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      28.10.2014 12:18
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      • "A little goes a long way"
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      My Holy Grail Foundation

      You’ve probably heard about this product already, you mother probably wears it, your nan probably wears it – don’t let that put you off – there’s a very good reason – let me explain…

      Price: £30 approx which is double to triple the price of its high-street / drug-store sisters. This is a high end product and therefore comes the price tag. Top tip: Estee Lauder often has bonus deals a few times a year where you can buy one product and the second for half the price or include extra products as an incentive to purchase. Buying when these offers are on is a good idea to make your money go further.

      Where to buy: Any Estee Lauder counter, try department stores, Boots the chemist or online.

      Who’s it for: Skin over the age of 25 to mature (I think its too heavy for younger), those looking for a heavy coverage to cover marks, blemishes and looking for a long-wear, flawless look.
      Features of the product: Hailed as the stay-in-place medium coverage foundation promising 15 hours long wear. Its benefits are:
      • Buildable
      • Natural
      • Semi-matte
      • Oil-free
      • Dermatologically tested
      • Non-acnegenic; won't clog pores
      • Fragrance-free
      • SPF 15
      Estee Lauder say: ‘Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. Won't change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.’

      My initial experience with this product: With such great reviews online already, my mother raving about it for years and my friend of the same age disowning all other foundations in favour of this one, I thought I would give it a go. I’d like to add that £30 is way beyond what I had previously paid for a foundation so I wanted to make sure I got some bang for my buck. I went to the Estee Lauder counter at my local Debenhams and started picking up foundations aimlessly looking for a match for my usual shade. This is the point where the beautifully made up counter lady approached my confused face, guided me to the chair and proceeded (to my horror) to remove my existing makeup and then pick up of a variety of shade of the double wear to match to my skin tone. She tried not one but three shade before she found a perfect match. She then even offered my sample of the shade to take away and try myself which I did. In the cold light of day the foundation was
      indeed a perfect match although I did feel that a warmer tine was required as I looked rather pale, so after a week of trying I went back for another sample to try.

      How to use:
      • You should moisturise and use a primer on the face (Estee lauder have brought out a double wear primer which I will review later on and it really is the perfect accompaniment to the foundation it retails at about £25). The reason is will stress that it is important to moisturise and prime is that it is such a thick foundation that it will cling to the face and enter the pores; priming the skin will prevent this.
      • One pea-sized drop on the back of your hand will be enough for the whole face – trust me I learnt the hard way. Using too much will make the skin look caked which is definitely not the look you want.
      • A great makeup brush is required for the best results. Do not use a standard foundation brush as its likely to leave streaks (this foundation is buildable but sets extremely quickly). My recommendations are the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and Buffing Brush or the Sigma Flat top kabuki brush will allow you to swirl and set the powder onto your face with a flawless result. If you do not have an appropriate brush rub the product between the fingertips, move quickly and work into the skin from the nose outwards.
      • Once set you’re foundation is done. If you want to use concealer on the under eyes I would do this immediately to ensure that it blends. Setting with powder is not necessary but will add to its last-ability.

