Wednesday 21 May 2014

Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream ~ Review

Hello Lovelies, 

You may have seen in my last haul video (link here) that I picked up a sample of the Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB cream to try after reading lots of reviews and seeing loads of Instagram photographs all claiming that it was an amazing product.

The card holding the sample

My sample in shade 01

The idea of the product is that it is as long wearing as Double Wear foundation but with the formulation of a BB cream, here's what Estee Lauder say about the product on their website 

The first luminous, long-wear BB from Estée Lauder.

Now you have hours to glow. The BB Makeup that brightens, perfects and evens. Lightweight, oil-free, moisture-fresh.
Protects with high-level SPF 30. 

Instantly perfects skintone and vibrancy. Soft optics impart clear, bright tone and lustre to skin for a flawless, healthy glow. Provides Vitamin E and Vitamin C anti-oxidant protection. 

In a range of shades, perfect for all skintones.

• Long-wear - Up to 8 hours
• Oil-free
• Dermatologist-tested
• Ophthalmologist-tested
• Fragrance-free
• Non-acnegenic

I was matched and given shade 01 by the sales assistant at the counter, I thought it looked a little pale in the bottle but it did look dark on my hand where she matched me, yes you read that right, she matched me on the back of my hand! 

I asked the sales assistant her advice on how best to apply the bb cream and she said it could be applied with a brush or fingers but she found fingers best, she said I would need a good cleanser to remove the product and should maybe double cleanse as it can be quite hard to remove. 

So armed with all my info I tried the bb cream out, I decided to apply the bb cream using my fingers to one side of my face and a brush for the other side of my face, my base brush of choice is the real techniques expert face brush. I decided to go for finger application first and as soon as I started to try and rub the product in I noticed the very strange texture which I can only describe to you as grease paint, it felt horrible, very very thick and almost lard like, the other thing I noticed was that it was totally the wrong colour for me and even though it looked dark on my hand was incredibly pale on my skin, I tried my best to apply it using my fingers and then used my brush on the other side of my face, again I found it very hard to apply and it looked absolutely awful. 

Shade 01

Shade 01 blended

The finish was very strange and extremely shiny, not dewy but very very shiny and I would certainly have to powder. It was the strangest feeling base product I have ever tried on my skin, it didn't apply well and looked absolutely awful. 

Unfortunately I don't have any photographs of me wearing the bb cream as it was so pale and looked so terrible I immediately removed it, but in the time it took me from applying it to getting to the bathroom to remove it, it had already began to settle in my fine lines under my eyes, so I can only imagine it would have looked horrendous after an hour or so. 

I was really disappointed in the product and desperately wanted to love it, I adore the Day Wear Sheer Tint Release available here and use it as my go to base throughout spring/summer for years. But the bb cream was awful, it felt awful and looked awful and the colour was totally wrong, I have seen the next shade up 02 but that would be far too dark for me and I have heard a lot of people saying they needed to mix 2 colours to find the perfect shade but at £29 a go I doubt I'd be buying 2 to mix! 

Overall I was really unhappy with the bb cream and although I couldn't try it for a long period of time, believe me 15 minutes was quite long enough, I looked like a pasty face who'd started to grease up to swim the channel, it really wasn't for me and is a definite 0 out of 10. I shall stick to my day wear for sure. 

Having very dry and dehydrated skin I am always on the look out for bb creams to try, so if you have any recommendations at all please let me know, so far out of the ones I have tried for review purposes my all time favourite has to be the Decleor 24 hour moisture activator bb cream full review here

If you love Estee Lauder and want to try the bb cream, it is available here for £29. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x 

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