Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 (Shade 4.5) – Review

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For my oily skin folks the task of finding good base products is forever a struggle. I feel that most foundations on the market are aimed at normal to dry skin. Products for oily skin are just not up to scratch with the oil control and the only products that successfully mattify the skin are very thick and feel heavy on the skin. Now, in terms of full coverage I love my Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation which I’ve reviewed previously on the blog but day-to-day I prefer to look more natural. Recently this has meant settling for the fact that I’ll look like a grease ball by 12pm.

For the past year I’ve been using the Jouer Matte  Moisture Tint which is nice to use during the colder months and when I don’t have a tan, it’s even leaning towards being slightly too light for me. However, as soon as I get a bit of sun this product (the darkest one in the range) doesn’t match me. Nor does it control oil like I need it to unless paired with a primer, powder and setting spray. Far too much effort in my opinion.

I did a lot of research on foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers for oily skin. As  I said before many reviewers find that a lot of them fall short in terms of oil control. So, after a lots of investigating I chose the Double Wear Light (DWL) from Estée Lauder. After all, the foundation is my holy grail so theoretically the light version should work well for me.

This product retails between £27-£31. Unlike the Double Wear foundation which has an impressive shade range of 8 colour intensities from very fair to dark and warm to cool undertones, there is less of a colour range (6 intensities) in the DWL which I think is unacceptable, what’s going on Estée Lauder?! Anyway as I am shade 4N2 in the foundation I chose 4.5 in the DWL. This colour is absolutely perfect for me right now (NC44), it has a perfect blend of warm and cool tones and is quite forgiving as the coverage is light.

Packaging: This 30ml product comes in a sleek, opaque squeezy tube that you can control the right amount to dispense from. I LOVE this packaging, it feels perfect for travelling with. Also it is opaque so any light sensitive ingredients are kept stable.

Formula: This product, like the original version is based on water. It contains silica and silicones to help control oil and sodium hyaluronate making it more hydrating than the original version. It does contain SPF 10 (mineral sunscreen) but I would still wear an SPF underneath this product. This foundation is much more lightweight, gives lighter coverage (I’d say sheer to medium) and is not as drying as the original. For that reason anyone from normal to oily skin can wear this product. If you have sensitive skin I’d avoid as it contains alcohols and chamomile oil (potential allergen/ irritant).

Application and longevity: Personally I like applying this product straight onto my face with my fingers working on small sections at a time, I focus on my chin and nose areas as these require the most coverage. The product blends really easily and dries to a semi-matte finish. I really like the fact that it is extremely weightless on the skin, unlike the foundation, and it doesn’t settle into lines or highlight pores over the course of the day. I found that around the sixth hour my nose area became oily but nowhere as much as I’m use to. The oil control from this foundation is nearly as good as the actual foundation but if you have any dry patches it may catch on these.

As you can see from the images below this foundation does a good job of evening out my skin tone, especially the darkness around my chin. The second set of images was taken after I did my basic day-to-day make-up, as you can see there isn’t a lot of flashback from the foundation either.

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Left: No foundation (concealer on under-eyes). Right: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light 4.5
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Left: Natural light, no flash. Right: Artificial light, flash photography.

Overall I’m VERY pleased I’ve found a lightweight foundation that I can wear all year round which doesn’t exacerbate my oiliness, gives good coverage and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. I really feel as though this is going to become a holy grail product for me!

Have you tried this foundation before? Comment below and let me know what your favourite day time foundations are.

Jay x

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Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP + R] Serum – Review

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By now you guys must know I’m a serious skin care addict and I do a lot of research before purchasing anything for my skin. When I saw the ingredients in the Perfectionist [Correct Prevent + Repair] Serum from Estee Lauder I thought “woah I need to try this”. This product is aimed at all skin types and claims to lift sagging skin, reclaim suppleness of skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I bought the 30ml version of this from Boots for £56, making it the most expensive serum I’ve purchased to date!

