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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Product description

15-hour wear, light as air: long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup.
It’s makeup that keeps up. Fresh, natural, comfortable. Goes on sheer, leaves skin free to breathe all day.
Controls oil. Resists smudging and wont “melt” off through heat and humidity.
For a look that stays vibrant and fresh whether it’s a workday, a workout or a weekend. Smooth it on once and don’t think twice about it.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyltrisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Tetramethyl Hexyphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.

Price: USD 37 for 30 ml

Hello beauties! Let’s talk about makeup today! One of the first foundations I ever tried was from Estee Lauder. This one has sit in my makeup drawer long enough and after sporadic usage I manage to finish it, yay! Pat me, please? lol. Finishing base makeup seems to be impossible back then when I was still trying out gazillion of bases back then, it just seemed to last super long. I intended to review this one and I kept postponing it and before I realized it’s already an empty by the time I took a shot at it. Pardon me..

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

If you were wondering about the slightly different packaging, mine was the old packaging, with all-gold cap. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 comes in a tube with a small nozzle. The opening is small enough so as to give controlled amount of product dispensed. However, like any other tube packaging, you have to be extra careful when bringing this out on traveling, especially if it involved traveling by air. The pressure change might cause a little explosion, so beware (personal experience).

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is the lighter counterpart of its heavy duty best selling Double Wear. Double Wear Light, as its name implicates, provides a light coverage, and it’s buildable up to medium coverage. The texture, as you have seen in previous post, is quite light but not too runny with no discernible scent. It’s easily spread, but can get a little tacky. Hence me adding some silicone-based primer on every application. It has the tendency to settle into any fine lines it can find, so the primer helps to counter this side-effect. For such a light texture, I’m surprised it always sink into my fine lines *sigh*. It has SPF10, but in our tropical country such meager sun protection is surely not enough, so please wear a separate sunscreen underneath.

Step 2 - Squeeze tiny dollop of your preferred foundation (mine was a tad runny so it appears a lot more than it should be)

The coverage is enough to cover my pigmentation without looking to cakey. With light application, it immediately evens out my skintone. Any redness around my nose and cheeks are immediately neutralized. The finish is semi-matte, which is what I always prefer in my base makeup. I still need to conceal my undereye dark circles though as the foundation only manages to cover a tad bit of it. The dark circles still peek through it.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Action

The shade I was matched is Intensity 1.0. The shades available is less extensive compared to its sister, Double Wear but there are 9 shades available. Intensity 1.0 pretty much as neutral undertone so it fits me to a T. It’s pretty hard finding a neutral undertoned bases, most are always leaning towards yellow or pink. I have swatched it along with my other bases and you can see it’s the most neutral one.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0

L-R: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, Garnier BB Cream, Revlon PhotoReady in Nude, NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville, Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua in Beige 20

L-R: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, Garnier BB Cream, Revlon PhotoReady in Nude, NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville, Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua in Beige 20

On me, once I set the foundation with loose powder (currently using SK-II Loose Powder) it stays on whole day until I removed it. Pretty impressive for the staying power. Eventhough the description states you can use it on a workout, I won’t recommend it. I personally think when you workout, all those sweats need to come out and I just hate the icky feeling when it’s mixed with whatever makeup I have on. So I always remove my makeup before working out. Besides, I usually just change my outfit and continue doing something else before showering, so I don’t like the foundation mixed with sweat stays on my face for too long. If you’re proned to breakout, never forget to remove your makeup before workout and at the end of the day. The foundation itself is not waterproof, so while sweating profusely there might be a little bit of it melts off but most of it stays intact throughout the day.

Would I repurchase? No. I don’t like that it sinks into my fine lines despite the light texture, I’m moving on to other foundation. We had a good run but that’s it haha.

Plus: light texture, easily spread, staying power is good, acceptable range of shades available, unscented

Minus: tendency to sink into fine lines, can get a little tacky, unable to cover dark circles completely

Adios.. Til next post!

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Good morning peeps! Welcome to the fourth installment of Oh-My-Blush! series. For those who are new here, Oh-My-Blush! series contains review and swatches of my favorite blush, or whatever left in my stash :). The star of the day is NARS Taos!

NARS Taos

NARS Taos

Please pardon the defiled pan of NARS Taos. I depotted mine quite a while ago into Z-Palette, and Taos was the first one I tried so  the inexperienced me pricked the knife wrongly and I ended up with this *sobs*. According to NARS, Taos is warm desert rose. It’s true, it’s very warm and has gold micro-shimmer that lends it the warmth. Mind you, the blush is strongly pigmented, so I would suggest to use duo-fiber aka stippling brush to apply this (I personally like using MAC 187 for NARS blushes). NARS Taos is not something you want to put on when you’re in a rush as overapplication might be the big issue here. You don’t want to end up looking like bozo the clown aren’t you?

Left - NARS Douceur, Right - NARS Taos

Left – NARS Douceur, Right – NARS Taos

NARS Taos, slightly different angle

NARS Taos, slightly different angle

Applied right, it’s a very flattering shade that warms up complexion immediately. Staying power is pretty awesome, it refused to budge even after 8 hours. There’s slight fading once it hits 10-hour mark but it’s still pretty much there. Pretty impressive huh? It may look scarily dark in the pan and the swatches below do tell how crazy pigmented it is, but it’s a shade that would flatter most skintones. I believe this will look great on medium to dark complexion, but fairer ladies definitely can pull this off as well. It’s not overly warm, so cool toned ladies can breathe a relief sigh lol. However, fairer ladies must take precaution on overapplying as it may look too muddy.

NARS Taos - Swatches on arm

NARS Taos – Swatches on arm

On me, NARS Taos is a flattering rose with gold shimmer peeking through. It’s really pretty, I can’t deny it. To me it’s a pick-me-up shade when I don’t get enough sleep, which is very often lately. It brightens up my complexion a notch as well. Despite all the running, carrying baby boy in such humid and hot weather, it stays put. This one is truly an industrial strength blush lol. Priced at USD 30, it’s not exactly cheap, but since you only need a few dab, this will definitely last ages. NARS cosmetics is not available in Indonesia as of now, only in online shops. It’s usually priced around IDR 400.000-450.000, depending on the seller.

NARS Taos on me

NARS Taos on me

NARS Taos on me

NARS Taos on me

Now on the packaging, I totally loathe it. The rubber packaging is yucky because it’s frickin melting in our tropical weather. It becomes so sticky and leper-like I decided to toss it away and invest in Z-palette. When NARS Cosmetics came to Malaysia a while ago, they said the rubber packaging has been revamped to adapt to our crazy hot weather. I have none of the new packaging, but I’ve got responses that the new packaging is better. Quite a relief now eh? Go get one yourself now! If you think Taos is not for you, check out NARS’ other shades, it has a pretty large selection so you’re definitely can find one that suits your need.

Toodles for now~ See you at the next Oh-My-Blush! issue 😉

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