Sheer coverage or full coverage foundation| Which is right for you?

What kind of coverage do you prefer in a foundation?  Do you want your natural skin to shine through or do you want to cover everything?  My routine varies, but recently I have been reaching for my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.  I really like the way it blends easily into the skin and covers where my skin is less than perfect.  It looks really natural and does not look heavy or cakey.  On days when I am wanting the “no makeup” makeup look, I reach for my Estee Lauder Double Wear nude foundation.  It is sheer, but I still get a beautiful result.  I find that it gives me a glowing, even complexion.

Here are the two foundations side by side:

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Estee Lauder Double Wear nude on the left and Estee Lauder Double Wear on the right.

You can see that the packaging is very different.  The nude comes in a “twist tube” like bottle with a sponge applicator which I liked untill my sponge fell off.  The concept is good but may need some tweaking.  The Double Wear comes in the “old school” bottle and is just the flip and dab technique.  It would be nice if it came with a pump, but it still works just the same.  So now you know what the bottles look like, what about them on the skin?  Here is a comparison of the two.

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On top: Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude in shade fresco On bottom: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in place makeup in fresco

My ultimate goal was to give you a picture of the two side by side on my face, but my camera did not do the comparison justice so here are two swatches on my hand.  You can see on the top, even though they are both the same shade, they look quite different.  The nude foundation appears lighter on the skin and more sheer while the original has a more darker tone and has a bit more coverage.  Though they look different on my hand, they both blend out nicely on my complexion.  If you want to see a side by side comparison on my face, please watch my youtube video here:

At the end of the day, these are both great foundations but my favorite is the original Double Wear because the coverage and staying power that it gives.  What kind of coverage do you prefer?  I hope that I have given you some insight into these products and you can choose the one that is best for you!

Disclaimer:  The opinion expressed is my own.  I bought these products with my own money and Estee Lauder did not ask me to do a review.

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A Review: Tarte Shape Tape|contour concealer

Finding the right concealer is not an easy task, it’s actually quite difficult. They are either too thin, too thick, too greasy or just don’t give the coverage that I need, until now. I recently purchased Tarte Shape Tape on a whim and I am so glad I did. The first time I used it, I knew it was going to be my “go to” concealer. Let me give you a break down on why I love it so much!

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First, let me start out be mentioning how much I love the packaging! It’s very appealing to look at with the cute chevron wand.  Plus, it’s a nice large size so it will last quite a while.

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Now, check out this doe foot applicator! It’s huge! It’s the perfect size to give a nice smooth application under the eyes.  When applying this concealer the first thing I noticed was that it gave a sense of “tightening” underneath my eyes which is great, anything to help with the appearance of wrinkles is a plus in my book.  After applying, it was easily blendable either with my finger or a damp sponge.  After application my eyes looked awake and brightened.

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Look at the difference! On the left I used the shape tape underneath my eyes and on the right I did not.  This was just one easy application and blended out with a damp triangle sponge.  I’m sorry to say that it didn’t completely erase my fine lines, but I think it did help give them a softer appearance.  Needless to say, I am happy with this purchase.  Tarte did a great job with this one!

If you are interested in purchasing Tarte Shape Tape it’s a great time!  You will receive 30% off almost everything on their site.

Here is a link to the Tarte website:  FriendsandFamily30%off

If you want to see me apply shape tape, you can watch my video on YouTube.  Here it is:

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