Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation


I seem to be on a bit of a role with Estée Lauder recently. Having previously owned nothing from the brand, in the last few months I acquired Advanced Night Repair and then this foundation. Both things are pretty pricey for a student budget but so far Estée Lauder has not disappointed me and definitely lives up to my expectations as a premium brand.

On my first trip to Bicester Village a month or so ago, I picked up a MAC MSF and this foundation in the shade 'IC1 Shell' (although I think it's now called Cool Bone) from The Cosmetics Company Store, which turned out to be a perfect colour match for my pale skin. This particular foundation had been on my wishlist for a while even though it is full coverage, as it is nice to have a range of bases in your stash for different occasions. Upon looking at reviews, I've seen nothing but positive things and I'm going to have to jump on the positive band wagon and warn you now that this is going to be a rave review!

The packaging is made of heavy glass which oozes luxury, although may not be best for travel (I've kept the box for this). The only gripe I have with this is that there is no pump dispenser so getting the right amount of product can sometimes be a bit tricky, although it isn't the end of the world for me. The formula is quite thick but also nice and fluid so easily blended into the skin. For this I use a small amount of product and my buffing brush and really work it in seamlessly for fuller coverage, or with a stippling brush or blend perfection for more of a medium coverage. I've seen others mention they find it difficult to blend as it dries quickly but I've had no problem with this. I find this gives a lovely satin finish to the skin, and if blended in well it doesn't look cakey or obvious at all, instead it leaves your skin looking perfected. I also like that it doesn't oxidise and so stays the same colour all day.

I was surprised that it was so natural looking considering it is a matte, full coverage foundation and although I like to pump some Hocus Focus to inject some radiance, this isn't always necessary and just somewhat a habit now. The time this foundation lasts is amazing and I can be safe in the knowledge it will last for around 6 hours before needing to touch up with powder, if at all. It is oil and fragrance free so great for oily skinned girls like me, who want fuller coverage for a special occasion, need their base to last a long day or just prefer that kind of finish. Even though it is expensive, I only need to use a little for my whole face so think this will last me a really long time and is cost effective. It's also useful to note you can buy Double Wear in a light version or maximum cover.

I really recommend this for oily/combination skins who want a medium-full coverage foundation. It has great staying power, helps with oil control and didn't break me out. As long as you take the time to blend it in well this will leave a lovely satin finish without looking cakey. A great purchase and new holy grail for me.

Have you tried this before? What else would you suggest from Estée Lauder? xxx

6 comments:

  1. Brilliant detailed blog post.
    I tried the double wear 7 yrs ago when trying foundations for my wedding makeup, but it wasn't for me. I don't think i got the right colour. It clung to my dry bits more than i liked. But i've just recently bought the ester lauder full coverage foundation and adore it. it mixes well with any other brand to achieve a lighter finish too.
    Jules x

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    1. thanks you :) Maybe your skin was dehydrated - mine has been recently but with some products like Origins drink up intensive it has rectified itself and helps the foundation to sit better. I'm interested to see what the higher coverage one is like. Thanks for your comment x

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    2. It probably was. I was a bit scared to moisturise back then. No fear of that now i'm getting on and have wrinkles appearing.

      I keep reading about Origins drink up. It's on my invisible wish list.

      The high coverage one is fab for use as a concealer if it's too much on it's own. I must say i don't ever apply it all over my face as it can be a bit mask like.
      The makeup counter lady at my local boots is always willing to give out little pot testers. The one she gave me lasted me over a week before i purchased the full size.

      Jules x

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    3. I would recommend it, Origins is really great brand which actually deliver. It sounds like the higher coverage is similar to Vichy Dermablend, which you can also use as a concealer. My local boots isn't big enough for that haha but I will pop into JL or Debenhams even though they are normally so stingy! x

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  2. I was sooo impressed with the Estee Lauder Double Wear! Seriously it's been amazing for me. I've got oily skin, but it just stayed put all day, but it didn't look unnatural or 'caked on'.

    See my review here: http://newwithhashtags.co.uk/estee-lauder-double-wear/

    I'll be reviewing the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light soon too!

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    1. It definitely lives up to the hype :) I had no idea there was a light version, might have to check that one out too! x

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