Swatch : Estee Lauder Double Wear & Double Wear Light Foundation

This is such a late entry!

I had finally gotten the samples on Thursday, and for some reason, I never had much fate with Estee lauder for the many times I lurked around the counter.  Even on the day itself, when finally there was someone present, i had to wait for over 20 minutes for her to be done with the customer she was serving at that time.

Samples : Estee Lauder Double Wear & Double Wear Light Foundation, the colours on the containers do not represent the actual shade, not a see-through sample bottle.

Long story short, it was, I can say, worth the wait.  The counter manager is a gorgeous lady named Angela and why was it worth the wait?  She was so knowledgable, had great skills as a make up artist.  I learnt a lot from her, and I bet it’ll take me some really dedicated practice to ever be at her level.

What Did I learn?

1)  Angela first had first determined my shade and tone with a chart.  By putting a chart of shades from lightest to darkest on your face, you can clearly see which shade you are, or if not, the closest.  So it was determined that I am at Shade 2.  And there’s 3 palettes below the shades that you are, which would then determine if you are Cool/Neutral/Warm.  So with this chart, it accurately pins down to I’m a 2.5, which is Shade 2 – Neutral.  Well actually, I am between Neutral and Warm.

Angela told me to always follow your neck.  It is only natural that the face would always appear warmer than the neck due to sun exposure.  I think this is an important message, most asian girls beat themselves over their face being warmer or in their eyes, “tanned” than the rest of their bodies.  So girls, don’t worry, it’s only natural.

2)  Angela has an amazing technique in applying foundation.  It’s so delicate and the strokes are of precision.  From her I learnt that, in Estee Lauder’s philosophy, your face is like a flower, so you start with the centre of your face, and apply outwards.  The edge, or the the side closest to your hairlines are usually the most perfect spots on your face, where then you apply least of the foundation.  In that way, the coverage appears more 3D, instead of a flat coverage like paint.

3)  Contrary to what I’ve learnt,  Estee Lauder’s philosophy is to apply very light coverage over under eye dark circles.  These areas (under eyes) are also where you apply minimum foundation.  Sounds bizarre, but it works.  You just need to learn very well about their techniques in applying the foundation/concealers.  (You apply very light strokes, sounds simple but she does it so well!)

4)  This is probably the most amazing discovery that I’ve learnt from Angela.  Your blush has to match your lipsticks.  We played around with different blushes and different lipsticks.  Angela just knew by instinct what would be my preferences.  I had a pink blush and a coral blush applied on each side of my cheeks.  When I tried on different lipsticks, it only seemed THAT OBVIOUS how pink tone lipstick would not go with coral blush at all, and vice versa.

Throughout the entire time, I learnt a lot from her.  Unfortunately these are what I can recall at hand, so I strongly urge you to go to your Estee Lauder counter, not just to claim your foundation freebies, but you will come back with a fruitful lesson.

Angela was out of samples with my original shades, so instead she gave me she gave me 2 other samples which are Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Cool Vanilla, and Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation – Beige 01.

Estee Lauder Double Wear – Cool Vanilla

I don’t really know how to say this.  This came off as a correct shade, but somehow it’s too “white” on my face.  It is extremely close to my Shiseido Refining Foundation – O20.  But with this being so cool, you really have to apply your techniques right so it doesn’t overpower.  And this Cool Vanilla, it makes your blush really stand out, like you’re painting on a white canvas.  I kept comparing it with my neck but they match!  I guess if you’ve gotten something cooler than your actual tone, you have to control the amount properly.

It is really long lasting though, I wore it 8 hours into the day and it did not make my face oily even after long hours of wearing it.  It’s a very nice medium coverage.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in Beige 01

I finally wore this yesterday (because I didn’t go out over the weekends, LOL).  Due to the shade given, it appeared warmer.  But I did not have the necessary tools (foundation brush, sponge etc) to apply it so I had to deal with my fingers.  Neither was my room properly lit but overall, it appeared nice and natural.  I even began to wonder if I should start wearing this as my shade.  Double Wear Light is supposedly the lighter version of Double Wear (duh), and it would be more suited for people who wish for lighter coverage or has oilier face.  However, it was my mistake, I forgot to powder and my face started to feel oily 5hrs +/- after application.

