I have combination skin, dry cheeks and oily T-zone. I have light skin with neutral (pink and yellow) undertones and suffer from acne in my T-zone. I normally wear concealer and Double Wear Light (shade 2) or Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder.
This has a satin/semi-matte finish similar to Double Wear Light but with a slightly lighter texture and definitely more “glow” thanks to the additional moisture. I wear the Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator under this BB which I find acts as a great primer as well. This cream works better with a brush or beauty blender application. When I tried applying it with my fingers it was harder to apply and blend. Less is more, if you need extra coverage just apply some extra (thin) layers to problem spots but do not apply thick layers or it will definitely cake up. I apply one full layer with a brush then stipple it with my beauty blender sponge. I then reapply two further layers to my acne prone chin to add coverage there.
I set it with a powder in my T-zone or just spray a hydrating mist on top and so far I would say I get 8-10 hours of fresh looking coverage. It will come off a little bit throughout the day but most of it stays put and does not oxidise or look patchy. As it settles into the skin it actually looks better, more natural, although this might not be a very good thing for people with deeper lines/wrinkles. I am 27 with very few fine lines so this works fine for me. Expensive for a BB but since it can be worn as a medium coverage foundation and I only need a pea sized ball of it to cover my whole face it is worth every penny.
Go to your local Estee Lauder counter and get them to apply it for you then wear it for a day to see how it works for you before you buy it. Yes the shades are limited but there are definitely more shades than most BB creams allow for and the shades are neutral so they will work for most people. If you have really light skin then just mix shade 1 with your moisturiser to lighten it up. Overall I definitely recommend this over other BB creams unless you are after a lighter coverage or have very oily skin and need a dryer base.