If you’re a fan of full coverage foundations, the chances are you’ve either tried Estee Lauder’s Double Wear or you’ve heard hella good things about it and want to try it. Often praised as people’s holy grail full coverage base, Double Wear had been on my foundation ‘to-try’ list for a looooong time, and as my latest bottle of Sheer Glow started to run out I finally decided to pick it up.
Double Wear promises flawless coverage that will stand against heat and humidity to deliver 15 hours of staying power. While it won’t smudge, fade or oxidise, it also claims to be super lightweight and comfortable on the skin, too. There’s an impressive 29 shades to choose from in the Double Wear range, and I was matched via Findation (read more about that magic little tool here) and then in store to 2N1 Desert Beige.
The packaging is the heavy glass that you expect from higher-end foundations, and has nice gold detailing and a gold lid. Now onto my major criticism, which if you read my NARS Sheer Glow review might not come as a huge surprise to you – NO PUMP.
When oh WHEN will premium brands stop being such absolute tight arses and just include a bloody pump? I mean, look at that hot mess of a bottle rim there. Gross. As with Sheer Glow (before I caved in and bought the extra pump – swine…), the lack of pump makes this really difficult to distribute and I often end up under- or over-pouring. It’s a nuisance, I tell ya.
When I first tried it out, the pump situation really annoyed me so Double Wear and I weren’t off to the best start anyway. Then I then started to apply the foundation using my usual buffing brush and I just couldn’t seem to get it to blend into my skin properly. I struggled to get the full coverage that DW is famous for, and for the first few days I was pretty unimpressed.
Then I decided to try a different application technique, and instead stippled the foundation into my skin, and VOILA. The full coverage that I had heard so much about was a reality. I couldn’t believe that something as simple as the application could make such a difference, but suddenly I fully understood the hype that Double Wear attracts. The coverage is flawless, and the staying power really IS impressive. I use a setting spray most days, but even when I’ve forgotten to do that I’ve managed to get through a whole day of work with only the tiniest bit of shine coming through on my t-zone.
One thing I will say is that the heavy coverage can leave your skin looking a little ‘flat’ and it does take some contouring and highlighting to add the definition back to your face (or create it, in my case – I naturally have the definition of a potato). Because of this, Double Wear probably won’t be right for those people who like to get away with a light base and quite fuss-free makeup. However, if you’re like me and are seeking full coverage and a flawless base, then I’m sure you’ll be a fan.
Estee Lauder Double Wear is a high-end foundation, and will set you back around £30. However, as with every other high-end foundation that I’ve tried, it is well worth the money. This also has the added benefit of SPF 10, which – while not great for flash photography – is good for our skin and preventing those pesky wrinkles.
While I think I still prefer the slightly dewy finish of NARS Sheer Glow, Double Wear has definitely entered my top 5 foundations and I really recommend it. Even though I am forever angry about the pump… *shakes fist*.
Have any of you tried Estee Lauder’s Double Wear? Let me know in the comments!