Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review | Foundation Friday


Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

A new series on the blog?


It most certainly is. Welcome to my #FoundationFriday blog series where I test a foundation for 1-2 weeks with a variety of primers and test out the best why to apply them.


This series will not be weekly, instead they will appear sporadically. Simply because, how could I give a good test of new (or new to me) foundations with only a few days / a week to test them – I can’t. More importantly I like having days where I don’t wear makeup, so I don’t upset my skin, as well as seeing if a foundation has causing any issues or reactions to my skin.

The first foundation I’ve tested out for this series is the infamous Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation. If you don’t already know, the Double Wear foundation has been a holy grail foundation for those who have oily and acne/blemish prone skin due to the coverage it provides. Seen as I have both of these problems I couldn’t think of a better foundation to try first.

Makeup brushes - Real Techniques, Charlotte Tilbury, Mac 170

Packaging and about the foundation


The packaging is a frosted glass bottle that’s small enough to carry in your makeup bag, and not too heavy either. The only downside of the packaging is that there is no pump or applicator for you to control how much product comes out. However you can buy a pump separately for £5.50 from most places that sell Estée Lauder.


On the plus side, the shade range is very impressive, boasting 60+ shades. So you should be able to find your perfect match. Note: I use shade 1N0 porcelain. Additionally the foundation is fragrance free, but does have a slightly ‘foundation’ smell – I can’t describe it clearly, but the scent is what I would associate with most fragrance free foundations.


On the Estée Lauder website they describe the foundation as having a semi-matte finish, which I would 100% agree on. The foundation looks comfortably matte on the skin, and tends to look dewier throughout the day – more on that later. 


Products used

These are some of the base products and tools I used during this foundation trial.


Primers: Milk Makeup Blur Stick & Hourglass Veil primer – both worked very well with this foundation.


Powders: Laura Mercier translucent setting powder, Kat Von D Lock-It translucent setting powder and Too Faced Peach Perfect setting powder [review here]. All of these worked well with the foundation.


Handbag powder: Fenty Beauty blotting powder. One of the best handbag friendly powders out there.


Tools: The Mac 170 brush my favourite way to apply the foundation, but I also use a Beauty Blender to make sure it looks seamless. 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

My Thoughts

Even though some people might call this a full coverage foundation, I would say it has more of a medium and buildable coverage. During my trial week I noticed that my redness (caused by blemishes) didn’t get completely covered, and needed to be spot concealed to give me a completely flawless base.


After applying the foundation, concealer and powder my skin did look powdery – however this is usually how most foundations look on me as 9/10 I need to powder all foundations. However after about an hour foundations and powders tend to settle on my skin so it looks smooth and much more ‘natural’ looking, which is exactly what happened with the Estée Lauder Double Wear. When trying this foundation I had more drier patches than normal, due to it being winter. The foundation did initially cling slightly to these patches, but after an hour my oils seemed to smooth out the foundation and the ‘drier’ patches didn’t look as bad as they did first thing. Looking back I should have probably tried a hydrating primer on these areas.


I was pleasantly surprised that the foundation didn’t feel heavy on my skin. I half expected to feel the product on my face all day, yet thankfully it was fairly light – not as light as a tinted moisturiser, but light enough that I did forget I was wearing foundation. To me, this is a good sign for any foundation. 


Throughout the day my skin looked great and didn’t exaggerate the drier patches or my pores. I did have to lightly powder and blot on most days, but not as much as I thought I might. The foundation did slightly transfer off the side of my nose when I blotted, although I associate this with wearing glasses and having oily skin, rather than a problem with the foundation as this usually happens around the glasses area on my nose. 


After a (almost) 10 hour day on most of the days I was trialing this foundation my makeup held up pretty well. I could have left it on for longer, however I do not personally like to do that that often. My oils did come through and made me look dewy, but it was more of a natural dewiness after a long work day. Despite the claims that it can last up to 24 hours, I would say this is a good foundation for lasting up to 12. 


Final verdict: I would definitely use this as my daily foundation. I don’t have to do too much to it during the day, aside from occasionally powdering and blotting, which means I hardly need to carry anything ‘extra’ in my bag. Although I get dewy, it’s nothing I would be worried about when I’m out.



If you have any foundations you’d like me to try out for oily skin please leave a comment below and I’ll give it a go.


Check out some of my other beauty reviews:

 The perfect base: Nars Tinted Moisturiser

Too Faced Peach Perfect setting powder: the best powder of them all?

Worth the hype? Glossier Lash Slick





  1. February 24, 2019 / 11:56 am

    Ooo I am so here for this new series!! I love finding new foundations and this one has been on my to try list for ages. 12 hours with little blotting is incredible, I NEED to try this!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

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