I've always been an inexpensive foundation girl. Mostly because I couldn't afford anything more as a student, but also because I didn't believe paying more resulted in better quality. How wrong I was. I tried my first high end foundation just a few months ago, with the foundation of choice being Estee Lauder's Double Wear. I've heard amazing things about this foundation for years, but at £25 for a bottle it was just too expensive to even consider buying whilst I was a student.
With a large colour collection of around 20 shades, there's a match for everyone, whether you have cool, neutral or warm undertones. I love that there's a whole shade range for each undertone and I could pick perfect match for my skin. A common problem I've had with cheaper foundations is that they always seem to be a little too pink for my skin tone, and so I could end up with a mismatched face and neck.
The shade pictured above is Tawny-3W1, the ideal match for my skin when I'm (fake) tanned. Now it's Winter and my skin is more fair, I should really buy this foundation a shade or two lighter, but I've found mixing Tawny with a little bit of a paler foundation in a different brand is the easier and cheaper option and does the job well.
I apply using my MAC 187 brush which gives a beautiful flawless finish with no streaks. The coverage is medium to high with a matte finish, just how I like it! This is by far the best foundation I've ever used, I adore it. Not only does it apply beautifully, it gives an absolutely flawless finish and lasts all day. My makeup looks so perfect that when it gets to bedtime, it feels wrong to take it all off! The only thing that lets this down is the bottle. There's no pump so things can get a bit messy and I suspect I waste a lot of product as it's difficult to control.
Estee Lauder's Double Wear Concealer is available in 5 shades and I chose Medium for a middle of the road colour. This is a full coverage concealer that covers any dark shadows well and again, lasts all day. The only problem I have is the strong smell which is not very pleasant. But if this is what I have to put up with to perfectly conceal blemishes, I don't mind too much and it wears off after a while.
Here's a FOTD wearing Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation and Double Wear concealer...
(If you'd like to know which other makeup products I've used, click here)
I do still love (some) cheaper foundations. Mabelline's Dream Satin Liquid is an absolute favourite of mine and I only have good things to say about it. However I definitely have a new appreciation for more expensive foundations and think they're well worth splashing out on. I have tried a few other high end foundations lately (Lancome Teint Miracle and the popular NARS Glow) so I may review those when I've had time to properly test them out.
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is priced at £25.00 for 30ml and Double Wear Concealer is priced at £18.00 for 7ml.