Estee Lauder Double Wear Review

Milabu Rating

  • Overall
    (4.6)
  • Performance
    (4.7)

Price Category: Pro-Grade

  • $48.00 Retail

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Pros

  • Long wearing
  • Buildable medium to full coverage
  • Natural matte finish
  • Oil free
  • Inclusive shade range (57)
  • Iconic

Cons

  • Pump sold separately

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

A fool proof, flawless formula with adjustable coverage and a velvety finish. A review with fresh look at Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. It might be dethroned!

Video Tutorial and Full Day Wear Test

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Our Rating Criteria

Estee Lauder Double Wear is the best full coverage foundation?

What hasn’t been said about Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup? From beauty editors to makeup artists to longtime devotees, everyone sings its praises. Why? When it comes to the best full coverage foundations for all skin types, this is one. The iconic formula universally flatters with a velvety finish and buildable coverage that lasts all day. I recommend starting with a small amount and working it into the skin with a dampened sponge for a natural look. For full coverage, build it up by using a dense foundation brush to apply the makeup. Let’s review how Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation stacks up against current market, after a full day wear test.

Quick Rating Rundown

Industry Standard

(4.6)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

:Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Price: $48.00

1.0 oz

Value

(3.9)

Application

(4.8)

Coverage

(5)

Finish

(4)

Longevity

(4.8)

Shade Range

(5)

Extra Benefits

(3.5)

Similar Product

(4.5)
Lancome Teint Idole Foundation

:Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear

Price: $57.00

1.0 oz

Value

(3.6)

Application

(4.6)

Coverage

(4.7)

Finish

(4.7)

Longevity

(5)

Shade Range

(5)

Extra Benefits

(3.8)

Foundation Dupe

(4.4)
L'Oréal Infallible, one of the best drugstore foundations

:Loreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation

Price: $15.99

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Value

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Application

(4.5)

Coverage

(4)

Finish

(4.3)

Longevity

(4.5)

Shade Range

(4.3)

Extra Benefits

(3.5)

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Our Rating Criteria

Promises vs. Performance: Long wearing makeup perfection? Double Wear delivers on its promises.

There’s a reason why Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is a number one bestseller and makeup fan favorite: it delivers. Does Double Wear last all day, even resisting sweat and humidity? Yes! (Although a dab of powder still won’t hurt if your skin is on the oily side.) And, true to its claims, the foundation is great at hiding imperfections and evening out the complexion. It provides medium to full coverage that dries down to a natural matte, velvety soft texture. The creamy liquid formula applies beautifully and stretches with the skin to resist creasing and settling. With wear claims of 24 hours, I expect to get at least 12 hours of flawless wear and it doesn’t let me down. I can easily wear this foundation for 12+ hours and it doesn’t look like I’ve had my makeup on all day, you feel me?

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Application
Estee Lauder Foundation Application Result (right side)

Let’s Review How It Compares: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

If you’re looking for the overall best complexion makeup in this price range, you will run into Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. It is the industry standard face base of its kind. I consider this foundation to be one of the ultimate products in the professional grade category for three good reasons: reliability, finish, and price. You will consistently get the budge proof wear you expect, even with skin or environmental changes. The texture is very pretty and comfortable, whereas many long wearing foundations feel heavy on the face. And at $48, the price point is reasonable and comparable to other items in this category. Yet, this product’s performance makes it a standout.

If there is one top product you are going to try from Estee Lauder, the choice will be Double Wear Foundation, as you can tell from this review. However, there is some stiff competition. Let’s take a look.

Similar products to Estee Lauder Double Wear

The one name that comes up right behind the best pick from Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is the Lancome Teint Idole Foundation. This is some serious competition. Lancome Teint Idole has been reformulated to make it even better. IMO it is the best performing full coverage foundation on the market at this point. In many ways Lancome is the more refined version of Estee Lauder. Not only does it look better on the skin, it outlasts the double wear as well. What I love most about Teint Idole is its near flawless wear. It stays in place from application to removal, resisting transfer, fading, settling, and withstanding humidity. However, Estee Lauder does provide better coverage and with near foolproof application. See more on how they compare in the article below.

Lancome vs Estee Lauder

If you are looking for something that has a radiant finish Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation has you covered. Anyone with dry skin will enjoy this formula over the other two full coverage foundations. It provides all of that without sacrificing performance.

There’s even a standout Estee Lauder Double Wear dupe!

The review for Estee Lauder Double Wear would not be complete without a dupe foundation. I get that! So, let me share not so little secret. For those of you who want to try a great value foundation with similar benefits, check out L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear. I have tried both of these products in a one to one wear test and was pleasantly surprised by how well Fresh Wear performed. I think it’s a great Estee Lauder Double Wear dupe.

Let’s talk about similarities and differences:

  • Double Wear has stelar buildable coverage
  • Loreal Infallible foundation has a surprisingly great finish (for a liquid foundation)
  • Not too many foundations can beat the best hitter from Estee Lauder when it comes to foundation longevity.
  • Loreal 24hour Fresh Wear Foundation comes at an outstanding price point

One of the best Estee Lauder foundations might be one of the fan favorites, but Loreal Fresh Wear would have to be a drugstore fan favorite.

For a complete list of our top foundation formulas (rated ****4.5+), check out our MILABU PICKS article, ‘The 12 Best Foundations You Need To Try.’

How To Apply? Double Wear Foundation for natural coverage or full coverage.

During the review Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation applied beautifully no matter how you put it on, whether with a sponge, a brush, or your fingers. I love the sponge method because it gives very natural looking coverage.

  1. Dispense a nickel size amount of foundation onto the back of your hand.
  2. Swirl the foundation with your finger to warm it.
  3. Dot two or three spots of foundation onto your face and dab it in with a dampened sponge. I like this one by Beautyblender ($20).
  4. You can use a makeup brush for better coverage. Stippling motion will provide maximum coverage.
  5. Continue this process across your face until your desired coverage is achieved.

Performance Rating

Industry Standard

(4.7)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

:Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Price: $48.00

1.0 oz

Application

(4.8)

Coverage

(5)

Finish

(4)

Longevity

(4.8)

Best Performance

(4.8)
Lancome Teint Idole Foundation

:Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear

Price: $57.00

1.0 oz

Application

(4.6)

Coverage

(4.7)

Finish

(4.7)

Longevity

(5)

Foundation Dupe

(4.3)
L'Oréal Infallible, one of the best drugstore foundations

:Loreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation

Price: $15.99

1.0 oz

Application

(4.5)

Coverage

(4)

Finish

(4.3)

Longevity

(4.5)

Our Rating Criteria

Advertised Product Highlights

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

# OF SHADES: 57

FORMULATION: Liquid

FINISH: Matte

COVERAGE: Medium to full

LONGEVITY: Long wearing

SKIN TYPE: All skin types

PROTECTION: SPF 10

BENEFITS: 24-hour wear; Sweat, heat, and humidity resistant; Waterproof; No creasing, caking, or settling; Controls oil

OTHER: The #1 foundation in the US; No animal derived ingredients

CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: Cruelty free; Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfites, drying alcohols, mineral oil, and gluten

Edited by Virginia

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