Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way.

Too Faced recently launched a Peaches and Cream Collection (coming to the UK in November) which is meant to be an “all matt” type of collection. Too Faced is one of my favourite brands and I have oily skin, so this collection seems to be the perfect match for me.

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Peaches and Cream Collection – Full review post coming soon

 

In this post, I will be comparing the Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way foundations against what I consider to be the foundation bench mark, the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

An entire post on reviews, swatches, ingredient analysis etc of the Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection is coming soon, but I also wanted to dedicate entire, more detailed posts on some items from this collection that have special interest, like for example this time, the foundation. I thought that this is an especially interesting topic for a couple of reasons:

  • The foundation is one, if not the most important step of make up. It is as the name suggests, the foundation.
  • Estée Lauder owns Too Faced and so it is literally the same company competing with itself here.
  • Too Faced has two foundations now, the “Born this Way” and “Peach Perfect” so which one should you get? How do they compare? Can they stand tall next to the mighty Estée Lauder Double Wear?

Let’s find out!

 

Packaging:

The Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation comes in a plastic tube. While that might not look, sound or feel very expensive, the Peaches and Cream collection style branding and colour scheme make it look so. The tube comes with a sturdy thick plastic cap that has a thin layer of gold, shiny metal on it – same as the Estée Lauder. The cap works by pushing/pulling not unscrewing/screwing which makes it feel a little more expensive. If it was a screwing cap on a plastic tube it would ran the risk of feeling too cheap. Admittedly, this is a strange argument though, as a screwy cap could also make things appear more expensive because it is a more “complicated” way of opening something. I just felt that the push/pull cap worked well in this case.

The tube comes with metallic, golden pump that is very easy to use and dispenses very thin amounts of foundation. The fact that there is a pump on top of a tube might be a little strange at first but I personally feel that it makes the product different and interesting. Also, lightweight and more travel friendly – it’s not a glass bottle that you will be afraid to break on a journey. The tube holds 48mL which admittedly, is a generous amount of foundation.

On the other hand, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation comes in a matt, glass bottle that holds 30mL. It has a black, plastic, pull off lid and of course a pump. The gorgeous, gold rim between the cap and bottle is what makes this foundation look a little fancier and nicer than any other standard one. However, it is not pretty enough to compete with the Too Faced Peach Perfect or elegant enough to compete with the Estée Lauder Double Wear. It’s still a good looking one though!

Finally, the Estée Lauder foundation comes in a nice and expensive looking, matt, glass bottle. However, the bottle does not come with a pump which means that when you tip the bottle you will get a free flow of foundation.

As I mentioned in a previous post (Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Revlon Color Stay. A chemist’s verdict on whether it is a true dupe), when I first started using this I was really annoyed and thrown back by this. You can buy a pump for £5 from Estée Lauder though, if you feel that you really need it. But I promise you, it is a matter of getting used to it, the pump is not needed. The top lid is gold which adds to the whole expensive look and is made of a sturdy thick plastic that is covered with a thin metal layer that gives the shiny gold look.

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Winner: Equal – Estée Lauder Double Wear wins on elegance, where the Too Faced Peach Perfect wins on prettiness. The Too Faced Born This Way is still a good looking product but not as charming or elegant as the first two.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 1 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 1 – Too Faced Born This Way 0.

 

Coverage:

The Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation is marketed as a medium coverage foundation and I thought that is correct. They might be selling themselves a little short thought, as I thought it was buildable to an almost full coverage but not quite – exactly the same as the Estée Lauder.

The Too Faced Born This Way foundation is marketed as a medium to full coverage and quite frankly, I felt that the coverage was the same as in all three. Medium but buildable to almost full but not quite. I’m assuming that because they labelled the Too Faced Peach Perfect as medium whereas the Too Faced Born This Way as medium to full that they believe that the second one would give a little better coverage but for me they were very similar. All three.

Finally, as I already mentioned, the Estée Lauder foundation is marketed as a medium but buildable coverage and that is spot on. The first layer will give you medium coverage and the second will give you an almost full coverage but not quite.

