Estée Lauder Double Wear, Debenhams, £28.60
One of my New Year's beauty 'resolutions' is to really sort out my face basics. Top of the list was finding a perfect foundation - and I think I've actually done it with Estée Lauder's Double Wear. Unless you've been living under a beauty rock, you'll have heard of it - it's one of the best selling foundations in the UK and definitely another level beyond other, cheaper foundations I've tried.
I had a £25 Debenhams voucher for Christmas, and knew I wanted to spend it on a new, quality foundation - and after some research and trying a few different ones, I settled on Double Wear. Initially, I tried out the shade Fresco, but after a second try and some helpful matching from the lady at the counter, I discovered Ecru to actually be the perfect fit for my skintone - and I MEAN perfect, the best colour match I think I've ever found in a base.
Double Wear gives pretty heavy coverage, but for me that's a selling point, and there is a degree to which you can build up the coverage to suit. I found it applied much, much better with a brush (I used Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) than with my fingers. It has quite a thick consistency, and I needed to get it worked into my skin quite quickly - but by using a little bit at a time, I found it easy to create a flawless base. Along with a bit of concealer, the spot scars on my chin are almost completely banished - something I've always found hard to do. You do definitely need a day moisturiser underneath it though; stay tuned for my new favourite, post coming soon!
The finish looks very natural and is matte rather than a glow without looking cakey. As for the big selling point of the foundation, its staying power - I was blown away by how good this was. I'm the kinda person who's always accidentally rubbing her face and other foundations have usually worn down by mid afternoon, but this one's a sticker. I didn't need to top up for going out after wearing it for a whole day. It didn't come off on clothes, as soon as it set it was there for the duration. Definitely living up to the 'stay in place' promise!
A downfall a lot of bloggers have mentioned is that the product doesn't come with a pump - I'm quite cautious dispensing it, so it hasn't particularly bothered me, but the MAC foundation pump apparently fits the bottle perfectly with a bit of trimming - for a lowdown on that, check this post! There's also the fact that sometimes when taking a photo with flash, the foundation gives 'ghost face' where the SPF in the product makes your face look ghostly - however, I'm quite pale anyway and didn't notice a difference compared to most other foundations I've used, especially ones with SPF.
The foundation retails at £28.50 - which at first thought is a bit steep, but I think of it this way: You'd spend that on a dress you'd wear maybe twice a month, but you 'wear' your face daily - thinking this way, I find it a lot easier to buy an expensive foundation as I'm going to be slapping it on my face on a daily basis. You also don't need to use much Double Wear to get the desired effect due to its heavy coverage.
I definitely get the hype around Double Wear now - it's transformed my makeup routine and I'm definitely going to be wearing this on a daily basis!