What's up with this trend of crazy long product names? It's like makeup marketers are trying to SEO the shit out of products, so they are stuffing the names with key words. Case in point, the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup Foundation, which I am henceforth going to refer to as the Estee Lauder stick bottle.
The original Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation is legendary among makeup lovers for its beautiful flawless finish and staying power, so I was super excited to get to try this new formulation. While the original comes housed in a frosted glass bottle which is tres chic, but oh so messy to apply, the new Estee Lauder stick bottle comes in a format designed for modern on-the-go women. Less muss and fuss with great results - sign me up!
The Estee Lauder stick bottle is available in a huge shade range - 21 in fact, ranging from the porcelain toned Sand, to the warm brown Deep Amber. The shade I received to try was 3N1 Ivory Beige, which is a mid-tone warm beige with slight peach undertones. It's a teeny darker than what I normally wear, but still a good match for my current skintone, which is warmer from the Spain sun.
Price & Packaging
The coolest part of this foundation is its packaging. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup Foundation comes in a sleek plastic bottle that is gold capped on both sides. When you screw off the top, the cushion applicator is revealed. Similar to cushion foundations, the cushion in this one can be used to blend and buff the foundation directly into skin. I found the cushion here to be a bit too hard and small for that though, so I used it just to dab the foundation onto my face.
To dispense foundation, simply twist the bottom of the stick and product will ooze out of a small opening onto the cushion. You only need to twist a bit at a time as the foundation comes out right away and is very pigmented.
I also thought it quite clever of Estee Lauder to allow you to remove the cushion for cleaning, so points to them for hygiene!
A 0.47 oz (14 ml) bottle costs $46 from Estee Lauder counters or Sephora. Price-wise, this foundation is crazy expensive since you can get twice as much for around the same price from most other brands.
Pigmentation & Wear
As I said, Ivory Beige is a warm nude beige with the slightest peach to it, which helps counteract dullness. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup Foundation is an updated formula from the original and has a more radiant finish that can be built up from light to medium coverage.
|Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup in Ivory Beige swatched and blended in natural light|
Straight out of the bottle, this foundation is definitely medium coverage for me. I found it pretty pigmented and comparable to some of my full coverage foundations, but with a much more emollient feel. This foundation felt very tacky after application and since it's a bit thicker, I'd recommend using either a buffing brush or damp sponge to apply so that you don't end up overdoing it.
|After (and yes, this was taken on the same day and lighting!)|
I absolutely love the glow I get with this foundation. It's truly a radiant finish and covers up redness and minor imperfections flawlessly, yet you can still see my skin peeking through. My skin looks more youthful and even, and I didn't experience any oxidation or migration throughout the day. Advertised wear time is 8 hours and I'd say that's pretty accurate for me. Oily skinned gals beware though that with its emollient feel, you'll probably need to blot mid-day as I found myself getting a little too glowy, if know what I mean, after a few hours.
Ditch - this foundation is really awesome, with a very easy application, unique packaging and a beautiful finish, but the price point is just ridiculous. With such a crowded foundation space where every formula is pretty stellar, an innovative format just isn't enough to justify the steep price.
Life Lately: I don't know why, but I feel very anti-Halloween this year. I just feel over the whole sexy costume thing or dressing up in general. Isn't it just encouraging the whole narcissistic selfie thing? Bah humbug I guess!
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