All three foundations looked like natural skin and didn’t feel or look heavy. Additionally, all three blended in seconds but I felt that the Too Faced Peach Perfect dried the fastest. With that being said all three dry acceptably fast.

Winner: All three give very similar coverage.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 3 – Too Faced Born This Way 1.

 

Cost:

The Estée Lauder will cost you £32.50 for 30mL whereas the Too Faced Born This Way will cost you £29.00 for the same amount. Last but definitely not least, the Too Faced Peach Perfect costs £26.74 currently in the US, I am assuming it will market for £26-27 in the UK.  This makes the Too Faced Peach Perfect the cheapest by far, not only by raw price but also by amount. Remember the latter contains 48mL!

With all three you will need the same amount to achieve a similar coverage and they get absorbed/lost equally on a beauty blender so the price tags hold true.

Winner: The Too Faced Peach Perfect takes the lead!

Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 4 – Too Faced Born This Way 1.

 

SPF protection:

One of the very, very, very few drawbacks of the Estée Lauder Double Wear is the fact that it has an SPF of only 10, which in my opinion is low, as many foundations these days tend to have at least 15. It is therefore, strange and sad, that the Estée Lauder Double Wear wins this category, as neither of the Too Faced state an SPF number on them!

This doesn’t have to be a deal breaker though for any of the three foundations, just choose a moisturiser with SPF15 (or higher) and you will get decent protection. Remember that SPF is not accumulative, which means if you wear the double wear with SPF 10 and a moisturiser with SPF 15 your protection is the highest SPF, so it will be 15 NOT 25. This also means that all foundations would be equal on this matter if you use a moisturiser with SPF 15 or higher.

If you are wondering what SPF is, why you need it or even what it stands for, check out “All you need to know about sunscreens and SPF”.

Winner: With a higher SPF, the Estée Lauder Double Wear wins this category and now ties in with the Too Faced Peach Perfect.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 – Too Faced Peach Perfect 4 – Too Faced Born This Way 1.

 

Colour availability:

This is again a very easy category. With 50 shades to choose from, the Estée Lauder Double Wear clearly takes the win here and holds no prisoners. The Too Faced Born This Way comes second with 24 colours and very last comes the quite frankly, in my opinion, incredibly disappointing 12 colours of the Too Faced Peach Perfect.

On the other hand, the Estée Lauder Double Wear is the hardest to colour match yourself in, because of the naming of the colours. For example, I have the foundation colour 1N2 Ecru, what does that even mean? However, once you know what their naming system means (in 1N2, the letter N stands for neutral undertone, where in others there is a C for cool (yellow) and W for warm (red/peachy), it becomes easy and with 50 shades to choose from, you will most likely find the perfect skin tone and shade combination for you.

At least, both the Too Faced foundations have normal naming colours for their shades (Ivory, Neutral, Beige etc) and even mention the undertone, something that a lot of other foundation brands don’t do. Points there.

SPOILER ALERT – If it wasn’t for the ridiculous colour selection of the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation, I would have switched or used it equally with the Estée Lauder Double Wear as holy grail. You will see as the post goes along, the colour is the biggest pitfall and the ONLY reason that the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation losses the battle against the Estée Lauder Double Wear. I truly hope that these were just the launch colours and that there are more coming, although that’s not a great tactic to begin with as it gives a bad taste/opinion to the consumers and beauty bloggers.

Before I close this category, I do have to mention one last thing. I don’t know if it was just a mere coincidence, but all the colours I tried from both the Too Faced Peach Perfect and Too Faced Born This Way looked like they had orange undertones to me, even though I chose ones that stated neutral. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel that both the Too Faced foundations are a little on the orange side…Bear that in mind and colour match yourself at a store, especially if you are very light skin toned like me.

Winner: The Estée Lauder foundation takes this one, easily and it’s in the lead again!

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 4 – Too Faced Born This Way 1.

