Estee Lauder Double Wear is my holy grail foundation. I have used it for years and it lasts really well on the skin whilst still giving you that 'flawless' finish. This is my ideal foundation as its full coverage, lasts all day on the skin, looks flawless and is good for shine control. It is also the UK's no 1 foundation.
15 hour staying power
Flawless all day
Stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity
Won't change colour, smudge or come off on clothes
Feels lightweight and comfortable
There are 29 different shade range available and they are split up into three different categories warm, cool and neutral undertones.
Warm shades:1W1 Bone, 1W2 Sand, 2W1 Dawn, 2W2 Rattan, 3W1 Tawny, 3W2 Cashew, 4W1 Honey Bronze, 4W2 Toasty Coffee, 4W3 Henna, 5W2 Rich Caramel, 6W1 Sandalwood
Cool shades: 1C1 Cool Bone, 2C1 Pure Beige, 2C2 Pale Almond, 2C3 Fresco, 2C4 Ivory Rose, 3C2 Pebble, 4C1 Outdoor Beige, 5C1 Rich Chestnut, 6C1 Rich Cocoa, 6C2 Rich Mahogany
Neutral shades: 1N1 Ivory Nude, 1N2 Ecru, 2N1 Desert Beige, 3N1 Ivory Beige, 3N2 Wheat, 4N1 Shell Beige, 4N2 Spiced Sand, 5N2 Amber Honey
Warm: Red and yellow undertones
Cool: Pink/rosy undertones
Neutral: Mixture of both
When choosing the right shade of foundation it is best to do a swatch on the side of your face and compare it with two other shades similar to your skin tone. This way you can tell which foundation shade blends the best into your face and neck.
How to apply the foundation
I find that the best way to apply this foundation is with a stippling brush ( I use the stippling brush by Real Techniques) as this gives a more flawless and blended finish. When blending the foundation you need to be fairly quick. I find that the best way to do this is to apply the foundation on sections of your face that way it will blend evenly. If you find that the foundation hasn't covered an area on your face as well as you like then you can apply another thin layer without it looking cakey and patchy.
My overall opinion
I have normal skin and this foundation lasts really well on me. I wore this foundation to my uncles wedding and it lasted all day/night and still looked like it was freshly applied (I apply Estee Lauder stay in place powder foundation on top of this to set my makeup) This foundation doesn't oxidise throughout the day and doesn't transfer onto clothes.
This foundation is ideal for those who are after a medium/full coverage foundation, looks flawless and lasts well throughout the day.
This foundation is ideal for those with oily/combination/ normal skin. It can be suitable for those with dry skin but use a good hydrating moisturiser before using this foundation. So that it doesn't cling or make obvious any dry patches on the face.
I will continue to keep buying this foundation as no other foundation can compare to this one.
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