Wednesday, 4 November 2015

BEHIND THE HYPE: ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR FOUNDATION


The past five years of my life I have been playing with makeup and ever since I started showing interest in beauty, I knew foundations would have been my most important dilemma. Nothing is more important than the base, it basically holds everything together. You can have killer eye makeup but if your foundation is terrible then all the attention goes to that. I realised recently that the Double Wear by Estee Lauder has pretty much been the one for me since whatever was that I was testing at the time, I would always go back to this gem as a "safe" choice. 

Price : £30 

Packaging : It kills me to write this but I absolutely hate the packaging. It's the only thing that needs to change. It bothers me that I spend so much money on a high end foundation and it lacks something as basic as a pump. I won't tell you how messy it gets the more you use it - in addition to the fact that you waste so much product by spilling it out. I hope the brand reads this post (and every other post complaining about it) and finally decides to change something. If anyone knows of a pump that will work with this (mac, nars etc) do let me know in the comments. 

Application: I get asked quite often how I make this foundation work for me since some people say they find it hard to blend or that it can easily show your dry patches. Fun fact - I struggled with that too for the first two days but I found a way around it that works. Keep in mind that this is a base for people with combination to oily skin so not for dry complexions. It's also meant to stay put for the whole day and many brides use it on their wedding day because it is trustworthy. With that said, having perfectly moisturised skin ( I suggest this  number for that) and a good pore-less or hydrating primer (like this one) - not a mattifying one - will be the bomb. This is the type of product that looks better and better as the day goes. Since it's really waterproof it needs moisture underneath in order to avoid the dry or dreaded cakey look. The best application method is with a sponge for sure. I use the Real Techniques one but there are plenty of other options available on the market to suit all budgets. 

Final Thoughts : Aside from the packaging I absolutely love it. It lasts great on my skin; I tested it in Orlando in July when it was really humid and at the end of the day it still looked amazing. The variety of shades is incredible and if you're light but olive you'll definitely find a colour to suit you. Mine is Desert Beige which is possibly the best match ever. 
I'd love to know your thoughts on this foundation or which other ones I should try that are similar. 

XOXO





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29 comments

  1. I absolutely adore this foundation, worn it for years and years! xxx

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  2. I've always wanted to try this foundation! Every time I buy a bottle without a pump, I dip q-tips into it, then apply it to my face that way (so excess product isn't poured out). Hopefully that helps you!

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    1. I will definitely give it a shot :) Thanks for the suggestion x

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  3. I agree with you about the packagong - dated! I have really dry skin so this formula doesn't work for me, which wouldn't surprise you. But I love the Double Wear Camouflage Makeup and use that as a blemish concealer. It's great for covering up bruises on the legs in Summer - it's waterproof so you can even swim without worry of it streaking or coming off. Tx

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    1. I haven't tried their concealers yet! They're definitely on my wishlist though. x

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  4. Now my wife is a fan of Estee Lauder (as I am of the Estee Lauder Group's men's products). I need to get her some Christmas presents on behalf of the children and this may well be it!

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  5. I have to admit, the not having a pump really does put me right off x

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    1. I know right, such a shame. They must do something about it asap x

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  6. I literally hate not having a pump and most of my favourite foundations have this predicament BUT I haven't ever tried double wear before so I must xxx

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    1. TRY IT!
      But I agree, it's a pain. Main reason I haven't tried Nars sheer glow yet haha

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  7. I've been wanting to try this foundation for a long time yet I can't bring myself to buy it haha. I've heard it's great for oily skin types and has a full coverage so it'd be amazing for me I reckon. Great review, hopefully I'll get to try it soon! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely worth trying, so many people adore it! x

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  8. I absolutely LOVE this foundation. Wearing for last 4 years and still its my favorite though i hate the fact that it has no pump :( x

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    1. haha so glad to see loads of us are in need of a pump. It's a must have, really. x

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  9. This has become my new go-to foundation! I have normal to dry skin and I find that with a silky oil and thick moisturizer underneath, I can pull it off! Love it.

    xx Krista
    lovekrista.com

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    1. Ahhh so glad to see even drier skin types can pull it off. A good moisturiser underneath does miracles x

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  10. oh kristina you just made me want to buy this! sigh...
    I might go to counter to ask for a sample. :)
    great review!

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  11. I definitely want to try this, although it's a shame there's no pump. You'd think they'd at least sell one separately?! Great tips on how to use this foundation though, I'll keep them in mind if I ever manage to pick it up!
    Laura x FloraLooTwo

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  12. This used to be my go to foundation for years and then all of a sudden I hated it, we've had an on/off relationship since then... You're right about the colours though, I think this has to be the one of best matching foundations I have found for me! xxx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  13. I haven't tried this foundation, but I have the more intense version of this double wear (I'm blanking on the name) but I absolutely love it. I wear it whenever I need my foundation to last a long day. When I have it on, I don't have to worry about it going anywhere!

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  14. This little gem has been in my wishlist the longest time, but I want to use up other foundations before I buy a new one x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  15. I think I'm going to have to splash out on this at some point soon, it sounds like it could be perfect for my super oily skin! Thanks for the application tips, I'd be super annoyed if I spent all that money & couldn't make it work for me!

    Jess xo

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  16. My mum loves this foundation to bits!! I need to steal hers and try. btw, love your babe!

    xoxo,
    cyn

    slowbro-gal.com

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  17. I'd really like to try this as I always use medium to high coverage foundation. I'm currently using NARS Sheer Glow and Vichy Dermablend xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  18. The pump that MAC makes for $10 fits like a glove on this. It's a must!

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