I’m aware most of my posts are about saving money and how I live on the cheap. This product; however, is one compromise I’m not willing to make when it comes to make up and beauty. Ever since I began posting about my love-hate relationship with my skin due to adult acne I’ve felt like this post is inevitable. For those of you who may have read earlier blog entries of mine you’ll already know that I love this product. I’ve easily mentioned it at least 3 times in the last month so I decided the time had come to dedicate an entire post to this miracle bottle. As long as my shade is in production I honestly can’t imagine myself using another foundation again. For your reference my GP counts my acne as “moderate” on the scale of mild to severe.
About The Product & It’s Claims From Estee Lauder’s website:
- 61 shades available online
- 24 hour natural matte wear
- lightweight feel with buildable coverage – medium to full
- 24 hour colour true & no creasing (so it won’t change through the day)
- controls oil all day
- sweat and humidity resistant
- doesn’t transfer or settle into pores
- non comedogenic / acnegenic and oil free
- dermatologist / ophthalmologist tested (so skin and eye safe)
- fragrance free
- SPF 10
My Personal Experience
Unlike other foundations I previously tried I’ve been able to find a perfect shade match which is so good that I can use this product just as concealer across my blemished jawline and it blends perfectly with the rest of my face without looking strange. It has a very natural “my skin but better” finish which I love as I don’t look made up. It’s suitable for acne prone skin given that its oil free and won’t clog pores and it does a very good job of masking blemishes and scarring. During the UK lockdowns I haven’t worn a scrap of foundation and can triumphantly say my skin is in the EXACT same condition as if I were to wear this product daily. Its very reassuring to know it isn’t making my skin worse in any way. I don’t stay matte for the entire day but I do have a particularly oily T zone – it does control my shine better than not wearing make up though. It doesn’t slip off my face or crease at all and a little goes a really long way. A bottle lasts me at least 12 months. I don’t need to use concealer with this and I do suffer from some big red angry under the surface spots – cysts – from time to time. Double Wear has hugely helped improve my relationship with my face, I can go from looking in the mirror feeling disheartened to being very pleasantly surprised with the transformation in about 5 mins. For me it is worth the price for the confidence boost it gives me and at approximately £2.83 a month (based on a bottle lasting minimum of a year) it is 100% worth every penny.
Prior To This I Tried:
- The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream – not enough coverage / shade range (possibly discontinued)
- Clinique Anti Blemish Foundation – limited shade range so couldn’t get a good match and it dried out my skin so didn’t application didn’t look even
- Clinique 2 in 1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation And Concealer – I found this too heavy, great coverage but as I only have a few problem areas it felt overkill on the rest of my face
- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Tinted – only 2 shades and the lightest one was too orange for my paler skin but otherwise a very promising product for subtly evening out imperfections whilst having all the benefits of their best selling moisturiser which is my go-to.
Money Saving Options For This Product
I live a thrifty life but this is one spend I don’t mind shelling out on. It has an RRP of £34 for 30ml and when used on a daily basis tends to last me about a year minimum. EL beauty counters offer a shade matching service and should give you a free 7 day tester for you to check you’re happy with your shade choice. I’ve seen a couple of SoPost giveaways for EL foundations with variations of Double Wear in the past too (I claimed a lighter shade to see me through the winter). EL offers 15% discount online for your first order, it is stocked in Boots so you can use your points to pick it up and I’ve seen a limited shade range in The Cosmetic Company Store at the Icon O2 Outlet for around £10 off the RRP. The shade range at outlet wasn’t the extremes either and I have seen my shade there before. If buying from a beauty counter it’s worth waiting for their 10% off promotions and always asking for samples with your purchase.
On Google at the time of posting it gets 4.6* / 5* with 62,474 reviews which is incredible.
The Only Negative
I appreciate that on Estee Lauder’s website they’ve included models with a diverse range of skin tones which is important; however, I have a slight bugbear with their before and after photos used to market the product. This product transformed my confidence and helped me face the day when I felt my lowest due to acne so I found it really disappointing and sad to see flawless face after face on their website. Frankly, if I had skin like any of their models in the before photos I wouldn’t be buying foundation. To see how this product worked on acne prone skin I had to search through Google images of individual’s blogs, YouTube videos etc and it was these that first made me want to try this and definitely not their website images would would have felt wholly unattainable for me. I feel like EL are missing out on a real opportunity here and I did reach out to them about this. Their response was that they’d consider showing “imperfections” in the future.