If you can recall what we talked about here, you might remember my T-zone goes wild in summer. While my face was melting away in Taipei, I saw this Lisa Eldridge tutorial about makeup for summer in the city. I laid my hands on a sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light as soon as I could, and I went back for the full-size tube after a couple of trial runs. Estee Lauder keeps its promise: this foundation does stay in place!
While the original Double Wear comes in a pumpless bottle, Double Wear Light has a convenient and hygienic squeeze tube (the 30ml/1 oz tube goes for 37 euros in Belgium). It is scent-free. The line includes 6 shades (“intensity”), and I am matched to Intensity 3. I am closer to MAC NC30 for the moment, and Intensity 3 matches me pretty well. It might be every-so-slightly lighter for my forehead, but it’s nothing a bit of bronzer wouldn’t fix!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 3 heavier swatch, blended-out.
The texture of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is very easy to work with. It glides onto the skin smoothly and sets to a velvety matte finish. A thin layer offers light coverage, but if you want more (say on your chin), you can build it up with another thin layer. It has amazing lasting power even in the heat and humidity of Taipei. With some help from a mattifying primer (Becca Resurfacing Primer) and oil-controlling setting powder (Tarte Smooth Operator), I didn’t even have to blot till late afternoon. Without a primer, I’d get a bit of shine (in my T-zone) faster, but this is not a foundation that would break down or melt off easily, if at all!
There’s only one catch: Double Wear Light doesn’t photograph as impressively as it works in real life. It is surprising because it has such a low SPF (10), and it’s not the white cast I’m talking about. I can’t quite put my finger on it. For some reason it just doesn’t look very smooth in photos, but maybe that’s just me. Also, this should be a minor concern for most.
Here is the ingredient list if anyone is interested:
Bottom line: If you haven’t found a foundation that will resist the heat and humidity of summer, I would highly recommend Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (you do need a bit of luck to find a match since there are only 6 shades though). I think it works particularly well for combination and oily skin. It keeps shine at bay and holds up exceptionally well. That’s really all I want from a foundation in summer!
Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear (I am personally less compelled to purchase this one because it doesn’t come with a pump) or Double Wear Light? Have you found anything that will look good all day in the heat?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx