Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Review

So for those of you who know me know I’ve been a very loyal MAC Pro Longwear foundation fan for many years. However after starting this blog and getting connected to other beauty bloggers out there, I couldn’t ignore the amount of amazingly positive reviews I’d been seeing about Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. As someone who wants (And needs!) full coverage that still looks good at the end of the day, I knew I needed to give this cult classic a try. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation promises a 24-hour, flawless foundation that stays looking fresh and natural through heat, humidity, and nonstop activity.

CAN ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR LAST THE WHOLE DAY? Watch my YouTube video here putting the foundation to the test!

I purchased the liquid foundation and the powder together. I was lucky enough to get a gift bag of little goodies on a promotion too in a cosmetics bag. That’s always such a treat! Keep in mind that both products can be worn alone or together, I personally like to use powder just to top up my face throughout the day and to ensure my skin stays looking shine free.

estee lauder double wear foundation review

What it does:
Estēe Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup delivers flawless, 24-hour staying power, and it is natural-looking for carefree coverage. A lightweight, oil-free, and buildable formula, it doesn’t change color, leaving your makeup looking as fresh as when you first applied it

My thoughts on Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Stay in Place

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This is 8 hours in – still looks so matte and flawless. I’m wearing Desert Beige!

First thoughts are the texture of the foundation which is it is quite thick with a very creamy and smooth texture.

Now let’s talk about my favourite part about the Estee Lauder foundation which is – its coverage. This foundation gives medium to full coverage and it covers dark circles, marks, blemishes really sufficiently. I actually found that I don’t need to use a concealer as much when using the foundation – it’s that covering! Something important to note is that is sets quickly, so you need to make sure to blend the foundation quite fast after applying. This foundation is good for people with combination to oily skin like mine. Due to it being so heavy and long wear, I don’t think it will work as nicely for ladies with very dry skin.

The second thing that stands out to me is that even though it’s heavy and thick, your skin doesn’t feel cakey or weighed down. It actually feels light on the skin which is really unexpected for me! I’m used to my makeup looking cakey or patchy usually by around 3pm, but this isn’t the case with this foundation. I actually find by 4pm I’m still looking pretty much the same – I especially don’t have that oily look in my T-zone which is a hassle I often get!

It’s really buildable so if you’re having your photos taken or have a wedding and you’re looking for extra coverage – it’s definitely buildable if you want more or less.

Lastly, it also has SPF10 combined into the foundation which is perfect if you’re like me and often forget the sunscreen part of your routine. Whoops.

Your guide to all the shades on offer!


Estee Lauder ladies are very helpful and can help you match your shade. It’s so important to make sure you get the right colour for your tone. Ask them to do your foundation for you, and go see how long it lasts and how it works for you skin. Then come back and purchase! I hardly ever purchase a new product just straight off the shelf. If you’re needing some help learning about foundations, check out my post on choosing a foundation here!

Pro’s and Con’s of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

  • lasting power is amazing, it really does stay in place all day through sweat, heat and humidity.
  • Very mattifying – setting powder is not a must- I just like to use it as a touch up if needed
  • does not transfer when you hug someone etc
  • excellent coverage and really buildable
  • great for acne prone skin
  • Has SPF10
  • Can be difficult to remove – try using an oil-based makeup remover instead of Micellar water.
  • Doesn’t come with a pump so can lead to product wastage
  • Expensive for those of us on a budget (However I was lucky enough to get when Edgars had 15% off over R1200 spends.. watch out for deals like that!)
  • Might feel too heavy for those who aren’t looking for comprehensive coverage

All in all, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear. It doesn’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes and it lasts through heat and humidity.

Oil-free. Oil-Controlling. Dermatologist-tested. Non-acnegenic; won’t clog pores. Fragrance-free.

Medium to full coverage. Matte finish. Proven 24 hour wear.

 Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation packaging

The foundation comes in a rather heavy frosted glass bottle which I think looks luxurious and of high quality. However be careful if you want to travel with your foundation because if it drops it will break! I was a little disappointed to find it doesn’t come with a pump dispenser as I find it’s easier to use more product, so be careful! Although I did see online you can buy an additional pump for R50. I might try that out and see how it goes!

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Frosted bottle feels like quality – quite heavy though!

How to apply Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I like to put a little on my hand (Seriously, use less than you think you need because a little goes a long way!) and then take a foundation brush and blend the foundation. You can also use a beauty blender! I personally feel more in control when I use my foundation brush. However I know a lot people like to use a beauty blender which they say gives a more natural yet flawless look

Is the price worth the hype?

