Double wear: the best long-lasting foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear worth the hype

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estee lauder double wear review

A foundation, that costs 50 euros doesn’t get bought straight away – instead it causes my eyes to almost burst out of their sockets and my skin to turn to goosebumps.

Except for now, of course, that I’ve bought it.

And now that I think about it, it’s not that expensive. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to understand that ‘expensive’ things can actually be cheaper in the long run. 

And just to be clear, this foundation costs that in my country, but for example in amazon it’s ~ $37.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation review & swatches

I had heard about *Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation several times. I had read blog posts, seen reviews and recommendations, but somehow (okay, not somehow, strictly because of the price tag) I had ignored them. Until I tried it. It could have been, that because I know that 30€ foundation is better than 10€  foundation, I was curious, if the same applied to that 50€ foundation.

Let me tell you: it does. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is phenomenal. The packaging is absolutely beautiful, the texture of the foundation is remarkable and the lasting power of it is out of this world. It’s also full-coverage so when I need a perfect canvas for my makeup and I need it to last all day and evening, I grab this foundation.

I’ve read some really long reviews of this foundation, but I wanted to keep this simple: tell you that it’s easy to apply, it lasts super long, it gives the perfect coverage and it leaves quite a matte finish. I still powder it though to lock it in place.

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estee lauder double wear ecru yellow toned face

I always apply the foundation with a damp *beautyblender, just because the consistency is a bit thick and it dries quite quickly. On my combination skin it’s nothing crazy, but I would imagine that on a normal or dry skin it’s a different story. So a damp beautyblender is a great way to apply it, to get thin layers and to make it go on smoothly.

My shade in Double Wear is 1N2 Ecru, which is considered neutral. I had some trouble finding the perfect match, but then I did some research on the colors. In Double Wear, neutral colors are quite peachy, so if you’re pale, but yellow-toned, you may find your match in the neutral section. Here I found helpful swatches, where you can see clearly the colors sorted in cool, neutral and warm sections. As you can see Ecru is the second lightest color in the neutrals.

before after double wear foundation

estee lauder double wear before after on face
Before and after photos with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation in shade Ecru. It covers extremely well. (You can still see some texture and bumps, but no foundation is gonna hide that, that’s just a problem with having acne.)

Unfortunately, there is one downside to this foundation. I hate to admit this, but it breaks me out. It lasts so damn well I’m not surprised though. It’s a bit of work to remove the foundation from my face and after I’ve removed it, some of my pimples have become irritated and red. They always calm down after a day or two though, so I don’t worry about it too much. I don’t use this foundation very often, only on special occasions so it doesn’t straight up cause me acne. I know people that use this with no problem with their skin, so I don’t think it’s a very common problem either. And who knows, maybe my skin tolerates this better once I’ve gotten rid of the acne.

Update 16.3.18: Now that my skin has recovered from acne and I only have acne scarring, this foundation works even better for me. It doesn’t break me out anymore, like it did when my acne was active. I’ve actually been using this more and more now and for any photoshoot it’s a must. It still takes some patience to get it off my face, but with an oil makeup remover and patience, it doesn’t irritate the skin.

Shop the foundation from amazon:

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Have you tried Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation? What’s the most money you’ve spent in a foundation?


P.S. I’ve also tried the lighter version of this foundation, which I also liked very much. Check out the review on Double Wear Light here!


16 Replies to “Double wear: the best long-lasting foundation”

  1. Your eyeshadow is so pretty, I really love the result! xx


    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Thank you! 🙂 I had a bad eye shadow day and just went for a brown smokey eye kinda thing. Easy. 😀

  2. I find that every single product by Estee Lauder – makeup as well as skincare – breaks me out. Such a shame because they have such a good reputation!

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Really? Huh, there must be some ingredient that they use that breaks you (and me?) out! And yeah I agree. Good to know I’m not alone.

  3. The foundation looks awesome on you! I’ve never used the product but will definitely consider it. I love it as it’s full coverage.

    xx Simone

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Thank you! Let me know if you do try it 🙂

  4. Charlotta, I suspect that if you like this foundation, you’ll probably enjoy the Armani Power Fabric even more, if you can find the right shade for you (they give you samples). It feels lighter than Double wear but the coverage is insane and buildable. It looks a little less Matte. I’m just mentioning because you said this breaks you out. I have double wear but it’s way too Matte for me and it looks powdery on my combination skin. I loved how long lasting it is though and I had no problem with break outs. Btw your Eyeshadow rocks!

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Hey thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely keep that in mind. I wouldn’t mind it being not-that-matte 🙂 Thank you <3

  5. Tää on ihan ehdottomasti mun suosikkimeikkivoide, paras mitä oon ikinä kokeillut! Mulla on vaan käyttö jäänyt viime aikoina paljon vähemmälle kun levitykseen täytyy panostaa vähän enemmän kuin muiden meikkivoiteiden levitykseen. Mutta lopputulos on kyllä vaivan arvoinen niin täytyykin ottaa oma Double Wear taas useammin käyttöön! 🙂 xx

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Oot ihan oikeessa, mutta just vaikkapa juhliin tulee muutenkin meikattua pidemmän kaavan kautta, niin ei haittaa vähän panostaa pohjaankin. 🙂 Kiva hei kun kommentoit! <3

  6. I love your eyeshadow in this post! I’ve heard this foundation is amazing, but I’ve yet to try it. It’s on my list for sure. – Amy

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      And here I was thinking it was horrible, yet everyone seems to compliment it! 😀 Thank you. 🙂

  7. periwinkle says: Reply

    You are a beautiful young lady! You don’t need such heavy makeup. That could be a factor in your breakouts. A light touch is all you need. Let your natural beauty shine! You are beautiful already!

    1. Thank you! Everyone has their own taste. 🙂 I used to prefer full coverage makeup, but right now I’m all about that sheer coverage. I have to say though, I don’t think makeup was the cause for my acne or breakouts – the problem is much more complex.

  8. Michelle Farrar says: Reply

    I know I’m late to this party but I had to post my story. I was watching a beauty blog about eye shadow on you tube and the girl was pretty with flawless skin. So I thought. She showed her face routine from the start and I was amazed at the coverage of her foundation come to find out it was Estee Lauder double wear but it was the full coverage. I immediately ordered it. It was a bit pricey for my taste but I believe it will be so worth it. I actually expect it to arrive tomorrow (Thur Jan. 17) I cannot wait. If anyone is still reading this I can leave a review after I try it.

    1. Hi, thanks for sharing! The coverage is so good in it. Hopefully the foundation works for you. 🙂

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