With my freshly threaded eyebrows (read about my first eyebrow threading experience), I headed over to Macy’s because I’ve been really interested in Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation. Estee Lauder counters generously offer 10-day samples so I was hoping to pick one up.
A little background as to how I became interested in ELDW – my gorgeous friend posted up pictures and her face looked amazingly flawless. Just absolutely perfect. I immediately asked her what foundation she used and she told me it was the ELDW. I’ve already come across ELDW online because bloggers, YouTube gurus and MUA reviewers seem to love and rave about this foundation. Now that I personally knew someone who uses it and I could see in pictures how amazing it looked, I was ready to try it.
The sweetest sales associate, Elizabeth, matched me to 3W1/Tawny. 3 for intensity, W for warm ..I’m not sure what the 1 was for? I had assumed I was neutral and/or cool toned because my MAC shade is NC30 but..who knows. I’ll figure it out one day 😛 ANYWAY, she applied the ELDW with a foundation brush all over my face after using a cleansing toner to take off my current foundation. Here are my impressions:
- More coverage than I’m used to but she applied more heavily than I would
- Was streaky at first but it eventually dried to a smooth finish
- The finish was not completely matte but definitely not a satin or dewy finish
- After she set it with powder, my skin looked beautiful (not in a natural way)
- Covered up all redness in my cheeks
- It just looked really good
I was really impressed and I absolutely loved how it came out. Mind you, it’s not a “natural” look. It’s the kind of flawless look that is obviously makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t find it to be heavy, cakey or mask-like or that I had TOO much foundation on. This is definitely a special-occasion kinda foundation for me because my skin doesn’t need full coverage every day.
With that said, Elizabeth and I decided that I should go with the ELDW Light. It has less coverage than but is buildable to medium (as proven by her own face, very pretty). There are only 6 available shades and I left with Intensity 3.0. It’s a good match but leaning to the darker side so I can wear this in the summer also. I wore the ELDW Light today and at first, I was annoyed because the coverage was so light. I had to use a little more product than I normally would. Once it dried after a few minutes, I realized that it needed to dry before I could see results. It ended up being a lighter-end-of-medium coverage product. I liked it enough but it’s not that different from the other lighter foundations I have, except for the advertised staying power (15 hours). I’m on hour 10 right now and it looks okay but I did notice some oily-ness. This will be a good foundation for summer since it is so lightweight.
I think I’m going to get the original ELDW also. I have a 10-day sample to play around with but I’m already wanting a little more coverage. To thin down ELDW a little bit, I plan to mix moisturizer with the foundation. If you have oily skin, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel would be good to mix and right now I have dry skin so I would mix in my Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.
ELDW is for you if: you want full coverage, you’re willing to clean it off every night, you don’t mind a “made-up” look, you need a foundation that is long-lasting, you can’t find a shade in Light to match you. *tip* I’ve read that the MAC foundation pumps ($6) will fit on these glass bottles
ELDW Light is for you if: You want the lasting power of ELDW but want a lighter coverage product, you like hygienic packaging, you can find a shade to match you (limited options)
IMPORTANT – As with all makeup, you need to be sure to get every bit off every night, especially the ELDW! Usually with my other foundations or BB cream, a single makeup remover towelette (Neutrogena or Garnier) will clean everything. However, with regular ELDW, I had to use two towelettes and even by the second towelette, a lot of makeup came off. After the towelettes, I’ll wash my face then use toner to make sure everythingggg is off. I just ordered the Bioderma Crealine TS H20 for extra makeup removing power.
In conclusion, I can’t make up my mind and I want both! Haha. I see uses for both original and light. The original has a cult following, people who swear by it have used it for many years. I can see why, it looks absolutely amazing on people. Back to the Estee Lauder counter to pick up the ELDW! 😀
**Funny thing 02-09-11: I applied ELDW Light on my left cheek and ELDW on my right cheek just to see if I could notice a difference. Slight differences, both in texture and the way it felt when I touched my cheek. I asked my boyfriend if he could see a difference. He said my left cheek (ELDW Light) looked more natural and that my right cheek (ELDW) looked like it had “stuff” on it. Must note, I just came from a run and washed my face, then applied both foundations without moisturizers or primers. My pores were definitely highlighted. See, men can be useful when it comes to beauty sometimes ;).
P.S. Primers are your friends! Always use one before applying foundation! 🙂