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.