      My thoughts:
      Okay I cannot stress this enough it essential o be colour matched to this product and there are 30 plus shades so you will find one that matches your skin tone. And I 100% would say ask for a sample – don’t be shy you are spending enough on the product and the counter girls will want to ensure they get a sale off you. And keep going back for samples until you find you exact shade you’ll thank yourself for it. The sample size I was told was a weeks worth but in truth I would say it will last 2 weeks plus which is excellent and testament to the fact that a little bit of this product goes a long way – remember that bang for your buck? – I’m getting to that… samples are a great try before you buy chance to ensure you money is being spent wisely on a product you will be happy with. The product in my opinion is NOT medium coverage it is thick. It is definitely buildable if you work quickly (practice makes perfect eh?) If applied correctly you
      will look flawless, almost airbrushed if you will, it will not move all day. I believe this product could be 24hour wear as opposed to its advertised 15 hours. I recently wore it to a friends wedding where I was a bridesmaid, cue flustered frantic moments getting ready, dodging a downpour on the way in and out of the church, in and out of transport, a million pictures being taken and a night of partying. I didn’t top up or re-powder once and not to blow my own horn – I looked my best all day. It does have a semi-matte healthy finish which doesn’t change colour at all or disintegrate through wear. It claims to be fragrance-free but it has a pleasant smell to it. Also as mentioned you will only need a small amount per application so you will get your moneys worth. I am a true make up addict and wear a full face 6 out of 7 days a week and a bottle lasted me 6 months. However there are some negatives to this product first being the bottle – the
      product flows easily when full but takes an age to get out when there’s not much left. You can buy separate pumps but I think that just another way to get our money. Top tip: store the bottle upside down when not in use – it will same you time and frustration. Secondly as mentioned it has an SPF15 which is great as we should protect our skin from the detrimental effects of the sun however when pictures are taken at close-range with a flash the product can give you a ‘white out’ effect to the skin. Which is a pain when you look so good but the pictures don’t reflect it all the time; well I suppose Instagram and other Photoshop filters will rectify this for you and it hasn’t bothered me that much its just the odd pic. Also the colour matching is so good that when you tan (or lose tan) you will need to change you shade which could be costly, however mixing two shades works really well as they blend together so effortlessly.The positive outweigh any negatives in my opinion this fabulous foundation has stood the test of time for good reason, I’ve purchased and re-purchased this product and those from the rest of the double wear range I’m impressed and will stick with it as my holy grail foundation.

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      29.09.2014 20:10
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      Excellent

      I have always used drug store make up products because I never really understood why the more premium priced products were actually so expensive in the first place. But after some research I understood that these products were far more pigmented, meaning that you were getting more coverage. I went for this one after it was recommended to me by some work colleagues whose make up always looks flawless, so I was going to take their advice.

      The consistency of this product is a lot different to the many other foundations I have used. It is a lot thicker and I actually like that about it. Because it has a thick consistency you may assume that the foundation will be really heavy on your skin but trust me it is not. It feels light and not tacky at all even as the day goes on.

      The foundation is super durable, which is what you need on those busy days where you do not have the time to top up your make up. The bottle does not have a pump or anything to get the foundation out, which is a bit annoying as you can not control how much you are using. Additionally it just makes things a little difficult especially when you are running low.

      The product is pretty expensive but I would definitely say that it is worth the heavy price tag. In this instance you are paying for the quality and not the quantity, you do not need to constantly top it up, one application is enough.

      Overall, I would definitely recommend this product.

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      05.02.2014 15:27

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      Not for me, a very heavy foundation

      I bought Estee Lauder Double Wear as potential foundation for my wedding day as I had read great reviews and was looking for something really long-lasting that would make my skin look flawless. Unfortunately this was really not the foundation for me.

      The foundation itself gave a very full coverage and felt really heavy on my skin - I felt very "aware" of my make up and felt like I was wearing too much. I'm certainly not someone who plasters on make up, I apply a small amount at a time and build up until I'm happy with the coverage so I wouldn't say this is a result of over-application. It did really cling to my skin, however I found that especially around my nose it would start to go cakey and highlight my pores and didn't stay perfect all day. I also noticed in photos that because it's matte with a full coverage my skin looked dead! There was no "natural glow" and it really dulled my skin.

      I have a few friends who absolutely swear by this foundation, so it's clear that my experience is in the minority, and when I have spoken with them about my experience of it they are surprised. I do have a preference for lighter foundations and favour a slightly dewy look so this might be why I didn't get on with this foundation. My skin can also be very slightly dry sometimes, which I think didn't help as I found it quite drying. In the end I found Diorskin Forever which is a beautiful long-lasting foundation, giving a natural look without feeling too heavy.

