Guys! I think I finally found THE combination that works on me. You know that feeling? After looking and tweaking, swapping, experimenting with facial products for what feels like ages you finally find that powerful combination that works! So today I’m sharing mine. It’s obvious that we all have different skin and this might not be ‘it’ for you but hey, you never know!
First a little bit about my skin: I have oily/combination skin. I sometimes have drier patches on my nose (mostly during the winter). My T-zone tends to get oily after 4 to 5 hours with most foundations. Especially my forehead can be a bit challenging. I don’t really have a problem with acne though (I do have the occasional break-out). I’m not big on foundations to be honest. They don’t really work for me because they look bad after the 5-hour mark. I mostly go for tinted moisturiser or bb cream. The only foundation that I do like is the Armani Maestro foundation but this requires perfect non-flaky skin which is tricky during winter time for me.
So I tried the famous Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0. I actually bought it almost a year ago! For some reason it wasn’t love at first sight. I don’t like the scent, it has that really typical sunscreen scent. The foundation is pretty matte and it has quite some coverage. I’m the type that prefers lighter textures with a sheer finish so this was pretty pigmented to me. The biggest problem however is how it photographs. I can’t really explain you how but it photographs very weird. I think it gives my skin some kind of green tinge. Is this even possible or does it make sense? I tested it a couple of times and it really gives something weird. It might be the sunscreen, I have no idea! But that was the reason why I did not fall in love with it right away.
So we’re forwarding half a year later and I rediscovered this in my pile of make-up. It was summer by then and we had a bit of a heatwave (Belgian style, guys!). And boy was I impressed! Normally most of the products slide off right away but this baby went nowhere! And the finish was still matte when I took my make-up off! I realised this stuff was gold and I’ve been wearing nothing else since that day.
Now let’s add something else in the mix! I’m not a big believer in primers either, maybe because I haven’t found anything convincing. Most primers I have are great in smoothing out the skin but they don’t really do anything in prolonging the wear time of my foundation. Clinique recently brought out a new range of primers. Some have a colour correcting ability but we also have a universal one. The texture is pretty different from my other primers. Most have that thick silicon-like feel and texture but this one is actually very thin and fluid but not runny. What I love is the feel. Some primers feel like a thick paste being rubbed into the skin but this is so lightweight and invisible. It doesn’t do much for smoothing out fine lines, this is really for prolonging the weartime imo. You can see that the fluid is white but it’s transparant on the skin.
So combine these two power ladies and we have a big winning situation here! They work beautifully together and it lasts a whole day on the skin. You have no idea how ‘safe’ I feel when I’m wearing these. I don’t have to worry about becoming shiny and I don’t need to worry about checking my face every three hours. If you love a matte finish and you have oily/combination skin like me, consider these! The only downside is that the foundation seems to be horrible in photographs but hey, I’m not a celebrity and I loathe selfies, hah!