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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
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on 5/31/2018 4:39:00 PM
More reviews by Arosci
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Other, Straight, Medium
PROS :- very long-wearing formula (it even stands-up a slight scratching),- fluid, slightly runny texture, easy to blend (more beautiful texture and finish than Colorstay),- medium coverage in one layer,- blends seamlessly (neither blotchy nor patchy)- gorgeous "second skin" finish, with a very slight sheen, and no powdery appearance,- respects the skin texture (no blurring effect... that never lasts anyway),- strong adhesion to the skin, with only very minimal settling into fine lines or pores,- rich in pigments shades, neither gray nor brownish (a little too bright whatsoever but that’s what brightens the complexion),- fast drying but not to the point of instantly setting upon contact with the skin,- truly self-setting, if a powder is used it’s mostly to tone down shine,- no darkening while it sets and barely oxidizes during the wear time,- perfectly transfer-proof (my powder brush does not collect foundation, its fibers remain clean and fluffy),- precise numbering of the shades,- available in 50 shades (in the UK),- soluble in pure alcohol (which allows an easy cleaning of the sponge, or brush, which was used, you get it back as clean as before),- alcohol-free and fragrance-free (but not without smell, and I love this smell).CONS :- the now classical main drawback : NO PUMP !!!!! Seriously, Estée Lauder, drugstore brands add pumps on their less than 10 bucks foundations and there is no pump on yours which costs an arm to the toes (and requires to prostitute granny to get enough money to buy it) ??!!!- has a clear tendency to peel off from the skin when applying a second layer (see comments),- slight uncomfortable "resinous" sensation when the product is set, but it vanishes later when the foundation is mixed with the skin natural fluids,- slightly tacky feeling (though less tacky than Colorstay),- still lacks true "porcelain" shades,- does not control shine that well (but, on me, nothing does),- expensive, but it is undoubtedly worth the price.COMMENTS :The one and only trustable foundation that gives me a flawless complexion for a very long time, despite an overly oily skin. When I swatch several foundations on my arm, the only one that keeps all its intensity and coverage after several hours of friction on the clothes, and the shower, is that of Double Wear (the other ones become dull and/or translucent).Most foundations darken and/or change undertone when setting (which requires to wait for a swatch to fully set before checking if the shade is a good match)... this one does not. Small digression by the way : I have always found ridiculous all these online swatches that are "wet-not-set", it does not reflect the final result.As it is self-setting, it is useless to rush to powder it (if it’s powdered too early it cakes). One exception : the under eyes area. Regardless of the product I use, foundation or concealer, the product always creases into fine lines, so as soon as I get a flawless application on this area I immediately set with a translucent powder to prevent the product from further creasing.It is essential to apply it one section at a time because of its fast drying time (don’t dot it all over your face hoping to come back on these dots to blend them later, the last dotted area will be impossible to blend).Like many other products in the Double Wear range, this one has a strong (and exasperating) tendency to peel off from the skin when trying to apply a second layer, or simply when joining two areas (when using a blending sponge). In fact it is a matter of pressure : if, like me, you tend to press the foundation like a madman (trying to push it far into the skin hoping that it will last longer) you're damn. Gentleness is the key : using your sponge blend the foundation with the delicacy of a dandelion pappus carried by a light breeze, and not with the heaviness of a rammer flattening the bitumen.I like the wide range of 50 shades and their precise numbering :- the first digit indicates the main level, from the lighter level 1 to the darkest level 8,- the letter indicates the undertone, C for Cool (pink based), N for Neutral neither too pink nor too yellow (in theory), and W for Warm (yellow based),- the last digit modulates the intensity within a main level (1W2 will be a little darker than 1W1).I use two shades :- 1N1 Ivory Nude best matches my skintone but, despite its yellow base, it’s still a touch too pink (I have a very strong yellow undertone),- 1W1 Bone is more golden but slightly darker than 1N1 so it ends up a tad too gold on me (let’s check this summer),Ideally, instead of 1N1, for winter I would need a shade that has exactly the gorgeous color of the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer in 1N Extra-Light (paler than the 1W1 but yellow based, a shade called 1W0 somehow... Estée Lauder, please ?)Let’s note that the making of the undertones was surely done in a state of pronounced drunkenness (or it is the numbering which was made randomly) when one compares 1N1 Ivory Nude which is on the yellow side and 1N0 Porcelain which is on the pink side (both are N).A short comment on the formula change that took place a few years ago : many users complained that the new formula lost in coverage (and that the shades changed). The shades changes were obvious, as an example the shade 1C1 Shell which became 1C1 Cool Bone, officially identical but unofficially much darker (to the point that, in front of the flow of complaints, the brand had to recreate a shade 1C0 Shell identical to the old 1C1). But the new formula is thinner and more skin-like, thus is more beautiful than the old one. That said, so many changes in the shades and numbering system is unacceptable from a brand as Estée Lauder.At the end of the day, given its tenacity, I use a cleansing oil (or a two-phase micellar water) to remove it easily and completely without pulling/damaging my skin.
