Review of Estee Lauder Double Wear (old formula) by karinaFresh
I LOVE this foundation! This & Lancome 24hr are my favorites. I'm about an NC 35-40 & use the shades Tawny & Shell Beige. I have never in my life used a foundation with the lasting capabilities that this has. It beats out all other foundations in terms of wear, even the Lancome 24hr which claims to last for 24 hours - DW actually lasts longer on me & it only boosts 15 hours. But please for the sake of your loyal customers Estee Lauder start putting a pump on this foundation, I think people will like it so much more!
It's actually a bit runny which I don't have a problem with as it comes out the bottle easily. The smell of this is very distinct, it's not really a bad smell, just a very distinct foundation scent. I apply this with my Sigma f80 brush over primed skin & this foundation applies beautifully (just make sure you prep your skin well before-hand or it won't apply well, I make sure my skin is well-exfoliated before I use this) I work in large sections quickly as it sets pretty fast.
If applied right, this foundation will look really nice, it has a medium-to-full, buildable coverage, I never need to spot conceal. But this foundation I almost find to be a little high-maintenance because if your skin isn't well prepped before-hand this foundation can look a mess (exfoliate, moisturize, prime!) It has a soft-matte finish, just don't over apply or it can get cakey. It also makes your face look a little one-dimensional so I advise contouring & high lighting with this. This foundation can be a little drying so it's best for normal, combo, or oily skin types. It can at times also feel a little heavy on the skin which doesn't bother me but so it's not for people who can't stand the feeling of makeup. This also sets nicely, you don't have to powder.
Hands down longest wearing foundation ever! I can't say it enough because it's true! I've tried so many long wearing foundations & this has beat them all. I went to an all day rave-festival with this on for a straight 18 hours of walking around in high humidity & dancing & this was still on, oily, but still on! It's the only foundation that on my oily skin is truly transfer-resistant. In terms of oil-control, it's very good, I don't look like an oil-slick throughout the day so this always leaves me looking very polished. This also doesn't oxidize on me which most foundations tend to do.
This is an amazing foundation, I will continue to buy this forever. Long wearing, great coverage, & the shade range is so perfect for me as I have a hard undertone to match (warm leaning towards neutral) & the warm shades for this foundation aren't overly yellow so they match me perfectly.