Estee Lauder Double Wear is the daddy of long wearing foundations & it covers everything I mean everything. Even on bad skin days I can safely trust that double wear will do me proud! This foundation has pro’s and con’s and you can ready about them here!
Firstly lets talk about the shade range,Double Wear has a huge shade range that will cater for most skin tones but they do work slightly differently to the Mac NC/NW shades. I have this foundation in 3 shades Ivory Beige (3N1)is the darkest shade that I own and the The N stands for neutral which is a peachy warm tone. I would say this is the most warm of the 3 and works perfectly for me in the summer or on tanned days.
The second shade I have is Dawn (2W1) this is a more yellow tone and I would say this is the closest to Mac NC shades. The third shade I have is Fresco (2C3) and this is more pink toned. This shade can look quite ashy on me as my natural skin tone definitely leans more towards the neutral/yellow tones. I have posted a link below of a brilliant website that I use called Findation which allows you to put in your shades in one brand of foundation and gives you an alternatives in other brands you may want to try.
So how does this foundation measure up?
On application this foundation is quite a runny liquid which does come out of the bottle really quickly as there is no pump- However be warned this stuff dries fast! For me there is only one way to apply Double Wear and that would be with a damp beauty blender this allows you a little more time to apply. If applied with a brush I find the foundation is really stiff and its almost impossible to layer without becoming cakey. If you really do want to use a brush go for something like a stippling brush for a lighter finish. Once applied this foundation is certainly medium to full coverage.
Double wear claims to give 15 hours of staying power which we all no for an oily girl is a distant dream. This foundation does last all day for me at work in a hot stuffy office but not without the help of my Mac Blot Powder!
This foundation is almost HG for me in terms of staying power and coverage and is my go to foundation for every day but there is one major set back,this foundation gives a terrible white cast in photos. I have posted some pictures above so you can see the effects under flash photography.
If you want to wear this foundation on a night out be sure to stay away from the flash! However if you are looking for a long wearing, oil controlling foundation for every day use Double Wear is the one! Its also Non Condemic & Non Acnegnic which means its safe for troublesome skin and work clog your pores.