Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30 earns our praise for its natural-looking finish and beneficial formula that includes sun protection. Spoiler alert: This liquid formula is nearly identical formula to M.A.C.'s Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation (which costs less and comes in more shades) and Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30. Not surprisingly, Estee Lauder owns both brands.
Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30's lightweight formula delivers a satin finish that leaves skin with a healthy, dewy finish. It's workable for all skin types, though the dewiness can be a bit much if you have ultra-oily, shiny skin.
Housed in a frosted glass bottle, the formula doesn't skimp on beneficial ingredients: It contains a blend of antioxidants and reparative ingredients, including vitamin E, lecithin, apple and watermelon extract, and sodium hyaluronate, just to name a few. (Tip: Store the bottle in a dark place to help keep the light-sensitive antioxidants stable.)
A little goes a long way with the fluid nature of this foundation and it blends effortlessly. The sheer coverage can be layered up to medium—but just barely—and looks incredibly natural on skin. Keep in mind that for more pronounced discolorations, you'll need extra help from your concealer.
As with any foundation that contains sunscreen, liberal application is key to getting the SPF rating on the bottle. If you're going to apply this in a more sheer manner, layer it over a daytime moisturizer with SPF to ensure adequate sun protection. For those wondering, the sunscreen actives are a blend of mineral and synthetic.
The shade range includes options for fair to deep skin tones. Due to the lighter degree of coverage, the shades are more forgiving—but we still recommend trying this in store and checking the results in natural light for the best match.
Bottom Line: This is a great foundation for its natural finish, lightweight feel, broad-spectrum sun protection, and beneficial ingredients. Just keep in mind, that you can get the same for less $ with the M.A.C. version (and we happen to prefer their dropper-style packaging because it's easier to control).
- Natural-looking finish.
- Exceptionally lightweight texture.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains beneficial antioxidants for anti-pollution defense.
- Fragrance free.
- M.A.C.'s nearly identical version costs less, comes in more shades, and features dropper style packaging.
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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