Taken from the Estee Lauder website:

“Our most effective wrinkle-fighting serum ever. It significantly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, with exceptional speed. Supercharge your skin: Fast. Effective. With innovative CPR-75 Technology. Instantly, skin feels smooth, looks fresher, younger. 78% of women said it immediately smoothed the look of their lines and wrinkles.”

Packaging: This serum comes in a semi-opaque purple plastic container with a air-proof pump. I like that it has a pump so it isn’t exposed to air. However, the packaging should be completely opaque to maintain integrity of antioxidants.

Formula: This product contains a lot of Dimethicone so avoid if you’re sensitive to this ingredient. It contains a lot of anti-oxidant ingredients which are great at mopping up free radicals in the atmosphere that damage skin. This formula also contains fragrance (which I try to avoid as much as I can), so those with sensitive skin may like to avoid this.

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Texture and appearance: As soon as I pumped this product out into my hand I noticed the very thick silicone feel. It doesn’t spread easily on the skin even when it is warmed up in between my palms but it dries to a soft, velvety, powdery finish. This means it works really well as a primer for make-up and immediately fills in fine lines. It has a pleasant fragrance which disappears when applied to the skin.

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Long term benefits: I’ve been using this product for three months in the night time only and I have noticed that it has balanced my skin in terms of oiliness. I have also noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin. I can’t comment on whether it has improved sagging or changed deep lines because I don’t have either yet. One important thing to note is that this is not a hydrating serum, therefore I would only recommend it to those with slightly oilier skin.

Overall verdict: Overall this serum helped balance my skin, improved the skin texture and didn’t cause any breakouts but at the same time it didn’t give me that youthful glow I got when using the Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder. 30ml of the product will last around 4 months if used one a day so I suppose it’s okay value for money. Honestly, I don’t think I should have bought this product just yet as I’m only 25 and don’t have mature skin. If you have oily, mature skin then perhaps this could work really well for you like it has many others and it might be one I come back to in the future when I do require that lift from a serum.

Have any of you tried this serum before? I’d love to know your thoughts on it, please comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II – Review

Hey folks, I bought this serum after much deliberation. Spending £49 on a skin care product was not an easy decision, but I’ve heard many good reviews on Advanced Night Repair and I wanted to give it a go myself. If you’re interested in buying this yourself the following review may help 🙂

Claims: Taken from the Estee Lauder website
• Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced
• Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger.
• Skin looks younger, radiant, more translucent and even toned.
• Helps protect skin’s appearance against environmental damage.
• Helps reduce the look of past damage caused by every major environmental assault.
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Ingredients: This serum contains ChronoluxCB™ Technology, a peptide complex that tricks your skin cells into thinking they’re sleeping, which activates renewal mode. Hyularonic acid which is a great moisturiser.
Bottle: This serum comes in a dark brown semi-opaque bottle with a dropper attached to the cap. I presumed for such a high end product the bottle would be glass but it is in fact plastic and doesn’t feel as luxurious as I would have expected. I use around half a pump for my whole face.

Texture & Appearance: When dispensed out of the dropper the serum is a orange-tint gel. The serum is quite sticky at first but absorbs within seconds when you pat it into the skin.

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Smell: I can’t quite put my finger on the smell, I think it has a citrus fragrance, but this disappears once the product is absorbed.

Benefits: I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin after the first use of this serum, but after 2-3 weeks I saw an improvement in hydration and slight improvement in firmness of the skin, complexion and radiance. Also the serum didn’t cause any breakouts.

Final verdict: This is the first high-end serum that I have tried and I am quite impressed. It improved the appearance of my skin slightly, but perhaps because I don’t have wrinkles to begin with I didn’t see a significant improvement. I’m not sure I would repurchase this just yet because I would still like to try some of the other best selling serums. This 30ml bottle lasted around 3 months with daily use so it works out to be quite expensive.

If you have any suggestions on what I should try out next please let me know below 🙂