Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation | Review


heya friends!

I will be doing another in-depth review about a product that I have loved, adored, and worshiped for years now. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation was my first high end foundation that I have ever purchased. I did an extensive amount of research before buying this product because I wanted to make sure this thing was perfect, especially since it has a hefty price tag with it. This is for anyone who is considering purchasing a high end foundation and want something amaazzzinggg!

Price and ContainerIMG_2764_Fotor.jpgThe foundation is $38 for a 1 fl. oz. frosted glass container. I wish it came with a pump but it’s simply a twist off cap. It can get messy when trying to pour it onto the back of your hand or brush but I’ve heard that you can find a pump that is the correct size and slip it on. This foundation comes in 38 shades so there is a shade for everyone haha. I am in 1W2 Sand.

What it Claims to Do

  • 15-hour wear
  • Natural finish
  • Lightweight, oil-free, and buildable formula
  • Heat, humidity resistance

What it Actually Does

  • I’ve only worn it for 12-13 hours tops and it stays put perfectly.
  • No cake finish; very natural looking on the skin.
  • It is lightweight for a high coverage foundation and super buildable.
  • I wore this when I was hiking for hours in Portland and it looked exactly the same after.

ApplicationIMG_2767_Fotor.jpgIMG_2768_Fotor_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpgIt blends like a dream. I like using it best with my Real Techniques buffing brush or even with clean fingers. The consistency is quite watery. It is a high coverage foundation; usually one application smooths and conceals my whole face. I don’t think I ever go back with concealer to make sure spots are covered since the foundation does all the work. The again, I don’t suffer from crazy hyper pigmentation or rosacea, etc…But look at how even my skin looks above! Before, I have some acne scars and discoloration. After applying I have flawless, even, smooth skin!! Yas.

WearIMG_2763_Fotor.jpgThis foundation is a long wear foundation. It can last all day in rain or shine. I used to work at a very busy medical clinic where I was moving around constantly, sweating, and stressing out. I would get ready at 6:30am and wear it until close to 6 to 7pm so that’s almost 12 to 13 hours wear. Hot damn! It would still be on my face and be able to maintain a pretty matte complexion. I’m sure it can go up to the claimed 15 hours but I’ve never had to wear makeup that long.

Overall, this has been and still is one of my favorite foundations. It is so compatible with my oily/combo skin. The Double Wear has been highly praised in the makeup world by many huge beauty gurus so it really is worth the money. A little goes a long way. The tub I have now has lasted me for soooo long and I’m finally starting to run out…time to get another one 🙂 Hope this was helpful ❤

 

xx | paige

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Laneige BB Cushion Review


 

heya friends!

Today, I will be doing an in-depth review on the Laneige BB Cushion foundation. I have been using this for over a year now and  even though my first impression of it was not so positive, I have grown to love it. It is now my most used, every-day foundation.IMG_2732_Fotor.jpg

Where to purchase/price?

Target has a little section with all Laneige products which is AWESOME because before that, you could only purchase Laneige products online or in Asian beauty stores. They are not the cheapest products, but they are worth the money in my opinion. From Target, the BB Cushion is $34 and comes with a cushion refill and an extra sponge which is basically two cushions in one. That’s marvelous haha.

Color Range

Most BB Cushions don’t have a big variety of color options because they are like BB creams so they are essentially tinted moisturizers. I got the color Medium. The colors they provide are Fair, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Dark, and Dark.IMG_2736_Fotor.jpg

What it Claims to Do

It claims to moisturize, protect the skin from the sun (SPF 50), has anti-aging properties, brighten skin, prevent shine, and give a long-lasting light to medium coverage.

