…with this, i don;t have to. This sunscreen also brightens/lightens sun spots (I’ll have to use it a bit longer to testify to this claim). It’s also high in SPF so that would combat the lower SPF foundation woes :)

  4. Would you mind posting a picture of your face w/ the foundation?
    I’m thinking of purchasing it but would like to see how it looks etc. Thanks!

  5. hey Phyllis,
    i thinking about purchasing a new foundation, after seeing review, i’m stuck between this and MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation. which one would you recommend more?!

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