I’m always on the lookout for great foundations and concealers, as I think I am quite hard to please in this department. I prefer a foundation with medium to high coverage – I don’t like the whole caked-on look, and I always want my makeup to look natural; but I like a foundation that covers blemishes and discolouration well. I often find the lighter foundations just don’t cover enough for my liking. So that brings me on to my current favourite foundation and concealer by Estée Lauder: the Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation with SPF 10, and the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, also with SPF 10 and costs around £30.
I didn’t plan to get both the foundation and concealer – I tried the concealer first a while ago and came back to it recently. I then thought I would try the foundation and hey presto – I’m hooked! The Double Wear foundation is perfect for what I’m looking for – it covers everything extremely well but still looks natural. I particularly love that it covers my nose well. I know that’s an odd thing to say, but I have quite large pores on my nose and if it gets too dry, it just soaks up foundation and looks awful. I’ve found that the Double Wear foundation doesn’t dry it out. I think that it lives up to its claim that it “keeps skin looking fabulous, breathing comfortably through heat, humidity and activity without changing colour, fading or coming off on clothes”. I rarely have to touch up, maybe the odd bit of concealer on my chin or when I suddenly get a surprise spot visitor during the day, but it lasts for ages. It’s also quite dewy on me – I do moisturise before I apply it, but it certainly isn’t drying or too heavy on my skin. I apply it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (I adore this and bought it from Boots as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection), which works amazingly well (blog post to come soon on the Real Techniques brushes). I have the foundation shade ‘1N2 Ecru’ and I was colour matched in Debenhams which took the difficulty out of trying to find the right shade.
So, on to the concealer. Similarly, the Double Wear Flawless Stay-in-Place concealer does an awesome job in my opinion. It lasts really well under my eyes – I have quite dark circles under my eyes and this covers them and doesn’t dry the skin out, which is the worst! It’s lovely and creamy and it doesn’t settle into the fine lines under my eyes . I’ve been using the Urban Primer Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion underneath it and on my eyelids , and I think it does help, but I also think that this is partly down to the concealer. It also covers blemishes and discolouration very well. I have the shade ’01 Light’ as I have quite fair skin and I find a lot of concealers are too pink for me. It’s around the £22 mark.
And finally (phew, this turned into a long post!) I am also loving the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick in ‘120 Discreet’ which was £25 I think. It’s a very neutral shade, it’s a bit more brown and darker than my natural lip colour, but I quite like that about it and I find that worn with a bit of bronzer it has a really nice summery effect. There are loads of shades in this range to suit most skin tones and the coral shades look lovely – they are on my wishlist! As the name suggests, it has a slight shine to it but it isn’t too glossy , it makes my lips look healthy. It keeps the lips hydrated, which is so important to me as I find a lot of drugstore lipsticks dry out my lips (apart from the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Nude Collection from my last post). I really like the packaging, it has this sexy magnetic quality to it so that the lid just slides on – the only downside to this is that in my makeup bag, my hair grips always stick to the case!
So, there we have it in a very long-winded post! I’m really pleased with these three Estée Lauder makeup purchases, and I would definitely consider exploring some other products like the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer which I have heard good things about; and I will definitely be buying the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent in the near future – it smells divine.