I bought my first bottle of Estee Lauder Stay-In-Place Double Wear Foundation back in August before going on a trip to the Mayan Riviera. At that time, I was looking for a long wear foundation that would cover my acne scars and wouldn’t melt off in the Mexican heat. This foundation performed so well that I continued to use it into the autumn and now winter, and I can confidently say that I am completely sold.
-Does not budge or smudge all day. Perfect if you don’t have time to do touch ups at work.
-Survives extreme weather conditions (hot and cold)
-Medium-full coverage using very little product and still have a natural finish
-Broad colour range with three classifications: Neutral (N), Warm (W), and Cool (C)
-Easy to blend and work into the skin for a flawless finish
-Non-acnegenic and doesn’t clog pores
-Makes a great tinted moisturizer when you add one drop into your day cream
-Can look cakey if you apply too much. Less is more
-Not lightweight like it claims (although it isn’t as heavy as Revlon Colorstay)
-Pricey, although one bottle can easily last you 4+ months
-No pump so it can be hard to control how much product comes out (apparently a MAC pump fits on the nozzle)
-Does not photograph consistently:
I purchased 1N1 Ecru, which is their lightest shade in my tone, but it is still too dark for me (in spite of photographic evidence). It worked in the summer, but it is .5 of a shade too dark for me in the winter. I mix 2:1 with my Revlon Colorstay in Buff to get the perfect colour and it doesn’t affect the consistency of the foundation. I’m not sure how ideal this foundation is for dry skin, but it works great for combination to oily skin.
UPDATE: Turns out it wasn’t the foundation that was washing me out! I was finishing my makeup with a dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish natural which has a lot of flashback when photographed. Word to the wise, great finishing powder unless you are being photographed with a flash.