With oily, acne prone/scarred skin, I need a foundation that will provide medium to full coverage, not look too overdone (if you're having the notorious cakey problem that can come with this product try a damp brush), blendable application, control my oil, will not oxidize, resist transferring, and match my gold undertone (4W1 is lovely). After many months of trying to tick all my foundation requirement boxes, I thought the search was over when I stumbled upon this gem. Allow me to take a moment to say how GORGEOUS this foundation wears throughout my 10+ hour days while only needing to blot once. Never have I ever been so excited to pass a reflective surface and give a content sigh thinking, 'Ah, just as I applied you..'
So why 4 stars and not 5? While I adore this foundation, I cannot wear it.
I break out once a month and once a month only, in small unimpressive blemishes. But when I was hit with a barrage of cystic acne after a week of using DW, on my off cycle, and with no changes in my stress levels, diet, or skincare, I couldn't continue.
Missing all the wonderful things the foundation provided a month or so later I tried again, only to have more cystic acne, but this time in only 3 days of wear, again off cycle and no lifestyle changes.
I believe that the foundation itself is just too heavy for my skin to manage. The beauty blender, a flat top brush, a round buffing brush, and my fingers didn't change the fact that the product had weight to it, I just didn't think it would pose an issue.
It's disappointing that I not only had to return my DW, but I'm still on the hunt for that perfect base. I'm excited to see what Double Wear Light has to offer, as I'll be testing it this week in shade Intensity 3.5.
I encourage everyone to give the mother of all foundations a try at least once. The coverage, shade range and hours and hours of wear time can't be beat. It works for a lot of people with different skin types, tones, moisture levels and sensitivities. Unfortunately, I just wasn't one of them.
Lately I have been having problems with combination skin when my skin was just normal before. Believe me, skin changes as we age! I'm very oily in the t-zone and very dry on my cheeks and around the mouth area. My foundation was not going on as smooth and clumping up on dry, dead skin. I never had to be bothered with exfoliating before but did some research on the skin problems that I was experiencing and realized that it was time to add exfoliating to my skin care routine. I received a sample of Dr. Brandt's microdermabrasion exfoliant and it has changed my life! I use it twice a week sometimes three. My skin is clear and less oily! My foundation goes on so smooth now to the point where I use less whenever I do wear it. I only wear foundation maybe three times a week anyway but this has made a huge difference in how my makeup looks when I do want to wear it. My skin has that glow again. I did try using cheaper exfoliants but I have never gotten the same results compared to Dr. Brandt. This is worth every dollar! Lasts a long time too. This is a must-have item for me.