Etude House Double Lasting Serum Foundation Review
It is officially autumn, guys! The weather has been getting colder and the leaves are turning orange. The season of coziness is upon us! Just like we update our skin care when the weather changes, the same applies to our makeup. I couldn’t think of a better way to start off this season than with a review on a hydrating serum foundation that claims to provide a 24-hour glow and make you look like you had a full night’s rest. It’s time for my Etude House Double Lasting Serum Foundation review!
What It Is
Etude House’s Double Lasting Serum Foundation is the hydrating version of their popular Double Lasting formula, which also happens to be a dupe of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. This foundation contains SPF 25 PA++ and claims to help with wrinkles, whitening, and give a 24-hour glow. It also claims to be more skin care than makeup as it’s formulated with 61% skin care ingredients (ceramide, hyaluronic acid, panthenol). It comes in 12 shades and is packaged in a glass pump bottle. You get 1.05oz and it’s currently on sale for $17.30 online via Etude House.
#Neutral Beige N04 :
WATER / AQUA / EAU, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CETYL
ETHYLHEXANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE,
HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, NIACINAMIDE, POLYBUTENE, CETYL
PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492),
GLYCERIN, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491),
DIMETHICONE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLYSORBATE 80, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE / PARFUM,
HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), DIMETHICONOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,
ADENOSINE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, PANTHENOL, HYALURONIC ACID, BENZYL SALICYLATE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE,
CITRONELLOL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, HYDROXYPROPYL BISLAURAMIDE MEA, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL
Honestly, I don’t really like what I’m seeing in the ingredients. First off, this foundation has a ton of fragrance- fragrance/parfum, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, and Benzyl Salicylate. Butylphenyl Methylpropional serves as a fragrance that gives a floral scent, can cause dermatitis, and is considered hazardous.
I like that they used Titanium Dioxide for UV protection, but they also added Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, also known as Octinoxate, and Benzyl salicylate sunscreen. If you read in my Klairs BB Cream post you’ll know that Octinoxate is one of the SPF ingredients that the EWG warns us about. In addition, Benzyl Salicylate, which functions both as a sunscreen and fragrance (again!), is considered hazardous and associated with allergies/dermatitis.
If you’re a chemist or familiar with cosmetic ingredients then please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t see ceramides on this list. I do see Niacinamide, Adenosine, Panthenol, and Hyaluronic Acid, but since they’re lower on the list I don’t think there’s enough of it to make a difference. I’m not really seeing this foundation as a skin care type of formulation that it claims to be.
I have combination-dry skin with boxcar and rolling acne scars, and large pores. I tested this foundation wearing the Klairs sunscreen and no primer. I used Becca’s Hydra-mist to set my face. I wore this for 8 hours.
Texture + Finish
This foundation has a thin, slightly runny formula and smells of perfume. It has an oily feel to it and reminds me of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. The finish looks very dewy so if you have combination to oily skin you will need to set with powder. Although your skin will have a glow, it actually feels rather dry (like the effects of a dry oil) and this foundation clings to dry patches so be sure to prep your skin well beforehand. It also transfers easily so try not to touch your face.
I got the shade N04 Neutral Beige and it was an excellent match. If you ever have problems where yellow foundations don’t look exactly right, but neutrals look too pink then this might fit you as well. I didn’t experience any oxidizing so the color stayed true
This foundation offers light to medium coverage so your freckles will still shine through! You will need concealer for any hyperpigmentation or age/sun spots. In the photos below you’ll see the left side of my face with foundation vs. the right side, which is bare.
I tried applying this foundation with a flat synthetic foundation brush, a synthetic buffing brush, dry beauty blender, wet beauty blender, and cushion puff. I got the smoothest results with both the dry and wet beauty blender. Warning, the more you try and blend or pat in this foundation, the worse it looks. When you start applying you’ll notice it looks really good early on (pores and scars are covered) and at that point you should just stop even though instinct tells you to keep blending. If you keep going you’ll notice the foundation will start to collect in any texture that you have. If you have perfect skin, well, lucky you. I have boxcar acne scars and large pores so I noticed that when I continued to blend and pat, the foundation had a reverse effect. Pores and texture were emphasized instead of blurred out. I’ve been testing out another Korean foundation and had this similar problem where the more I tried to blend, the foundation would lift away or patch up in a very ugly way.
In this set of photos below I had used a flat foundation brush so you can see it’s not the smoothest finish and you can see some patchiness on my chin.
Ghost face alert
This foundation and flash photography do not go well together.
I wore this foundation for a full day and at midday my chin was looking kind of bare. There was some caking around the edges of my nose, redness was starting to peek through, and I saw the makings of a small pimple pop up. I also picked up my dog and he rubbed against my cheek so some foundation came off. On a positive note, the foundation did not cake up in my smile lines or around my eyes so I was very happy with that, but my face was looking pretty oily. At the end of the day I was so shiny! My blush was still around, but I think about 40% of the foundation disappeared. I also got a few small pimples around my nose and chin…
The Etude House Double Lasting Serum Foundation does indeed look very pretty when first applied, but it doesn’t last. The formula starts to break down and imperfections show through by hour 3. After a couple tries, I could feel my skin on the verge of having an allergic reaction. With its irritating ingredients and short wear time I don’t think it’s a good foundation formula. The only scenario I can see this foundation working is if you only need to look good for a short time (like 1-3 hours) or you have perfect skin. But if you have perfect skin you shouldn’t need this… right? P/S: For the record, I tried using primer with this foundation and it didn’t help one bit.
★★ out of 5
Pros: Looks very pretty
Cons: Does not last, irritating, causes breakouts