I’m back today with a foundation review! I recently got a gift card to a department store for my birthday and I decided to use it to test out my first high end foundation. I had heard tons of reviews on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation so I decided to give it a go.
This is a really expensive product so I definitely had high expectations for the packaging and the product overall. The packaging is a heavy frosted glass bottle with a gold cap and gold accents. It’s definitely quality packaging. The one thing that it needed for the price tag ($37USD, $44CAD) is a pump. As much as we all appreciate pretty packaging, it has to be functional and that would have definitely added points for me. Since this is expensive and I don’t want to waste it, I purchased a foundation pump from MAC and it fits perfectly. That does add to the price of this, which is slightly irritating. Overall I consider the packaging to be fancy and high end, but lacking a little in functionality.
Foundation with added pump ^
Alright so now let’s talk about the star of the show, the product itself. I’m going to start with the claims. This foundation claims 15 hour wear and a natural appearance through ‘heat, humidity, non-stop activity’. It also claims medium, buildable coverage. It definitely holds up to the claims of being long wearing, 100%. I don’t have oily skin, but now that summer is here I’m finding that my makeup isn’t entirely sweat proof and looks a little melted at the end of the day. This foundation does not budge. Even when I wet my face at night, it still doesn’t budge. I do wear my makeup for really long days, so I will agree that it can easily last 15 hours and it doesn’t budge through heat and sweat. It looks the same at the end of the day as it did at the beginning. Despite being really long wearing, it doesn’t feel thick and I’ve never found it to look cakey, even when it’s built up. I have one spot next to my mouth that some of my other foundations crease or settle on and this doesn’t do that, so it earned bonus points for me.
Before I actually used this I was expecting a super thick foundation, since one of the reasons it’s so popular is because it can be built to very full coverage, but it’s not thick at all and has a slightly runny consistency that’s very similar to L’Oreal True Match, my long time favourite. I agree that it’s medium coverage because with one layer it’s not super full coverage in my opinion. To get the kind of coverage I usually go for 2-3 light layers, which is just fine with this foundation since it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. It looks very natural still and some of my freckles still show through, which I’m fine with since it makes it look real. I’ll admit that I was expected a little more coverage, since it was hyped to make skin look flawless. I enjoy the coverage it gives, it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I do have some dry patches on my face and it doesn’t accentuate or cling to those, which is plus for when my skin is on the drier side. I apply this with a Real Techniques Sponge, so that might help with the dry patches. I haven’t tried this with a brush yet since the sponge was working perfectly.
This foundation comes in 30 shades, which is amazing, but can make it difficult to choose if you aren’t able to get to a counter to be matched. I don’t have any malls near me, so I had to buy this online. In order to find my shade, I found a really cool website that will match you to a new foundation based on your other foundation shades. You just put in your existing foundation brand and shade and the brand you want to be matched with and it will give the shade that should match you. I used this and this shade (Ecru 1N2) is a perfect match for me. If you’re buying online, definitely give this a try!
Here’s the link:
Here is what the foundation looks like on me (with flash):
I’m enjoying this foundation. For people like me who don’t go for lighter coverage in the summer, this is perfect because it’s super long wearing and budge proof. As much as I was expecting very full coverage, I like that I can build it up to look like how I like to wear it. I’m super impressed that it’s not cakey and also with how natural it looks. I also haven’t gotten white cast in pictures, so I’m happy about that because that is one issue I have with my usual True Match. Overall I’m glad I used my gift card for this and it was a great place to start for high end foundations.
If you’ve used this foundation or know of any other high end foundations that are worth the money, let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now!