Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

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I’ve mentioned Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place foundation several times on here but I haven’t actually done a full review of it. So to set that straight, here’s my review! Let’s go.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup (ELDW from here on in) is a medium to full coverage foundation. When I first tried this several years ago I really wasn’t that impressed. I found it hard to work with. But I persevered, at over £30 a bottle I certainly wasn’t giving up on it. I’m so glad I did because this is without doubt one of the best long wearing foundations I’ve tried (and appears in my most repurchased blog post).

ELDW is tricky initially. It sets quite fast and I find building it up can end up making the finish look cakey. So getting the right amount for the coverage you want takes a wee bit of practice. But once you get the application right this foundation works hard, it’ll stay in place all day, making it perfect for my combination /sensitive skin. It handles my oily t-zone really well, only needing a touch of powder to set it all day. Estee Lauder Double Wear feels comfortable on my skin and genuinely will stay in place all day. This foundation won’t transfer either which is amazing for autumn/winter period when wearing scarves.

Prepping the skin first will always make your foundation look better as well as making it last longer. I find Estee Lauder Double Wear looks best with a good moisturised base, but do avoid your t-zone if you get really oily around there. My favourite way to apply Estee Lauder Double Wear is using a slightly damp beauty blender, this makes it looks fresh and avoids a mask-like finish. It also applies nicely with both fingers and brushes. It doesn’t settle into pores or fine lines, instead it gives a flawless finish that lasts all day.

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I know some people find ELDW too matte, I feel like that sometimes too. To give it a different dimension adding a bit of highlighter to it really gives it a nice glow. My favourite for this is Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Tranquillity, it’s a stunning highlighter. Any liquid highlighter will work though, it can really transform the finish.

ELDW also has a great colour selection. I wear the lightest shade Shell, which is cool leaning but not overly pink like Lancome’s foundations. It gives great coverage, is incredibly long wearing and evens the skin out. When applied to well prepped skin with a touch of liquid highlighter Estee Lauder Double Wear looks very natural.

If you’re looking for a high performing, long-lasting, matte foundation I don’t think you’ll get better than Estee Lauder Double Wear. Especially if you have oily/combination skin. Dry skins will need a good bit of moisturiser beforehand. Definitely my holy grail foundation. (Update: I’ve recently found Primark’s foundation a brilliant dupe for Estee Lauder Double Wear and it’s a fraction of the price. You can read my review here.)


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Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation? Or do you prefer a different long-wearing foundation?


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  1. March 22, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I love Double Wear although if you've accidentally not blended it in properly or created an orange-y looking patch after it's set, it can be a bit of a nightmare to correct! It definitely takes a lot of practice to apply but once you've got to grips with it it's an amazing foundation.

    Roxie ♥

    • March 22, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      yeah it really can be a pain to correct but like you say once you get the hang of this foundation it's brilliant, definitely one of the best x

  2. June 26, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    I would love to try it, but sadly the lightest warm-toned shade is not light enough for me.

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