Saturday, 25 February 2017

[REVIEW] Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation VS Double Wear Light Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Hi everyone, how’re you all doing? :) Can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months into 2017 already! Time really flies especially when you’re really busy!
In today’s blog post, it is gonna be all about Estee Lauder; and specifically, F-O-U-N-D-A-T-I-O-N s. (Yeah, you definitely have a makeup artist & lifestyle beauty blogger here haha) :) 

I have been wanting to give Estee Lauder’s foundations a go for a really long time, ESPECIALLY the very well-known Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation. You have no idea how excited I was (and still is haha) when I was approached by Sephora Singapore for a Estee Lauder x Lunarrive collaboration hahaha. ^_^

In this post, I will be reviewing two foundations side-by-side and they are the highly raved Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation and the Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Foundation.  I wasn’t aware that there was a Light version for the Double Wear Foundation till I saw them on Sephora’s online store and I’m so glad that I picked them up as they have become a staple in my makeup kit especially when I go for outdoor shoots. ^_^

I will also be doing slight comparisons with the Double Wear BB Cushion, which I’ve previously purchased when it first launched in Singapore. Thereafter, I will be ending off this review with my thoughts on the Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activitating Treatment Lotion! :) I bought my mom the full size one previously as a gift and she loves it haha so I thought I get myself a travel size one this time. ^_^

It’s gonna be quite a long post but I’m very confident that all beauty and makeup lovers like me will find this post helpful! Especially for you ladies who’ve tried the Double Wear Foundation and find that it is too thick / drying for you! Don’t you worry, I have tips installed for you so be sure to read on! *wink*

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

I will first start off with the famously long-wearing and super matte Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation!

According to the description from Sephora Online, the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is supposed to last all day through our humid Singapore weather with NO touch up required and at the same time delivers semi-matte, flawless and medium to buildable natural-looking coverage. It has a lightweight and oil-free formula that stays fresh throughout the day and you will not have to worry about oxidization with it. :)  It is also fragrance free and non-acnegenic! (Y)

My thoughts and findings:

Pros:
It is EXTREMELY long wearing
No oxidization is witnessed
A very matte finish
Easily buildable coverage

Cons:
It has a very matte finish instead of a semi-matte.
It accentuates dry spots.

It is difficult to get the right amount of foundation that you’ll need out from the bottle without making a mess.

Having a very matte finish can be both a good or bad thing depending on your skin type and occasion which you’re using this foundation on. If you’re gonna be outdoors for most part of the day, this foundation will be a go-to for such occasions! 

However, your skin will definitely need to be well moisturized and prep before application and for ladies with dry skin, this foundation will not be the flattering one for you as it accentuates on dry spots quite a lot.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

The shade I picked up was 1N2 Ecru as this was the closest shade to me that was instock at that point in time and with the neutral undertone in it, it’ll be easier for me to mix with other foundations to get a better foundation match when going on makeup jobs.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

In addition, a tip to ensure that you don’t get too much foundation out from the bottle is to use a clean Q-Tip to dip into the bottle and get the foundation onto the back of your hand or on a metal plate before applying it onto the face. This way you will be able to have better control over the amount of product that you’ll need. Usually, 2 Q-Tips (dipping into the foundation 4 times in total with the clean ends) is just nice for one full face for me.

I would normally use a sponge to blend this foundation all over the face instead of a brush because of its heavier consistency.

In terms of the wear time, you’ll see that in greater detail in the later part of this post where I will be sharing with you the actual results of wearing this foundation. :) 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundations Intensity 2.0 and Intensity 4.0 Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Moving onto the Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Foundation!

It has similar description as the Double Wear Foundation apart from delivering sheer to medium coverage.

My thoughts and findings:

Pros:
-       It is very long wearing as well but not as long as the Double Wear
-       No oxidization is witnessed
-       A matte finish with a slight luminous touch
-       Easily buildable coverage
-       Watery and lightweight consistency
-       The packaging is easier to work with

Cons:
-       It accentuates dry spots but less obvious than the Double Wear Foundation.

I love that the Light version has a more watery and lightweight consistency! It is definitely much comfortable to wear on daily basis. With its slight luminous glow, you get to have a more radient and healthier glow on your complexion but MOST IMPORTANTLY, it is still able to thrive through our humid weather.

