Foundation Files: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Foundation Files: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation has recently rocketed its way to sit amongst my absolute favourites. Yes, it’s been around for donkey’s years and is the nation’s number one foundation but I had been afraid of it. Why? Basically I assumed a foundation known for full, heavy coverage was the stuff nightmares are made of – difficult to use and looking like you’ve caked on 2 inches and are bordering on more Polyfilla than a flawless canvas.

That was my perception in my twenties but as I’ve grown older, my concerns have changed and my curiosity about Double Wear has widened from realising its benefits. I’m more relaxed about wearing make-up but when I do, I want it to last and to look flawless. Once upon a time I was all about the dewy look, now I’ve come round to a soft, mattified appearance.

Earlier this year I took part in Estee Lauder’s ‘Foundation the Nation’ campaign to help Estee Lauder’s quest in creating the perfect foundation colour match. This involved in-depth recordings of my skin with specially developed technology, the first of its kind in fact. Once the results are collated and analysed, Estee Lauder will know how many more shades to create and add to its range. This is great news for medium, olive and dark skin tones, which feel under represented by beauty brands.

I was colour-matched with Honey Bronze and although I was given a sample to try, a few hours later my instinct tapped me on the shoulder and told me it was worth the investment of buying a full size bottle.

Straight away I felt the effect of Double Wear – lightweight, smudge-proof, budge-proof and giving me a flawless finish. The match was perfect, it felt breathable and comfortable on my skin and the coverage was medium, which is the level I usually go for. Indeed it is buildable to full coverage should you be that way inclined.

Double Wear also lasts through heat and humidity so this was another reason to purchase it ahead of my recent holiday.

If you’re unfamiliar with Double Wear, allow me to confirm what’s true about it:

  • it’s longwearing without the need for touch-ups
  • it won’t budge
  • it won’t melt
  • it won’t wash off
  • it won’t come off on clothes
  • it sets fast so you’ve got to act quickly in blending it in
  • your face will look flawless and smooth
  • it does live up to its claim of staying on for 15 hours (possibly more but can’t confirm that as I don’t tend to wear make-up for that long)

When I flew to Dubai, I applied it at 5am, boarded a 7 hour flight and made it to my destination 12 hours later after leaving home without the slightest crack. It survived the beach, 6000 feet above the ground in a hot air balloon across the desert and standing on the viewing deck of the tallest tower in the world.

It’s a thick foundation and best applied with a sponge or brush and blends with little effort. There’s an SPF of 10 in it but frankly that means nothing when SPF should be applied separately and before foundation. Double Wear leaves a lovely, soft finish as well – not overly mattifying or powdered.

I’m not surprised this is the go-to foundation for brides as this is pretty much invincible and obviously photographs well. I would also recommend this to anyone in their thirties and above as it covers up a multitude of skin sins like fine lines.

I paired Double Wear with Estee Lauder’s Illuminating perfecting Primer*, which keeps the skin hydrated and nourished with Vitamin E, Rice Bran Extract and Shea Butter, an important factor when wearing a foundation like this. The primer, which blends in like a moisturiser, also has soft-reflection optics to minimise the appearance of pores and flaws, and is suitable for normal/combination and dry skin.

I’d compare Double Wear to Urban Decay’s All Nighter Liquid Foundation (another favourite of mine) except the former is more heavy duty and just edges above the latter. Along with Makeup For Ever’s Ultra HD Foundation, I’ve got my three amigos.

Double Wear comes in a 30ml glass bottle and retails at £31. You can get hold of it from Estee Lauder, Debenhams, Boots and other freestanding Estee Lauder counters.



  1. Sam (facetime_beauty)
    18th March 2017 / 9:12 PM

    Such a holy grail. And I totally agree with all the benefits you listed. So glad u mentioned the flight as I wasn’t sure whether to wear it when I go away. Now I deffo will!

  2. Sheenie
    20th March 2017 / 12:41 AM

    Oh I know you love Double Wear, Sam! Make sure you buy a back-up at the airport – no VAT! xx

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