What it Really Does

This BB Cushion is heavenly for people with dry skin. It does moisturize very well and gives off a dewy, healthy finish to the skin. I actually have dry/oily combination skin and it still works great for me. I just powder over areas where I do get oily and it never breaks me out. When I first purchased this, I had super oily skin and it just did not work for me. I would become so oily within a few hours and I just felt so uncomfortable and dirty. Coverage wise, it is for sure a light to medium coverage. It is buildable but to an extent. Like I said above, this is my every day foundation when I’m out running errands and stuff. It’s perfect to wear on good-skin days. For me, it is not long-lasting. This is good for a solid 3-4 hours but after, it just wears off on my skin. I don’t really mind this because I know which foundations to use when I’m going to have a long day out.IMG_2729_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg

Application

The sponge that it comes with is very helpful. You simply dab the sponge into the product and press into the skin gently. I never wipe it on my face, I like to dab because I feel like it gives the most coverage. It melts into the skin instantly and smooths out the complexion quite nicely. It is probably best to switch sponges regularly as it gets unsanitary. Luckily, it comes with an extra set of the cushion so yay! IMG_2737_Fotor.jpg

Overall

All in all, I do love this BB Cushion. I need to try the new Lumi Cushion by L’oreal because I heard it’s actually better than this one and cheaper. I’m thinking of purchasing it soon so I can write a review and compare it to the Laneige one. I think the reason why this one is a bit pricey is because of it’s anti-aging properties. Laneige is mostly a skin-care brand so their BB Cushion does have numerous advantageous properties. Once again, good for good-skin, low-key days and gives a dewy, fresh finish. It is best for dry to combo skin. People with very oily skin should reconsider this one since the finish is so moisturizing.

I hope this in-depth review was helpful for any of ya’ll who are thinking of getting into the Cushion fad. If you already do have this, feel free to comment/like below! I would love to hear people’s opinions on this one.

 

xx | paige

 

*Daily Foundation Routine* | Winter/Spring 2015


hey!

Today, I wanted to share my daily foundation routine. I wear long-lasting make up since I do work full time so I am usually in a busy office for 8 hours a day. The last thing I want is my make up to be wearing off, especially since I have a very oily t-zone. Do continue if you are curious!

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1. Moisturizer/sunblock

-I never NOT use this underneath my make up. I am very conscious of how exposure to sun can really affect the skin. I have been using this product since college (around 5/6 years!) and it leaves a clean, non-greasy finish for my foundation. Sometimes I use a primer or a pore-eraser as well but when you only got 10-15 minutes to get ready in the morning, I really just rub this on my face!

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2. Foundation: Estee Launder Double Wear

-This is one of THE BEST foundations I have ever used. I am not knowledgeable of high-end foundations; when I was purchasing this, it was between this and the Nars foundation so I had to do a lot of research beforehand. I use the color in “Sand” and it literally lasts for longer than 8 hours, brightens the skin, controls oil secretion, and sticks to your face like permanent marker haha. It is also a high coverage foundations so you don’t really need too much concealing after if you have pretty clear skin.

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3. Under-eye brightener: Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser

-This product is very popular among a lot of makeup gurus and there is a reason why…it is magic. I use it under my eye and drag it along my cheekbones as well and it instantly brightens and smooths my complexion. The product itself lasts for a long time; I’ve had one bottle for almost a year and the picture above is a new one that I can’t wait to open haha.

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4. Concealer: NARS Creamy Concealer

-For acne spots and pigmentation, I use this concealer in the shade “Ginger” to help problem areas around my forehead and cheeks. This is also a popular product because it blends like a dream and lasts for a very long time. I love the consistency and how easy it is to apply to the face. I even wear this on days when I don’t want to put foundation on my face; just this and some powder and I’m good to go!

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5. Powder: Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous

-This is honestly not my favorite face powder; I really love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder but I ran out of it recently and I had this one on hand. I have been using this for a month or so but although it does control oil and shine for a few hours, I personally just need something that can last me a little longer. When I use this, I have to blot and powder around 3 times within an 8 hour period. Some people don’t mind this but I just remember only retouching once whenever I used the Rimmel powder. But just like the Rimmel one, it applies evenly with a nice powder brush and instantly mattifies the face. I just prefer the Rimmel one for it’s long-lasting power 🙂

So that’s it! This is my foundation routine every morning before work. It honestly only takes me 5 minutes since I have been doing it for so long now. I love it but I am looking for an alternative foundation at the moment. I want to try new products but I am very afraid from deviating from my Estee Lauder one…Does anyone know of any cheaper/drug-store foundations that work similarly to this one? Suggestions are much appreciated!

till next time,

paige