Both sponges and brush works well with this foundation. (Y) 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundations Intensity 2.0 and Intensity 4.0 Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

The shades I’ve picked up for this foundation are Intensity 2.0 and Intensity 4.0 so that I have a darker shade to mix with whenever necessary. The best match for me would have been Intensity 1.0 (which is out of stock *sobs*) as 2.0 is slightly too yellow for me. 


Like the Double Wear Foundation, the Light version will accentuate dry spots as well (but not as obvious and serious as the Double Wear) but because of its lighter consistency, it is easier to fix the dry patches by going in with a small amount of moisturizer / hydrating primer and blend away the patches.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundations Intensity 2.0 and Intensity 4.0 Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore
Photo credit: Momentous Photo

During one of my recent work, I prep my model’s skin by first using a toner to wipe away all the dust and oil on the surface. Thereafter, I go in with a good moisturizer and a hydrating primer before I apply the Double Wear Light Foundation. As the Double Wear Light Foundation has sheer to medium coverage, it is not sufficient to cover up her spots so I had to go in with concealer to cover them up.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundations Intensity 2.0 and Intensity 4.0 Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore
Photo credit: Momentous Photo

This is the end result that I’ve achieved with the Double Wear Light Foundation. :)  It is definitely much natural than the Double Wear Foundation and also less tricky to work with because of its lighter consistency and coverage.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Series Foundations Swatches Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

These are the swatches of the foundations along with the Double Wear BB Cushion. The shade that matches me the best is definitely the 2W0 Warm Vanilla with the Double Wear BB Cushion, so for the remaining ones I had to mix around my foundations a little before I could get a better match. Definitely eyeing for the Warm Vanilla shade for Double Wear and Intensity 1.0 for Double Wear Light in future for my personal use hehehe!!

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Now, are you ready for some side-by-side comparison between the Double Wear and Double Wear Light Foundation? :) 

I will be showing you the before and after photos of me wearing the respective foundations with absolutely NO CONCEALERS nor POWDERS over them and also how I look after wearing it for at least 15 hours to let you have a clearer picture on the wear time of these foundations. :) 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Here’s how my face looks with nothing on. Please excuse my puffy eyes as I was having sore and itchy eyes at that point in time. >_<

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

With just one light layer of the Double Wear Foundation on one side, you can already see that my dark spots are definitely a lot less obvious now.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Here’s how I look with the Double Wear on the left side and Double Wear Light on the right. Double Wear Light is certainly a tad too yellow for me but other than that I really like the texture of it. I also went in with a 2nd light layer with the Double Wear ONLY on the areas where I needed higher coverage on the left side.

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Close up shot with the Double Wear Foundation! Definitely flawless but slightly dry looking.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore  

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

And here’s the close up shot with the Double Wear Light Foundation! It’s not as flawless as Double Wear but definitely more natural looking (and more yellow tone >_<).

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

After spending 16 hours outside at work and running of errands with just the foundation alone (no concealer or whatsover on any part of my face) and absolutely NO TOUCH UPs, here’s how the foundations are looking! My spots are definitely more obvious now and my forehead is a little shinier now (I tend to be oily on my T-Zone) but on a whole, both foundations are still holding up very well!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Usually my forehead would have been at least 2x more shiny than what you see above in the After 16 hours portion and I would have been a disco ball already in the afternoon. This just shows how well the foundation is performing with oily skin. (Y) Definitely give it a try for those with oily skin! But do remember to still prep and moisturize your skin well before applying the foundation so as to ensure smooth application and minimize patching on dry areas on your face (if you have oily combination skin).

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore  


Up close you can definitely tell that on my drier zones (my cheek areas), it is patching up by a little but as compared to what I encounter with other foundations in the market, this is definitely performing a lot better. The remaining coverage on my face is still rather substantial as well!

There are other matte foundations which I have tried in the past that just cakes up at my oily areas and patches at my dry zones and I would look like a patchy girl. Thereafter, I just never reach out to those foundations anymore. So wasteful but no choice :( 

I’m just really glad that the Double Wear Foundation didn’t end up like this and I have a way to counter the dry patches too in the later part of the post! :)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

On the other side, this is how the Double Wear Light Foundation looks up close after 16 hours. It definitely has a lot less coverage as compared to the Double Wear but I like how the texture is still smooth after 16 hours with the Double Wear Light. :)  So if you’re the natural makeup kind of girl, do not have a lot of hyperpigmentation in general and want something that last for a super long time, go for this one!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Here’s another example where by the Double Wear patches up a little on the dry areas like the under eye area. Be sure to be really light handed with this foundation when you’re working around your eye area and if possible, use a concealer that works well for you to cover your dark circles instead. The one I enjoy using very much is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.

 Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

On the other side of my face, the texture of the undereye area with the Double Wear Light is still smooth and nice after 16 hours! :)  I love it but do have a concealer with you for touching up on dark areas whenever necessary.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

And here’s the comparison of my spotty chin with the two foundations! Definitely more redness is peeking through after 16 hours but overall it is still good and would be better if I have added on with a bit of concealer upon application.

Now, let me share with you some tricks that I do to minimize the amount patching that I encounter with my dry areas! :) 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

The 1st method that I do is to mix a drop of the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster with the Double Wear Foundation! The foundation definitely went on a lot smoother with the drop of booster mixed with it! <3 The best thing is, the coverage still remains high even after mixing! This booster is totally a savior in many of my makeup jobs I swearrrrrrrr especially when working on people with dry skin haha.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

The 2nd method is to mix the Double Wear and Double Wear Light foundations together in 50:50 ratio! The whole idea is to introduce the slight luminousity that the Double Wear Light with Double Wear’s high coverage! Application wise was definitely not as smooth as Double Wear + Skin Booster though I would have to say that I get a better color match than wearing just the Double Wear Light or the Double Wear alone! :) 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore  


Here’s how Double Wear & Double Wear Light combination looks! Smooth and higher coverage than just the Light version alone!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

And here’s how the Double Wear & Skin Booster combination looks upon application! Definitely smoother in texture haha.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Here’s how the foundations are holding up after 20 HOURS!!!

Yeah, you guessed it. I wanted to have a short nap but I ended up sleeping through with the foundations on me. *facepalm*

* PLEASE DO NOT LEARN FROM ME IN THIS ASPECT. ALWAYS RMB TO REMOVE YOUR MAKE UP BEFORE YOU GO TO BED! *

 But anyhoo, it was a very good test for the foundations!!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore  


Here’s how the Double Wear & Double Wear Light combo is looking after 20 hours! Definitely a drop in coverage but still smooth in texture!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

And here’s how the Double Wear & Skin Booster combo is holding up! You can definitely see some uneven skin tone going on my skin but I think that was mainly due to me always sleeping on my left side haha. So on a whole the coverage is doing good as well and I definitely love the texture on this side more on the other side. :) 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundations Side-By-Side Comparison Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

Here’s how the condition on my chin went! Definitely worn of on the center portion but considering the foundations have went through 20 hours on my face, they have done a great job definitely! I usually get nothing left on my chin after around 8-10 hours. ><

Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore

We have come down to our very last product and that is the Estee Lauder Micro Essence!

From Sephora Online, the Micro Essence is suppose to activate and strengthen the skin’s foundation tby penetrating deeply and rapidly into the skin to renew and rebalance the skin to achieve a youthful-looking glow. It is suitable for all skin types and promotes smooth, supple skin!

In the past, I’ve bought the full size bottle of the Micro Essence as a gift for my mom before and she loved it! So I decided to go pick up the travel size version of it to give it a try!

Just like my Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence, the Micro Essence is also a First Treatment Essence so I use it in my first step of my skincare routine. After using it for a few days, I definitely do not see a huge difference in terms of having a healthier glow but I feel that it has helped to maintain the moisture level on my skin for a longer period of time throughout the day. Usually in the afternoon, I would have felt some tightness around my cheek area especially when I’m in an air-conditioned environment.

Therefore, I feel that this essence would be awesome especially for people with dry and / or mature skin to get more radiance and youthfulness back to your skin. :) 

Estee Lauder Double Foundations Review Lunarrive Sephora Singapore
Photo Credit: Momentous Photo
Taken after my work at one of TONI&GUY’s hair show!

That’s it to this review and I hope it has been a very informative and helpful one for you all when you’re choosing your foundation and also when you encounter some texture issues with your foundation! :)

Be sure to check out the Estee Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Light Foundations especially if you have oily skin and / or your foundation melts off easily! These two babies will definitely be the one for you as they last all day long (and all night long as well hahahaha) in our humid weather with zero powder needed!

If you would like to purchase any of the foundations or to know more about Estee Lauder products, you may refer to:


Thank you for being with me on this review and I will see you in my next one! ^_^
Stay beautiful, xoxo!

Special thanks to Sephora Singapore for giving me the opportunity to review the foundations and Micro Essence from Estee Lauder! :)

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