 

Finish:

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and Too Faced Peach Perfect gave a velvet matt, powder finish. The Too Faced Born This Way was almost matt as well but it had a natural skin glow to it. Very subtle though.

Winner: Equal – The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Too Faced Peach Perfect were very similar.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 6 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 5 – Too Faced Born This Way 1.

 

Blendability:

All foundations are very easy to blend. The Too Faced Born This Way is slightly thinner and so it disappears slightly faster but they are all super easy and fast to blend.

The slightly thinner consistency of the Too Faced Born This Way meant that it was also slightly streaky, so you might need to go over certain areas for a second layer or retouch before you do the rest of your make up. Nothing major though.

Winner: All three were equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 7 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 6 – Too Faced Born This Way 2.

 

Oil control:

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and Too Faced Peach Perfect are amazing for oil control, even after 12+ hours of wear. Neither became cakey or set into lines or broke apart because of oil production. I didn’t need to blot or retouch, both looked like I am not oily at all!

Note though that I was wearing the Estée Lauder DayWear Matt Oil-Control Anti-Oxidant Moisture Gel Créme moisturiser under all foundations and also the Too Faced Primed & Peachy Mattifying Primer. Use these two products combined with the Estée Lauder Double Wear or Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation and you will be matt for hours!

The Too Faced Born This Way held up pretty good but my oils were visible in my T-zone after about 5 hours of wear and onward. It didn’t cake or set into lines or change its texture in any way though, just became more shiny. I did have to blot and powder but with that being said, this is not the worst foundation for oily skin, it is actually very decent. I was not left looking like a disco ball, just a little shiny. The fact that this foundation is not transfer proof though, will mean that you might lose coverage when your oils come through as it will become even more transferable.

Winner: Equal – The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Too Faced Peach Perfect were very similar.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 8 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 7 – Too Faced Born This Way 2.

 

Transfer proof tests:

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and Too Faced Peach Perfect were almost completely transfer proof for me. Hugs, scarfs and phone calls were all foundation free!

As I mentioned already, this was not the case for the not so transfer proof Too Faced Born This Way.

Winner: Equal – The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Too Faced Peach Perfect were very similar.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 9 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 8 – Too Faced Born This Way 2.

 

Pore/texture hiding:

All three foundations behaved the same here. Neither covered pores, texture or lines as if they are a specialised blurring primer but neither emphasised them either.

Winner: All three were equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 10 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 9 – Too Faced Born This Way 3.

 

Practicality of use – user experience:

Beyond the fact that I couldn’t properly colour match myself with the 12 shades of the Too Faced Peach Perfect and so I’d have to use and mix 2, I felt that the plastic pump tube was very easy and practical to use. Similarly, the Too Faced Born This Way also has a pump and was easy to use and colour match but the bottle is made of glass so it is not as practical for transporting.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear has my exact skin shade and tone spot on and so personally I don’t mind (anymore, I used to hate it) the lack of pump. You will get used to it, just takes a little practice. The glass bottle is a downside for transport though.

Winner: The easiest and most practical to use is the Too Faced Peach Perfect but you will most likely have to mix colours, like me, as the 12 colours just won’t work for many. As a result, the Too Faced Born This Way might end up being a little more practical and easy to use. On the other hand, even though the Estée Lauder Double Wear is the least practical and doesn’t have a pump, it is the one that matches my colour the best so…All three equal in this category, for different reasons.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 11 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 10 – Too Faced Born This Way 4.

 

Smell: 

Another easy category, the Too Faced Peach Perfect wins this one for sure as it smells like…peaches and cream. I was concerned that the smell might become sickly or annoying but after a few minutes of having it on your face, it either fades or you get used to it as it is not “detectable” anymore. It wasn’t a problem for me at all and I love peaches!

The other two, Estée Lauder Double Wear and Too Faced Born This Way both smell faintly like a cosmetic product. You will only get the smell though if you put your nose close to the foundation and even if you manage to smell it, it is pleasant.

Winner: The Too Faced Peach Perfect brings in another tie!

