I thought I’d review a classic on my blog today, the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation; this is a product that I only picked up a few months ago after hearing claims it’s one of the best on the market for oily skin. I’ve been wearing it ever since and feel confident enough now to give you my full review to help you decide if it is worth the splurge.
Price: £32.50, and I bought my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation from Debenhams. I like purchasing from Debenhams as Beauty Club card holders (free for anyone to join) gets free delivery, plus reward points for every purchase. By doing so, I manage to save money to then use against future purchases. This foundation however, is the most expensive I have ever bought as it’s a fraction more expensive than Mac foundations so I really wanted this to work.
Shade: I love the shade ranges available in the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. It’s clear which shade has which undertone and they begin at extremely light colours to some very deep shades that means this is a foundation made with everyone in mind! My shade is 1W2 sand. I colour matched myself from online swatches as I have had some bad experiences in store being matched. This is honestly my perfect colour though (phew) but with so many reviews and swatches online I found it easy to find my shade. For reference, I’m a Mac NC15/20.
Application: I find the best way to apply the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is with a Sigma F80 brush; this not only helps blend the product perfectly but I also find it helps to achieve maximum coverage. I normally use a beauty blender to apply my foundation but I found that it the sponge does absorb WAAAAY more product and creates a more sheer coverage. Once I finish with the F80, I will sometimes take a beauty blender to push the product into my skin but I can get a medium to full coverage with a brush, plus when it’s this expensive you don’t want to waste any product!
Finish: Once I finish applying with my F80 brush, I get a demi-matte finish. It’s not matte matte which means it can cater for more skin types; if you have try skin you don’t want a drying finish, and it’s also good for oily skin as it’s not at all dewy. Because it can feel quite thick on the skin if you do build it up, I like to set it down with a powder to prevent transfer and make it even more suited for my oily skin type. I’ve been recently loving both the Rimmel #Insta Powder from their new collection (see my post all about it here) or my RMCA powder ever so lightly over my face. I’ll then sometimes go over that all with either a setting spray if I’m going to be out all day, or fix+ by Mac to melt the powder into the skin and make it look a little more natural. Once I’m done, the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has been converted into a lovely matte base that is much better for my oily skin.
Longevity: This is my most long lasting foundation on my oily skin, and it pains me to say it as it s the most expensive foundation I have ever bought, but I’m going to always be honest. I’d say I get 8 hours of wear before I need to powder again, or blot away excess oil. For me, this is great. With standard foundation, I normally get 4/6 hours wear before touch ups are needed.
Oily skin performance: Like I’ve said in my previous point, this is a brilliant foundation for oily skin, but it isn’t bulletproof. I do still need to touch up, but when I do my oils don’t look greasy. It definitely has oil controlling properties but I was under the impression the Estee Double Wear Foundation would give me a solid day without touch ups. In the summer I am more oily than usual, and I do have VERY oily skin.
Will I repurchase? Basically, yes. I wish I didn’t like this as much as I do because it’s expensive but I love the colour, I love the performance, and I love the finish. For me this is an all rounder and it’s a foundation that I’ll use if I want something that ticks all of the boxes. I wish it performed a little better on my oily skin but I’ll be experimenting with more primers to see if there is way to extend the wear anymore as other than that, it’s the perfect foundation with the perfect formula.
Have you tried out the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation? What did you think?