There is a lot to be said for EL’s Double Wear foundation on the beauty blogosphere. The way everyone raves on about it, you’d think it has some sort of magical powers — and it just about claims to! Estée Lauder’s online webshop boasts 15-hour staying power, with 94% of customers recommending it for basically every skin-type going. I was as excited to try it for myself as I was confused at the results it yielded.
On instruction from my friend Char, I headed to the EL counter in my local Boots store and chatted to the makeup artist there. She colour-matched my face within minutes and gave me a small sample to take away and play around with myself. Apparently my shade is Pale Almond.
In order to colour-match me, she’d wiped away some of the foundation I already had on and patched it up with the testers. I didn’t give it much thought for the rest of the day, but when I applied it to my full face the next morning, I was less than pleased.
When I squeezed a bit out of the bottle, I was surprised firstly at how thick the formula was, and how dark it looked against the back of my hand.
I went with it, though, and trusted that the colour would right itself, and maybe would be more suited to my face. However, even though I applied it as sparingly as I could, it still felt way too heavy and looked far too dark.
It’s not as noticeable in these pictures, but my face was a totally different colour to my neck, and my skin felt greasy, even after using mattifying powder. It also wasn’t full coverage as I would expect; you could still see the uneven pigmentation, dark circles and even the few acne scars I’ve gathered from relentless picking (we all do it, right??).
I also found that it didn’t sit well over my moisturiser, even after letting it sink in for about half an hour, and it didn’t seem to like either powder or cream contour: the powder just wouldn’t blend well, and the little cream contour I do use from time to time just took the foundation off the skin…?!
In the end, I went back to Boots and spoke to one of the artists at the Nyx counter instead as I’d heard really good things about their products. He looked horrified when I told him I’d been given that shade by a professional, and ended up mixing two shades of their ‘Stay Matte Not Flat’ foundation together to achieve my perfect shade!
The only thing Double Wear did deliver on for me, in the end, was its staying power; after wandering around town in cold, wet weather for 9+ hours, there was still an awful lot of product on the cotton pads when I took my makeup off! Other than that, it just felt and looked kinda gross. Uneven, patchy, heavy, greasy and way too dark — not a great look!
The reviews must be true, and it must be a fab foundation if it works for you, but it seems like I’m in the minority on this one! I was expecting absolutely flawless results and instead yielded quite sub-par ones from a £30-a-pop bottle! Not for me, ta.
What do you think of EL’s Double Wear range?