Product Reviews

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Review

July 13, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I’m back today with a foundation review! I recently got a gift card to a department store for my birthday and I decided to use it to test out my first high end foundation. I had heard tons of reviews on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation so I decided to give it a go.

The Packaging



This is a really expensive product so I definitely had high expectations for the packaging and the product overall. The packaging is a heavy frosted glass bottle with a gold cap and gold accents. It’s definitely quality packaging. The one thing that it needed for the price tag ($37USD, $44CAD) is a pump. As much as we all appreciate pretty packaging, it has to be functional and that would have definitely added points for me. Since this is expensive and I don’t want to waste it, I purchased a foundation pump from MAC and it fits perfectly. That does add to the price of this, which is slightly irritating. Overall I consider the packaging to be fancy and high end, but lacking a little in functionality.


Foundation with added pump ^

The Product

Alright so now let’s talk about the star of the show, the product itself. I’m going to start with the claims. This foundation claims 15 hour wear and a natural appearance through ‘heat, humidity, non-stop activity’. It also claims medium, buildable coverage. It definitely holds up to the claims of being long wearing, 100%. I don’t have oily skin, but now that summer is here I’m finding that my makeup isn’t entirely sweat proof and looks a little melted at the end of the day. This foundation does not budge. Even when I wet my face at night, it still doesn’t budge. I do wear my makeup for really long days, so I will agree that it can easily last 15 hours and it doesn’t budge through heat and sweat. It looks the same at the end of the day as it did at the beginning. Despite being really long wearing, it doesn’t feel thick and I’ve never found it to look cakey, even when it’s built up. I have one spot next to my mouth that some of my other foundations crease or settle on and this doesn’t do that, so it earned bonus points for me.

Before I actually used this I was expecting a super thick foundation, since one of the reasons it’s so popular is because it can be built to very full coverage, but it’s not thick at all and has a slightly runny consistency that’s very similar to L’Oreal True Match, my long time favourite. I agree that it’s medium coverage because with one layer it’s not super full coverage in my opinion. To get the kind of coverage I usually go for 2-3 light layers, which is just fine with this foundation since it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. It looks very natural still and some of my freckles still show through, which I’m fine with since it makes it look real. I’ll admit that I was expected a little more coverage, since it was hyped to make skin look flawless. I enjoy the coverage it gives, it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I do have some dry patches on my face and it doesn’t accentuate or cling to those, which is plus for when my skin is on the drier side. I apply this with a Real Techniques Sponge, so that might help with the dry patches. I haven’t tried this with a brush yet since the sponge was working perfectly.

This foundation comes in 30 shades, which is amazing, but can make it difficult to choose if you aren’t able to get to a counter to be matched. I don’t have any malls near me, so I had to buy this online. In order to find my shade, I found a really cool website that will match you to a new foundation based on your other foundation shades. You just put in your existing foundation brand and shade and the brand you want to be matched with and it will give the shade that should match you. I used this and this shade (Ecru 1N2) is a perfect match for me. If you’re buying online, definitely give this a try!

Here’s the link:

Here is what the foundation looks like on me (with flash):



I’m enjoying this foundation. For people like me who don’t go for lighter coverage in the summer, this is perfect because it’s super long wearing and budge proof. As much as I was expecting very full coverage, I like that I can build it up to look like how I like to wear it. I’m super impressed that it’s not cakey and also with how natural it looks. I also haven’t gotten white cast in pictures, so I’m happy about that because that is one issue I have with my usual True Match. Overall I’m glad I used my gift card for this and it was a great place to start for high end foundations.

If you’ve used this foundation or know of any other high end foundations that are worth the money, let me know in the comments below!

Bye for now!





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  • Reply BeautyFashionEnthusiast July 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I think I might give this a try eventually after reading your review.

  • Reply Lena July 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I have also used this foundation – I reviewed it this week. It’s 80NZD, which is 70 USD/75CAD, which is a lot, even more expensive than MAC foundations. I really liked the sample that I had, but for the price I won’t be buying it unless I order it from the US.

    I like this review, you are so thorough with it, but it’d be nice to see it on your face.

    • Reply Chelsey July 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Ya it is very expensive. And yes you’re right I should have included a photo with it on in this post.

    • Reply Chelsey July 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      I will update this post as soon as I can to include pictures of me wearing it, thank you for the suggestion!

  • Reply ryanandbelle July 16, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I agree, I might give this a try. My MAC studio fix has been letting me down 😐

    • Reply Chelsey July 16, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Ya I’m really enjoying this, I haven’t tried the studio fix.

  • Reply July 2014 Favourites | Makeup By Chelsey July 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    […] My second favourite is my first foundation favourite in a long time, making it extra special to compete with my longstanding favourite L’Oreal True Match. I got this foundation earlier this month with a gift card I got for my birthday and I have been obsessed with it. When I don’t use this, my skin just looks sub-par to me. This can be built up, but it never looks cakey and it lasts forever. I never really noticed my other foundations fading, but now that I’ve used this I really notice it’s staying power compared to others. Despite how much I love this, I force myself to save it just because it’s such an expensive product and I want it to last. Definitely an awesome product that I have been loving! I recently reviewed this so if you want to see that, click here! […]

  • Reply High End Products Worth the Hype! | Makeup By Chelsey August 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    […] My last product that is definitely worth it’s high end price tag is a foundation I’ve talked a lot about recently. I picked this up a while back with a gift card I got for my birthday and it’s my new favourite foundation. I have no other foundation that has coverage anywhere near this. Plus with a low SPF, it’s a prime foundation for photos. This foundation has tons of shades to choose from, so you’re pretty likely to find something that matches you. I recently reviewed this foundation in full, so if you want more detail, you can check out my post here. […]

  • Reply hippylip September 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I did a review in this and had mixed feelings about it too. I had issues with it drying out my skin but I started using a moisturizer under it and I feel much better about it. I’m not 100% on this one but it does give me a nice even dewy look. Some days I love it and other days meh.

    • Reply Chelsey September 23, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      I loved mixing this with Nars Sheer Glow, it was the perfect match but I was getting weird bumps all over my face and it turns out I’m allergic to double wear 🙁

      • Reply hippylip September 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        Oh no!! Now that you mention that. I did get one strange pimple on my face when I mixed it with my juice beauty moisturizer. I thought it was just that one rare pimple I get here and there but maybe not.

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