Estée Lauder Double Wear 11 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 11 – Too Faced Born This Way 4.

 

Oxidation:

All three foundations became a little darker after wearing them for hours but that’s natural oxidation/dirt/wear etc. It’s not really the type of initial oxidation that would make you choose a lighter shade. Foundation always looks lighter and more fresh the first hour you put it on.

However, the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation oxidised quickly (within a minute) to at least 1 shade darker, so go a little lighter when you buy this. Try it on your hand, let it oxidise for a few minutes and then put a bit more fresh foundation next to it and see how much darker it became. Then judge how many shades lighter you want to go.

Winner: Estée Lauder Double Wear and Too Faced Born This Way.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 12 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 11 – Too Faced Born This Way 5.

 

Ingredients:

Surprisingly, even though the Estée Lauder Double Wear is a bench mark foundation for many, it has a low “good for your skin value”. The ingredients in it are not bad for your skin but they are neither extra special. It does not have that little extra “cosmeceutical” value. If you don’t know what this means check out “What are cosmeceuticals”.

One might argue that make up such as a foundation, doesn’t need to have a cosmeceutical value. Why not? With so many options out there and so many products of high quality, why would you not pick the make up that is also extra loving for your skin? Personally, I think that cosmeceuticals are a natural evolution and way forward for makeup.

Surprisingly, both the two Too Faced foundations have more complex formulations than the Estée Lauder one. The latter contains only 20 ingredients plus 3 “might contain” ingredients, whereas the Too Faced Peach Perfect contains 46 and the Too Faced Born This Way contains 31 and 4 “might contain” ingredients. Bear in mind this is a relative count, as the ingredient “fragrance” for example could represent as many as 3000 compounds! This means that we don’t know exactly how many ingredients there are in these foundations and I am basing my numbering on the number of names of ingredients listed. As a result, fragrance counts as 1 ingredient here.

Interestingly, if we take the Estée Lauder as the standard, because it has less ingredients, then the Too Faced Peaches and Cream is an 80% match which is astonishing similar. This calculation does not take into consideration the quantity of each ingredient as we do not know that information.

As a result, the Too Peach Perfect foundation is an even more perfect dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear than even the Revlon Color Match foundation. Not only are their formulations so, so similar but they also behave the same. All compounds present in the Estée Lauder foundation are also present in the Too Faced Peaches and Cream foundation with the exception of only 4 compounds! Dupes are also usually cheaper which the Too Faced Peach Perfect is.

On the other hand, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation is only 35% similar to the Estée Lauder. They also behave very differently, so no surprises here.

 

Ingredient positives:

Overall, other than the actual foundation and formulation compounds and the standard skin conditioning ingredients, the Estée Lauder Double Wear contains only a few ingredients of special interest. Tocopheryl acetate, which is a form of vitamin E (see post “Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care”) and some ingredients to combat oil production such as alumina and magnesium sulfate. And that’s pretty much it! Very underwhelming.

The Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation also contains foundation and formulation compounds and of course standard skin conditioning ingredients but also some compounds of interest. It also contains contains tocopheryl acetate, a form of vitamin E but also Peach Extract which can be a source of vitamin C and rich in minerals. It also contains sodium hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid also known as “the fountain of youth” molecule (see post “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”). This foundation uses silica and magnesium sulfate for oil control.

Following the same trend, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation also contains foundation and formulation compounds and of course standard skin conditioning ingredients but again also some compounds of interest. It also contains tocopheryl acetate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a form of vitamin C and sodium hyaluronate. It also contains some compounds that can act as UV filters, but the foundation itself does not mention an SPF rating, so don’t count on them.

As a result, the two Too Faced foundations have a slightly higher “good for your skin” value than the Estée Lauder one but are equal between them.

 

Ingredient negatives:

There were no real negative ingredients or red flags in the Estée Lauder foundation. There are a couple of compounds that might cause irritation to some but that is true with any product. Irritation can be so personal that it might not be worth listing here. You just have to try and see if a product irritates you or not unless you know specifically that it is a certain compound which causes you a reaction.

