Let's face it: While finding the perfect foundation for your skin might not be actual rocket science, when it comes to beauty, there are few tasks that test our mettle (and our patience) quite the same way. And if the endless array of formulas, brands, and shades doesn't have you convinced you need a PhD in makeup application to actually get the equation right, you're hardly alone. There's a reason countless articles have been devoted entirely to the task. So when we find a foundation formula that works every single time--and isn't sliding down our faces by lunchtime--you can bet we're going to be spreading the word (and stocking up).
And for Byrdie editors, the one that ticks off all the boxes is Estée Lauder's classic Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation. Below, we're reporting our findings from years of wearing the cult-favourite foundation and really putting it to the test.
It offers up shades for every skin tone. From the lightest ivory to medium beige to the deepest mahogany, and a spectrum of undertones in the warm, neutral, cool and warm families, Estée Lauder Double Wear has a shade for every skin tone, so you're sure to find the ideal match (no more "close enough" imitators).
It actually lasts to the end of your workday. Estée Lauder Double Wear Looks fresh from the moment you put it on to the end of the day (and then some), keeping you looking flawless for up to 24 hours. The oil-free and oil-controlling formula even lasts through heat and humidity, so you can get away with hitting that spin class after work and not having to worry about makeup slip and slide. (A real challenge, as this editor can attest.)
It won't change colour on you. While some foundations are known to magically morph into deeper, orange-y colours after being applied (a process known as oxidization), Estée Lauder Double Wear shades stay true, so you know you're getting the exact shade you wanted. (This will also help you avoid those telltale demarcation lines where your face looks darker than your neck--Âwe've all been there.)
It gives medium to full coverage that looks natural. With a lightweight formula, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation gives great coverage that lets you build to your desired level without looking cakey. It leaves a perfect, matte finish, and with its impressive staying power, you won't need to touch up your flawless canvas in your car before you head off to happy hour.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation, $48, is available at Hudson's Bay, Jean Coutu, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart, Mural, select Sephoras, and on esteelauder.ca