I finally decided to put Estée Lauder Double Wear to the test.
Picking up a tester pot from the Bournemouth Debenhams counter, the female adviser told me that the pot would last about 3 days. I was pleasantly surprised that it lasted longer than a week, even with my ‘heavy application technique’.
Did it live up to the expectations? Yes and no.
There are a few things to note before you purchase this heavy coverage foundation.
Yes, it lasts a long time – roughly 12 hours in my experience. When coated with a layer of my favourite Mac powder, and even without this layer, the foundation can appear ‘cakey’ – as I had previously read online.
It CAN increase the amount of acne, even with extra attention paid to aftercare. I consistently removed my face of make-up with three methods and still suffered break-outs. Plus, it’s very drying – on the plus side, a little really does go a long way.
Next, we must consider the £30 price-tag. Yes, it’s a heavy duty product that is great for people with naturally dewy skin, but perhaps isn’t intended for acne and dry-skin sufferers.
For this purpose, I am reverting to my go-to Revlon Colorstay foundation which gives me equally impressive results for a third of the price and is much more lightweight on the skin.