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      05.02.2014 11:53

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      I would not hesitate to recommend

      Estee Lauder Double Wear
      After a bad car accident I was left with quite severe facial scarring which undoubtedly ruined my self-confidence.
      No matter how many primers, concealers and foundations which promised 'flawless coverage' I tried or how long I spent applying them, no sooner had I left the house the scars were back on display.
      Double wear by Estee Lauder is the first foundation that I have tried which LASTS ALL DAY and gives a full flawless coverage as promised. But unlike other full coverage foundations, this product allows your skin to breathe and doesn't feel like you are wearing a face mask.
      Before discovering this foundation I was even contemplating going down the route of surgery to try and rectify my scars. With Double Wear this is no longer necessary.
      I have received so many compliments about my skin since using this product, far more even than before my accident.
      Although the price is a little bit steep, it has been worth every single penny. I have nothing at all negative to say about this product.
      Estee Lauder really understand their clients and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

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      30.12.2013 19:41

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      Great foundation!!

      I am a huge fan of double wear foundation and for anyone looking for a full, long lasting coverage this foundation is the best. I would always apply double wear with a foundation brush and it really does give a flawless finish. Perfect for nights out too, especially if you plan on taking a lot of photos.

      I usually pay around £26.00 in Debenhams or Boots for a bottle and I usually buy 2 bottles a year. As the foundation is quite thick you don't need a lot and you use even less when applying with a brush rather than with a sponge or your fingers. So my advice would be to invest in a decent foundation brush.

      The only downside of this foundation is one of the benefits. As it is so thick you have to spend a long time taking it off in the evenings. If I didn't clean my skin properly in the evening I would quite often break out in spots and I would then find myself applying even more foundation to try and cover the spots I got from it. Not a good cycle to be in.

      However as long as you clean your skin properly in the evening. This foundation is the best on the market.

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      10.11.2013 01:02
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      Long lasting with a flawless finish and a bottle will last a long time.

      I don't splurge on make up products and am happy to wear a Rimmel lipstick or No 7 eyeliner for example. However, I like to pay a bit more for my foundation, because I feel the right one really makes a difference and better quality shows I think, so I aim for the £30 plus range. Every so often, when my foundation bottle is getting low, I get the urge to change brands and try something new and it was for this reason that I found myself at the Estee Lauder counter. The staff were very helpful and gave me a sample of their Double Wear foundation.

      The Result:
      Although the first shade I tried didn't suit, a further trip to the beauty counter got me another sample the colour of which matched my skin perfectly. This foundation has great coverage and looks flawless once applied. I am usually wary of long lasting foundations because my skin is quite dry and in order to have staying power most need to have a more drying formula. However, once I apply a good moisturiser first this spreads easily and I don't need a lot for one application - in fact the sample lasted for quite a while. This, of course, is a bonus as it means a bottle lasts longer! By the time I am going to bed, it is still very much in place - not something I could claim for previous foundations. In addition, it is not the most expensive of those available at the beauty counters so is good value for what you are getting.

      The packaging and bottle is unremarkable - something I'm not really bothered about as I'm more concerned about the contents! I'm not sure I will be in a hurry to move brands after this, as I think the Double Wear will be hard to beat, both on results and price.

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      23.10.2013 18:46
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      Creates flawless skin

      I was recommended this product by a friend, her skin always looked so flawless and this product was her secret!
      I always have trouble finding foundations as I'm so picky, I want coverage but I don't want to feel my skins caked in makeup and I don't want my makeup to cause any skin problems like breakouts or dryness PLUS I'm pretty pale!
      First stop was Estee Lauder counter in Debenhams, lovely lady on counter removed my makeup and applied the foundation to half of my face and wow one side of my face looked flawless and this was with one application! The lady did say for extra coverage you can build it but overall you don't really need too maybe just slightly over blemishes and blend!
      First day to work wearing it had compliments on how lovely my skin looked, so obviously did the trick!

      My favourite foundation yet, and trust me I've tried many! Staying power is amazing, The coverage is amazing and they have many colours to suit every skin shade, doesn't feel cakey or thick on your skin either! The bottle allows you to get ever last bit out unlike pump bottles!

      The one downside for me is its difficult to remove and you need an oil based remover to remove this, I use dermalogica pre cleanse and that does the trick. But I can't complain too much about that as that is obviously why it stays on so well throughout the day!

