I recently tried out Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation, and I wasn't as enamoured with it as the rest of the world seems to be. That, perhaps, had a lot to do with the claims people made about how effective it was at controlling oiliness. I've noticed that my oiliness has a vindictive mind of its own whereby it causes my skin to get much more oily than normal when I use oil control or mattifying products. That's right, my skin hates me!
This, however, was touted as a less mattifying product, which slightly lighted coverage than the original. And if nothing else, it was worth a shot!
This was the original tube, and in my bid to be less of a nutcase, I've taken to getting hold of sachets/samples of products before going all in and running amok with a full-sized product I'm not overly fond of.
In any event, this foundation is much more true to colour than the original in that it doesn't oxidize quite as much, so you should definitely get colour matched to the exact shade you require. It also contains an SPF of 10, which isn't much, but it's something!
As with all situations of this sort, people like me looking like a freak, so I was given a shade that was too light for me.
I was very happy that this wasn't as difficult to work with as the original, because that sets extremely quickly. This allows you time to blend. It provided less of a full-on flat matte finish, and was more satin-like. Coverage was medium-buildable, but I definitely needed something for under the eyes. I was also a little surprised at how the original was touted as insanely full-coverage, but still left me needing a concealer for undereye darkness.
Since this wasn't meant to be as mattifying, I did go ahead and powder it with MAC's MSF natural in order to minimize the insanity of my skin.
[Concealer & Powder]
Because the colour discrepancy wasn't exactly unnoticeable, and this wasn't meant to oxidize as much as the original, I added some bronzer on the perimeter of my face to look less disturbing. The overall effect of the foundation was that it sat well and blended very flawlessly into the skin.
[Bronzer & Blush]
During the 5 hours odd that I used it, I didn't get the opportunity for touch ups. It did work reasonably well for my combination/oily skin in that the oil showed through only on a T-Zone, and only after a very reasonable amount of time (3 hours).
Even with the oil coming through, it didn't look particularly greasy and wasn't disgusting. I definitely prefer this over the original because it's a lot easier to work with and not as heavy on the skin. If you have serious problems which you need to cover up, the original may be more tempting, but layering this may be a better bet for you.
Overall, I quite like this, but not enough to actually purchase it because there are better products out there. Now that Marc Jacobs' makeup line will be coming to Sephora Malaysia, I'm looking forward to trying out their Genius Gel Foundation as an alternative to Double Wear. I've also yet to try Perfection Lumiere, and I'm convinced that it will prove to be a better choice than this.