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How I Got ELDW To Work For Me

As the title states, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup (ELDW) didn’t work for me initially at all on it’s own, mainly that it didn’t cover my blemishes, stayed tacky after application and made me oily at the end of a few minutes.

I was disappointed as virtually everyone else who used this claimed it kept them oil-free and their skin looked flawless throughout the day. It didn’t for me. At all.

But I was determined to make it work so I tried it again afterwards and here’s what I have to say!

I’m wearing it with a full face of makeup today, armed with tips from the Internet.

Read on reddit that silicone based foundations work best with silicone based primers, and that the ELDW pairs best with the Smashbox Photo Finish one – homie I ain’t got the funds to be dropping for one product. I do have the Monistat Chafing Relief Gel-Powder that’s supposedly a dupe so…

Here’s what I used for my base today –

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Aforementioned ‘primer’ (IT’S NOT VAG STUFF GUYS HAHAHA), NYX Matte Finish setting spray and bareMinerals Mineral Veil.

I’ve tried it before under an A/C environment and I’m trying it out today in the sun + A/C. Hopefully it works just as well!

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Here’s how my skin looks like with just sunscreen on.

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Immediately after application. Time check: 2.30pm.

I find that my blemishes are covered better now that I’ve put concealer beforehand and lowered my expectations (when you have pimples, the best you can do is reduce redness, the bumps aren’t gonna magically disappear, duh).

Quite happy with how my skin looks like even under natural sunlight as seen from my Snapchat:

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Let’s just see how it wears!

Here’s how it looks like at 7.05pm about 15mins after blotting my face with an oil blotting sheet:

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And now, 11pm:

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Slight shine on nose, forehead and under my cheeks but pretty good overall!

This was after 8.5 hours during which I shopped in an open air mall (Bugis Street), watched a movie and cried (ya I always cry – think I’m emotional) ((omg guys 1965 was a good movie)), and walked for 15mins from the MRT station back home and sweated a bit so I’d like to think I really gave this foundation a good wearing.

In conclusion I’d like to say foundations, no matter how good they are still need a proper base and setting spray/powder for it to be maintained throughout the day – for skin as oily as mine that is.

Gonna move on to my next product tryout, do stay tuned!

Xoxo, Diana.


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ELDW: First Impression

So I recently got the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup to try out after careful consideration as I was looking for a full coverage, stays matte foundation for my sensitive oily acne-prone skin and after watching tons of YouTube videos and reading reviews on makeupalley and blogs, I decided on this.

It wasn’t cheap, at S$58 for a bottle, so I’m really hoping it would work out.

I chose 3W2 Cashew to match my NC40 skin, and here’s how it looks like on:

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This is with no primer, no concealer, no powder nor setting spray as I really wanted to see how it performs on it’s own. I’m not too impressed thus far as it doesn’t really cover up my acne or scarring on my cheeks too well and it stays tacky even after 5mins.

For reference: I applied it with a dense flat top kabuki today in a stippling motion.

Time check: 5:15pm.

So I’ve just came back from watching Paper Towns at JEM with my Abang Anjang, walked about, cried (John Green you suck but I love you) popped into the pasar malam there to get snacks for the family and I’m back and I’m pretty annoyed with how my skin looks and feels right now.

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Time check: 10.15pm

For a foundation that claims to be last 15 hours of wear I’m pretty annoyed that it’s gotten this oily just after 5 hours of wear and started to get shiny minutes after application. That’s appalling. It also feels ‘sticky’ somewhat and is slick to the touch.

I didn’t blot whatsoever except with a tissue paper for my nose at approximately 6.50pm and I’m still quite upset but I’m determined to make this work.

I didn’t drop 58 bucks for a dud, heck no.

Read somewhere that ELDW looks best with a silicone based primer underneath, so I’ll try that for work tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Xoxo, Diana.