Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – you either love it or hate it but I think it is fair to say it is one of the most talked about high-end foundations. I for one am a loyal fan and have definitely found it to live up to its claims of being a long-wearing flawless foundation through heat and humidity. I’ll never forget being asked by my mother-in-law one stifling hot Christmas afternoon “Janet! how is it that your makeup has not melted off in this heat?!” haha thanks Double Wear you’ve got my back 😉

Estee Lauder Double Wear FoundationI’ve tried some of the top longwearing foundations on the market: Lancôme Ultra 24H, MAC Pro Longwear, Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation and Revlon ColourStay. All are good foundations but when it comes to that 3.00 pm melting forehead test – Double Wear wins hands down.



Double Wear comes in 36 colours and has 3 shade categories:

W – Warm (Yellow Undertones)
N – Neutral (Beige Undertones)
C – Cool (Pink Undertones)

You will find that within these categories the shades range from numbers 1 to 6. Be aware that unless you live in the USA your stockist will not have all 36 shades to choose from. Some countries only stock certain shades (most annoying I know) so you may have to do some online shopping.

Below I have swatched the first six shades in each category so that you can see the difference between the three undertones.


WARM: These shades are perfect for those who have yellow undertones, or when tanned tend to have a yellow/orange undertone rather than olive.

Estes Lauder Foundation W Shades


NEUTRAL: I find the light shades in the N category to be the most popular amongst us porcelain-skinned individuals who like me do not tan easily. 1N1 Ivory Nude is my personal every day shade; with a fake tan I am able to move up to 2N2 Desert Beige. You’ll note as the N shades get darker they tend to suit those who have a more olive skin tone. If I’m feeling extra brave and decide to go a bit darker with my tanning I do find I have to move to the W shade category. My skin just can’t pull off an olive tan!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation


COOL: To me foundations should either have a yellow or beige undertone. I do not stock any of the C shade categories in my Professional Kit. This is a personal preference (and opinion) as I find foundations with heavy pink undertones tend to emphasize redness in the face, looks unnatural, can promote that pinky/orange foundation line and in some cases can even look ashy.

I find those who have any hint of redness in their checks or neck/chest area seem to get colour matched to 2C2 Pale Almond or 2C3 Fresco. Word of advice if you are matched to a C shade category, ask to be matched to a shade from one of the other categories as well. I’d then get samples of those two shades so that at home you can apply them on either sides of your face. This way you can see the two undertones along side each other in natural daylight. Also ask friends and family as you can be sure to get a brutally honest opinion regarding which side does not match. At the end of the day makeup all comes down to personal preference so if you are still finding your C shade category the better match, then go for it 🙂

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation



A frustration I found with Double Wear is the packaging. Why oh why did they not design a bottle with a pump!

In the past I had replaced all my Double Wear screw caps with individual M.A.C foundation pumps but they still weren’t a perfect fit. However, I am now proud to say I have cracked the code with Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup Foundation Pump; it fits like a glove! Yay for less mess and minimal product wastage. But be warned, I had to shop high and low for these babies. Your Clinique consultant may have to go digging at the back of stock drawers – so good luck.

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Foundation Pump

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation


Overall Double Wear has just the right amount of thickness without feeling too heavy on the skin. It provides a flawless medium to full coverage so that there is almost no need to apply concealer on those dreaded blemishes.


  • Long Lasting
  • Flawless Med-Full Coverage
  • Prevents Shine
  • A Little Goes a Long Way


  • Screw Top Lid
  • Can Cause Flashback in Photos
  • Emphasizes Fine Lines on Dry Skin
  • Is a Bit Pricey $69NZD

If you are a Double Wear user I’d love to hear what shade you were matched to (or are using), so don’t forget to comment below!

Let me also know if you would be keen for me to do a blog post on how to avoid the dreaded flashback in photos that Double Wear is sometimes known for.

Much love to you all!

Janet xoxo