10 May, 2016 Estee Lauder Double Wear: My New Fave Foundation
I’ve reviewed a huge amount of foundations on my blog, with only a few achieving ‘hero’ status. Up until recently, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation was my go-to for its fantastic coverage, longevity and matte finish, but after trying Estee Lauder Double Wear, it’s safe to say I’m a convert.
I have to thank Sam from Beautifie and Polly from Polly’s Pocket Book for pushing me to test this out on our recent Brighton trip. We strolled up to an Estee Lauder counter in Boots, received the colour-matching service, and took home a 10-day supply of our respective shades. I always feel more reassured about the shade choice when a brand rep has matched me and tested a few options – it makes things so much more simple, and there’s less chance of being disappointed when you get home.
Now, onto the product itself. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF10 (£30) is a medium-full coverage base, with a matte finish, liquid formula, and an extensive range of shades to choose from. I wear the colour Desert Beige, and find it to be the perfect match when I don’t have a tan. I’ll probably pick up a shade for the summer and when I go abroad, too. It’s the most popular foundation on the UK highstreet, and probably one of the most iconic and enduring products from any beauty brand in recent years.
To deposit the pigment before blending, I pour a dollop onto my hand, and then pat on with my ring finger across my face. I typically go for 3-4 drops on my cheeks, and then 2 drops each on my chin, nose and forehead. This amount creates a medium-full coverage look, and if I want a little extra on problem areas, I’ll repeat the process until the coverage is full-opaque.
The foundation needs to be thoroughly blended and buffed in to create that second-skin effect, although you can layer it for a more ‘painted’ look. The best brushes (in my opinion) to use with Estee Lauder Double Wear, are either round-top or flat-top buffers, such as the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish, or the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki. This is because the dense bristles allow the product to be buffed and meshed with skin thoroughly, helping to reduce cakiness, or excess product build-up in pores.
I find that the foundation works well with most primers in my collection, although I do usually opt for a smoothing or pore-minimising one. Current favourites are the Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer, the Dr. Jart Pore Medic Primer, and the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer.
My most important piece of advice would be to allow primer to fully absorb and dry before applying the foundation, and then letting that dry completely before adding concealer, setting powder, contour etc. As the foundation is on the heavier side of the spectrum, it needs a good five minutes to absorb and mesh with your skin’s natural oils.
In general, I absolutely love this. It blurs over pores and imperfections, offers matte coverage that doesn’t look caky when blended in fully, and the small bottle means it’s great for popping in my makeup bag. I find this is also great for evening makeup looks, when paired with a high-coverage concealer on under-eye circles and blemishes. I do however have some small gripes – one being that it doesn’t come with a pump, and the other that this has an SPF of 10.
I don’t understand why you’d include SPF10 (as it’s such a low amount of protection), in a foundation that’s clearly meant to be worn when you like a full face of makeup. For a sheer BB cream it makes total sense, but for a glam makeup look, it doesn’t. That being said, it doesn’t flash back in photos, and only shows slightly in pitch-black, and this can also be attributed to excess setting powder.
All in all, this foundation is rather wonderful, and a great option for oily girls who want decent coverage that lasts all day.
Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear? Share your comments below, along with your favourite primers, concealers and brushes to pair it with!