Estée Lauder's Double Wear (reformulation aside), is a beloved classic in full-coverage foundation. I know that many of you guys know this, since I've had a variety of comments asking me to try it and let you know what I think. As you probably have guessed by now, I took your advice.
The shade range for the Double Wear foundation is well-concieved. There are a variety of intensity levels, and each intensity level comes in at least one cool, neutral, and warm tone. Since most of y'all have seen my face, it probably doesn't surprise you that I chose the fairest, coolest color available to me: 1C1, or Cool Bone.
Sadly, there's a problem. Check out the swatch below. Does that look either cool or fair to you? I think not. This is, honestly, pretty orange.
Still, it's always better to see this shit on a face, right?
Let's go ahead and look at what it is I have to cover up. This is me sans foundation:
Aaand here is how I look all caked up in Estee Lauder Double Wear:
I'm going to point out the obvious: it's got damn good coverage! The product is pretty liquid, but it coats my face effectively and covers up all my acne and scarring without any concealer. The finish isn't quite matte, but leaves a slight luminous glow to the skin. I would love it... if not for the color.
I know what you are thinking: "Oh, it's not that orange!".
So, let's go ahead and zoom out and look at my face in the context of my neck:
AHHH I AM A CARROT. You can see that it is actually not even close. This is really frustrating because the Double Wear foundation is actually known for having a pretty good shade range. They are one of the few foundations that I use that would also effectively serve a significant portion of black beauty-lovers. It's advertised as having "30 flawless shades for every skin tone" (every skin tone, you guys) and it apparently won Allure magazine's "Best Foundation Shade Range" award. Meanwhile, I'm just sitting here with my giant tube of sunscreen and a frowny face.
I've tried a few things to remedy this glaring problem. Most frequently, I coat my face in white powder to help bring me back down to my natural ghostly hue. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for cake face, and it totally fucks with the staying power of the foundation itself. My next try will be mix the stuff in with a good layer of white foundation before applying it, although I'm sure that that will affect how the product performs.
Estée Lauder, let me love you. MORE COLORS, PLEASE.
I also want to explicitly note that the product does not have a pump. So, unless you hate having hygienic products, you are going to have to buy a pump that fits (e.g. the MAC foundation pump). For the price, I think that's a bit of bullshit.
If you match the color range, you're looking for a good full-coverage foundation, and you're willing to shell out an extra $6 (or so, depending on the pump), I think this foundation is pretty awesome. I'm just grumbly that I can't buy it in a reasonable shade for my face.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation retails for $37 for 1.0oz of product, putting it at an easy-to-calculate $37 per ounce.