Estee Lauder Double Wear Review

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re all well 🙂

When I first bought my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and powder I had lots of requests for a review of both of them.  After using it for a few weeks, I did put up a review on my Youtube channel but today I am going to properly review them for you now that I’ve been using it for a couple of months.  Both my bottle and powder are still going strong despite using them everyday which is a great testament to how much you get in and how long they last.  Both can be worn alone or together, I personally decided to buy the powder just to top up my face throughout the day and to ensure my skin stays looking shine free.

Double Wear stay in place makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear Vs Dior Skin Forever… Decisions Decisions!

I have quite clear, normal to oily skin and find that many foundations apply really well onto my skin on a morning but by lunchtime, they begin to slide off and make my skin look greasy.  I had been using up a lot of old bottles of liquid foundation and some Bare Minerals foundation that I had but really felt that I needed something more full coverage and mattifying… so off I went to the Estee Lauder counter.  I’d heard a lot about Estee Lauder Double Wear and also about the Dior Skin Forever which is supposed to be similar to Double Wear.  Double Wear won for me as I’d heard the most about it.  I’ll definitely be trying out Dior Skin Forever when I have used up this though, just to make sure I made the correct decision.

The Hype

Stay in place, transfer free, mattifying, oil and shine free foundation that leaves your skin looking flawless. With the liquid foundation claiming to last for 15 hours and the powder claiming to last for 10, my expectations of Estee Lauder have a lot to live up to.

Double Wear 2W1 Sand 26 and the incorrectly matched Ivory Beige

Selecting a Shade

I would highly recommend getting samples of DW before you commit to buying it, purely to make sure that the colour is right for you.  There are many other reviews of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation that agree because the foundation is an investment and you need to make sure that it is going to look flawless on your skin.

I visited Debenhams and was colour matched with Ivory Beige but then went to House of Fraser and was matched with 2W1 Sand 36 in the liquid foundation which is completely different- much more of a yellow shade.  I prefer a yellow based foundation as it cancels out a lot of the red tones that I have in some areas of my face.  My hair is quite a light blonde naturally and I have dark eyes (unusual for a blonde!) so I have quite sallow skin tones and a salmon, pink toned foundation like the Ivory Beige just does not suit me at all- check out my YouTube video below to see the stark contrast between the two shades.  There is such a wide range of shades available from Estee Lauder though that it is easy to find a shade to suit you, you just have to be careful that you’re being matched to the correct colour as the bright lights in department stores are very deceiving.  Don’t be afraid to go with your gut instinct as I did and go against the advice of the girls at the counter and always get a sample first.  Theres no point in spending all that money on a good foundation if its the wrong colour.  I also bought the powder to use with my liquid foundation and the colour I chose was 2W1 Sand 16.  There aren’t as many shades available in the powder but this isn’t a problem as long as you have the right shade of foundation underneath, as only a light dusting of the power is needed.

Double Wear stay in place powder in  2W1 Sand 16


The liquid foundation is very powder based which makes it a godsend for oily skin but feared by those with normal to dry skin.  If you have normal skin to oily then you’ll be fine with this foundation but I really wouldn’t suggest it for people with dry skin as the high powder content makes it very drying.  If your skin is more combination or oily with dry patches, I would recommend wearing a moisturiser underneath the Double Wear foundation, even people with oily skin who don’t wear a moisturiser under their make up can benefit from a layer under their Double Wear.  Again though, this is where getting a sample before hand can prove very valuable as you’ll be able to tell from a few wears if this is going to be the right foundation for you.  Both the liquid and powder formulas are very buildable.  Both the liquid and powder contain an SPF of 10.  As a general rule, if you’re going to have your photograph taken then you should stay away from foundations that contain an SPF because it reflects the light from the flash and can make your face look lighter than your body.  However Estee Lauder promises that Double Wear is photo friendly and since I have tested this out when having my photo taken during the day and on an evening, I can concur with this.  Double Wear therefore is great for keeping your skin safe in the sun and great for when you’re having your picture taken- result!

You can use a brush like this but I prefer to use my fingers


Double Wear liquid can be applied using a brush like the one in the photo above or using your finger tips as demonstrated in my videos below.  Since Double Wear liquid has a high powder content and is therefore fast drying, I like to use my fingers to apply it as this keeps the foundation warm and gives you a little extra time to apply it and blend it in.  As you can see in my Youtube video, I like to blend it all over my face and down onto my neck.  There’s nothing worse than seeing someone whos neck is a completely different colour to their face!  As for the power, I tend to use a pressing motion to get the powder onto my face, using the pad that comes in the compact. Pressing the powder onto my face rather than sweeping it on stops me from dragging the liquid foundation off my face and onto the pad.  Double wear provides a fast, even application with fantastic coverage.

