Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Sunday, July 13th 2014 Makeup

Estee Lauder recently had a promotion here in New Zealand where they were offering free 10 Day samples of all of their foundations. I love samples, and trying new things, and I have heard a lot of people talk about how great their Double Wear foundation is, so of course I had to get one for myself. The sales assistant was really helpful, and sat me down so that she could match my skin tone to the right shade, which turned out to be 2C1 Pure Beige. She did a bit of a mini-makeover too – blush, a bit of mascara and some lip gloss too which was a really nice touch, I felt great heading off into the mall looking made up, as opposed to the bare face I had walked in with. They advertise it as having a 15 hour wear time, and although I didn’t wear it for quite that long, it did look pretty good when I took it off at the end of the day, after about 10 hours. It was slightly patchy around my jaw which has very dry skin, so the next time I wore it I made sure to use plenty of moisturiser with before applying foundation, and that seemed to fix the problem.

Estee Lauder Double Wear vs MAC Studio Sculpt

I used my sample when I was going to a party last weekend because I really needed the full coverage that it provides because my skin has been particularly troublesome lately. I applied it with a standard ‘paddle’ style foundation brush, it dries fairly quickly so it’s best to work across your face in sections so that it blends well.

The coverage is really great, the picture below shows my jaw are which is where most of my breakouts are, with only the foundation applied, no additional concealer. You can still see that there is some acne under the skin, but it does look a LOT better which made me feel much more confident.

The coverage is excellent.

The foundation has a matte finish, so I didn’t use any powder on top as my skin already tends towards dry. I was really happy with how it looked, I didn’t feel ashamed of my acne at all that night, and I’ll show you the rest of my makeup look while we’re at it too.

Full face Double Wear

In addition to the Double Wear foundation I wore my usual MAC Satin powder blush in the shade Easy Manner. On my eyes I wore Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in Improper Copper all over the lid, blended the shade Mugshot from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette in the crease and I wore Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink on the top and bottom. I used the ELF brow kit in light on my brows and wore Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes mascara. On my lips I wore NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Abada – I am absolutely in love with this range of lip products.

Double Wear looked great all night and I’ll be honest, I fell asleep with it on which I NEVER normally do. But hey, we all make mistakes. It actually still looked really good in the morning, smudged eye makeup aside, but I gave my face a good wash anyway. Some people I know have said that they struggled to remove Double Wear with their usual cleanser, but I used baby oil and it melted it right off. You could also use coconut oil, or an oil cleanser/pre-cleanse, just anything which will remove all of the product so that your cleanser can actually work on your skin.

Now for the big question – how much does it cost? In NZ it costs $80 for 30ml, which isn’t cheap, but it’s not that much more than say, MAC Studio Sculpt which is $70 for 40ml. Estee Lauder often have promotions for things like buy 2 products and get a bag of other mini sized products, so you could wait for one of them if you’re on the fence about the cost, but you will be getting a high quality product if you do spend the money. I won’t be buying Double Wear just yet, as I still have plenty of Studio Sculpt, but I’ll definitely consider it for when I need a new foundation in the future. Thumbs up to Estee Lauder for a great product and a great promotion – everyone in various makeup groups I’m in has been talking about and buying their products as a result of this promotion.

Have you tried Double Wear – what do you think?

Lena x



  • I asked for a sample of DW last year but found that it was a bit too much coverage for me. Even though I am oily and acne-prone, with some scarring/pigmentation, I just found that I couldn’t be bothered working with it patiently enough! I do quite like the DW Light, though.

    • Yeah it is a bit finicky to apply. I haven’t tried the DW light, maybe I’ll look into that.

  • Phoebe Devereaux

    Did you notice that it had a fair bit of flashback in photos? Is there something I can do to prevent this?

    • lena

      I found that it wasn’t too bad with photos, but it can depend how bright the flash being used is, and what other products you might be using with it – some powders are really bad with flashback.Have a read of this post about flashback


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