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      11.08.2013 21:42

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      Expensive but does what it says

      Being a real scrimper & not spending money without researching, I checked out reviews of different foundations before buying what I assumed would be a premium product for our wedding day. My research paid off, it really is a premium product. After visiting the local make up counter where a helpful lady helped me select the best skin tone match (only Estee Lauder qualified staff can do this) I soon became addicted. That was over three years ago & now it's the only foundation for me.

      All the claims are true, it really is long lasting and does not transfer to your clothes (or mobile phone!!). I find a little goes a long way so a bottle lasts me 6-9 months. It really gives you an immaculate finish that other foundations can't match. It can feel somewhat dry on your skin so I do ensure I moisturise thoroughly before application.

      I have tried to wean myself off Double Wear foundation but alas it's not to be. In an attempt to be more frugal I tried various different cheaper foundations but none came close - nothing compares to Double Wear and I'm now in it for life! Whilst it's not cheap, in my view it's worth it to achieve a long lasting coverage.

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      14.05.2013 20:57
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      amazing foundation

      Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

      Okay guys, so let me start by saying this is my FIRST review so I'll do my best to keep it interesting and most of all relevant!

      I've chosen to review this foundation because as far as cosmetics go this product would easily fit into my top ten products of all time and believe me I've put a lot of time and money into finding a good foundation.


      CLAIMS:
      15 hour staying power.
      Long wearing foundation, looks natural through heat, humidity and non stop activity.
      Non-transferable, does not rub off on clothes.


      In all honesty I can't disagree with any of these claims, I have oily skin so most of the time I find even with the use of a primer and finishing with powder by my mid-morning coffee my foundation is starting to slide...NOT with this. This really does stay put, even after a long day at work followed by a work out my make up is still in place! AMAZING! It is oil-free which is perfect if you suffer with excess oil.

      Another problem I've found in the past is finding a foundation with enough coverage to mask my insecurites. I do have blemish prone skin and as a teenager did a lot of picking which has resulted in some scarring. This foundation is brilliant for coverage and provides you with a matte finish which is perfect for me, it can however look cakey if too much is applied.

      This foundation contains SPF 10 which is seen as a benefit, however this depends on what your looking for, for example if your going to an event where photos are involved there is a danger of flashback, so bear this in mind for weddings etc.

      Right so I've told you the positives but there are a couple of negatives with this...

      The Estee Lauder consultant told me when I bought this that I would not need a lot of this product and that it would last me a lot longer than other foundations...I find I use the same amount as normal and therefore the product doesn't last any longer than any other bottle of foundation and at £27.50 for a 30ml bottle it does become quite costly if using this all the time.
      Another niggle I have is the packaging, the glass bottle is fine but there's no pump so you just pour it out which I find causes a lot of waste (and mess) and at this price you don't want to be wasting any!
      So on the whole an amazing foundation which in my opinion is totally worth the hype!

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        26.03.2013 17:46
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        Long wearing foundation

        After being let down by numerous cosmetic brands with their short living foundations, I wanted something different. I have acne scars and suffer from regular spots, so needed something that covers these problems, and lasts all day. After reading good things about Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation, which is formulated to last all day even under difficult conditions; I decided to try it. It is available at £26 for 30ml of foundation, from Estee Lauder counters nationwide. I would recommend going to a counter and getting matched for your correct colour - it is a lot of money to waste on the wrong shade!

        The foundation is contained in a glass bottle which has a screw top lid. Some people may be disappointed by the fact there is no pump dispenser, you simply have to pour the liquid out of the bottle. The foundation has a medium consistency, it is thicker than other foundations I have used in the past - despite this it can run quite quickly out of the bottle, so be careful!

        I apply my foundation with a brush; at the advice of the lady on the counter - she told me to work the foundation from the inside to the outside of my face. The foundation dries fairly quickly, so you need to work with it quickly to prevent it streaking and drying patchy. I find that I can get streaks in the foundation from the brush, if I am not careful. It can also be quite difficult to blend in if my skin is particularly dry - so I recommend a good quality moisturiser as a base. I pay particular attention to my problem areas, such as my chin and cheeks which have the deepest scars. I have to apply a secondary application to these areas to build up the coverage. The foundation feels quite light on the skin, I do not feel as though I have a face full of product.

