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My Foundations: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Continuing the Foundation series with one I had already formed my opinion on since last year:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
posted on our Facebook page November 11. 2013
QR: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light: doesn't need to be set with powder (I just set my T zone), medium coverage (unifies skintone but won't completely cover all hyper pigmentation), great staying power and ok colour range. Available in all Cave Shepherd branches, some Harrison's branches and Senses in Limegrove.

Since then Senses has closed down so the only places to get this product are Estee Lauder counters in Cave Shepherd locations.

From the Estee Lauder site: "Benefits: Long-wear. Lightweight. Sheer to medium coverage.

Coverage: Sheer to medium.

Finish: Natural

Formula Facts: Oil-free, oil-controlling, photo-friendly, dermatologist-tested, non-acnegenic; won't clog pores and fragrance free.

Product Details: 15-hour wear, light as air: long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup.

It's makeup that keeps up. Fresh, natural, comfortable. Goes on sheer, leaves skin free to breathe all day.

Controls oil. Resists smudging and won't "melt" off through heat and humidity.

For a look that stays vibrant and fresh whether it's a workday, a workout or a weekend. Smooth it on once and don't think twice about it

The site has 10 shades listed ranging from 0.5 to 6.5. There is 1 ounce in each tube and retails for $37USD on all websites where the product is sold.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light display -
As seen in Cave Shepherd, Broad Street

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light price
As seen in Cave Shepherd, Broad Street

As shown above it retails locally for $99BDS LP.

One year in have my thoughts changed?

Firstly, the shade range is terrible especially considering that the original Double Wear - which we now have thanks to Marcela - offers 30 shades and their new Perfectionist formula carries 21.
At the time of taking the above photographs, last week, Cave Shepherd only had 3.0 in stock. Oh bother!

I've found the best way to apply this product is with a damp beauty sponge. Kabuki and buffing brushes, even though I dampen those too, always leave brushstrokes on my face. The other thing I have noticed upon reacquainting myself with this foundation is that it is very similar to the M.A.C Pro Longwear one. In fact, it's the same thing just less pigmented. Estee Lauder owns M.A.C so doan be too alarmed. This observation was made crystal clear to me when I tried both these products; a) with a highly siliconed primer and b) with Milk of Magnesia. Seriously mattifying primers like the latter can make these mattifying foundations apply very patchy and in some instances/areas of the face, very difficult to blend evenly. Whereas with primers with large amounts of silicone in them, the application is very smooth but it deteriorates the longevity of the otherwise long lasting foundation on oily/combination skin types.

I like the packaging very much. It's a light plastic tube with a nozzle opening; this is great for travel and very easy to get as much or as little product as you like.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light -
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light packaging -

Shade 5.0 is an umph too light (read yellow) for me but you know I make it work. What I appreciate most about the Double Wear Light formula is how quickly it sets to its demi-matte finish. This is what lends to even us oily skinned girls only needing to reinforce our Tzones. And just like Pro Longwear, it looks more "skin like" as the day goes by.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light swatch -
Scar compliments Logan

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light swatch -
Swatch totally blended out. See how the scratch is barely visible?

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light swatch -
Swatch after it had two minutes to set

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light swatch -
Swatch after it had seven minutes to set (photo taken to show how it looks in direct sunlight)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light swatch -
Swatch after it had seven minutes to set (photo taken to show how it looks in the shade)

The Double Wear Light coverage barely builds up to a medium state. As I said in my review last year, it will unify the complexion but will not obliterate hyperpigmentation. You can see in this keek that it didn't totally cover the dark spots on my cheeks. 

So, if you can find a shade that matches you and you don't have a lot of skin concerns to cover this could be the right foundation for you. I think even dry skin types can give this a go but you'd absolutely need to moisturize/prime your face to suit. This is a workhorse foundation; it will last that 8+ hour work day with minimal touch ups. At $99 it's a smidge cheaper than most M.A.C foundations and even my beloved black|Up one.

Foundation swatch comparison -
Foundation swatch comparison -
Foundation swatch comparison -
Swatch comparison of all the foundations reviewed thus far

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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