Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Estee Lauder Double Wear Review

I thought I would do a review on one of my favourite foundations. Although we tend to have a love/hate relationship, Estee Lauder Double Wear was once my HG foundation and I still love wearing it today. 

If you are looking for a foundation with amazing coverage, that leaves a matte-finish, doesn't transfer and lasts all day long, this is it. I've used this foundation on-and-off for years and it is by far one of the best foundations when it comes to coverage and longevity. Yes, it isn't the cheapest (it retails at £25.50), but it is easy to apply, blends well and leaves my skin looking flawless. I'm someone who always looks for good coverage when it comes to foundation because my skin is just SO bad. I also love looking 'made up' - I know a lot of people prefer to look natural but I love looking like I have make up on. For anyone who suffers with acne, or has acne scars - this foundation is great because it has amazing coverage and is also oil-free. 

However. There is a reason I no longer call this foundation my 'HG'. As much as I adore the way it looks, feels and covers on my skin, there is a serious issue when it comes to photographing this foundation. You simply cannot go anywhere near a flash with it. It creates the most awful, pale ghost face in ALL flash photography, that looks so unnatural and frankly, weird. I love to use fake tan and if I have any on it looks even worse - although the foundation looks lovely in person, when photographed I am left with an almost geisha-like mask on my face, and a tanned body. To be honest, I really think the fact it contains SPF is the reason for this. I know SPF can cause this chalk-white situation in photographs, so I'm guessing it is to blame. Which is such a shame, as SPF is important but so is being able to photograph nicely. 

I will continue to wear Double Wear, on-and-off, because I love how it lasts, looks and feels. When it comes to photographing my face, however, I will steer clear because it is just not good enough. I prefer to wear Revlon Colorstay (another of my favourite foundations) when in photographs because, although it does contain SPF 6, it has never caused me any problems when it comes to flash photography.

Have you tried Double Wear before? Do you look for coverage when it comes to foundations, or prefer a more natural-look?
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16 comments

  1. I always go for coverage. I have freckles all over my face which can be cute on some people but I have really pale skin so I just feel better when I have a nice even complexion. :)
    Love your blog btw, I've just started mine, would be nice if you could have a look and give me some feedback?
    xoxo

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  2. I love Double Wear too!! I also look for a foundation with good coverage but provides a matte finish and staying power. This one and revlon colourstay are the best I have found so far :) However I have the same problem when photographed wearing doublewear, it's such a shame because it honestly is like the perfect foundation, minus that. I have recently bought the Clarins everlasting foundation and I am totally loving it. Not only does it give the right amount of coverage also gives a natural finish. Like a 'no makeup, makeup look' :p The bonus is with this foundation is it doesn't give your face that ghost effect when photographed :D It's quite pricey, but for the results I think it is well worth the money :)

    And sorry for an essay of a comment by the way :)

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  3. I've just bought EL doublewear and love it so far! I agree though with the ghostface! Looking pale in photos does upset me :p but I love the coverage, it's like nothing else I've tried before! x

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  4. Double Wear is my favourite foundation of all time, I love it, it has amazing coverage and I always choose it over all my other foundations :-)

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  5. oo I really want to try this! Sounds pretty amazing! x

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  6. I love DW foundation, it's my HG foundation! I always darken it up slightly though, especially if I have a tan. I haven't experienced ghost face with it though! I love everything about this foundation.

    I also love looking 'made up'. I want to look natural and not fake, but I want people to realise I have make up on, if that makes sense :) xxx

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  7. i do love this foundation, ive been wearing it constantly for 2 months now, ive not had any problems with photos either which is strage, but i want to try their max cover next time to compare coverage as i could use a little more, im like you i like to look made up hahah xx

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  8. I really want to try this foundation as I have some acne scars that are driving nuts! Also I'm looking for a foundation that actually stays on my skin all day long. I hate having to redoing my makeup during the day and my actual foundation doesn't seem to last longer than 4-5 hours (sad) so I'm definitely gonna have to buy this double wear :) Great review hun xx

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  9. My current foundation ,not actual :) I'm mixing french and english !! LOL x

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  10. This is by far my favourite foundation ever! Whenever im having a bad skin day or just general bad day I reach for this! I love how long it lasts on the skin - like nothing else I have tried :) lovelovelove it!! xo

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  11. i was starting to think i was the only blogger who didnt strive for that natural look! if im going to wear make up i like to put effort into it and look made-up.. i have been meaning to try this foundation for over a year now and the only thing that has stopped me is its price tag.. maybe when i get a job.. definitley on my wish list xxxx

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  12. I`ve been meaning to try this one, great review!xx

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  13. have you tried mixing in a little photoready with you double wear? I used to find that helped with the dreaded ghost face :)

    a x
    Girl in the City Glasgow

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  14. I need full coverage as my skin is so so horrible :/ I have bad acne and scarring eughh! I've almost bought Double Wear so many times but the thought of ghost face in photos really puts me off! I mix Bourjois "Healthy Mix" in any foundations I have that have high SPF and it usually stops pale face problems. Have you ever tried Clarins Everlasting foundation? Amazing coverage, not oily and it's in the same price range as Double Wear xx

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  15. I do love this, but I don't like to spend a lot on foundations so I use my mums ;) x

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  16. I swear by this stuff but have to agree with you on the photog thing- appsars too cakey when i have in the past. X

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