No Makeup
After Double Wear liquid foundation
After the powder, creating a flawless matte finish


Estee Lauder describe the Double Wear liquid foundation as medium coverage but in all honesty I would say it is more medium to full coverage.  Its certainly the most full coverage foundation I’ve ever used and it covers all my flaws.  If you’re looking for a foundation that hides all your imperfections and gives you flawless looking skin then this is the foundation for you.  There is also a Double Wear concealer available, which if you’re going to buy I’d recommend going one shade lighter than the Double Wear foundation you’ve bought, just to really conceal any discolouration.  However, rather than spending the £18.50 on the concealer, I would recommend just leaving a little bit of the foundation on the back of your hand to dry slightly (it doesn’t take long!) before applying that to the areas you want to conceal as this works in exactly the same way.  If you like a long lasting foundation but you find that Double Wear is too heavy for you, then you could try the Double Wear Light which works on the same principle as the original Double Wear, it just has a lighter, more sheer formula.  Similarly, if you love Double Wear but would prefer an even fuller coverage foundation, then Estee Lauder also offer a Maximum Cover version.

Staying Power

Estee Lauder Double Wear is designed to stay in place all day and long lasting it certainly is. Double Wear has great staying power and it doesn’t transfer onto my clothes. This will be great for in the winter when I wear a lot of scarves. I love the finish it gives as it really does make my skin look natural and flawless.  I’ve heard some people say that it feels too heavy on their skin but I honestly cant tell that I have it on and it doesn’t look cakey at all.  I do however think that I need something slightly lighter for the summer, especially when I go on holiday as I wont need something as full coverage when I have a tan and so I will definitely be trying out the Double Wear Light in the coming months.  I love how I can wear my make up with confidence now as I used to get so embarrassed by my oily skin.  Double Wear leaves me shine free and stops my skin from getting oily without clogging my pores.  I also find that my other make up applies much better when I use this as my base and I find that even my cheaper products look more high quality when they are applied on top of this foundation.

Price and Packaging

The Double Wear liquid foundation retails at £25.50 for 30ml and the powder compact is also £25.50 for 13g which is a pretty average price charged across the board from other high end brands. I’d say the quality of the foundation is definitely worth the price tag and it lasts for ages. If theres one thing you spend a lot of money on in your make up bag then let it be a good foundation as your other, cheaper make up will sit much better on a good base. Everything about the Estee Lauder foundation screams class and expense, even down to the high quality packaging which is in the signature Estee Lauder style. I love how the compact looks very classy and its great pulling it out of my bag to powder my nose during the day! You get a big mirror inside the powder compact too which is great for when you’re on the go. The only thing that I dislike about the packaging is the pot of liquid foundation. I hate that you have to pour the foundation out- it would be so much easier with a pump and then I wouldnt waste any or risk spilling it everywhere!

Watch my Youtube Review and Application of Double Wear here

Buy From

Estee Lauder products can be bought direct from their website, from Boots or from many department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser.

If you buy Estee Lauder from their website or from makeup counters in department stores then they often have offers on where if you buy two products then you get a free gift.  Usually I’m not tempted by these offers if there isnt a second product that I like but I had intended to buy the two products anyway and it was nice to receive a little gift… It kind of made spending all that money even more worthwhile!

Heres what I got:

Changing my mind on Estee Lauder

Before now, I’d only ever tried out an Estee Lauder lipstick in Beige which is one of their Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipsticks but that’s about it.  I think Estee Lauder is often over looked by younger make up lovers, in favour of more cool brands like MAC and Illamasqua, as it is more associated with middle aged women and older.  I’ve definitely changed my mind about Estee Lauder since trying Double Wear.  Yes, its pricey but its such high quality that it is worth it. Just make sure you try a sample first so that you definitely get the right formula and shade for your skin and to make sure that it isn’t too drying for your skin type. A good quality foundation will stand you in good stead for applying your other make up and for making your make up last.  I’ll definitely be trying out some other Estee Lauder make up soon.  I really like the look of their Bronze Goddess Duo and their 5 Tone Blush in Pink Shimmer.


If you’re looking for an alternative to Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, perhaps one thats lighter but with similar staying power, then I’d definitely recommend checking out my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light review blog post and the comparison that I did of Double Wear vs Double Wear Light.

I hope you enjoyed this review- I know a lot of you have been asking for it since I bought it!

Let me know about your favourite foundations and any powders that you know are good for oily skin.


  1. Miss A
    May 17, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    Such a great, detailed review. Thank you!I've used DW before and didn't really get on with it. I think I was simply applying too much as I felt like I had a mask on my face. Think I should give it go once more ;)I've just bought Bobbi Brown's Natural Finish foundation and it's great for oily skin too (mine's super oily!). Light-medium coverage and stays put for 10+ hours. Loving it.Really want to give DW another go and am also thinking of purchasing DW Light as I don't like full coverage much (though it's good to have a full coverage foundation – we all get spots that need covering sometimes :))xo

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2013 / 6:27 pm

      The double wear light will be more up your alley then. I too think the dw is too much coverage on my face but the light version is perfect. Lauder is coming out with more double wear light colors as well which is exciting!

