Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Foundation Trial: Estée Lauder Double Wear

As I'm sure most of us are, I am always on the quest for the perfect, 'holy grail' foundation that will make my face look as flawless as possible.  On this quest, through a combination of reading numerous blogs and spending hours in department stores, I have compiled a list of 30+ foundations that I want to try - either for the first time or for a second round.

So please welcome my new project:

The Foundation Trial

Every week or so I will be obtaining a new foundation to try out and put it through its paces in the hope that I will find my perfect skin perfecting miracle; toss aside the flaky, patchy and generally useless; and hopefully help others along the way!

First up..

Estée Lauder Double Wear 


Availability: Estée Lauder have counters in pretty much all department stores and Boots.  At £25 a bottle it is quite pricey but you can get one of these nifty 10 day pot samples - the perfect way to try it out.

Colour: Double Wear comes in around 20 shades.  I was matched - whilst wearing fake tan - to Desert Beige (2N1) which is absolutely spot-on. 

Consistency and Application:  

[For all these trials I will be using my fingers to apply, instead of a brush, as it is a basic method that everyone can relate to.] 


This foundation runs a little bit thinner to Colorstay which I personally love as it glides onto the skin, blends easily and doesn't feel heavy at all.  It was slightly harder to blend around my nose though which is slightly dry and on top of a primer it is a disaster. 

Coverage: In short - truly amazing!  One light coat provides a medium coverage which I can then build on to cover any redness in my cheeks.

Finish: 
- Over a primer: AWFUL.  I found it just stuck to the primer, dragged on my skin and just looked streaky and cakey.  
- On its own: Truly amazing!  As long as you apply moisturiser before, it looks fantastic - a semi-matte, natural finish as the website describes.  With a light layer and topped up with some highlighter such as Revlon Skinlights you really can get the effect of flawless skin.
- With powder:  Very flat and obvious that you are wearing heavy make up.  I felt like a doll/chav - really not a great look..!

Lasting Power:  I honestly cannot fault it.  The website promises 15 hours and I think that it lives up to that promise.  I also found it made my blusher/bronzer stay in place too - a real issue that I have with Colorstay.  After a long day at University or a night out in a hot club my make up looked as fresh as it did when I first applied it.

Overall best usage:  For a normal to combination/oily skin applied over moisturiser and with limited powder for a long day or night on the tiles.

Purchase? 100% YES!

23 comments:

  1. I got a sample of this last week and I LOVE it, I've never had any compliments on my skin until now. Although it works okay for me with primer

    :) xo

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  2. I have to get this one now. Sounds amazing!

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  3. I really want to try it - however I have sensitive skin and the Mac foundation ruined my skin! I may give it a go though :P Thank you for the lovely review xx

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  4. Can't wait to see more posts on this-love the idea! Like everyone else, I'm always on the hunt for the next foundation to try and I may have to go and get myself a sample of this too-everyone is talking about it at the moment so it would be rude not to lol! XX

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  5. I'd never considered Estee Lauder foundations before now, might get a little pot and try this out too. Clinique foundations have been my go-to foundations forever, despite trying others in between, I always go back to Clinique.

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  6. This one is also on my "to try" list. Fantastic review. Looking forward to the others.

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  7. @Jessica - What primer did you use? It may just be the L'oreal one is too drying! xx

    @Everyone - You really should give it a go - as it's free as Cat said - it would be rude not to! xx

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  8. It looks like a great foundation! Thanks for the review (:

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  9. I like it but I prefer Clinique Even Better Foundation for £20. :)

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  10. Great review..

    If you are after a flawless finish I urge you to try the new Clinique anti redness solution foundation- it's amazing.

    I have double wear on my *to try* list x

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  11. I got a sample of this from a counter, but unfortunately it broke me out BADLY! x

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  12. Thanks for reviewing :) I am a new follower and I have to say that you have a lovely blog. xoxo

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  13. I used the L'oreal one too, it is actually quite drying on my nose but seems okay elsewhere :/ xx

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  14. Mine too , thank you for your reply.
    I'm torn choosing between 2N1 (for which I got a sample but havent had the chance to try it on yet) and 2N2 or 2W1 (which they didn't have samples for at Sephora). But if you say for you it's spot on , then I guess it will match my skin tone too so I won't need to try the other shades....I guess....

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  15. I do find it matches me well but I would always recommend for you to try a sample - I'd hate for you to splash the cash and then find it doesn't suit you! xx

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  16. Mine too , thank you for your reply.
    I'm torn choosing between 2N1 (for which I got a sample but havent had the chance to try it on yet) and 2N2 or 2W1 (which they didn't have samples for at Sephora). But if you say for you it's spot on , then I guess it will match my skin tone too so I won't need to try the other shades....I guess....

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  17. @Jessica - What primer did you use? It may just be the L'oreal one is too drying! xx

    @Everyone - You really should give it a go - as it's free as Cat said - it would be rude not to! xx

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  18. Can't wait to see more posts on this-love the idea! Like everyone else, I'm always on the hunt for the next foundation to try and I may have to go and get myself a sample of this too-everyone is talking about it at the moment so it would be rude not to lol! XX

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  19. I got a sample of this last week and I LOVE it, I've never had any compliments on my skin until now. Although it works okay for me with primer

    :) xo

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