Estee Lauder Says DayWear Does It All, Yet This Moisturizing Sheer Tint with SPF 15 Comes in Just a Single Shade

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Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release

Okay, here’s a product name I may not be able to remember: Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer.


Wow, 12 words? It could be a sentence if we squeezed in a verb.

Let’s try it!

Estee Lauder Likes DayWear Sheer Tint Release Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer…

Tada! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s call it DayWear for short.

DayWear is a product I’d like to remember, because I think it has a few good things to offer fans of the barely-there makeup look. In a nutshell (I’ve always loved that phrase; I picture things in little nutshells), it’s a lightweight, super sheer tinted moisturizer that comes in just a single shade, and it’s designed to work on most skin tones, giving them a healthy, even-toned glow.

The product goes on as a grayish beige, but it slowly darkens as I massage it into my skin, which is kinda cool. The shade I end up with appears to be a pretty good match for my tan, and I like that its quiet, glowy finish doesn’t look flat or severe.

Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release
For scale…

Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release

“The all-day Super Anti-Oxidant Complex is so powerful,” Estee Lauder says about their proprietary blend, “no anti-oxidant we’ve researched comes close.” It’s a mix of compounds like Vitamins C and E, Eukarion (a synthetic anti-oxidant) and EGT (Ergothioneine, an amino acid with anti-oxidant properties).

Both of the active ingredients in the product, which is rated SPF 15, are sunscreens, octisalate (a UVB sunscreen) and avobenzone (a UVA sunscreen), so the general idea appears to be that it’s a tinted moisturizer that prevents sun damage.

Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release
Unblended on left and blended (almost invisible) on right

DayWear offers very, very sheer coverage, which does even out the blotchiness around my nose and mouth a little bit, but it’s too sheer to conceal pimples or anything like that.

Like most Estee Lauder products, DayWear is scented, and the fragrance is pretty strong, too. It also lingers on the skin. I think it smells like a sunscreen, but I also detect notes of ripe banana and papaya. Overall it’s not unpleasant, but you might want to give it a sniff before you buy.


I like DayWear, but I think it’s of limited use. I could see myself reaching for it on vacation, like when I wanted to quickly add a hint of color en lieu of full makeup, but I normally prefer face products that provide more coverage, especially when it’s something this pricey.

If you like the scent and need very little coverage, it could be worth a try.

PRICE: $43 for a 1.7-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Estee Lauder counters and also online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tiffany says:

    wow, that does end up matching your skin really well – that’s pretty cool.

    the nutshell things reminds me of Austin Powers ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Stormie says:

    Great blog girl!

  3. JJ says:

    Hmm, how does this compare to Clinique’s City Block, I wonder? At any rate, I’ve been using TM by TheBalm lately. It’s… the bomb (hahaha, yeah, I’m corny)… It’s great – lots of product with a doable price. I just wish it also came in more colors as they only have 3.

  4. Rosa says:

    Beware, if you’re very pale like me, you’ll look like an orange fool if you put this all over your face…(never doing that again)

  5. Nina says:

    id like my tinted moisturizer to have a bit more coverage.

    however, this product is the type of product that would be perfect for the hot and humid houston summers.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Have you heard of the new Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation? It has a color-match technology that adjusts to the color of your skin. It’s pretty cool. All of us in the office are trying it and quite impressed with how well its blends into the color of our skin. Plus, the Organic Argan Oil in the foundation helps to reduce shine and keep the skin hydrated. It’s worth checking out.
    Kathleen recently posted … What is a Non-Foaming Cleanser

  7. Kim says:

    As intriguing as “goes on as a grayish beige” sounds… ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding, of course, but that did make me laugh as I was thinking “ew”. That said, it is a great match when blended on you. Rosa’s comment above also made me giggle, so I guess I’m just giddy today.

    Something would have to be pretty great for me to give up my Tarte Smooth Operator, though, and it doesn’t sound like this is it. I promise I’ll stop talking about my love for that product, someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Haha, when I first squeezed a little bit out of the tube I was like, “Ew.” But for some reason it works, go figure!

      Please continue to gush about Smooth Operator, because it’s awesome!

      • Kim says:

        Thank you! Every time I see someone who’s foundation is a little cakey or flaky, I’m always tempted to be like “have you tried Smooth Operator?!”. Thankfully I stop myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Vijaya says:

    Sounds like something I’d have to sniff before I decide if I’m gonna buy.
    Vijaya recently posted … Zapzyt Pore Treatment Gel

  9. Kristina says:

    Have you tried Clinique’s Moisture Sheet Tint? I have been through about 3 or 4 tubes of this – I even wear this for a night out! give it a try (or a review!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Heidi says:

    I can’t stand anything with a strong scent on my face. My lips, fine (as long as it’s not a plastic, synthetic smell), but face, no. Just thinking about it makes my face itch.

  11. Terri says:

    Even though I really like Estee Lauder’s foundations (I’m wearing DayWear Plus tinted moisturizer now and Double Wear Light is my go-to for long days), I think I might have to pass on this.

    On another note, has anyone here tried Birch Box? I just subscribed this week and am absurdly excited about getting my first one next month.

  12. gio says:

    This sounds interesting but I have pale skin and I’m afraid I may look orange if I try it. I wish it was available in more shades though.
    gio recently posted … Beauty History- Cosmetics in the Edwardian Era

    • Karen says:

      It’s always a little iffy when lines offer a one size fits all color, unfortunately. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried products like this to only have it look all ashy on my skin.

  13. Milka says:

    I have this and I hate it. It covers nothing, feels very greasy and it broke me out. The tint on it it’s supposed to be “smart” and mimic your skin tone, but it’s more of a soft bronzing effect that can look orangey on fair skin. Overall, it is not worth the price.

  14. Karen says:

    I love their old DayWear Plus TM. Atleast that one had different shades. But I can always get that at the CCO, so not a real loss.

  15. Mira says:

    Great blog! I’ve been reading for a while now.
    I like makeup…..just not one me, on other people it’s fine!
    What I hate most (for myself) is foundation, but sometimes skin could use a little help. I have dry/combination skin and olive complexion. I tried loads of tinted moisturizers with no success and then I found DayWear! I wasn’t buying the one size fits all thing until I tried it….Really sheer, really lightweight = Big Love!

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