Guess what's back in my life?! Yes, the popular Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation! Those that have been following my blog for a long time would know that this foundation was my ride or die about 3/4 years ago before I ditched it for the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra. All this talk about the new NARS Luminous Weightless foundation had me wanting a change from my Lancome foundation. Unfortunately being nowhere near any NARS counters, I was unable to get a sample of the foundation. I wasn't going to spend £32 on something I couldn't try before hand. Also, I came across a few not so positive reviews of the foundation that put me off.
I've been aware that Estee Lauder have extended their range of shades in the UK for darker skin since I used to use the 'Double Wear' foundation back in 2011. One of my main issues back then was that I couldn't get the foundation in a good colour match (I used to use '6N1 Truffle') without having to mix with a lighter shade. Who has time for that? For some reason, the ladies on the Estee Lauder counters recently kept colour matching me to '5N2 Amber Honey' but every time I tried this shade, the tone looked off. I took it upon myself to ask for a sample of '6W1 Sandalwood'. This shade is perfect for me! If you're '#11 Muscade' in Lancome Teint Idole Ultra then this shade should also be a really good match for you. I know in the picture below the colour looks really off and much darker than my skin tone but my arms are lighter than my face. It all comes together nicely after I've completed my makeup application.
Estee Lauder are quite generous with their samples. My sample bottle lasted three weeks (using it everyday). Before the end of the first week, I was reminded why I fell in love with this foundation in the first place. I can't believe I ever stopped using it! Older and wiser in this makeup game, I definitely know how to get even more natural results with this foundation. Although it doesn't come with a pump, I've been using the equivalent to about 1/1.5 pump for my whole face and I've also discovered that it works best with a damp Beauty Blender.
Most of my thoughts and feelings on this foundation outlined in the review written in 2011 (click HERE) still remain. As mentioned earlier, my application of it has changed. If you would like an updated review, do let me know and if anything, be sure to get yourself a sample because I do think this foundation is one of the best out there!
Who has given this foundation a try and what were your thoughts on it?