10 of 11 people found this helpful.
on 5/28/2018 11:27:00 PM
More reviews by bloodtypematcha
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
My HG foundation. I’m about to finish my third bottle and will definitely be getting my fourth. I have very oily-skin with lots of scarring and redness. Many foundations have broke me out or gets eaten away by my oils. However, this doesn’t do that at all. It has a strong lasting power and a beautiful matte to satin finish (depends on the application). For a full coverage look, I like to use a dense brush. And for a more light, everyday look, I use my fingers. I’ve tried it with a damp sponge and it looks very nice too! Blends nicely with all different applications. If you’re looking to try a new foundation, this is worth it :)The only downsides are the price (about 60$ CAD) and the packaging (it can get messy if you’re not careful).
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 5/24/2018 11:36:00 AM
More reviews by nioniagr
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
The best stay in place make up ever! I have been used this product over 4 years now. It stays on my face over the day. My best ever!
on 5/18/2018 4:12:00 AM
More reviews by JolieBelle
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
This is a cult foundation for a reason, that being its staying power. It adheres to the skin like paint, and stays there until you take it off. I find it could be described as specifically formulated for oily skinned ladies and gents, as it doesn't need setting powder (unless you have exceptionally oily skin i presume), doesn't break down on critical oily areas throughout the day (nostrils, in between the brows, nose, inner cheeks), doesn't oxidize or change color. I absolutely adore it and yes, if i had to wear a single foundation for the rest of my life, this would be it. This is my "husband" foundation. The rest are all occasional, short-termed, exciting but quick-fizzling, cool-but-enough-now "affairs". Pros:- one of the few foundations that actually does what it claims to do;- great coverage without looking dry, cakey or streaky;- beautiful smooth finish, like glass/paint;- very long lasting;- unbreakable, doesn't dissolve on oily areas or under the eyes. This particularity is almost impossible to find in other foundations, in my opinion, and if met, it comes with significant disadvantages (extreme thickness, dryness, for example the Kat Von D/ LA Girl foundations);- contrary to other reviews, i personally don't find it drying under the eyes at all. Eye cream is a general must for the skin regardless of one wearing makeup or not;- extensive shade rage, for pretty much everyone;- very buildable if applied fast;- a little goes a long way, a bottle will last for months with daily use;- replaces concealer successfully;- good skin tolerance (didn't break me out);- wonderful natural look for its consistency and coverage. Pretty much 5% heavier on the skin than liquid foundations. Cons:- expensive (but good things cost money);- the significant shade range makes it difficult to choose one's right tone, particularly in store lights;- the glass bottle albeit beautiful is not user-friendly and needs a pump;- needs attentive removal, hard to scrub off. I will continue to repurchase this foundation and not the light version as i don't want to stray. The company could offer a more extensive guideline for choosing the right shade and add a pump and they'd be market leaders.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 5/7/2018 10:51:00 AM
More reviews by eefie
Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
My HG foundation for over ten years! I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I like a matte, longlasting finish and this does the deed. This is almost full coverage, but you can sheer it out if you want to (add a bit of moisturizer) on 'natural' days or build it up on 'bad skin days'. You only need a small amount, because if you use too much, it will look cakey. If you are more on the dry/normal side it might accentuate dry patches, so moisturise well before using this. The bottle is glass, so not that great for traveling. It doesn't come with a pump (sigh..) but you can buy one separately. The smell is quite neutral and faint, not disturbing or anything at all. Despite the price, which is quite high, I will keep repurchasing because this gives me a nice finish, good coverage and lasts most of the day (with setting powder on top), and I have not find any other (drugstore or luxury) foundation to match this one. I also really appreciate the fact that they have a wide array of shades with different undertones, from very fair to very dark, although my shade is only available online in my country. I am a NW15-20 in Mac (fair with cool undertones) for reference and I use 1n2 Ecru in EL Double Wear (I can make 2n1 Desert Beige also work for me). Note: I prefer the neutral undertone to the more pinkish undertone of the c-shades (c=cool, n=neutral, w=warm).
on 5/4/2018 4:40:00 AM
More reviews by teago
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This stuff is so good and actually much better than what it use to be ( it use to bemuch more like spack filler but still good)!