For me, yes! And I’m very fussy when it comes to foundation and my expectations. I’d say the quality of the foundation is definitely worth the price tag and because of how little I’m using, I’m predicting it will last quite long too! I always say if there is one thing you spend a lot of money on in your make up bag then it should be a good foundation as your other cheaper make up products will sit much better on a good base. And also, I think flawless skin really stands out.

I think Estee Lauder is often over looked by younger make up lovers, in favor of more cool brands like MAC, Urban Decay, Essence or Inglot, as it is more associated with older ladies. I think this is definitely a misconception (perhaps one they have tried to break with bringing on Kendall Jenner?) I’ve definitely changed my mind about Estee Lauder since trying Double Wear. I know it’s early days but I really can see myself repurchasing this product and it becoming my staple. Isn’t it crazy how when you discover a product you’re almost confused how you survived without it? I’d like to say thanks to Mariska Goussard  from the Secret Board for the recommendation!

Check out my Instagram stories over the next few days as I will show you what I got in my free gift goodie bag!

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So, tell me about your other ride or die pieces because I am more open than ever to trying products based on reviews and recommendations rather than powerful advertising etc! I don’t think you can beat the tried and tested review of someone who has actually bought the product. Let me know in the comments!



estee lauder double wear foundation review desert beige

Okay, final selfie – I specifically put on very little other makeup so you can see the full effect. This is at the end of the day – it’s now passed 6pm! No oiliness, still have excellent coverage.



  1. November 7, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I am so glad you loved the foundation! It is my absolute favorite and I loved your detailed review! Totally agree with you on the pump – literally my only gripe with the product! It looks so gorgeous and fresh on you! Wishing you many more happy Double Wear days xxx

    • RachaelWilliams
      November 22, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much Mariska!! Was watching your Instagram stories today and would so love to read your stories / posts on things outside of beauty – I honestly love reading about peoples journeys from their marriages, to their weekend getaways, life advice etc. Thanks to you that I even tried it out !! xx

  2. November 7, 2017 / 10:15 am

    My absolute favourite foundation of all time! I wear the shade Sand, and it is just the most fabulous product ever!

    • RachaelWilliams
      November 22, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      I know Siobhan! I am just sad it took me so long to try it out. Honestly it’s just fantastic. The coverage is unmatched 🙂

  3. Mahima
    November 7, 2017 / 10:46 am

    A very detailed review. Your opinion is very honest and helpful in assisting me make the decision regarding foundation

  4. November 7, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    It looks great on you. I love the foundation as well, but I find the shade they match me with is just too warm. And I’ve been to 3 different counters. Maybe I’m nuts. lol. You’re making me want to give it another go with this review!

  5. November 7, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I am yet to try their products, I will research how true to shade they are. thanks for sharing.

  6. November 7, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Personally, I️ don’t wear make up but this looks really good! Great post!

    • RachaelWilliams
      November 22, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Emily! 🙂 x

  7. November 7, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I love this foundation. Actually, I’ve tried to go to other “cooler” and more “modern” brands, but I haven’t found a serious contender for this one. So glad you found it and reminded me of why I love it! Enjoyed your review, and I am subscribing!

    • RachaelWilliams
      November 22, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Yay thanks for the kind feedback Alicia. Means a lot to me! I must say I am regretful how long it took me to try this foundation out. The coverage is just fantastic!! Going to go give your blog a look now, looking forward to chatting in the future xx

  8. November 7, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Wow it looks really nice!! How does it work over acne?

  9. Pankaj
    November 8, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I’ll definitely tell my cousin to check your post…. She will love it

    • RachaelWilliams
      November 22, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Yay, good to hear Pankaj! xx

  10. Mahima
    November 10, 2017 / 1:22 am

    I am not much of a makeup person. But these are the basic essentials that you have talked about in your article. I have been wanting to try out the the foundation and compact for a long time now but never knew what to expect results wise.your article was helpful and insightful in this regard.

    • RachaelWilliams
      November 22, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement Mahima. It truly is a magnificent foundation!

  11. Debbie Dale
    November 25, 2019 / 4:03 am

    I’m 69 yrs old and have gotten sun spots on my face that drive me crazy… I thought long and hard about this product because of the price but finally ordered it and I can honestly say it’s worth every penny!!!

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