Saturday, November 9, 2013

Estee Lauder Double Wear | Revisited

I loved my old formula Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation (click here to see prior review) in 1N1 Ecru and considered it my holy grail. It had the perfect coverage for me, kept my face on the natural/matte side, and lasted a long time. Unfortunately, earlier this year EL reformulated their infamous product. After reading plenty of bad reviews for the new formulation, I decided not to buy it again. However, after experimenting with other foundations, trying to find the perfect match and coverage for my face, and never succeeding, I started thinking about going back to EL.

The one thing that stopped me was that the foundation did not come with a pump. The packaging is gorgeous, with the frosted container and gold bottle top and lettering, but something was missing. It had never bothered me before, but after using the CoverGirl 3-1 Foundation with a pump, I loved the idea. I did some research and found that I could purchase a MAC pump and put it into the EL foundation. (EL and MAC are owned by the same company).

I bought the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation ($37) in 1N1 Ivory Nude (they changed the names, 1N1 Ecru is now 1N2 Ecru). Next, I headed over to the MAC counter and bought the pump ($9), and went home to test it out. Before putting the pump in, I measured how much I needed to trim off the end of the pump, then cut it at an angle. It fits perfectly!

In regards to the new formulation, it is a bit runnier then what it use to be. However, it still has the same coverage (medium to full), gives that natural/matte texture which I enjoy, and stays on my face for a long time. The SPF has been taken away, which has its pros and cons; I personally don't mind since my moisturizer contains SPF. 

Lately, due to the stronger acne topical medication I have been using, I need to wear a primer before applying the foundation. I have been using the BareMinerals Prime Time or the Tarte Clean Slate Poreless primer (I prefer the Tarte primer for this foundation). Also I noticed that the best way to apply the foundation is with a Beauty Blender sponge. A brush works fine too, but since my skin is flaky and dry right now, the sponge helps to blend it easier. Once on the skin, it feels light weight, and I don't look like I am wearing a mask.

(Left: Before; Right: After)

You can definitely see that my redness has been covered and majority of my imperfections (acne scars) have been covered. However, you will notice that on my chin, I do have some active breakouts still peeking through, so I just use concealer on top of that. 

In conclusion, I am glad I repurchased this foundation. It covers up most of my imperfections, and stays on my face pretty much all day long. Although I do miss the old formulation, the new one is not that bad either. It does everything I want it too, and the pump makes it even better!
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  1. The coverage that this gives is really amazing x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  2. Ah I love the way you showed the before and after pictures. I love this foundation. It always does the trick!

    Love Daniela - Oh Ella Bella
    By the way, I'm having a jewellery giveaway on my blog:

    1. I just try to help show others how great it works!

  3. Great review!! I used to swear by EL Double Wear Light. Never thought I'd find anything like it but I recently switched to Urban Decay Naked Skin and I'm loving it!

  4. I love Estee Lauder makeup... I call it grandma makeup lol!!! Only bc that is all my grandmother has ever worn and if she doesn't like something she gives it me! haha funny..right???!

  5. Glad you're still loving this! I tested it out recently and it is quite nice, but I find my trusty Revlon ColourStay works better for me. Thanks for the review :)


    1. I still have yet to try that foundation! You are welcome, glad you visited my page

  6. So the ecru color is what I think I need. So you said it changed names now??

    1. The "new" names were effective sometime in 2013, so it you are my coloring, then 1N1 Ivory Nude is your choice. I would definitely go to an EL counter so that they can match you =)

  7. Hi desi
    loved your review
    I was wondering does the new formula have any issue with flash photography?
    Also I read your post on sephora and the bad dhade matching
    Could you tell me hoe o can choose the perfect shade?

  8. Read Janet Rowe's review of this Foundation to learn how not to get the flashback with photography


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