Last night as soon as I posted my recent mini haul on my Facebook page and a few groups, a lot of people started requesting for a review on the Estee Lauder double wear foundation. Now, I know that this is one review that has been done to mummification,yet here’s my take on it! 🙂
Estee lauder double wear is a very good foundation if you want full coverage. It’s really good for oily skin and stays on for at least a good 10 hours without fading or budging from its place! However, I still feel the need to set it with a little bit of powder right after I blend the foundation in because I have combination-oily skin. This foundation is actually quite light weight for the coverage that it gives but is a bit more sticky than most other regular foundations that I use. Once on the face, it dries very quickly, so you would have to work quite fast with it to get that flawless finish. I usually use a good stippling brush to apply this all over my face and then i like to blend it with a damp beauty blender so that it blends in seamlessly.
This foundation would definitely give you a made-up look which is great for weddings, date nights and other occasions but I feel that it’s not for everyday use. For regular use, I like my foundation to be more sheer, but if you need/like the extra coverage for daily use, then do go ahead! 🙂
Now, in terms of colour it’s quite a tricky foundation for us brown skinned girls! Most of the shades have pinkish or peachy undertones..yellow shades of this foundation is pretty hard to come by so in my opinion, if you are looking for a yellow based shade, try this out on yourselves before buying it. I had seen a lot of swatches online and I thought I had figured out which shade to get. I also got recommendations from different makeup artists too but when I used those shades, they didn’t flatter my complexion at all. Although I’m providing you with swatches of all the ELDW foundations I own, I’d still recommend u to actually try it out before buying this!
Here are the comparison swatches that I’ve done:
I’ve photographed the swatches under white light so you can get an idea of what they really look like. As you can see, 3w1 looks pretty close to MAC studio fix in NC 35, yet while NC35 matches my facial skin, 3w1 makes me look quite ashy. On the other hand, 3w2 looks darker than NC 35 and NC 40 too- yet it flatters me almost to perfection. Another reason for this might be that the ELDW foundations when blended turn out to be brighter than they originally look while swatching!
As for dupes of this foundation, I’d say MAC pro longwear would be very close to it in terms of coverage and longevity.
It retails for $38 in Sephora and I got it for Tk.4500 here in Bangladesh.
So all in all, ELDW is a great foundation as long as you can find the perfect shade for yourself, otherwise it can be quite unforgiving on the skin!