Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation | Review

For as long as I’ve been wearing makeup, I’ve struggled to
find a good foundation. There have been some that work really well, but are
slightly too dark, a little too light or have the wrong tones in. I’ve even
mixed foundations to see if that works, but it is way too much effort for an
early morning. My skin has also become a lot oilier since suffering from acne, which
will also be due to the increase in moisturisers and creams I use on my face. After
a while of struggling, I almost stormed into Debenhams in search of a new

My first stop was MAC, an obvious choice because it seems to
be one of the most popular makeup brands in the world. One of the first reasons
I didn’t buy from MAC is because the assistants are incredibly rude – they didn’t even help me! I asked for the most mattifying
foundation and the young woman showed me some eyeliner. So immediately, I
walked off and was kindly greeted by Lizzie at the Estée Lauder booth.

“What’s your most mattifying foundation?” I asked. Well,
this was the beginning of something special. After using the foundation finder
I received the best-selling Double
Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation
, skipping home to try it out. My first
impressions are really good, I like how well the product spreads and the
medium-to-full coverage it provides. The great thing is, that you can build on
each layer of the foundation, to provide full coverage. I used a brush to apply
the liquid foundation, and one thing I’ve found is that it doesn’t stick to the
fibres of the brush, making the brush easier to wash and the foundation easier
to apply.

Estée Lauder promises the Stay-in-Place Makeup (SPF 10 – bonus!)
has the ability to stay flawless for fifteen hours; through heat, humidity and
non-stop activity. So far, so good. I’ve used the foundation during a busy work
day, with and without powder, and it’s managed to stay in place the entire
time. The best thing about Double Wear is that I never have to top up, which
means I’m never worrying about creasing or any coming off. It was quite common
for previous foundation to come off on clothes, and as I have dark skin, I
never wore any white. Times have changed. Now I have Double Wear, I can wear
what I want!

The only downside to the foundation is the price, it is
£31.00 per bottle, quite steep in my opinion. I’m not much of a spender, so
when I have to really splash out on something it’s worth it. I’m on my first
bottle, so depending on how long it lasts, I’ll decide if I’d like another. The
lid is very simple but doesn’t have any sort of applicator inside, so it’s all
down to you. Luckily, not a lot of product stays in the lid (unless you tip the
bottle upside down), so I just tip a little only my hand – apparently you’re
not supposed to but it works for me.


I have to give this product five stars as it’s become my holy grail of makeup products. There are a crazy amount of shades available, and with the foundation finder – it must be impossible not to find the one for you. It’s without a doubt the greatest foundation I’ve ever used, no wonder it’s the best selling in the UK! Despite the opening, I love everything about this foundation, especially the way it dries so perfectly and can be applied even easier. The price is totally worth the product, and it’s Estée Lauder – how can I say no.

Have you tried out this foundation? What did you think?

  • Jennifer

    MAC assistants are rude aren’t they?! I’ve seen so many people say the same thing and I’ve experienced it to. I’ve always thought Double Wear was too heavy for me but it looks gorgeous on your skin, and doesn’t look heavy at all – I might have to revisit it


    • They are! I always thought those kind of posts and videos were click-bait, but they are awful! Definitely give it another try, I love it! xo

  • S Jones

    This looks great on you! I tried it out myself but found it too heavy personally but I’ve heard so many great reviews from others!! x


  • Yay! I’m glad you found a great foundation 🙂 It’s great to find one that both works so well for you and actually matches your skin easily. It’s a shame about the MAC assistants, it’s hard to believe that people can be that rude in a work environment (and that’s coming from someone who works in retail). Oh well, you got a great product at the end of that road 🙂

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

    • Totally agree, I was quite surprised as they don’t seem to be bothered about their jobs! Thanks for reading xo

  • Great post! Loved it 🙂

  • Sarafina Van Ast

    Love your post! I always loved the products from Estee Lauder. Nice it worked out for you!


  • I would love to try it, my skin is so oily and by the end of the day I literally have no foundation left most of the times, but I’m also a little scared of splurging and not liking it at the end. Great review, Anika!

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

    • I was too! I think Esteé Lauder actually do a trail run, where you can return the foundation if you don’t like it – definitely check that out!

  • I swear MAC has some of the rudest sale assistants and I personally experienced horrid treatments a couple of times. They would give you the look like you don’t belong there, twats. Rant over and onto the foundation, my mum swears by EL Double Wear! I personally tried it once (borrowed my mum’s) but dislike it because it’s full coverage. I love sheer to light coverage for myself.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • They do! It’s so odd because you’d think they would like to draw customers in. I would agree Esteé is definitely for those who prefer a heavier base – thanks for reading!

  • This is my favourite foundation! Definitely worth the price!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

  • Jessy Ferreira

    wow you look gorgeous! this foundation look absolutely flawless 🙂 ive heard great things about it

    Xoxo Jessy

  • nice foundation!

    lu | coco & louis

  • This was my first ever high end foundation and I really feel like I should repurchase it as it’s still a favourite amongst so many people! Your skin looks flawless, definitely selling it well!

    Also I hate MAC shop assistants, they are all so rude always!!!

    The Makeup Directory

    • They are crazy rude! And thank you Sally 🙂

  • Ellie Adams

    Ooh I absolutely loved this, when I was younger and suffered with bad skin I always used double wear light and it always made me feel so confident in my skin. Gorgeous foundation!


    • It’s so awesome! Thanks lovely xo

  • Aw, I used to wear this foundation ages ago. Used to love it!

    Lots of Love,

    • That’s great! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • I’ve always wanted to try this, I just wish it was more affordable and had a pump, I may have to splurge on it for evening occasions as I do love full coverage. I use MAC, I have found the assistants to be really rushed and rude which is such a shame.
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

    • Yeah the price isn’t great but it’s too good! The opening is definitely a shame but I do still love it!

  • I don’t wear foundation but have heard amazing things about this. It looks good on you and the rest of your make up : ) xoxo

  • Neha 14wow

    Wow…great post…love this…xoxo, Neha

  • I’m not sure if this foundation would suit my skin, definitely still need to pick up a sample to try it out though. Your skin looks flawless x

    Beauty with charm

    • Definitely give it a try! 🙂 xo

  • I agree, MAC sales assistatns are always sooooo rude! Estee Lauder is definitely a good alternative. I think I’ve tried the Double Wear foundation but I’m not sure ahaha x

    • They are! Too rude! Thanks for visiting 🙂 xo

  • kayleigh xoxo

    Double wear is literally my fave ever foundation, it’s a shame it’s a little bit pricey.
    Great post, enjoyed reading!
    Kayleigh xo

    • I know I wish the price was lower! Thank you!! xo

  • Rhondine Natalie

    it’s the best! i’ve thrown out my chanel foundation for this!