        The foundation dries with a matte look, so this is not the foundation to choose if you prefer a dewy look to the skin. The coverage is medium to full, if built up. If applied badly, it can look very fake and heavy on the face. The foundation provides a stable base for further make-up. It does not affect my blush for example and it actually reduces the amount of concealer needed on my problem areas.

        I am pleased with the longevity of this product. One application is all that is required, and the results last all day until bedtime. There is no fading and I do not feel I need to reapply this to my scars throughout the day.

        Removing the foundation can be taxing, however. I use Cleanse and Polish and find that even after a double cleanse, there is still residue of the foundation remaining. I think this is a small price to pay, and is expected; thanks to the longevity of the foundation.

        I have not experienced any breakouts or irritations from this foundation. I don't like wearing it every day as I like to give my skin chance to rest, but I don't think it would cause a problem if I chose to do so. 30ml has lasted me over 6 months and I still have some product remaining. I may buy other foundations to try, but I know I will come back to this great product.

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        14.01.2013 22:54
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        A lovely foundation which gives great coverage but be careful if you have dry skin.

        I bought this foundation for the first time about 4 years ago after having trouble with acne scarring on my chin. I found that most other foundations just weren't covering the red marks, or if they were covering them when I initially put the foundation on, they weren't any more after a day at work!

        I wanted something which would give good coverage, but more importantly, something that would last all day and would look as good after a day at work as it did when I put it on in the morning. I can't hand on heart say that this is the case with double wear, however it does last longer than any other foundation I have tried, and the coverage is great, especially if you build it up.

        I buy this in the colour called "shell", although I have a feeling that the name of this shade has changed recently. It is the lightest shade available and as I have very pale skin, it is important for me that make up doesn't look orangey when it is on. I can happily say that this isn't the case with double wear, it is well and truly made for us pale girls and won't try to sneakily add some colour to your skin!

        The texture of the foundation is quite thick, and it can be a bit of a pain to get out when you are getting towards the bottom of a bottle. I have heard that you can buy a pump from Mac which works with this bottle, I haven't tried it yet but it sounded like a good idea. It would be more user friendly if you could just "pump" out the right amount rather than having to tip the bottle and hope that loads doesn't come gushing out.

        The one negative point about this foundation is that it quite drying - I think it would be best on normal or oily skin but when I have dry skin in the winter, I can't use this on certain parts of my face as it really highlights the dry skin and makes things worse. When this is the case, I tend to just use a BB cream on my face and then add this anywhere that needs some extra coverage.

        I have bought this several times now so it must be good, generally I like to try new products but I haven't found another one that matches up to this for coverage and "lastibility"!

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        07.01.2013 14:52
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        One of the best foundations on the market

        On my quest for the perfect foundation, the next stop was Estee Lauder. I'd tried this once before courtesy of my friend, but at the time thought it was too thick for my skin, and my MAC Studio Fix was doing the trick. However, since having my son, I find I am wiping my face more during the day and my make up was not staying put as long as it used to do.

        I had heard good things about the Double Wear foundation, so decided this would be my next purchase. I bought this in Selfridges in Birmingham. The counter assistants will do a colour match to see which shade will match your skin tone. If you are unsure and want to try it for a few days they will give you a seven day sample before you purchase it. This is very helpful as will help you to see the foundation against your skin once you're in natural light.

        My shade is 'sand', and cost £26 for 30ml. It comes in a square glass bottle, with gold top, and has an SPF of 10 which is good in summertime.

        You only need a tiny amount of foundation, it is very runny and a tiny blob will go a long way. I use 2 small blobs per application and then I usually have to wipe excess off. Although it is a runny liquid, once you apply it to the skin it is much more of a cream and you do have to blend well to make sure there are no tell tale foundation lines. This foundation gives very good coverage and is quite thick. It will cover all blemishes and uneven skin leaving a smooth base for the rest of your make up. I use this over a primer and it lasts all day. When I wipe my make up off at night (I use baby wipes), I have to use a couple of wipes to get all the foundation off, it has real staying power.