It’s a true medium, buildable, satin long wearing foundation. I’ve found my favourite products to use under it (the olay complete spf range is good) but did have a bit of trial and error, anything to lipid rich and it does move around but anything too ‘matte’ can cause the foundation to cling. My favourite brushes to apply are Real Techniques buffing and contour brushes to really help pull and spread the product, I find with these brushes I can continue to deposit and buff coverage even when the brush feels dry. Personally I’ve found a beauty blender does not work with this, particularly if you are dry because your skin is fighting for moisture from the damp sponge and the foundation and then it just looks patchy.
I also like to set this with the Laura Mercier Baked Radiance powder, it brings life with no sparkle and locks in the foundation.
The shades are a little tricky too...I have 3 actually, cool bone, ecru and desert beige depending on the weather and if I have any tan!
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 5/3/2018 7:49:00 PM
More reviews by Lari405
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
This is my holy grail foundation. It looks great after initial application. But what made it my go to is that as it wears during the day, it gets a little more dewey looking on my combo (leaning towards oily) skin. But dewey in a good, “I’m naturally glowing” way. It really wears off beautifully (all foundations wear off as the day goes on, it’s just HOW they wear off on your skin that’s important!). Personally, I’ve never had any issues with it gathering or wiping off the way other foundations have. The only thing people have to be careful with is that this can look cakey if you apply too much OR if your skin isn’t properly hydrated beforehand. However, that’s a problem that can be worked around once you find out the best way to prep your skin and apply. Personally, I feel like people with oily skin types and those looks for medium leaning towards high coverage (with spot concealing on problematic areas b/c zit redness/discoloration still peeks through on me) would really enjoy this foundation.Those with dry skin or those that want a lot of coverage after initial application may not be too into it as it would probably look cakey by the end of the day.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 5/3/2018 6:58:00 PM
More reviews by FlowerBombBabe
Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
Some MU items are classic for a reason. Very few MU products become instant HGs to me and this is one of them. I'm so happy with my purchase. It's highly covering and gives a beautiful finish. It's called a "stay-in-place MU", let me tell you, it does NOT move all day. I swear, I wore it for over 12 hours as I was travelling and my face still looked good at the end ! I agree with other reviewers as it gets better as the day goes by. However, it dries quite fast so you need to blend it quickly. I find it works perfectly with the RT complexion brush. I like that it has no pump because I can control how much product I need, you usually end up with more than you want with pumps.
on 4/27/2018 3:47:00 PM
More reviews by agnebai
Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral
Definitely my HG foundation. Double Ware does not budge on my combination skin for at least 12 hours easily and looks honestly much better on my face at the end of the day than most other foundations look in 4-5 hours.I prefer applying it with a damp beauty sponge on a well moisturized and primed skin. I noticed that I need much smaller amount of product than when working with most other foundations I've tried. With just one very thin layer and a damp sponge I can easily get high-medium or light-high coverage which I really enjoy even for an everyday look. It looks quite natural, I have never experienced cakyness with Double Ware (I think applying it in very thin layers and not more than 1-2 layers helps in that regard). I normally set it very lightly with a bit of a setting powder and I usually don't need any touch-ups during the entire day (not even on my T-zone).I truly love it and don't even know why I have another 5 different foundations at the moment when all I want to use is Double Ware :)
on 4/8/2018 3:55:00 AM
More reviews by CARMS14
Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure
One of the best foundations I have ever come across. I have used this foundation for years now, I wear the shade 4W1 Honey Bronze. This foundation claims to be 24 hour wear, it is definitely the most long wearing foundation I have used by far. They provide a good variety of undertones. I believe there are 50 shades (UK) might be more elsewhere.
Provides a semi - matte finish and it’s medium to full coverage. I have dry to normal skin so I don’t go for matte foundations this one is a nice in between. If your skin is more of the dry side and you’re thinking about purchasing but you’re worried too, don’t be. As long as you prep your skin really well underneath, it’ll work well. I typically like to use Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base & MAC strobe cream with this. I sometimes mix the strobe cream into the foundation.
Only down side is...
It’s a glass bottle so if you drop it on hard flooring, it’ll likely smash and for the price point (£33.50) that’s steep.
Doesn’t come with a pump but you can purchase one on counter for £5.00
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