My skin hasn't been so great recently from mild acne to 'pink eye' (- don't worry it definitely was not pink eye just super sore eczema) combined with insomnia and stress it wasn't looking too pretty. That's where Esteé Lauder's Double Wear foundation enters; it's a wonderful, high coverage foundation, oil free and non-acnegenic. It really is quite remarkable. The coverage gives my skin a healthy but matte look. It's build-able but I find one thin layer is more than enough. I use it all over my face and down my jaw and just below. The only place I don't use it is under my eyes where the eczema is as it's an oil free but drying foundation. For me, it's well worth the money. Having reasonably good looking skin is important in my make up routine, it gives me a base which I can then add to without risking blending in and exaggerating the look of blemishes. I've even started to use a bronzer from around my temples to down my cheek bones- something I usually would never do in fear of a blotchy; red, and 'tried too hard to cover bad skin' face.
You can see the quality and coverage of the foundation in the photo's above, I'm so pleased with my matte, healthy looking skin. I've got the shade 1W1 in Bone after two attempts at colour matching from the beauty counters. The first woman matched me to 'Dawn' which was far, far too dark for me. It also left me with an orange hint visable in natural light. I'm glad I took the tester bottles to try out first as taking the plunge and buying expensive foundation to only find out it was the wrong shade and left me looking a bit like an oompa-loompa would have left me and my purse rather unhappy. I then got colour matched to 'Bone' by another store and I'm delighted to say it is the perfect shade.
L-R; MAC's Studio Fix in NW15, EL DW in Bone, EL DW in Dawn
As you can see my foundation shade in MAC's Studio Fix is too dark for me which prompted the foundation search. Bone looks a little funny on the inside of my arm but in comparison to my face and my neck (more yellow toned) it's perfect. You can see Dawn on the right- clearly too dark! Note to self: Never trust a 'bronzed' MUA at the counter.
This post may sound a little superficial - is that the term? but I'm more than happy with my new foundation; added confidence and spending that much on a foundation.
On another note, have you entered my giveaway? You can win a Ciaté Mini Paint Palette Kit, that's 8 mini beautiful nail varnishes!