  2. The Cat Hag
    May 19, 2011 / 12:38 am

    Wow this is such a fantastic in-depth review!Love it, and am always on the hunt for good foundations.Estee Lauder is a really good brand, I use their ANR religiously. For foundation, I use the Guerlain Parure Powder Foundation and cannot find enough good things to rave about it.xoxo,Addie The Cat Hag

  3. Thick Threads
    May 19, 2011 / 6:21 pm

    I am a big fan of estee Laudier, they just have the best products for my skin type. great review! I absolutely love your blog! just ran across it its great! 🙂 xoxA_Riot

  4. Ashley Borysewich
    May 21, 2011 / 4:37 am

    thanks for the review- i'll have to try this!following you now 🙂

  5. Bridget
    September 15, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this review on the EL Double Wear makeup! It is so difficult to find good reviews on the powder. Your review was very helpful to me. The finish is amazing!

  6. daisy
    February 16, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    If you buy one of the MAC pumps used for the studio fix etc and cut a bit off the bottom of the tube then it fits perfectly into the DW bottle and you don't waste any. Yay xxxx

    • WhatLauraLoves
      February 17, 2012 / 10:30 pm

      Thats a really good idea Daisy, thank you. I actually have one of the MAC pumps so ill definitely use that. Thanks for the tip! xxx

  7. Anonymous
    April 30, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    What a great page! Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. I've used Estee Blonde for a few years already, I'm sure I'm a lot older than you! ;0) It's been a great foundation. Recently, for the heck of it, and price too, I went back to try Cover Girl, didn't take two weeks until I missed the feel of the Estee and realize it's worth what I pay for it for myself. I'm really wanting a good powder or something to 'touch' up areas like my chin that seems to get a little red during the day. Is there something in the Estee line that you think could work? Does the pressed powder have staying power? Maybe I need a pressed foundation, I'll have to see what they offer. Anyway, love your clips and photos, you're a pretty lil' lady with a beautiful complexion! Thanks again for sharing!

    • WhatLauraLoves
      April 30, 2012 / 10:21 pm

      The Estee Lauder pressed powder does have some good staying power, although Id also recommend Rimmel Stay Matte or Collection 2000 lasting perfection pressed powder as good alternatives for your handbag xxx

    • Anonymous
      May 1, 2012 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you Laura! Isn't Rimmel available just about anywhere and for a lot less? I'd used CG powder but wondered since I like the Estee foundation so much if their products would be more compatible with one another. I'll check both! ;0)

  8. New With Hashtags
    January 22, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    I was sooo impressed with the Estee Lauder Double Wear! Seriously it's been amazing for me. I've got oily skin, but it just stayed put all day, but it didn't look unnatural or 'caked on'.See my review here:'ll be reviewing the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light soon too!

  9. Anonymous
    May 22, 2013 / 10:36 am

    Iv just started using the foundation but wanted to know if I could use the powder as well so typed it in to google and your blog pop up you told me everything I need to know and have just ordered the powder as like you I like to use both Here's to flawless skin at last!! 🙂

    • WhatLauraLoves
      May 22, 2013 / 11:07 am

      Thank you, its lovely to hear that my blog post has helped you 🙂 Hope you love your new make up xxxx

  10. Anonymous
    July 4, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    Such a good view thanks so much xxxx

  11. BlondeTeaParty
    July 17, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    Great review Laura!I love reading about peoples tried and tested foundation loves! I recently got a few samples of the ELDW and i'm rather enjoying it. I am also using bareminerals, whats your take on them? x

    • WhatLauraLoves
      July 17, 2013 / 9:14 pm

      I do like bare minerals and used to wear it a lot when I was in my teens but my skin has become too oily for it in recent years. Now I switch between Estee Lauder Double Wear LIGHT and Garnier BB cream for oily skin xxx

  12. Anonymous
    December 30, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Fab review: thank you!

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  14. lauragale
    June 22, 2015 / 11:43 am

    totally agree with everything you say here; i have recently done a similar review on this product, though i unfortunately have much lighter skin than yours!xx

  15. Sasha1
    July 21, 2016 / 5:50 am

    Hello from Sweden!I have tried them alll,dior Airflas,armani maestro,i have dry skin yet im absooolutely in love with the DW powder foundation,not the liquid foundation.I have a question and would be very GREATFUL if you or anyone else coul answer.What isthe best base before applyAnd the E L powder foundation,cause i see i dont get it as well asit could look,altough it looks ways better then any liquid foundation,ive stopped using them.I due to my dry skin put on a "heavier" facecream,and then the powder found.I really am not into primers and i hate performer products.But if a primer is what it takes to get the best result then so be it!Pleaseeeee help me.I would really really appriciate it!Wish Y'LL a lovely summer!

    • Laura Ferry
      July 22, 2016 / 2:40 am

      Hi Sasha, at the time that I used this foundation and powder, I would wear the powder over the top of the foundation, so the foundation had already given me a smooth base. If the powder clings to your skin, its probably with your skin being dry. Make sure you're drinking enough water and have a thorough skincare routine- if its then not an issue with your skin that cant be solved with skincare then I'd suggest opting for a powder foundation that isnt as heavy duty- Bare Minerals is fabulous xxx

  16. Jodie Whitham
    February 8, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Wow coverage is so lovely and natural. It makes me want to try it. It looks light x

  17. Jens C. Kruse
    April 26, 2017 / 9:40 am


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