Estee Lauder Double Wear & Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

As far as foundation goes, these 2 hold a special place in my Beauty Blogger heart. Bottles of magic.
I have long championed Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation. It is fabulous, here's why:


If you have dry combination skin, like me, or even if you need something to last all day (or night), Double Wear could be for you.  To apply, I use a Beauty Blender or Real Techniques Expert Face brush.  Both leave a seamless finish. The actual foundation is creamy, hydrating and blends beautifully. You can cover freckles if you wish, just use slightly more product, as it is buildable. I actually prefer to let them show through for a more natural finish. If you do apply too much and it looks slightly heavy, spray MAC fix+ (or any face mist) and this will give the skin a dewy finish. 

I work in a fairly warm office every day, where some foundations would melt off as the day goes on, this  foundation sticks, it just doesn't budge. No foundation I have used lasts as long. 

The bottle is expensive looking, glass with a gold screw cap. The only issue I have is that there is no pump, so sometimes it leaves the bottle a little messy and too much product flows out. However if you can live with this and are prepared to spend £27.50 you will be thrilled with the results. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear & Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

If you want to spend under a tenner for a very similar finish you must try Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation.

This is a beautiful foundation, non cakey, hydrating, creamy and blends beautifully.  Rimmel claim it 
is transfer proof; they're right, it doesn't budge.  It provides great coverage and feels slightly lighter on the skin than Double Wear. If you are very active, have a lot going on and are rushing about, this is perfect.  It is sweat, heat and humidity proof - big claims, however they are accurate.  I love this product and it is a great rival for Estee Lauder's version. I will continue to repurchase this, as I don't think for a long lasting foundation you can find better in the drugstore.

Estee Lauder Double Wear & Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

So there you have it. 2 great foundations, both providing similar results and staying power. One purse friendly and one high end. Honestly, I would find it hard to tell which was which if I was given a label free sample pot.