Discover Double Wear: The World’s Most Reliable Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Review

Estee Lauder Double Wear was first launched in 1997 – and it’s been an absolute icon ever since. Adored by beauty bloggers and celebrities worldwide, we all have at least one family member or friend who swears by Double Wear.

Named the No. 1 prestige foundation in the UK*, the Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation has clinched the top spot in this category for good reason – and not for a lack of competition. All you have to do is search ‘Double Wear’, and you’re greeted by tens of thousands of gleaming reviews obsessing over the colour, coverage and longevity of this multi-award-winning beauty classic. So, when I found out that we were launching the beloved Estee Lauder brand here at Escentual, I knew that I had to put it to the test. Keen to learn what I thought about this icon? Read on for my full Double Wear review…


The Most Important Thing About The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Is…

Its staying power! Double Wear offers 24 hours of long-lasting wear and true colour without creasing. Its sweat, heat, humidity and water-resistant formula offers flawless medium to full coverage that lasts all day long.

Thanks to its buildable formula, the Double Wear foundation easily covers imperfections and redness for a unified, even skin tone. And honestly, the proof is in the awards! Estee Lauder Double Wear was a 2021 Glamour Beauty Power List award winner.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Review

What Does It Look Like On?

The Double Wear liquid foundation controls oil throughout the day, so you can enjoy a matte finish that looks smooth, calm and radiant. Double Wear doesn’t fall into any of the usual traps of full-coverage foundation formulas, though; there’s no caking, poring, streaking or settling. I often find that foundations fill my fine lines and pores, but Double Wear didn’t do that at all.

But if full coverage foundations aren’t your thing, you don’t have to miss out. You can still enjoy Estee Lauder’s luxurious and long-lasting coverage. No matter your preference, there’s an Estee Lauder foundation for you. Here’s my quick breakdown of Estee Lauder’s liquid foundations:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup SPF10: Medium to full coverage foundation with a matte finish.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF20: Sheer coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish.
Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue SPF45: Medium to full coverage foundation with a radiant finish.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover SPF15: Full coverage foundation with a matte finish.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Review

What Skin Type Is It For?

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup is suitable for all skin types and tones, with over 60 diverse shades to choose from. Each shade has a numeric grading system for colour intensity (1-8) and three undertone options to help you find your perfect match. The coding system includes C for cool, N for neutral and W for warm.

Not sure what undertone you have? This will help you work it out:

• Cool undertone: Bare skin is rosy and burns easily in the sun.
• Neutral undertone: Bare skin is even – not too pink or golden.
• Warm undertone: Bare skin is golden or olive and tans easily in the sun.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Review

You Will Love This If…

You want to experience one of the very best premium foundations out there. It’s perfect for anyone looking for full coverage and long-lasting results, especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin, as it won’t dry it out. On the flip side, oily skin types can also benefit from Estee Lauder’s non-comedogenic formula, as you don’t have to worry about it blocking your pores.


What Does It Feel Like?

If you hate the thick, heavy texture often associated with full coverage foundations, you’ll love the comfortable and lightweight formula of Double Wear – you won’t believe its long wear.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Review

What’s Special About The Design?

It’s truly iconic! Estee Lauder Double Wear has an instantly recognisable frosted glass bottle that’s topped with a glistening gold lid. A luxury addition to any makeup bag, the square bottle is housed within a regal purple and gold box that’s also recyclable.

I’d highly recommend the Double Wear Pump to complement your foundation; by adding the reusable pump, you can reduce wastage and mess by ensuring you’re using the perfect amount each time.


How Do You Use Double Wear?

You can apply the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup by smoothing it over your skin using your fingertips, a beauty blender or a foundation brush. Start at the centre of your face and blend outward – build up your coverage as desired. To finish off your base, follow with the Double Wear Concealer to cover imperfections or dark circles.



Vegan, dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic.

Synthetic fragrance-free, gluten-free, mineral oil-free, oil-free.


*Source: The NPD Group Inc.® Prestige Foundation by product, May 2021 – April 2022, value and unit sales


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