Review | The search for the perfect summer foundation with Shiseido, NARS & Estée Lauder

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I’m finally starting to understand the whole hype around BB creams and CC creams – I actually even wear them nowadays, like for example here and here – but in the end I still am and always will be a foundation girl. My go-to foundation these past few months was the Revlon ColorStay Foundation, but for summer I wanted a lighter formula, which is why a few weeks ago I began my search for the perfect summer foundation. And last week I found it. I’ll reveal the winning foundation in a bit, but first let’s check out the other two foundations that I tested but didn’t end up choosing.

Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42

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  • has high SPF
  • has very yellow undertones
  • has a lightweight liquid texture
  • provides medium coverage than can be built to full coverage


  • has a finish that is too dewy for my shiny skin
  • becomes blotchy after a while on my oily skin
  • emphasizes flaky bits, pores and imperfections
  • sits on my skin and doesn’t look natural

NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

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  • feels featherlight and is virtually invisible
  • has a very natural-looking matte finish
  • has very yellow undertones


  • is very sheer, barely provides any coverage
  • isn’t very longlasting
  • doesn’t come with a pump

So these two didn’t make the cut. What foundation did? Tah daaaaaah:

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation

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After testing samples for a few weeks, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation ended up becoming my summer foundation of the year! Just look at all the pros:

  • has a lightweight formula and a very blendable texture
  • has a natural-looking semi-matte finish that doesn’t look too flat or too dewy
  • feels light and fresh on the skin
  • is longwearing, just like the original Double Wear formula
  • provides fantastic buildable coverage
  • doesn’t oxidize or get blotchy on my oily skin
  • comes in a practical squeeze tube

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Every skin has different needs of course and there’s no such thing as a universal HG foundation that will work for everyone, but for me the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation is definitely a new favorite!

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What is your favorite summer foundation? Have you tried any of these three foundations?

74 thoughts on “Review | The search for the perfect summer foundation with Shiseido, NARS & Estée Lauder

  1. Toevallig vandaag de beautytips gepost waarin ik vertel dat ik in de zomer niet zo’n fan van foundation ben. Ik gebruik dan het liefst of Guerlain BB cream Linger de peau, Clinique CC cream of gewoon een paar drupjes Lancaster Bronzer. Maar deze Estee Lauder staat jou weer prachtig!
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  2. I bought double wear light a couple of weeks ago because it’s supposed to be the one for those of us with oily skin but I have to say I’m disappointed =/ It doesn’t give me that much coverage (and I’m a light/medium coverage kind of person) and it doesn’t last any longer than my Catrice Infinite Matt. Also, the packaging on mine looks different so maybe I got an old one.
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  3. I have always been interested in Este Lauder products, I have had samples and always loved them…. I like Revlon for my foundation, I like one that has full coverage but looks as natural as possible… I usually use the color stay. I am now looking for a summer foundation too… no luck yet though :)
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  4. Olala die laatste is idd een grote winnaar!
    Ik ben redelijk lui op dit vlak, meestal gebruik ik dezelfde foundation in de zomer, Ik heb gebruik de fruit mix van Bourjois en ik vind hem zelf al redelijk licht… maareh Estée Lauder is mij nu echt wel aan het doen twijfelen

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  5. Wat goed om meer te lezen over andere foundations.. eigenlijk discrimineer ik andere merken als het komt aan foundation haha. Ik ben zo pro-Bobbi Brown.. vanwege de vele(!!) kleuren allemaal met geeltinten. BlackUp vind ik ook geweldig en Benefit heeft ook een mooie. Ik heb laatst eentje van L’oreal gehaald.. en die heb ik met haast gekocht.. en dat heb ik gemerkt ook, want ik ben er niet blij mee haha. Probeer ik eens wat anders :P
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  6. I’m testing the Shiseido one too, and I agree. It’s a bit dewy even for me, and I think it broke me out like crazy when I was at Disneyland last week. So sad. I remember liking the EL foundation a lot too-thanks for reminding me about it! I’m going to need a long-wearing foundation at the end of the summer, so I’ll pick this one up for sure! It looks great on you!
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  7. Testing BB/CC creams or any foundation can be such a pain. Once you’ve got a shade that works with your undertones, you have to worry about formula. It can take forever to find a HG that works for you. The Estee Lauder looks lovely – congratulations!

  8. Ik vind je nieuwe favoriet je erg goed staan! Denk ook dat dit de foundation van de drie is die mij het meest aanspreekt; de andere twee hebben gele ondertonen en dat past totaal niet bij de ondertoon van mijn huid.
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  9. Hi, I found your article very interesting, do you know if the SPF means the same in other countries? Like does a SPF 30 in the US provide the same protection as a SPF 30 in the UK or EU? Also I currently use “Lingerie de peau” by Guerlain, it’s very light for the summer and it has a SPF 20 :)
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  10. I luv these posts of yours! Concise, precise, and so informative.
    I am a foundation gal too. I have tested several BB creams and don’t feel comfortable with any. I only wore a BB cream to go to the beach! (Anything is better than bare face, right? :P )
    For summer I go for long wear formulations, I have dry-ish skin so I can only wear those in summer. I totally need to test double wear light, it sounds very good!
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  11. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light too. It seems like an ideal foundation for the summer. I really want to try it but I’m trying to finish at least 1 or 2 of my foundation before exploring more. I’ll get this as soon as I can. LOL
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  12. I have a hard time finding the right foundation for myself. I’m really afraid, so much money spent, and so many flaws. However, I never tried Estée Lauder foundation. What did you mean by oxidation? Thanks!
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  13. What a great post, I’ll have to give that Estee Lauder foundation a try. I love the original DW, but it’s so heavy on the skin!

    I love Make Up Forever’s Matt Velvet for summertime. It’s water resistant, great for oily skin but feels very light at the same time.
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  14. Cracking up at the big “REJECTED” stamps! I’ve never tried EL Double Wear Light. I tried the Double Wear Camoflauge makeup before my wedding but it was actually too much coverage – something I never thought I’d hear myself say! I’ve fallen in love with the Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream. A friend of mine recommended it to me and it gives medium coverage that feels lightweight and has SPF. AND it doesn’t get greasy/slippery on me at the end of the day. YAY!
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