I’m sure you all know by now just how fussy I am when it comes to base products. I have tried and tested more than I care to remember over the years and I’ll be the first to admit that I am extremely hard to please! – Remember my rant about drugstore foundations?!
It may sound harsh, but if the undertone and shade match are even slightly off for me, then straight away, I’m not interested. The formula, coverage and longevity are also important factors I take into consideration, but only once I have found my perfect shade. – The struggle is real!
Because of this, I asked the lovely Parie from Class & Glitter if she’d like to review the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation for me. It’s one I know she loves; I trust her opinion and have yet to try it so I was keen to read her thoughts on it. Keep reading to see what she thinks, and as always, please leave any foundation recommendations in the comments below!
Firstly, a very big thank you to Nishi for giving me this amazing opportunity to guest post on her blog. Today, we are talking all about foundation – one that has changed the game for me entirely and I don’t think I could live without. It is none other than the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. For years, I had been reading raving reviews about this foundation, how good it is for long days and the coverage is like no other. One day, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a bottle after been shade matched in store and to this day and three bottles down, I do not regret it.
My favourite thing about this foundation is the shade range that is available, compared to other brands that have recently been torn apart for their shades, Estée Lauder have nailed it. They have an incredible 50 shades of one foundation in neutral, cool and warm undertones with the very lightest and very darkest catered for. I am 3W1 Tawny, which is a perfect match for me. For comparison purposes, I am NC35 in MAC. Undertones don’t really work well with me as my skin is all over the place but shade wise these are perfect matches. As someone with Asian skin, I think EL does well at matching me and skin tones that are darker without making you look ashy and uneven.
This is a high coverage foundation, with just one layer, everything on my skin from redness, hyperpigmentation to acne scars is covered and concealed. I find that to maximise the coverage using a damp sponge is best compared to a brush. It might just be the brush that I am using but it leaves me with brush marks, whereas the sponge blends everything in and leaves it looking flawless. I usually apply two very thin and even layers on my face as this gives me the desired coverage. This foundation sets quickly and leaves the skin looking matte and oil free. I find the need to only powder my t-zone when using Double Wear as it lasts well, my oily skin means that I must powder no matter how matte or long lasting the foundation that I am using is.
Long lasting – absolutely. I apply this daily for work at 7am and when I come home at around 6.30/7pm it is all still on my face. I don’t have to touch anything up during the day or check for oiliness and Double Wear does not budge. My redness doesn’t start to peep through, nor does my dry skin become more apparent, it works incredibly well and nothing to this day works as well as this. It retails for £32.50 and is available at all Estée Lauder counters, highly recommend being matched in store as the shade range is very overwhelming. Word of warning, there is no pump with this foundation, but I bought one on Ebay for around £3 that fits perfectly inside the bottle and pumps out the foundation compared to having to pour it out which can get very messy.
If you are in the market for a new foundation that is long wearing, full coverage and doesn’t look cakey then this is for you. They have recently launched a light version of this too, which I need to pick up to test but then I also have my eye on the YSL one too – so many options!