Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Review

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, £26.50

My favourite foundation by far is Estee Lauder Double Wear Light.  I’ve been wearing it for the last year now and haven’t found anything that comes close to it in terms of application, finish and longevity.  It ticks all the right boxes for me.  Other than in posts where I’m going on a night out, this is the foundation I’m always wearing.

Great no fuss packaging that is travel friendly, easy to get the product out and it dispenses just the right amount.  I also like how once it starts running out, you can get the majority of the foundation out and then cut open the tube so that you’re not wasting any.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light and Sigma F80

I apply Double Wear Light using a Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush and buff it into my skin.  I find that it leaves a natural matte finish.  It can also be applied with a flat foundation brush or with your fingers however I find that a kabuki brush gives a more flawless  application.  I always look for foundations that work in harmony with my other makeup products and I find that this works perfectly well after applying my morning moisturiser which is currently the Manuka Doctor Apinourish Repairing Skin Cream and Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer.  After application, I dust a light coating of Collection 2000’s Lasting Perfection Powder and then apply the rest of my makeup.

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Before and After applying Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

This is a sheer-medium coverage foundation that covers all redness, open pores, uneven skintone and blemishes without the heavy feeling and blanket colour of a full coverage foundation.

The formulation is very buildable and can be layered without looking cakey.  It lasts a good 14 hours while I’m out without oxidising or making my skin look shiny and sliding off.  It helps the other makeup products that I use to stay in place for longer as well and I find that it doesn’t transfer easily onto my clothes.

I have really oily skin and I find that this foundation soaks up the oil on my face and acts as a barrier to stop further oil coming through throughout the day.  Although this foundation does contain a good amount of powder, I do think that it would be suitable for those with dry skin as it doesn’t really cling to dry areas, but I wouldn’t advise it for those with very dry skin.

Double Wear Light contains SPF 10 which is great to help protect your skin on sunny days and I find that it still photographs very well without a great deal of flash back.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light retails at £26.50 for 30ml and can be bought direct from their website, from John Lewis, Selfridges, Feel UniqueLook Fantastic and Boots.  Their shade variations are categorised into intensities designed to suit a few similar skin tones, which I find handy as I can wear the same shade intensity whether or not I’m wearing false tan, as long as it’s not too dark.


Have you tried this foundation?  Do you prefer Double Wear or Double Wear Light? Whats your favourite foundation?


  1. Fabulous Forever in Bows
    March 16, 2012 / 1:12 am

    I love reading your reviews. I love Double wear. I tend to wear it on nights out if I'm sick of MAC and I've dry skin so it definitly works on dry skins <3 x

    • WhatLauraLoves
      March 18, 2012 / 2:13 pm

      Oh thank you 🙂 Im pleased you enjoy reading them. I've tried a few MAC foundations but found that they arent great for my oily skin. I havent found anything that compares to double wear yet! xxx

  2. kia
    March 16, 2012 / 9:07 am

    thank you for blogging about this EL foundation Laura 🙂 just brought it! xx

    • WhatLauraLoves
      March 18, 2012 / 2:14 pm

      I hope you love it xxx

  3. missy_ellie_uk
    March 17, 2012 / 11:17 am

    I love the original Double Wear, and I'm wondering about getting this one too as a lighter alternative for the summer and better skin days (if I ever get any!) x

    • WhatLauraLoves
      March 18, 2012 / 2:14 pm

      I definitely would Ellie, if you love DW you'll love DW light!! xxx

  4. Ryehan
    November 12, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    Hi! I was browsing through reviews and i came upon yours! Definitely gonna get it th next time i hit the EL counter!Thanks, from Singapore 😉

  5. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    I have open pores which I hate. Don't you think that a liquid foundation like this would sink into open pores and make them look obvious, rather than cover over them?ThanksEmma

    • WhatLauraLoves
      June 8, 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Hi Emma, no it doesn't do that, it just covers them xxx

  6. Nancy Hough
    July 18, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    Have you tried applying DW or DWL with a sponge like the Beauty Blender? i prefer that method of application for most of my foundations but am curious about this brand after reading your review 🙂

    • WhatLauraLoves
      July 21, 2013 / 1:45 pm

      Hi NancyI havent tried these with the beauty blender, I would imagine that DWL would work getter than DW as it doesnt have as high a powder content.Laura xx

  7. Anonymous
    April 4, 2014 / 4:05 am

    What colour do you wear? I am sand in DW and choosing between 1.5 and 2.

    • WhatLauraLoves
      April 5, 2014 / 1:05 am

      I'm currently wearing 1.5 xx

  8. Alison Wright
    November 12, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    What colour would you recommend? I'm currently wearing DW rattan x

    • WhatLauraLoves
      November 13, 2014 / 2:36 am

      I haven't a clue Alison, sorry. I'd recommend going into a store and getting matched and a little sample pot xxx

  9. Nikki
    September 20, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    What a great coverage. It looks great without being too heavy!

  10. Joanne Wiggins
    September 20, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I love the before and after, it's given you great coverage x

  11. Jenna Parrington - Chic Geek Diary
    September 20, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    This looks great! Great coverage but one which looks natural too!

  12. Georgina Ingham | CulinaryTravels
    September 21, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I love the before and after shots, shows what great natural coverage this product provides.

  13. Sarah Mumx3x
    September 22, 2016 / 8:24 am

    I love Estee Lauder products and the double wear foundation sounds great! Good to know it covers all redness, I may have to give this a try 🙂 The before and after pictures are amazing! You look great.

  14. Samantha Rickelton
    September 22, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I've heard so many good things about this product and I am actually really impressed with the price – I expected it to be around £40 x

  15. Kira L Curtis
    September 22, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I really need a new foundation and this looks so great, you can see how it really looks good 🙂 Not a bad price either!

  16. Sarah!
    September 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I've only ever heard good things about Estee Lauder, although i've never purchased anything. It looks great.

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