        A bottle lasts a long time, mine lasted for 5 months, and although it seems expensive, it works out cheaper than buying an average high street foundation every month or so.

        The only downside to the foundation is that if you have dry patches of skin, because it is quite thick, it will make these more noticable and cause uneveness to your base. If you have very dry skin I would not recommend this product. Other than that there are no downsides and this is a fabulous foundation.

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        04.01.2013 03:09

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        I would recommend to a friend

        I went through a stage where I wore the Double Wear foundation pretty much every single day of my life last year, and I saw a bottle of it sitting in my foundation drawer so I figured I would post a review about it since I haven't before.
        I do like this foundation, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have worn it daily. It has really good coverage and I am always a sucker for a legit full coverage foundation. My only complaint about it is probably the colouring, because I find that even the lightest shade makes my skin look really yellow. It was also very drying on my skin. Some people complain that it looks oily on them though, so I suppose you just really have to try it out for yourself. Also, I did have a slight issue with it breaking me out. Overall, if you're looking for coverage, this is a great one, but the other aspects of it really kick it down the totem pole for me.

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        30.09.2012 17:27
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        A great mineral foundation

        While I do like to look nice, I would never say I'm one to overly care about her appearance. I only buy clothes I like and do try to pick ones that I think will be flattering, but I'm not great at putting outfits together and am ok with that fact. I also don't tend to wear makeup to university or work and only really wear it if I feel I Iook appalling or if I'm going out. My foundation of choice used to be Bare Minerals and, while I still like this brand, I found that it didn't last as long as I wanted to, especially when it was hot and I sweated a bit. My friend, who is much more interested in beauty etc. than I am, had been using Double Wear from Estee Lauder for years and swore by it. She said that it had great coverage and lasted a lot longer than Bare Minerals, and since her foundation was usually flawless, I decided to try it myself.

        == Double Wear ==

        Double Wear is named for its long staying power, and the Estee Lauder website claims that it has '15-hour staying power'. It also has excellent coverage that makes even blemished or scarred skin look clear and smooth. I'm lucky enough not to have bad skin generally but I do have freckles and uneven skin tone, and know that I definitely do look better with better foundation coverage. I had only ever used one liquid foundation before (from Clinique) and while I did like it, it could be streaky however I applied it. I was therefore not expecting miracles form Double Wear but, as I like buying new makeup products on recommendation, I decided to give it a go.

        === Shades ===

        I find the shade system that Estee Lauder uses for Double Wear to be very confusing. Each shade has a name, but also a code that consists of a number, a letter, and then another number. The numbers go from 1 to 4 and the letters are C, W or N. I can't find a good explanation of how it works anywhere online, but basically the higher the number the darker the colour and I think C is paler than N which is paler than W, with W standing for warm and N for nude, but I don't know what the C is for. I also have no idea which of the two numbers and one letter takes precedence in distinguishing which is darker. For that reason, I'd really recommend going to a shop that sells this foundation and asking the person working on the Estee Lauder stand (assuming there is someone - Boots usually do) to help you to find your shade and maybe even give you a sample for you to try. They helped me to find my shade, which is 1N1 (which appears to be the second palest after 1C1, as far as I can see) and matches my pale skin very well. When I recently went to buy a new foundation, however, they had run out but kindly gave me a sample of 1N2. While it is alright and fine to use when I need foundation for a night out or whatever, it is slightly too dark, and so it is important to try to find your own shade.

        == What I Thought ==

        I'm really glad that my friend recommended this foundation to me, as I do really like it. The coverage is good and not too much is needed for my face, although if you do have bad skin or much to cover up you will need to use a little bit more. It doesn't cover my freckles entirely, but that's fine as that's not what I'm going for. It does, however, make my whole face look much more attractive and I would say that it's one of the very best foundations I've ever used. Unlike the Clinique liquid foundation that I used to use, I've had no problems with this going streaky and I can even apply it with my fingers and get a good result. It blends in well and gives a good effect. It also does live up to its reputation of having good staying power, as I've noticed that my foundation is basically intact a few hours later, and it's even still mainly there after 12 hours if I leave it on for that long. My skin doesn't seem to love foundation, however, so it does look a bit strange after a few hours but, as all foundations do that after some time on my face, I know that this is not a fault of the foundation. While it may not be as natural looking as Bare Minerals and is worse for my skin, it does make me look better and so I do like to wear it when I want to look particularly nice.

