the joys of getting matched to an estee lauder foundation! after selling my double wear foundation as it was far too dark for me (and in a bid to restrain myself from wearing such full coverage foundations) and after being disappointed by the coverage of the double wear light, my eye fell over the recent invisible fluid release. i found myself one day stood at an estee lauder counter casually pointing at this foundation. my inner subconscious was telling me something!my luck was in and a recent issue of glamour contained a sample of said foundation in the shade 2wn1. yes estee lauder numbering systems aim to leave you baffled. i had tanned the night before (xen tan absolute luxe i love you) and popped on the sample the next day to go to work. i got some lovely complements from my colleagues on my complexion that day but i wasnt sure whether it was down to the tan or the foundation. i was also worried that the foundation was only suitable for my skin when off i headed to the estee lauder counter and got a sample of 1wn2. a shade lighter then the glamour sample. when i started to use this sample however it looked very yellow on my skin. luckily the lovely assistant at the counter (in house of fraser oxford street) said if i wasnt happy i could come back and get a sample of a different colour. so i did!

the next sample i got was 1n1. this matches my pale skin perfectly. i did the text on the back of my arm and i couldn’t see the swatch (a sign that its the right colour for you). i got a sample and tested it out straight away the next day. although the colour does match my skin perfectly its pale and makes me look pale and results in zero complements from my colleagues. the glamour sample was the winner so i was cheeky and went back to the counter to get the colour 2wn1 as a full sample.

although this colour is darker it still blends in well to my skin and doesnt make me look like i have a foundation mask on my face. in terms of the consistency of the foundation it is quite watery but provides more coverage then double wear light but not as much as double wear. it lasts pretty much all day and i don’t get any excessive shine when wearing it. after all my drama trying out different shades i’ve come to the conclusion i will get the darker 2wn1 shade as it is perfect for an in-between winter and summer foundation.

i must say that i am very impressed with estee lauder letting me try out these colours and to go back and ask for more advice. the foundation is £27 for 30ml and this price is even more justified knowing all the help and support i got picking the right colour. finally i feel like i can make an informed decision!

have you tried out this foundation before? what are your thoughts?