Estee Lauder is a company owned by Estee Lauder Group that has been in the industry for more than half a century owning famous brands such as MAC, Clinique, Origins, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Donna Karen and Smashbox – just to name a few.
I’ve been using quite a lot of MAC, Clinique and Donna Karen products, but haven’t tried 90% of their other brands, but yet I still have to report, that I think I have found my HOLY GRAIL (HG) foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.
I have had a couple of samples of different at home for a while and have been trying them on and off (been trying other foundations inbetween), but last Saturday, whilst filming my tutorial (coming soon), I realised that I had potentially found what I’ve always been looking for!
So I’ve been trialing the foundation daily all day long and even through the night (I know: ewww but it’s part of my trialing criteria!) and have got absolutely nothing to complain about!
So here’s my review.
Name: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Shade: Fresco (I’m NW15/20 in MAC, 150 in Illamasqua)
Available at: Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges
Size: 30ml / 1 US lf oz
Description: “15-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. Won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.”
The foundation comes in a milky rectangular glass bottle with a golden lid. Unfortunately it doesn’t come without a pump, so dispensing product unto the back of your hand or a petri dish might cause some unwanted spillage and waste of product. But I do like that the body of the product is clear/milky so you can see how much product you’ve used and when you run out. 4 out of 5
The product comes in 19 shades for neutral, warm (yellow undertones) and cold (pink undertones) skin colors. They are broken into 6 shades and then three sub-shades, which I think is fantastic! But from what I can see the women of color (WOC) aren’t properly served by the range of shades. The bottle holds 30ml / 1 US fl oz for £25.50, which works out as £8.50 per 10ml / .33 US fl oz, which is a tad more expensive than MAC’s foundations for example. 4 out of 5
You have to remember that this bit is just about my skin and how it works for me. It might work differently for different skin types and people that want other things from a foundation. I want my foundation to be long-lasting, make my face less greasy, be light weight, be easy blendable, doesn’t transfer and have a good coverage. It applies for me (using the Illamasqua foundation brush) really well and blends nicely – no streaks (obv this depends on your technique). It has great coverage (I don’t need to use a concealer – but I dont have severe dark circles either) and is buildable as well (as if the foundation’s coverage is not enough!). For my combination/oily skin it lasts surprisingly well! I obviously moisturize my clean, toned face and use a primer (I tried different primers every day and even without primer), but it lasts literally all day and even one night lasted until the next morning. So for me it definitely lasts longer than 15 hours. It doesn’t oxidate either, so it doesn’t change its color like other foundations do. It’s also not heavy (think Revlon ColorStay as heavy) and feels great on the skin. It dries down fairly quickly too and you won’t necessarily have to set it with a powder either. And I tried it – it really doesn’t transfer either. So definitely for me, it keeps all that it is promising. If I could give more I would, but 5 is the maximum, so it gets 5 out of 5
Despite the fact that it doesn’t come with a pump and doesn’t necessarily serve WOC it is still a perfect foundation for me and therefore my new HOLY GRAIL! I would definitely buy it again, even if it’s a bit more expensive than other foundations – it’s definitely worth the money. And if I could give more than 5 points – again – I would. 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Product: 4 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Total: 16 out of 20
Foundations I’ve tried so far:
- Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
- Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
- MAC Select Foundation
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
- MAC Sculpt Foundation
- Revlon ColorStay Foundation
- NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Again, I can only stress that I’m judging this on my skin which is very specific – every skin is different and reacts differently. If you are interested in trying it out – get a sample.
What is your holy grail foundation? Have you guys tried this foundation? What is your experience with it?