2 Old Foundation Favourites


Soooo, I’m not going to lie to you. I’m a bit of a foundation hoarder… Well, foundation, BB cream, any of those kind of base products. I don’t know what it is, but I just love trying all the different variations, whether it’s liquid, powder, cream or mineral, and I’m always on the lookout for The One.

Up to this point, some of the ones that have stuck out as favourites which I will no doubt repurchase, are Dior Star Foundation, Chanel Perfection Lumiere, and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra. They’re all quite similar in that they’re medium-ish coverage, liquid, give a dewy finish, and are all somewhat pricey. Yep, I’m a bit of a foundation snob. Recently though, I’ve taken a few steps back and fallen in love (again) with some foundations from my past. The Estee Lauder Double Wear was my jam during first year of uni, while I wore the Bare Minerals Original Foundation pretty much every day during second year. Now, they are fully reinstated in my makeup collection, and I’ve been wondering why i ever let them slip away… Let me tell you why.


Bare Minerals Original Foundation

I first discovered Bare Minerals when I was looking for something light and weightless to wear to lectures (or more likely the pub) at uni. My skin can also be quite oily and mineral-based makeup is supposed to be the best for this skin type. The mineral formula allows skin to breathe and doesn’t let trapped oil clog pores, which often leads to blemishes. After a couple of years of on and off using this though, I kind of fell out of love with it and replaced it with lightweight BB creams, like my Diorskin Nude BB Cream.

However, since starting work, my skin has been craving a healthy, weightless formula all over again. I want to wear makeup to work as it makes me feel more presentable and ready for the day, but at the same time, I think wearing makeup all day every day can really damage your skin. This foundation is the perfect in-between and I love that it’s very buildable. You can just apply a really light layer for a more even skintone, or build it up for a full coverage look.

There are two more reasons I’ve fallen back in love with this. 1. I was using the wrong bloody colour all these years! When I first bought it, the lady at the makeup counter prescribed me the shade “Fairly Light“, so I just always trusted her opinion, even though it gave my complexion a greyish tinge. Now, I’ve started using “Light” and it looks so much better! Lesson learned there. 2. I used to apply it with my Real Technique Buffing Brush, whereas now I use a big fluffy Kabuki powder brush. In my opinion, this makes it look a lot more natural and even, but that could be personal choice! If you like the full coverage look, you may prefer a buffing brush.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

I feel like every girl has gone through the Estee Lauder Double Wear phase! This is one of the UK’s best-selling foundations and I was obsessed with it between the age of 17 and 18. It’s very matte and full coverage so this is a real proper foundation if you get what I mean. Prefer the dewy look? Then this probably isn’t for you. I actually do prefer the dewy look so went off it for a while.

If you read my recent Magnitone Deep Cleansing Brush Review though, you’ll have seen my skin had a very negative reaction! Desperate times called for desperate measures, and I repurchased a bottle of this, and actually, I’m so happy I did. Now that I have a lighter hand, I can apply a really nice light layer of this which still provides a decent amount fo coverage. It also lasts and lasts and lasts. Seriously, if I’m taking a work trip to London, this is what I’ll wear as I know it will not budge no matter how many hot, sweaty tubes I get on.

Finally, one thing which really used to put me off was the fact that this foundation didn’t have a pump. The formula is quite runny and it used to spill out all over my hand, wasting loads of product. I did some research though and found that the MAC Foundation Pump, which you can buy for £4, fits perfectly! Don’t believe the shop assistants when they tell you it doesn’t, as it’s all liiiieeees.

So have you guys tried either of these foundations? What did you think? And what are your favourite foundations ever? Let me know in the comments! 

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Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx


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31 thoughts on “2 Old Foundation Favourites

  1. I love love love Double Wear! I use a MAC pump and apply with a damp Beauty Blender and it gives a great natural finish. Have you tried the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation? Comparable to Double Wear and cheap as chips. 😄

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  2. I’ve wanted to try Double Wear for a while but felt a bit unsure. You’ve really tempted me now though, my skin has become a lot more oily recently so I’m thinking more of a matte foundation will work better for me for the winter months. Great post as always Joanna 🙂 xx

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    1. It is really great for oily skin and it’s so long lasting! I always wore this to any job interviews or days when I needed something that would stay for hours. I think you can request a sample so maybe try doing that? Thank you! Thanks for reading xxx

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  3. Oh gosh, I really need to try the Estee Lauder Double Wear – everyone’s talking about it and I’m just here… :’D
    My biggest struggle is finding the right shade – I’m between 2 shades in MAC, so that gives you the idea of how hard it is to find the right shade for my skin tone. (‘Mission Impossible 7 – The Scour for the Right Shade’ in theaters now)

    Lovely post!

    Have a nice day. 🙂


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    1. Haha that must be so annoying! I use the shade Ecru which is perfect for me but it’s always so irritating when you can’t find the right one. You could always request a couple of samples in different shades to see what suits you best? Thanks for reading 🙂 xxx

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  4. I also like the lancome tent idole. It is the only foundation where I found a real match to my skin tone. Though I don’t often use foundations now it will still be one of my faves.

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  5. I still have yet to try Double Wear, but Bare Minerals was my first ever foundation when I was in high school or college (so far back I can’t even remember!). I prefer pressed powder foundations now, sometimes I wonder if it should try the pressed versions they have now.

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    1. A lot of people used Bare Minerals and then seem to move on I find! I’ve never actually tried one of their pressed versions either but I’d be really intrigued. The only problem with the loose version is it’s not very practical. The product tends to spill out sometimes. Thanks for reading lovely! xxx

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  6. Bare Minerals made me itch BUT it did introduce me to mineral makeup, for which I’m quite thankful for (I like Silk Minerals – it’s a DIY custom blend mineral makeup!)
    I feel like I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t tried EL Double Wear! I really should give it a try – I just don’t like super heavy foundations… or ones without a pump (but good to know that the MAC one fits)

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    1. Oh that’s a shame! To be fair, one of my friend’s really did not get on with the Bare Minerals range either so I guess it depends on your skin. You should definitely give it a go! It is quite heavy but I just use a small amount for a more natural finish. Thank god for the MAC pump though haha xxx

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  7. I have never tried either of these foundations but I have always wanted to try the Estee Lauder Double Wear. Definitely going to have to try it soon! I have never heard a bad review! xxx

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  8. I have seen plenty of great reviews about Estee Lauder’s double wear foundation and the bare minerals’s loose powder looks so gorgeous. It would be even good if you have shown your picture with makeup on. Great post.


  9. Haven’t tried these but have heard so much about them! Would love to try them out but really trying to use up some of what I already have. At the moment I am loving Nars All Day Luminous Weightless foundation – I think it’s amazing! Have you tried it? Other favourites are L’Oreal True Match, Maybelline’s Fit Me and Avon’s Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage foundation – all fantastic!

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