A while ago I used up my Chanel Les Beiges foundation, and although I loved it when I first got it my relationship with it soured a little as winter went on and my skin got oilier. Yes, for some unknown reason my skin always gets oilier in winter and drier in summer. Anyway, I was looking out for a new everyday foundation when I noticed Estee Lauder’s new Double Wear offering online – Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup – and decided I would give it a go. I am shade 2N1 Desert Beige.
For anyone who likes Double Wear but wishes it were a bit less matte and heavy for everyday use, or hates the bottle with lack of dispenser, or doesn’t need that much coverage except on special occasions, or finds it a bit drying on their normal/dry skin, then this might be the version you will fall in love with. I certainly have!
First of all, the sponge applicator is a dream come true. No more applying a pump to the back of my hand (and forgetting the remnants) or struggling to somehow get water-thin foundation from a dropper onto my face. You just twist the bottom and it releases foundation onto the sponge. If you add to much it is retractable and draws most of it back into the bottle. Genius. Estee Lauder is marketing this as a “professional tool” and has factored that into the price – R525 for a 15ml tube – but I wouldn’t exactly agree with them. It’s good quality, feels nice on the skin and does a good job of applying the foundation, but you do still need a quick go-over with a proper bushing brush at the end. Also, when I purchased it I was told they will be reducing the price to R480 going forward. What makes me very fond of it though is how convenient and mess-free the application is.
The coverage is much more sheer than the original Double Wear but is somewhat buildable. It goes on very dewy but dries down to have a velvety feel to the touch. It looks very natural in that it isn’t too matte but isn’t too ‘radiant’ either. I only powder a bit around my nose and center of my forehead. It still lives up to the Double Wear reputation by being really long lasting – no touch ups required during the day.
Now my one little gripe. Estee Lauder is obviously trying to refresh its brand and appeal more to younger women, which is great. I love their new advertising and new products. But if they really want us to view them differently they need to go cruelty free. This isn’t the 1950s. The generation they are appealing to makes their choices based on things like that, not just on cute advertising.