Sorry I could not get a real swatch on my face, as the lightings lately (with the rain and all that) have been bad, it would serve no purpose as my camera won’t be able to capture the difference.

Conclusion :

Again, thanks for the beautiful tips from Ms. Angela.  I am actually secretly falling in love with this foundation.  And what more to say, I am so hungrily eyeing at it’s Matte Perfecting Primer.  It just has such a nice smooth touch to prep your foundation next.  I also can’t wait to get their Translucent Powder. (See?  It’s that easy to get me to be your customer.)  Estee Lauder also has a makeup base which has corrective elements (purple colour), it appeared too white-ish on me as I generally do not have problematic skin, but for those who are bothered with acnes and blemishes, this would provide good base coverage.  

I guess what’s the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt is that I’m of neutral-warm tone, and match your blush with your lipstick.  It was indeed, something that was never taught to me.

I strongly urge your to get to your Estee Lauder counter to gain all these fantastic knowledge, and claim your samples before it expires.  If not, go on and check out Estee Lauder’s techniques and philosophies on their site.

Thank you, that is all.

Shiseido vs. ZA Liquid Foundation

(I’m about to lose my shit here, youtube’s giving me so much problems with uploading, set an ugly thumbnail to my video, after many times of resetting but youtube just doesn’t respond to the button “saved”.  I was also writing the comparison review and after some bad mistakes of wrong clicks, my post wasn’t even saved as draft.  It’s almost 5am and I got a teleconference at 10am.  My level of murderous tendency, go figure.)

So I’mma make it ninja-quick.

I had been wanting a liquid foundation for a long time as I found my shades have changed compared to last year.  I had a few brands in mind to try out, and even after I’ve decided on Shiseido, I still went on to different Shiseido counters to just make absolute sure I had the right shade.  (Bad experience with Lancome, another story another time.)  And one of the huge factor that pushed me to Shiseido was because I had first bought Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush.  Amazing, amazing brush.  It’s like you’ve bought a house and moved into the house, you won’t think of staying in another house, at least for a commoner.

This Ipad cover is serving really well as a background, heh.

Brush Head

But back to the reviews :

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

  • Medium coverage to the dot.  Nothing more, Nothing less. Natural, light, yet covers all your flaws.  Redness is well covered, pores are concealed but in a natural way, not in a filler way.
  • After 5 hours it still did not feel heavy, or oily.  Which is amazing, most liquid foundations after 2 hours of oxidization, makes you wanna go home and scrub your face and apologize to your skin.
  • It has SPF 15.
  • Comes in 3 tones, Neutral, Ochre and Beige, so be careful with your pick, since the differences are so subtle.

ZA True White Plus Liquid Foundation

  • Coverage is definitely sheer-light.  Coverage is also beautiful.  And definitely lighter than Shiseido, ever so lightly.  Redness/pimples are covered but can be seen through.
  • Long lasting, what surprises me is the feeling of oxidized foundation only occurred after 6hrs or so into wearing it.  But the sensation was light, didn’t bother me any bit.
  • Bout 5-6hrs into wearing it, the coverage got less.  Pores were less concealed and the foundation followed its dents.
  • SPF 25, was it?
  • Vitamin C & E!  Woot!  What a tall order.

Swatches : Shiseido – left and ZA – right

Summary :

I like both.  Both are worth the money.  They are both my happy purchase.  I’ll probably wear Shiseido if I know my work day is gonna be under the sun a lot (you must have a real Sunscreen and not rely on the SPF on cosmetics) cause it’ll last a wee bit longer without irritation.  ZA liquid foundation, maybe when I know I’ll be in the office doing much more of paperwork.  So I just sit my bum down and let all the Vitamin C & E it claims to beautify my face while I shred papers and write emails.

Good night guys, I really need to flipping sleep.