Like no other
Naturally, foundation is 100% personal preference and works in harmony with individual skin types, so it can be really hard at times to find foundations that really wear well. For me, after a long journey of many attempts at finding the "perfect" foundation, i stumbled across a BGuru recommendation (really sad that I can't remember the name of her) of Estee Lauder Doublewear. I can honestly say I will never go back and that this is in truth my second skin of choice. The coverage is heavy so that could be a downfall to the girls out there who prefer a more lighter feel on their skin, but for a a full felt, airbrushed, flawless look (I use the Sigma F50 to apply) then Doublewear has got the look. The lasting-factor is...all day, literally. Even forgetting to set with powder it still remains well and truely "there" as the moment it was put on. I had a tendency to get a little oily across my cheeks at times with other foundations, but again, Doublewear really seems to have covered this...if it's meant to...either that or my skincare regime is doing that for me. 10/10 and won't ever look back.
In love with this foundation!
Coverage: This is a medium - full coverage foundation and the consistency of it is not too thick and not too runny, it's just right in my opinion but for those who do not like the feeling of make-up may not like it depending on your application. Though it is quite light weight, if used with a heavy hand, you will look very made up otherwise it can look very natural. Thankfully this foundation is buildable so if you feel you need more coverage, it can be layered up until you're satisfied. Finish: This foundation has a very natural and semi-matte finish. It can be worn without powder as it sets beautifully and oil doesn't tend to shine through. I never wear this without powder, as I wear all my foundations with a finishing powder (just a habit). Staying Power: Estee Lauder states that this foundation has a staying power of 15hours. I even think it lasts longer! I have been on a trip which in total was 15hours+ and when I had arrived, my make up still looked like it had been freshly applied. I couldn't believe it. This foundation lasts through hot weather. I can almost say it is sweat proof! Even through the heat it takes a very long time for oil to shine through. It is also non-transferable and does not change colour through wear. Price and Availabilty: This product retails for £26.50 now but at the time that I bought it, it was £25.50. It can be purchased at any of the Estee Lauder Counters (Boots, Fenwick, Debenhams, House of Fraser etc). It is available in a wide range of shades, though shades for darker women are very limited. "6N1 Truffle" (my shade) is the darkest. I am currently an NC50 in MAC for reference but this shade can be worn by those matched NW45/NW47. With an non-transferable formula, lasting power of 15hrs and SPF 10, you can't go wrong! Not recommended for those with dry skin as it is an oil-free product.
Best Foundation for Oily Skin EVER!
Seriously, this product kicks butt and takes names. This is the only foundation I have ever used that has kept my skin matte and gorgeous for well over 10 hours. Its consistency isn't runny, but isn't thick either - it's the perfect consistency to get out of the bottle with ease, and allows you enough time to properly distribute on your face before drying. Double Wear provides medium, buildable coverage, with a natural, semi-matte finish. It's very lightweight and sets itself, so you don't have to use a setting powder. I am amazed at how well this foundation holds up throughout the day and night, in extreme summer heat and over oily skin! This foundation does not rub off, slip or smudge in the least, yet isn't difficult to remove with a makeup remover/cleanser. My skin has not broken out from use of this product. Double Wear is a must-have for ladies who have oily skin and suffer from foundation melt-down! Though, Double Wear is good for anyone who is looking for a long-wearing, natural-looking foundation that covers well and is available in a wide array of shades. I really cannot rave enough about this foundation. I'm amazed! It's definitely a bit pricey, since it's high-end, but you really are paying for quality here, folks. I recommend going to your local Estée Lauder counter and request a sample. They'll match you to a shade and your sample will last 10-14 days, so you can see the results for yourself!
My HG Foundation!
I absolutely LOVE this foundation. It's true to what they claim..it stays on for 12+ hours! I have tried SO many foundations over the years and nothing comes close to Estee Lauder Double Wear. This is definitely full coverage and will give you a flawless look.
