Monday, April 5, 2010
Estee Lauder Double Wear - Stay In Place Makeup
As I am a foundationaholic I am still searching for the perfect foundation. I must tone down the red in my face, yet match the stark white of my neck, control oil, not break me out, provide medium to full coverage and look natural...oh and it has to last at least 12 hours, be transfer resistant, not fade or slide off my face and most important not cost an arm and a leg. So yeah. As you may have guessed, I haven't found it yet. I honestly don't believe I'll ever find it, but it sure if fun trying new foundations out!
My most recent test was Estee Lauder Double Wear - Stay In Place Makeup. My buddy Janine over at A Lemming A Day blog is not only the most awesomest Clinique Sales Associate in the world she is also very generous and knowledgeable about a bunch of other brands. Well when Clinique bonus time came around I phoned her to place an order with her, because if I'm ever going to get something from Clinique I'm going to go through her b/c it helps with her sales numbers, and I'll know she will never send me a product that is crap. She's not only an Awesome Clinique Sales Associate, but an HONEST one at that. So ANYWAY. After I placed my Clinique order with her, she was able to procure 2 GENEROUS sized samples of Estee Lauder Double Wear - Stay In Place Makeup in the 2 lightest shades in Shell and Bone.
Since my skin color is akin to a sheet of paper with slight red and yellow undertones the lightest shade (Shell) is almost too light for me....nah. it's actually a decent match albeit slightly too pink. The 2nd shade, Bone, Was a better match for the red parts of my face but too yellow for my neck, jaw and forehead. Estee Lauder does have a neutral shade called Ecru, but online swatches are unreliable so I'll have to see for myself when I get to a counter.
OK. Enough about the color match. Let's talk about the product itself shall we?
The consistency of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a thick liquid. It's not runny but it's not a cream either. It's a little in between. The foundation does apply well on primed skin. I find that a little goes a long way. I prefer to use my fingers for application, but I have used this with a damp sponge, which offered a more sheer coverage and also with my MAC 187 skunk brush, which offered medium coverage but you have to work on small batches as the foundation dries quickly and the brush didn't have time to properly buff out the lines from the bristles and washing out the brush is kinda a pain in the butt...I digress.
The coverage of Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is described on the website as Medium, but I would call this medium-full. The foundation is buildable, but apply multiple layers and it will look cakey after a while. I found that I used less concealer on the days when I wear this foundation so that makes it a fairly full coverage foundation in my eyes.
The wear of Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is touted as 15 hours by the Estee Lauder website, and while I have a hard time disagreeing with this, no foundation, after 15 hours of wear is going to look as fresh as as when you first applied it. I will say that the foundation lasts throughout my work day, when I use a primer, and I do not find myself having to blot as frequently as I do with other "long lasting" foundations. The foundation did not settle into fine lines or my pores, but didn't last as well on my nose as I would have liked it to. I chalk this up to that fact that my nose is the most oily place on my face and most often touched, because of allergy season. By the end of the day my T-Zone was definitely showing signs of fading and blotching but this is after 15 hours of wear, and trust me if you can get 10 to 12 hours of wear from a foundation without it fading you have a gem.
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is non-acnegenic. This is different than non-comedogenic. According to my old dermatologist he said he didn't care what makeup I used as long as it said non-acnegenic. He said that non comedogenic did not necessarily mean that it wouldn't break me out, but non-acnegenic was going to be OK for me. That if I did get breakouts it wasn't because of the stuff that was non-acnegenic. Um. OK. Whatever. I'll trust him as he was the one that went to medical school for a zillion years, not me. So what happens when I wear this foundation? I DON'T break out. Now I will say that I remove it using an oil cleanser every night. I'm serious about oil cleansers and long wear foundations, Sunscreens, Water proof mascara and the like. NOTHING removes it better than a good oil cleanser. My favorite is ShuUemura, but there are other good ones out there. The oil cleanser really breaks down the stuff that keeps your foundation "long wearing" and what keeps your sunscreen "Waterproof" Just a regular cleanser or makeup remover wipes won't get everything off. I believe some people that experience breakouts with foundations that are labeled non-acnegenic, simply don't remove them properly.
The foundation has no fragrance and comes in a glass bottle with a pump...however I received my samples in little jars so I'm not sure about how much the pump dispenses. Either way non scented foundation is a HUGE plus for me. Revlon Colorstay Foundation (The drugstore answer to Elstee Lauder Double Wear) Smells like paint and it makes wearing the foundation difficult because it's "fragrance" is sooo strong. The foundation has a 10 SPF but honestly I would not recommend you relying on this as your sole sunscreen. A separate sunscreen of 15 SPF or higher, applied after foundation, but before your primer is recommended. This foundation is moderately priced for a department store foundation at $33.50 for 1.0 oz. Plus if you buy it during the Gift With Purchase special sales you might qualify for a gift. Estee Lauder is famous for having really nice eyeshadow palettes as GWPs so that's a plus!
Do you NEED this? Well, let's say you are very oily. Let's say you can't stand the scent of Revlon Colorstay and you need a full coverage foundation. Then YES! You need this. Otherwise, if you aren't oily, you don't need a full coverage foundation and you don't mind the scent of Revlon Colorstay then you can probably skip it...but I think I'll be buying a full sized bottle when I run out of my sample.