Este Lauder Double Wear Light

You probably already know that I have been a devotee to Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation for a very long time now. Before Teint Idole Ultra I wore MAC Studio Fix for years. I like long-wearing, medium to full coverage foundation that stays put on my oily to combo skin. When I really like something, especially something as important as foundation, I tend to stick with it. I have wanted to try a new foundation for a long time and I have been doing some research. The reason I wanted a change is because of what I call “flash face”, which is when a photo is taken of me with a flash and my face comes out a different colour. When a flash is used when I am wearing Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra, my face looks either yellow or green in the photo. Lots of bloggers always list Este Lauder Double Wear Light as one of their favourite foundations so I finally decided to pick it up while in duty free.


(Top two before, bottom two with just Double Wear Light)


(Finished with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish, blush, eyebrows filled in, eyes done and Curvy Candy Chubby Stick on lips)

Este Lauder Double Wear Light is lovely; it ticks all the boxes for me. Its long wearing, I can put this on in the morning with bit of MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural as a setting powder and it lasts all day and night without any touch-ups. It looks natural with a semi-matte finish. It feels light on the skin, but I wear foundation everyday so it’s rare that I feel a foundation is heavy. The coverage is medium, it looks like skin and you can see some of my darker freckles through it so it’s not a mask but it covers redness and blotches. I still need a bit of concealer under my eyes. The formula is a bit on the thick side but a little goes a long way, however you do need to blend fast. I am using shade 2 at the moment and its fine thanks to summer and a sun holiday but it will be too dark for me as winter progresses. The only thing I don’t like is “flash face” is still a problem; my face appears paler and greyish in photos when a flash has been used. I really do like Double Wear Light but my search for a foundation that is everything I like about Double Wear Light and Teint Idole Ultra but doesn’t do “flash face”.


(photo taken with flash = “flash face”)

I am thinking of trying either Este Lauder Perfectionist or MAC Pro Long Wear next. If you have tried either please let me know if there is any “flash face” or feel free to suggest any foundations you love.



After two weeks off work, 10 days of which I spent in sunny Portugal, am I refreshed and raring to go? No, actually I could do with a holiday to get over my holiday. Lying in the sun, working on my tan all day is hard work, I had to flip over every half hour to keep it even, I was like a rotisserie chicken. Luckily I had a few days when I got back before returning to work but they were spent working in my garden. I’m trying to become a proper adult home owner and take pride in my garden, yes I know I am getting old; the signs are glaring. I had intended to post this on Monday because I wanted my first post back to be about the products I picked up in duty free, however, I was way too tired to do it so the blog stayed on holiday for a few extra days. Never fear, I’m back to normal now and you can expect a post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the foreseeable future.
So I’ll stop babbling on and show you the goods:

MAC Glimmer of Gold

MAC Glimmer of Gold
First up is my new favourite thing, MAC Mineralise Eye Shadow Quad in A Glimmer of Gold. I hope you like it because you may be seeing it a lot as this is all that I have been putting on my eyes since I got it. I will do a proper post on this with loads of pictures of these shadows on my eyes soon.

MAC Gilt by Association

Another MAC Mineralise Eye Shadow is Gilt by Association. This has a matte finish, so it’s totally different from all my other MAC Mineralise Eye Shadows, which all have a satin finish, not that it needed any justification. This is lovely and of course I will give you a closer look soon.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Next is the Lancôme Grandiose Mascara. I have wanted this since it first went on sale here and I didn’t think I would be able to hold out till my holidays to get it, but I did and it doesn’t disappoint.

Este Lauder Double Wear Light
Last but not least is Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I have been devoted to Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour for a long time now and Double Wear Light was on my list to try for ages so I finally gave in a decided to embrace change and give it a go. I like it and will do a full review of it but I haven’t decided if I prefer it to the Lancôme, I need more time to make up my mind.
So there you have them, I didn’t buy too much but instead went for a few select quality products. I am really happy with everything I got. What’s on you duty free wish list?