Estée Lauder’s DoubleWear and Why I’m Not Loving It

There is a lot to be said for EL’s Double Wear foundation on the beauty blogosphere. The way everyone raves on about it, you’d think it has some sort of magical powers — and it just about claims to! Estée Lauder’s online webshop boasts 15-hour staying power, with 94% of customers recommending it for basically every skin-type going. I was as excited to try it for myself as I was confused at the results it yielded.

On instruction from my friend Char, I headed to the EL counter in my local Boots store and chatted to the makeup artist there. She colour-matched my face within minutes and gave me a small sample to take away and play around with myself. Apparently my shade is Pale Almond.

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In order to colour-match me, she’d wiped away some of the foundation I already had on and patched it up with the testers. I didn’t give it much thought for the rest of the day, but when I applied it to my full face the next morning, I was less than pleased.

When I squeezed a bit out of the bottle, I was surprised firstly at how thick the formula was, and how dark it looked against the back of my hand.

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I went with it, though, and trusted that the colour would right itself, and maybe would be more suited to my face. However, even though I applied it as sparingly as I could, it still felt way too heavy and looked far too dark.

It’s not as noticeable in these pictures, but my face was a totally different colour to my neck, and my skin felt greasy, even after using mattifying powder. It also wasn’t full coverage as I would expect; you could still see the uneven pigmentation, dark circles and even the few acne scars I’ve gathered from relentless picking (we all do it, right??).

I also found that it didn’t sit well over my moisturiser, even after letting it sink in for about half an hour, and it didn’t seem to like either powder or cream contour: the powder just wouldn’t blend well, and the little cream contour I do use from time to time just took the foundation off the skin…?!


In the end, I went back to Boots and spoke to one of the artists at the Nyx counter instead as I’d heard really good things about their products. He looked horrified when I told him I’d been given that shade by a professional, and ended up mixing two shades of their ‘Stay Matte Not Flat’ foundation together to achieve my perfect shade!

The only thing Double Wear did deliver on for me, in the end, was its staying power; after wandering around town in cold, wet weather for 9+ hours, there was still an awful lot of product on the cotton pads when I took my makeup off! Other than that, it just felt and looked kinda gross. Uneven, patchy, heavy, greasy and way too dark — not a great look!

The reviews must be true, and it must be a fab foundation if it works for you, but it seems like I’m in the minority on this one! I was expecting absolutely flawless results and instead yielded quite sub-par ones from a £30-a-pop bottle! Not for me, ta.

What do you think of EL’s Double Wear range?



I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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  3. I never got the massive fuss tbh, it gives the worst flash back on photos I’ve ever seen! And I feel like it oxidises really bad too 👀 ah well, each to their own. Glad to find someone who also doesn’t think it’s the best thing since sliced bread 🍞 good post and love the blog name 😆 x

    1. I didn’t have much chance to test it out with photos, but I know exactly what you mean about the oxidising. I seemed to get more and more orange as the day wore on! Thank you for commenting chick x

  4. Aw, it always sucks to not like a new product. Here in the U.S. Nyx is known for being on the lower end of the makeup spectrum, so I’m not entirely surprised by your experience. However, they do have a few good nail polishes and lip colors I would suggest checking out! I probably wouldn’t recommend in of their products as a daily use kind of brand. Love your honesty! 🙂

  5. I haven’t tried this one myself but I know that disappointed feeling when a foundation doesn’t live up to the hype! I can’t believe you were given such an inaccurate colour! The lighting in the shop must have been really bad 🙊 I’d love to hear about the NYX foundation and how you got on with it! I’m desperately looking for one that has a light sheer coverage without that horrible greasy feeling xxx

  6. Hi Juliet, I’m not a fan of Double Wear either. H x

    1. Glad to know I’m not the only one! X

  7. sophieinwonderlandxo says:

    I’ve had mixed experiences with this too, it applies nicely at first but at the end of the day it isn’t great! I’ve had a couple of samples from different places and they’ve always given me totally different shades! What did you think to the NYX one? that’s one I’m yet to try! xx

    1. I found that too, it felt so caked on. I’m actually really liking the Nyx one, even with having to mix shades. The coverage is lovely and even, without feeling too heavy, and it stays matte all day! X

      1. sophieinwonderlandxo says:

        Ooh fab I’ll have to check that out because it’s really affordable too! x

  8. I’m another non-fan! I’ve tried and tried to get on with this foundation as again the rave reviews online and from friends. I found it hard to blend with concealer and would go flakey in areas. I have normal skin so not what I expected!
    Glad to see a totally honest review!

    1. Glad I’m not on my own with this one. Thought I was missing something considering how much everyone else seems to love it! Xx

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