On the other hand, there were a couple of question mark compounds in the Too Faced foundations.

The Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation also contains some compounds that can cause irritation to some but as I explained above, there is not much point going into those. It contains some compounds that have limited evidence of organ toxicity (but this means more studies are needed it doesn’t mean they are toxic just yet). One of those is sorbic acid which is a compound with mixed evidence on whether it is carcinogenic and/or toxic.

As I keep saying with these things, if you want my opinion as a professional Chemist, no compound is bad unless proven “guilty”. There is not enough proof just yet for any of the compounds in this foundation being bad. Compounds are investigated for toxicity and carcinogenicity literally every day.

This foundation though also contains a compound, benzyl benzoate, that can be toxic to cats so if you have a kitty make sure it doesn’t get to your foundation!

Similarly, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation also contains some compounds that can cause irritation to some. It also contains some compounds that might be environmental toxins such as the diphenyl dimethicone and letchitin which is a compound investigated as a carcinogen. Again though, none of these compounds have been proven with solid evidence to be “guilty” so if this foundation works for you, don’t worry about them too much.

 

Winner: The two Too Faced foundations equally take this category.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 13 –  Too Faced Peach Perfect 12 – Too Faced Born This Way 6.

 

Verdict – Which of the three foundations is worth your money?

Honestly, if there were 30+ colours (preferably 40-50) then I would easily recommend the Too Faced Peach Perfect because it is cheaper and behaves very similar in almost all categories with the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

The only reason, and only reason, why the Estée Lauder Double Wear is still my holy grail is the colour matching! Otherwise, I would have had 2 holy grails.

What a real shame! So close Too Faced. So close!

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9 responses to Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way.

  1. Estee Lauder wouldn’t be bad if it was not tested on animals… I used this foundation sample it in the past and it dried my skin so much, although coverage was super good (I suffered for acne back then). The fact that they bought Too Faced wasn’t a good news to me as a fan of organic brands, but even though EL sell in China (when testing on animals is required), Too Faced still claims to be cruelty free – this is what I want to believe. Good to know abt Too faced coverage – I may try some Too Faced foundations, but if these are more like double wear then I have to find less heavy ones for myself. Thanks for informative review.

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    • Thanks for reading! I wouldn’t say that the Estee Lauder and Too Faced Peach Perfect are “heavy”, they can be very lightweight and medium coverage on one layer of application. But if you want something even thinner and you have dry skin, have you tried the Too Faced Born this way? It didn’t score well with me because I have oily skin but if you have dry it might be worth a try. The Estee Lauder double wear and Too Faced Peach Perfect are for oily skin types which explains why they didn’t work well for you. Their drying effect is intended for oily types that need it x

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      • I haven’t tried, but I probably will. My skin is dry combination… but at least now with no acne at all, so I may use something super light – especially that I live in Texas now, where is very hot. In Europe I liked kind of heavier (or easy to build coverage) foundations, but not anymore 😉 Thanks!

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    • Yea had the same issue. Loved the Too Faced Perfect Peach but can’t find the right shade. I like the Urban Decay Naked skin too but it’s only pretty if you have the pefect skin already and doesn’t work great for oily skin.

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  2. April says:

    Hi,

    I’m curious what shade you are in the Peach Perfect foundation? ELDW is my holy grail liquid foundation and I’m also in the shade Ecru, so that would help to know. Thanks!

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    • Hello April,

      I’ve tried “Warm Nude” and “Light Beige” because they are both neutral undertoned, but both where too dark and a little orange for me. So my best guess for our match would be “Vanilla” which is the next one down with neutral undertones. I haven’t tried it though so I cannot guarantee that this one will match. It is entirely possible that we won’t find a good match for this foundation as there aren’t many colour options and unfortunately I think sticking with our ELDW 1N2 Ecru is our best bet. Let me know if you try the vanilla and if it matches I’d like to know too 🙂

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