Estée Lauder Double Wear has been on my wish list for just about as long as I've had a wish list. I was always on a mission to find a lasting foundation. Recently, I've had better luck as I think my skin is changing and I've found some brands / formulations that suit me well, but Double Wear still left me curious.
I finally decided to take the plunge when I saw Double Wear discounted at an outlet shopping centre. It usually costs around £26, but I was able to get it for £18.
As it was an outlet shop, they didn't have the full range of colours, but I was able to find one which seemed like a good match. I think I'm pretty good at matching myself for foundation, although those orange girls never seem to realise they're orange, so maybe I'm in denial?!
I bought shade 4C1 outdoor beige. It's not a discontinued colour (just seen it's available on Debenhams here) so I'm not sure why it was discounted.
It seems quite dark in the bottle, but disappears nicely on my skin. I have got skin that borders on being slightly olive, so I always go for the medium beige type shades in foundation. I've never been matched by MAC so I can't tell you what I am in their shade range.
So what do I think of the foundation I've been wanting for so long? They say never meet your heroes, so I was prepared for possible disappointment. Luckily there was no need, I think it completely lives up to the hype. It truly does last all day and I think it makes my skin look great.
The formula is really runny, and it's just in a pour top bottle, so it has taken me a while to get the hang of getting the right amount of product out without wasting any. I've applied it with a flat top kabuki and just my fingers and it applied well both ways.
The only slight downside I noticed was that it can be a little drying. For me this is only in small areas as I have combination skin, so if I moisturise a little extra I'm fine, but for those with really dry skins this could be a problem.
Here's a rubbish snap of me wearing the foundation. Really can't wait to get my new camera and for there to be daylight!
I'd heard some people say that this foundation is too heavy, especially for younger skins (ie under 40 I guess) but it wasn't anywhere near as heavy as I was expecting. I was worried it would be like wearing a mask! To me, it's like a normal full coverage foundation that applies easily and lasts exceptionally well.
I'm really glad I bought this and I'm pretty sure I'll re-buy when it runs out. Although, this Double Wear Maximum has now caught my greedy little shopping eye too... decisions decisions!
Do you crave a long lasting foundation or have you already found what works for you?