Before we flew out to Santorini I had been incredibly indecisive over whether or not to splash out and treat myself to the Estée Lauder Doublewear foundation.
I’d worn it for my first wedding, and it was hands down the most long lasting foundation I ever had on my face as well as having beautiful coverage. However, at just over £30 a bottle, it’s incredibly pricey for somebody like me, with three kids. I was torn.
I went into Boots and Debenhams numerous times in the lead up to the holiday and I took away samples to test it out and check it was right for me. Each time I ran out of the tester pot and had to go back to my other foundation I noticed a difference and it swayed me a little further towards buying it.
In the end I went for it. I figured it was an investment and, if nothing else, it would provide a blog post for me. I’ve been using it ever since flying out to Santorini and one thing I can definitely say is trust your instincts and either wait until you come back from holiday or insist on having a slightly darker shade because I didn’t, and I now have an amazing foundation that’s at least two shades lighter than my skin colour where I am tanned from the holiday!
It’s so frustrating as the foundation itself is fantastic, it makes my skin look pretty flawless, when I use my YSL primer underneath, and a little does go a long way (more often than not I end up pouring out more than I actually need).
The design of the bottle isn’t brilliant – I really don’t like having to pour the foundation out as it’s hard to control the amount and I’m always scared it’s going to go absolutely everywhere – a pump dispenser would be better. I find that sometimes, if I’m really tired or have a long day, the foundation can go a little dry around my nose and wear off a bit there, but it’s nowhere near as bad as other foundations.
The price is a lot, especially when you consider that you could buy a couple of high street foundations at the same cost of one bottle of Doublewear, but then, unlike other high end makeup I’ve tried, this foundation does actually seem to be worth the added cost.
My hunt for the perfect foundation has so far seen me try no7, L’Oréal and Maybelleine to name but a few, and so far none of them have come close to the quality of Doublewear. Most foundations I’ve tried leave me feeling like I have a mask on but the Estée Lauder foundation is more like a second skin. Although high coverage, I don’t feel it clogs my skin, and I found the foundation blended in really nicely (prior to getting my tan).
It is worth noting that flashback is a possibility when wearing the Doublewear, and I did experience this when in Santorini where the combination of a pale foundation and the use of a flash led to one very odd photo of me… but it’s a small price to pay for a foundation that ticks almost all of the boxes.
So, where do I go from here? I can’t really afford to consistently spend £32.50 on a foundation, but I feel others won’t live up to Doublewear… So the search continues, for a foundation with high end quality at high street prices… If you have any suggestions, send them my way!