Estee Lauder Double Wear: Review

I have pretty much been using the same foundation for about 4 years: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour in Soft Beige. I really love it, I find it has a good heavy coverage, stays on for ages (albeit not quite 25 hours…) and it’s also hugely cheap (usually around £6.99). I’m a gal who is not a fan of change, particularly when it comes to makeup. So using a new foundation hasn’t really occurred to me until recently. I think it’s part of my ‘I am now a grown up, it’s time to stop being ridiculous’ phase (which has included buying a pair of brown shoes and saying ‘indeed’ a lot) and part of that phase is using better makeup products.


I decided on my new grown up adventure to ask our lovely Twitter followers what foundation I should get for heavy coverage, and the general consensus was that Estee Lauder’s Double Wear is one of the best around. I definitely trust you lot when it comes to makeup recommendations, so I swiftly got to my nearest Selfridges to get involved with the Double Wear hype.

I was colour matched by a lovely lady called Charley and we decided to go for a colour that was a bit warmer than my actual skintone because I fake tan a lot and no one wants the whole pale-face-orange-body situation. I ended up buying the ‘Dawn’ shade, which blends well with my St Moriz colour but can also be lightened up with a bit of concealer in strategic places if necessary.


Excuse my HORRIBLY freckly skin but that is just how my hand rolls.

I won’t go into too much detail, but the product is quite a bit ‘runnier’ than the Rimmel foundation and is also LOADS less oily, mainly because it doesn’t contain any oil (surprise there, eh?!). I’ve found that this means I use a lot less because it glides on quite a lot easier than my usual foundation. It also feels really light, which is excellent – heavy coverage with a light feeling is something I’m definitely not used to! I feel like I have lost about 2 pounds from my face.

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Staying-wise, I’ve been pretty pleased with how it keeps throughout the day. Being totally honest, I don’t think it performs any better than the Rimmel Lasting Finish product. Set with powder, they both are on a par. What I do like is that the Estee Lauder Double Wear is lighter, matches better with my skin tone and also has a smoother finish than the Rimmel product.

Higher end makeup is something I want to get more into, and this is an excellent starting point! I would most defs reccomend it to anyone who likes to trowel on their foundation a heavy coverage.

What do you guys think? Anyone else given the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation a whirl?

9 Responses

  1. Hannah August 30, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    Great post! Can’t believe the difference on your skin 🙂 I’m tempted to try higher end foundation too, this one looks really good.

    Hannah xx

    • Lauren August 30, 2013 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks! I really recommend it 🙂 It’s great, I’m really enjoying using it xxx

  2. Dannielle August 30, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    I think the coverage is amazing on this, but when I tried it my face felt so caked and thick with makeup :(! It’s MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation for me 🙂 xx

    D Is For…

    • Lauren August 30, 2013 / 5:00 pm

      Aww I’m sad you didn’t get on with it! Although I think foundation is so different for everyone, especially for different skin types! I didn’t get on without MAC’s Studio Fix which is quite funny! We must be totally different skin types 🙂 Thanks for your comment lovely xxxxx

  3. Shaz De Vos August 30, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    Ive been using Double Wear for last year or so and used it couple years ago like you. I think its a great heavy coverage foundation and love how its not oily! Lovely review I did one about this foundation the other day 🙂

    • Lauren September 1, 2013 / 2:25 pm

      Yeah I saw your actually! It was really good, may have slightly inspired me to go and get this bad boy! 🙂 I love the coverage I get with it, so pleased! xxxx

  4. Gem Turner September 16, 2013 / 1:40 am

    Your freckles aren’t horrible hun.. I have them too! This is an AMAZING foundation xxx

    • Lauren September 17, 2013 / 9:14 am

      Awwww thanks! They’re taking some getting used to but I don;t hate them as much as I did when I was younger! I really love it – totally recommend using if you haven’t already! xxxx

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