Sunday, 9 June 2013

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I have finally delved into the world of high-end foundations after wearing offerings from the high street for around five years.  I am a huge fan of high street brands and there are some absolute gems to be found for amazing prices, but after getting paid and reading loads of good reviews of Estee Lauder Double Wear I just had to give in to the hype and try it out.
Firstly, this cost me £27.50, which I think is a lot of money to spend on a foundation, especially for someone  on a student budget.  I popped into Boots before purchasing the full size bottle and picked up a sample - I really recommend doing this before splashing out on a foundation to make sure it doesn't cause a reaction and the shade is a good matched.  I was matched to 1N2 Ecru by a lovely lady at the Estee Lauder counter who kindly removed my makeup and made sure the colour matched perfectly.  Luckily, it blended flawlessly with my natural skin tone, and the tiny sample lasted me much longer than I expected; a little of this goes a long way.
Soon after finishing the sample, I picked up the full size bottle.  Although it is expensive, I made sure I purchased it in Boots to build up a few advantage points to treat myself with in the future.  The bottle feels high end with it's frosted glass and gold lid - I've read a lot of complaints about the lack of pump but this doesn't really phase me, I'm happy to pour the liquid onto my hand and don't find I waste any if I pour out a small amount at a time.
Double Wear is a liquid formula which dries relatively quickly, but I've never had trouble making sure it's completely blended before it dries.  It's medium coverage, and is one of the most buildable foundations I've ever used, I rarely use concealer with it.  I expected it to be very high coverage and leave me looking a little 'cakey' before trying it for myself, but it can leave a very natural finish if it's applied in the right way.  I have applied it with my Real Techniques buffing brush, Sigma F80 flat-topped kabuki and with my fingers and each method gives a different finish, I like all three depending on the occasion.  Double Wear dries to a matte finish which is perfect for my oily skin.  If I don't touch up with powder throughout the day I do find my skin gets shinier, but this foundation stays matte for longer than any others I've tried.  It contains SPF 10 to protect your skin although on a sunny day I prefer to use a SPF under my makeup, however this isn't high enough to give the dreaded 'ghost face' appearance in flash photography.  Pairing this with it's long-lasting formula makes it the perfect option to wear on a night out.
I am really enjoying using this foundation; I love how comfortable it is to wear, how it can be applied in a range of ways to tailor the finish to my preference and how well it suits my oily skin.  I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good coverage foundation, and anyone prone to a bit of shine.  Are you a fan of high-end foundations or do you stick to the high street? What do you think of Double Wear?

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