Once upon a time I was foolish enough to ask a silly question. Whats the best foundation for flawless coverage? I received a lot of answers and more than one was Estée Lauder double wear. A week later I was getting my hair done at Vintage Rocks salon and my stylist and I were talking foundations. She whipped out hers which she said was amazing, lo and behold it was Estée Lauder Double Wear. So I took the cosmic hint and went and bought some.
Buy it if- You have oily skin, and a spare £25.50 that you have nothing better to do with. Or if you’re having trouble keeping foundation on your skin.
Don’t buy it if- Your skin is in any way dry, even normal/dry. If you have any fine lines or wrinkles in combination with this skin type avoid like the plague.
When I had coughed up the money, I was so excited, I literally ran home to try out my new foundation which would give me Hollywood flawless skin.
Oh how disappointed I was.
First of all the bottle is very luxe double glass, nice and weighty. The liquid itself is pretty dense but no much more than others of the same type. When I applied it, I used a sponge applicator and put it on skin which had been treated with my Smashbox Primer.
It doesn’t spread very well, initially I wasn’t surprised mainly because it’s a foundation which is designed to stay in place, so moving shouldn’t be high on its list of features.
Once on, was I bowled over by how smashing I looked? In short, no. I looked about 5 years older for a start, which is not what any woman wants (unless she’s 14 and buying cider). My skin may have looked as if it was clear, but it looked so caked on and dry that I genuinely thought I looked like I was about do go on stage with heavy stage make up.
So I tried a different tactic. I split it with my Soap and Glory Bright Here, Bright Now to reduce its heaviness, add a little less density. So was it better? It wasn’t as heavy but it still looked dreadful. It got to the point where I was literally using the tiniest amount of it to 3/4 moisturizer and I still didn’t like the result.
Most of the people whose reviews I have read on it have oily skin and have liked the product, those with drier skin haven’t liked it at all. I suspect for the same reason as myself it just looks awful. Caked on foundation doesn’t look good on anyone, it ages people hugely. Dewy, light and good highlighting is the way forward. This foundation did not give me this.
So I have a rather expensive foundation that I occasionally use as a concealer. It works pretty good as a concealer but as a foundation, avoid it if you don’t have oily skin!