        == Conclusion ==

        This is a good foundation and I have re-bought it a couple of times. They were recently out of a few of the lighter shades due to a shade labelling problem in every shop I went into to buy it, but that could now have been rectified. I'm still waiting for my shade to be available online in the UK as it is cheaper to buy it from the UK than it is in Germany (where it costs around 40 euros), even if you take postage costs into account. At £27.50 per 30ml, it's not the cheapest in the UK either, and if you have a cheap foundation that you love then it's not worth swapping, but if you've never quite found the foundation for you then I'd say it's worth giving it a try. If, like me, you don't wear it on a daily basis then 30ml will last for a long time and you'd only have to replace it once a year or so. Either way, I'd recommend at least trying to get a sample of it to work out your shade and seeing what you think of it. It is also available with SPF.

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          Brilliant foundation and worth the investment.

          Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation was my first foray into what I would call posh and expensive make up - And I'm so glad that I splashed out and spent that little bit extra as what you get back in coverage is well worth the extra money.

          I purchased from Boots for about £25 after a consultation with one of the EL instore advisors. She colour matched to my skin and I came out with the lightest shade, Shell. The packaging is lovely, and comes in a shiny bluw box with tissue wrapping, and a glass bottle with gold and white writing. Initially I was a bit put off by the fact that the bottle didn't have a dispenser, but having used it I've got my technique down and it no longer matters! What I do is tip the bottle upside down (with lid on obviously!), turn back the right way, and use the layer from inside the neck of the bottle with my finger. I then dot this around my face. I find this technique gives you the perfect amount of liquid for the whole face, and avoids cakiness by using too much. You really do not need very much of this at all, so I'm glad it doesn't have a dispenser now as it would cause a huge amount of wastage I think. And it honestly lasts absolutely ages this way. I've probably had my bottle for between 9 and 12 months and I've only used a quarter of it (I do not use every day though, probably 2-3 times a week).

          I apply with a stipple or flat brush, and find that it dries quite quickly so you need to be quick with the application otherwise it can be hard to blend. Alternatively use a good layer of moisturiser underneath makes application easier and reduces the dryness of it. I have normal/ dry skin and sometimes when my skin is particularly dry I find this foundation can make it look worse but I guess that is to be expected from a matte finish foundation such as this.

          The coverage from this foundation is amazing - The first time I put it on I was literally amazed (especially having never used a posh foundation before) at the results, and my face looked like a china doll! Absolutely flawless! Lines were not as visible as with other foundations and my skin tone looked flawless (as I can sometimes be a bit blemishy). The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was that I had hoped due to the coverage and matte finish that it would conceal my eye bags without the need for concealer, but unfortunately it doesnt. It lasts all day, and does not come off on clothes and does not wash off in the rain which is a great indication of its staying power.

          As I bought this in the winter and got the lightest shade, I have found thats its just too pale for the summer months. So this year I mixed it in a pot with a less matte and darker shade Bourjois foundation and found that this gives the perfect finish and also colour for me in the summer. EL Doublewear mixes very well with the other foundation, and so I would say it is very useful for mixing with others to improve coverage and finish of cheaper foundations (and it will last ages this way).

          I had been warned prior to buying this that due to the SPF pigments in it that in photography it can cause your face to look really bright. I wore this foundation (unmixed) for my engagement photo shoot and mixed with the Bourjois for my wedding, and did not have any problems with this at all.

          To summarise, I would definitely purchase this foundation again. And to anyone who is wondering whether it is worth the extra £10/15 to buy a posh foundation then I would say wholeheartedly that it is worth it for the benefits in coverage.

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