Although I don’t mind my fair complexion at all, when it comes to buying foundation, it appears to be a nightmare. Most of the brands somehow assume that everyone wants to be tanned and even if they have their product available in 20 shades, the lightest one is usually not light enough. The foundations I’ve tried lately were: Revlon Colorstay (suitable shade but that was the only advantage), Lancome Teint Idole (appeared ok at the beginning, but after a while my skin looked perfectly… orange!) and Diorskin Nude (which costs a fortune if you ask me and was nothing more than an orange mask on my face). The one I bought last week is Estee Lauder DW Light and looks like it’s exactly what my skin needs so… why not to tell you more about it?
My skin type: Combination. The T-zone gets shiny very quickly while the rest of my face appears rather dry.
Coverage needed: Light (up to medium if there’s an emergency)- when it comes to makeup I completely agree that less is more.
What I like about the product:
- It doesn’t change the colour. Even after a few hours, it still stays what it’s supposed to be, not making my skin tone any darker.
- It doesn’t go in the lines/ wrinkles.
- It doesn’t feel heavy/cakey.
- It’s oil-free.
- It is long-lasting (although I wouldn’t be so sure about 15h the brand promise. Also, I’m looking forward to checking it when the days get properly warm).
- It does absorb oil and makes skin look natural (although if you have oily skin and think you can go all day without touch ups, forget it- there’s probably no foundation in the world which guarantees that. Make sure to have some finishing powder and oil-absorbing tissues and you’ll be fine).
- It photographs well. Having reasonably low sun protection (SPF 10) it looks good in the pictures, without making any mask on your face.
- It doesn’t transfer onto clothing (hence the name!)
- Packaging- although it’s not as pretty as for standard DW, it’s much more practical. The plastic tube is lighter and it makes it easier to apply the product without any waste.
Warning: Although Estee Lauder say it’s suitable for all skin types, I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry skin as it tends to bring out the dry patches (I always make sure my skin is properly moisturised before I use the foundation).
Summary: In this price range it’s the product I would definitely recommend. If you aim for long-lasting, natural looking makeup for your oily/normal/combination skin with no need of full coverage, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup won’t let you down.