Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Hey beauties!

So I’ve heard amazing things about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and I finally got my hands on it.  Sephora doesn’t sell this foundation in stores so I had to order it online.  I probably could have gone to an Estee Lauder counter but I always seem to have the WORST experience at beauty counters so I have a tendency to stay away from them.  I found a website that helps color match your foundation and it really helped when it came to choosing a shade for me.  All you do is enter in a few different foundations that you already wear/own and it color matches you  based on those foundations.  Very helpful when purchasing online if you ask me and I was surprised at how well it worked for me.  They don’t have every single brand listed but they do give you quite a few options and you can have them e-mailed straight to your inbox.

When purchasing, I compared pricing from the Sephora website to the Estee Lauder website.  I have a Sephora gift card that has $12 left on it and even after applying the gift card, with shipping and tax, the Estee Lauder website was cheaper since they provide free shipping and a first time buyer discount code.  Can’t beat that!  I paid almost $10 less on the Estee Lauder website.

Alright, let’s jump into the review.

I'm in the shade 3N1- Ivory Beige

I’m in the shade 3N1- Ivory Beige

*Info from the Estee Lauder website*

15-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity.

Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable.

Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.








1 fl. oz

$38.00 USD

Alright, here are my thoughts and opinions.  Let’s start with the downfalls.

This foundation does not come with a pump.  Ugh.  I need my pump.  I have a tendency to pour out a little too much of the product when I don’t have a pump which is always a bummer.  The bottle is glass-like which means it could break if you dropped it so you have to be careful.  And last, I had to purchase mine online which is always hit & miss when it comes to shade matching.  I also had to wait for it to arrive rather than being able to use it right away.  Oh, the price also isn’t all that wallet friendly but for the quality, it’s worth it.

Now for the fun part.  I am in LOVE with this foundation!  As you know, I have combination/oily skin which doesn’t like to react to any mattifying product.  It’s such a pain.  I’ve spent a lot of money trying out products to help control my shine in my t-zone and haven’t had any luck.  I have found certain primers that have helped control it to a point but I still end up needing to blot throughout the day.  This foundation alone really helps control my shine.  I’m soooo impressed!  It’s funny, when I use it with a mattifying primer, I tend to have more shine throughout the day.  When I use the foundation on its own, the shine is minimum.  So strange!  If I use my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, I don’t have shine issues either.  Whatever works I guess.  🙂

Before applying foundation

Before applying foundation


The first time I applied this foundation, I used my Sigma F80 flat top Kabuki brush and it applied beautifully.  It seemed to really cake it on so I didn’t need to use as much product when using a brush.  I find that this is a major plus since it helps make the foundation go a lot further.  I love the airbrush looking finish I had when using my F80.  The second time I applied this foundation, I used my Beauty Blender and it definitely applied differently but still beautifully.  It just didn’t look as full coverage as it did when using a brush.  I agree that this foundation is a medium coverage when using a Beauty Blender and it’s definitely buildable.  When using a brush, I find that it’s more of a full coverage foundation.  I was thinking about using my fingers my third time using this foundation but I just couldn’t do it.  I never use my fingers to apply a foundation so I just couldn’t bring myself to do it this time around.

The foundation does dry fast but not so fast that you have to work quickly with it.  You just can’t let it sit on your face for very long prior to blending it out.  For me, it didn’t feel tacky at all once it was dry which some foundations tend to until you set it with a powder.  I probably could have gone without setting it with a powder but because of my oil issues, I set it with a loose powder.  The rest of my makeup applied beautifully on top of this foundation.

For the first few hours of wearing this foundation, my skin looked velvety soft.  I didn’t have to blot until about 4 hours into wearing the foundation.  The plus side, I didn’t have to fix it and re-powder which is huge for me!  I was able just to blot and go about my day.  After an additional 4 hours, I did have to blot but not as much as the first time around.  I had a nice, dewy look to my skin with a little more oil right around the nose area.  Not too bad but still required some blotting specifically in the nose area.  Beats having to blot on my forehead, nose, and chin.  😉  I also didn’t have to re-powder that time around either.  Score!

Now after reading some reviews online, I was so scared that this foundation was going to break me out since that seemed to be common with some people.  It does state that it’s dermatologist-tested and non-acnegenic; won’t clog pores but you just never know.  I personally didn’t have any problems.  However, I do think that those that had issues with it breaking their skin out either have sensitive skin or they did not remove the foundation properly.  I did find that the foundation does apply to the skin very well which makes it a little more difficult to remove.  I did use my tried and true Boscia makeup breakup cool cleansing oil and that took off the foundation wonderfully.  After removing the foundation with this oil, I washed my face as I normally do and I didn’t have any issues with removing the foundation or the foundation breaking me out.  I can’t express enough how important it is to properly remove all of your makeup at the end of the day in order to prevent breakouts and to keep your skin looking clear and healthy.

So to wrap this post up, is this foundation worth the money and all of the hype?  YES!  I personally think that it is.  Now if you have dry skin, I would highly recommend moisturizing your skin really well or using a hydrating primer prior to applying this foundation.  Make sure to really moisturize your dry patches other wise the foundation will cling to them.  It isn’t terribly bad but it can be an issue if you tend to have really dry skin.

Way to go, Estee Lauder!  I really love this foundation, will wear it often, and will purchase again!!  So now tell me, beauties, have you tried this foundation?  What are your thoughts?