Over the past year, I’ve been wearing both Estee Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Light as part of my make up routine. There are some marked differences between the two products and both have their pros and cons. After reviewing Double Wear here and more recently, Double Wear Light here, I have decided to do a post comparing the two foundations as I know that this would have been very helpful for me when I was initially deciding upon whether to buy DW or DW Light.
My personal favourite out of the two is Double Wear Light but I’ll leave you to make up your own mind…
Estee Lauder Double Wear
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
|Estee Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Light|
The outer packages of both foundations are both blue cardboard Estee Lauder designed boxes, nothing groundbreaking but lovely all the same. I think it is worthwhile noting the packaging housing the actual product here too, the regular Double Wear is in a glass bottle which means that you have to pour it out so sometimes I end up wasting some or trying to scoop it back inside. If you buy a pump separately then you don’t have this problem but it would be much more handy if the bottle came with one in the first place. It’s also easy to waste a lot of the product this way once you start coming to the end of the bottle. Whilst I love the look of products in glass bottles, they aren’t very durable and I personally would be gutted if I dropped this or smashed it while travelling. For that reason, I much prefer the packaging of Double Wear Light, as the plastic squeezy tube is slimline, durable and travel friendly.
Availability, Price and Selecting a Shade
Both are available widely online and from Estee Lauder counters for £26.50 each which I would say is an accurate price for the high quality of the foundations. I have occasionally seen both DW and DW Light available for around £18 at a CCO although the shades are limited so if I see them in my shade then I stock up! I usually buy Estee Lauder products direct from their website, from Boots or from many department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser.
There is a much greater variation of shades in the Double Wear foundation than the Double Wear Light which tends to be in intensities rather than lots of individual shades. This doesn’t hinder your chances of finding a Light foundation to suit you as the intensities are designed to suit a range of shades within a particular skin tone and it does adapt to some extent and blend very well on the skin. Personally I prefer this as I can use Double Wear Light in one shade regardless of whether I am lightly tanned or not whereas I have to have two separate bottles of the regular Double Wear.
Application and Blending
DW is very fast drying and more difficult to blend than DW Light, particularly if you’re just starting out with makeup. I find that it is best applied using my fingertips as this warms up the foundation and gives me just that little bit more time to blend it. Although I hate washing the foundation off my hands afterwards, it takes a while to budge! I much prefer applying DW Light as I use my favourite foundation brush, the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush which allows me to really buff the foundation into my skin. The finish it leaves is fantastic. I can blend DW Light and DW seamlessly however for those who aren’t used to DW, it is important to note that you do need to make sure you blend the foundation down your neck and be careful not to let it settle in your hair line, etc.
I find that I don’t always need to powder DW but I do out of habit for nights out, however I do powder DW Light… although this is probably again out of habit… and I do like a very matte looking face. At the moment I’m using Rimmel Stay Matte powder however my favourite is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection powder.
Coverage, Longevity, Finish and Skin Type Suitability
I do slightly disagree with the types of coverage that Estee Lauder target each foundation as. DW Light is targeted as a sheer to medium coverage foundation, however I would say it is definitely a medium coverage and DW is described as medium coverage however, I would say it is a more full coverage foundation.
Both Double Wear and Double Wear Light claim to have 15 hour wear, I would say that this is the case for both on a normal days wear (i.e. not doing anything too strenuous and sweaty!) however Double Wear does oxidise so I prefer wearing it only for nights out and Light for every other occasion. DW leaves a very matte, oil free finish and DW Light leaves a natural matte finish. They are very similar except that DW feels much heavier on the skin than the Light version and feels more powdery. When wearing DW you can definitely feel that you are wearing makeup whereas depending on how much powder you use after applying DW Light, it can feel as though you’re wearing very little makeup, which I personally prefer. I find that DW is best nights out as it is a little too heavy for your average daytime activities however DW Light is perfect for both daytime and night time wear so if you’re looking for an all rounder, DW Light is the foundation for you!
Both foundations contain powder but the DW has a much higher powder content than the DW Light and for that reason, I find that I need to apply moisturiser before I use DW whereas I don’t before I use DW Light (I just like to!). DW is not suitable for those who have dry or very dry skins, in my opinion, because it contains so much powder and would cling to dry areas however it is perfect for oily skin. Whilst I wouldn’t recommend Double Wear Light for those with extremely dry skin, I do think that it would be ok for those with dry skin and of course, normal, combination and oily skin.
If you have any questions that I haven’t covered here or in my reviews, then feel free to ask me.