May not be WOC friendly
I took advantage of the Macy's Estee Lauder counter promotion for a 10 day supply of Double Wear. The first thing I noticed was that it took half an hour for the rep to find a shade that was comparable to my skintone. I am a Black woman (Mac NW45 skintone) and towards the 30 min mark I started to think I'd have to get two different shades and mix them. I ended up getting Spice. She applied it with a sponge, but to me that was TOO heavy so I am going to try it again with a stippling brush and see if I won't look so 'pancake face.' As far as getting it off my face, I washed my face twice, used astringent and remover wipes before I felt it was completely off. UPDATE 2012 : I tried it again & scratch this --- I give it a full 3 stars. I wear it when I remember I have it. I wouldn't buy it, but it doesn't suck like I originally thought. I apply it with a stippling brush and the coverage is nice.
Best Foundation Ever!
This foundation is amazing! It feels light on the skin, yet covers up imperfections to provide a flawless finish. I have oily skin and most foundations begin to wear off after 3 or 4 hours. This foundation stays semi-matte and lasts through my 10+ hour work days. I use a damp beauty blender to apply it and it sets beautifully! Double Wear is a must-have for oily skin types. Love this stuff!
I adore this. It is Holy Grail material for sure! The staying power of this foundation is unbeatable, it is not going to move until you tell it too! The coverage is medium to heavy and makes me look like I have flawless skin (when I most certainly don't). I was color matched at the counter to the shade Ecru and it is a perfect fit.
I have never tried Estee Lauder products before but I've heard good things. I saw a review on this foundation on YouTube and decided to go get a sample since I wasn't liking my current foundations too much and wanted something new. I'm so glad that I tried this! I love it so much and I cant believe how great it matches my skin. I have yellow undertones and the shade that matched me was neutral. It was just a bit pink but you cant even tell. It matches me that much. I also have combination skin and this does a great job of staying matte most of the day. Definitely get a sample if you can! It's worth it!
This is my holy grail foundation as of the moment. In contrast to the popular belief, this is a medium coverage foundation as it stated on Estee Lauder's website. So the coverage is pretty nice but it is not totally full coverage. It stays for a whole day without budging although I need to blot a few times because I have oily skin. It is non-acnegenic as well so I did not break out from it. Regarding it finish, it looks somehow airbrushed and semi-matte if I use a flat top brush and a little dewy if I use a paddle foundation brush. Nevertheless, I wish it comes with a pump because it really tends to be messy.
I really love this foundation, it is my absolute favorite. Here's a little story: In Spring 2011, I bought and exchanged this thing about 5 times. For the life of me, I could not find a good color. -__- Then one day a few months later in July I went to Macy's with a purpose to get some foundation from the Lancome counter, but EL Double Wear caught my attention. I decided to have the sales associate match me. When she applied a full face of foundation set with powder, I looked in the mirror and I LOOOOVED how it looked. In the back of my mind, I was hesitant to buy it because of my previous experience with their shades. She matched me to Shell Beige, and which is one of the shades I had bought and returned just months prior. Though that day it looked fantastic and the shade seemed dead on for the most part. Needless to say, I bought it yet and again and never looked back. I'm not even sure what the issue was the first time around, I assume the lighting? I love this foundation because it's medium to full coverage, which is what I need with my hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. It covers well, but I still need concealer on my problem areas. It's definitely long wearing, and it doesn't feel heavy on my skin. It doesn't have a pump, but I don't even care, definitely not a drawback for me! It really does make you look absolutely flawless! I normally apply it with a damp wedge sponge, which I find gives the best finish. When I use a brush it looks cakey and chalky, NOT cute. I can honestly say that this is the only foundation I've ever come to really LOVE. Even when I didn't have it, I wished I did and it disappointed me that the shades didn't quite work for me at the time. Now, I consider this my holy grail foundation. Nothing beats Estee Lauder Double Wear! However, they just came out with their new Invisible Fluid Makeup foundation, and I'm loving that one just as much. :)