Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup | Review

Hello my lovelies! It’s time for another foundation review.

Estee Lauder is famed for the Double Wear range which I’m sure everyone knows about by now. I bought the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup around Christmas time last year and I have a lot to say about it! So grab yourself a cuppa and sit back…it’s going to be a long one.

Estee Lauder never fail with the packaging. It’s luxurious to feel as is to touch. 30ml of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is encased in a sleek, frosted-glass bottle with a Gold twist-open cap for £30.00.

Here is what Estee Lauder claim about their Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup:

The UK’s NO. 1 Foundation.*

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 colour, 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.

Medium, buildable coverage with SPF10.

Natural, semi-matte finish. 15-hour staying power.

I wear the shade 3W2 Cashew as it is the closest shade suited to my skin colour. Although I must say, it is a little on the orange side. I would just like to warn anybody who is interested in buying this foundation, to get samples first before buying it. I got matched twice and wrongly so. I went through three different samples until I knew which foundation shade was closest to my natural skin colour. I have yet to find a foundation that matches my skin tone completely. When I track one down, I’ll be sure to let you all know!


The coverage is medium-buildable. I think the coverage of this foundation is amazing. It covers nearly all of my imperfections. Scars, spots, discolouration, broken capillaries even! It can easily be built to near enough a full coverage when careful (I say careful because this foundation sets quickly).

The texture of this foundation is that of a slightly thick yet runny liquid. It has come to my attention that Estee Lauder have recently changed their formula for the Double Wear Foundation. Having talked to a colleague who has used Estee Lauder longer than myself, the formula is apparently more runny/watery. I of course cannot confirm this myself as I have only purchased this foundation once. Nonetheless I thought it was worth mentioning!


I’d have to disagree with Estee Lauder on the 15 hour staying power claim. Although it does last a long time, I wouldn’t go as far to say 15 hours. I’d say after about 8-10 hours the foundation wears off on my nose, cheeks and chin.

With one of the biggest shade ranges ever proposed of 31 shades, I can confirm that this foundation does not neglect any of my dark-skinned beauties. There is room for everyone here!

One thing I find remarkable about this foundation is not only the shade range, but the categories it is broken up into. There are three categories:

  • C = Cool – 1C0 Shell, 1C1 Cool Bone, 2C1 Pure Beige, 2C2 Pale Almond, 2C3 Fresco, 2C4 Ivory Rose, 3C2 Pebble, 4C1 Outdoor Beige, 5C1 Rich Chestnut, 6C1 Rich Cocoa, 6C2 Rich Mahogany.
  • N = Neutral – 1N1 Ivory Nude, 1N2 Ecru, 2N1 Desert Beige, 3N1 Ivory Beige, 3N2 Wheat, 4N2 Spiced Sand, 4N1 Shell Beige, 5N2 Amber Honey, 6N1 Truffle.
  • W = Warm – 1W1 Bone, 1W2 Sand, 2W1 Dawn, 2W2 Rattan, 3W1 Tawny, 3W2 Cashew, 4W1 Honey Bronze, 4W2 Toasty Toffee, 4W3 Henna, 5W2 Rich Caramel, 6W1 Sandalwood.

Note: Cool undertone – Rosy complexion, Neutral undertone – Combination of Rosy and Golden complexion, Warm undertone – Golden complexion.

The number denotes the intensity. For example:

1 = Very light/Fair, 2 = Light, 3 = Medium, 4 = Medium-deep, 5 = Deep, 6 = Very deep.

I like to apply this foundation with a makeup sponge as I believe it gives my face the most flawless, natural finish. I have used this with a standard foundation brush a couple of times and it’s not bad. Having said this, the foundation blends easily no matter what tool you use to apply it. I just prefer my makeup sponges for the time being. If you would like to achieve the maximum coverage with this foundation, a flat foundation brush would be best for this. Although pretty much everyone who has used this product has mentioned at least once that it is a really heavy, full-on foundation, I’d have to disagree. Applied with a sponge it is very much possible to achieve a natural finish with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

I have also learnt (the hard way) that it sets quite fast. It sets to a semi-matte finish as Estee Lauder claim. I hacent to add that it may leave a heavy feeling on the face for the first half an hour or so. I certainly notice the ‘tight’ or ‘heavy’ feeling when I first set this foundation. I do pack on a significant amount of powder however, so that could be the explanation. I am quite used to it now, having used it for more than six months.

The ELDWF contains SPF 10 which is adequate protection for those who are concerned with having built-in sun protection in their foundations. Wherever there is SPF, there is flashback. This foundation does give a little flashback in photos but it is nothing drastic, as you shall see in the demo.

Another reason why I love this foundation is that it does not transfer or come off on clothes. I always find it hard to find a foundation that won’t come off on someone’s clothes when I hug them :tired_face:. This foundation ticks the ‘transfer-proof’ box for me.

However, one thing I feel is crucial to add is that it clings onto dry patches. Recently I have been suffering with dry patches on certain areas of my face and the ELDWF doesn’t, let’s say, conceal them. If anything it makes them stand out more. So if you have dry skin or large dry patches I don’t think this foundation will work as well for you. On the contrary, this foundation is great for those with oily skin. My T-Zone is the worst when it comes to getting greasy. When I wear the ELDWF my oiliness doesn’t seep through as much, which I love!

Not only does it cling onto dry patches, it also emphasizes my nose pores. Rather than covering the pores, the ELDWF sets around my pores, making them look more visible. This is my biggest qualm with this foundation. It’s ever so frustrating when I look in a mirror and see my pores waving at me. Whenever I try to blend it on my nose, the foundation just rubs off. Another little gripe I have with this foundation is that it sets into fine lines. Besides that, I would still claim this foundation as one of my holy grails, simply because the pros outweigh the cons.

Shall we get onto the demo?

In summary:


  • Medium-Buildable coverage.
  • Great for those who have oily/combination skin.
  • Wide shade range – there’s a shade for everyone!
  • Durable foundation – lasts more than 8 hours.
  • Contains SPF10.
  • Possible to achieve both a natural and artificial finish.
  • Transfer-proof!
  • Worth the splurge!


  • Not suitable for dry skin.
  • Not budget friendly.
  • Sets too quickly.
  • Doesn’t come with a pump.
  • Highlights pores and sets into fine lines.

Overall I would definitely repurchase this foundation again. If you’re on a budget and have similar (combination) skin to me, it’s totally worth the money. I highly recommend getting a few samples first however, so you know what you’re getting before you splurge! I am quite impressed by Estee Lauder and the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup certainly has a spot in my favourite foundations alongside my beloved NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

Which foundation would you like to see me review next? Let me know!

Take care for now, :kiss:


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Louise Yafai

Louise is the founder of Non-Fiction Beauty. She studies Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy and has an addiction to sweetcorn.

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