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


  • Jordana Keely April 2, 2019   Reply →

    Hi There – I was matched with 2c2 and i also wonder if it is a bit pink. WHat would the closest be in the Netrual shade?

  • oannad April 13, 2018   Reply →

    Hi Janet,

    What are the shades you stock in your professional kit? I am just starting out as a makeup artist and I am looking to get a few foundations and as you can imagine, the budget is an issue so I would like to stock a few shades at first but I do not know which shades are most common.

  • katie March 17, 2018   Reply →

    Does anyone know which color would match Nars all day luminous/sheer glow in deauville.

    • Jenni April 26, 2019   Reply →

      Hi Janet! Great post and glad to find it where I have been an Double Wear user for many years wearing Pure Beige 2C1. Recently I got color matched to Desert Beige and tried a sample of Fresco – loved the Fresco but it seemed to look “dirty” on my face yet it blended so well. The Desert Beige 2N1 seemed to make me a little pale so I matched myself to 1N2 Ecru and it seems to match better yet I’m a level 2. Is the 1n2 Ecru a little darker than the 2N1 Desert Beige somehow?

  • irene bork March 13, 2018   Reply →

    Hi i just wanted to know if the pure beige is darker then the desert beige i had desert beige but thought the desert beige had a little brown in it. I

  • Holleigh February 25, 2018   Reply →

    My shade is honey bronze. I am in absolute love with this foundation. Coverage is perfect and it definitley lives up to its name of being long lasting. I would not use any other. Have been complimebted on many occassions whilst using this.

  • Christinawati Christinawati February 1, 2018   Reply →

    Hi Janet, so I am starting my freelance make up career. I confused which shades should I buy for my kit. Any suggestions ? Thanksss

  • thegeekonfleek January 9, 2018   Reply →

    I love this foundation so much but just can’t seem to find the right colour! I’ve been matched to pale almond, ecru, fresco and pure beige. My favourite out of these is by far fresco but I too am against the idea of buying a pink foundation considering I have a lot of redness. I’m convinced I think it looks better than it actually does!

    • amarisduran March 3, 2018   Reply →

      I have the same problem 🙁 I LOVE IT i’ve bought like 5 or 6 bottles already and tried different shades, Tawny, Rattan, Cashew, and i can’t find my color, Tawny looks pink on me, Rattan it’s too light and Cashew it’s slighlity darker.
      I would like to try Honey bronze, but we don’t have it here in Mexico.
      I’m a Warm beige in the Too Faced Born this way foundation, and Sun beige in the Loreal Infallible pro matte.

      • thegeekonfleek March 3, 2018   Reply →

        I got matched the other day to 1c0 shell and bought that, I think it’s a little light but I already have a bottle of 2c1 pure beige so at least I can change my foundation as I get more tan towards summer. Sucks that different countries have different colours though!

      • FaceOn May 12, 2019   Reply →

        Have you tried Fawn, 3w1.5 , new shade between tawny and cashew

  • Sílvia Rocha November 20, 2017   Reply →

    Hi! I have a question. I ‘ve been using the 2C2 pale almond shade, that is a quite perfect match, but I don’t really like the unnatural pinky result it leaves on my face… Because my neck colour looks more yellow or neutral… So I would like to know which is the equivalent colour of 2C2 in the other shades so I can buy a new one☺️
    Thanks a lot!!!

    • Ree May 4, 2019   Reply →

      Did you find other equivalent shades to 2c2… I’m also pale almond and want to try some other shades…if you know can you let me know please

  • Hildegerd Haugen October 30, 2017   Reply →

    I use Nars Siberia, are there a color here that matches me?

  • Nina July 31, 2017   Reply →

    I too am matched to Fresco likely because I have a bit flushing in my chest area upper arms and face after they rub my makeup off (which is more noticeable when I am without a tan) . I was even matched to Fresco by their gadget color match computer thing, so I took a sample. The color is horrendous on me!! It looks mauve, or like a bruise, and deathly grey. I am also worried about looking too yellow/orange so I got Desert Beige (2N1) and it was a good match for me so much so that I bought a back up… Then summer hit and I got a lot of sun and needed to switch. I tried the next color down, Ivory Beige, but now that was too ashy. So I tried Rattan (2w2) and Tawny (3W1) (warm shades!) and bought Tawny, which is nearly perfect. If I keep getting tanner I might need Cashew! I also have Ecru from when I was light, and sand, which I think? was a bit too warm when I was light I am going to end up with a ton of shades.Your post totally validates my thoughts. The cool shades are pretty deathly (on me), The neutral are good when I am light, and when I get a tan (natural) I need warm shades.

    • Keiran October 10, 2017   Reply →

      I swear by Shell Beige and it’s like wearing second skin I’m absolutely in love wit it. It’s my passport in my toiletry bag

  • Diane July 26, 2017   Reply →

    It looks like Double Wear is being made or labeled without sunscreen in it. I checked the ingredients and titanium dioxide is listed as one of the last ingredients. Is it the same or different? I am really concerned about flashbacks, however, it seems to be amazing at controlling oil on my face. Will it still cause flashbacks?

  • Emily July 18, 2017   Reply →

    Hi Janet,

    Great blog 🙂

    I am pleased to let you know they now sell a pump!! £5 🙂

  • petra van straaten July 11, 2017   Reply →

    in the winter i am pure beige and summer pebble, the cool shades are the best for me, warm foundations dont suit me at all

  • Marcia Florence July 4, 2017   Reply →

    Hi, I usually wear 3C3 Pebble but for some reason lately my husband has been telling me how white my skin looks. My normal complexion is pale. I used to get comments all the time about how good my make up looked but now I am concerned that I am too white. Can you please tell me the next shade darker to 3C2 Pebble. Thanks

  • Indy June 16, 2017   Reply →

    I find this obbsession with yellow toned foundation so weird and this aversion to the cool shades too. I see so many girls, young or otherwise walking around with yellow toned foundation on and it looks totally awful! It just seems so unnatural and mask like and I can always tell! You really have to have yellow undertones to pull it off. On the other hand, i’ve seen people (family/friends etc) wearing cool shades and the pink undertones are incredibly flattering! My point is, I dont see how you can just not stock the entire cool range as people who really have cool undertones suit it so much!

    • petra van straaten July 11, 2017   Reply →

      i agree, warm foundations dont suite me, so it is not true that everybody should better use warm or neutral, there are people that need cool foundations

    • Janet Rowe July 11, 2017   Reply →

      “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 “

    • Pia October 10, 2017   Reply →

      Sooo true!

  • Michelle May 26, 2017   Reply →

    Hi there, I also use the shade Ivory Nude or rather, I did use it. I stopped using it because of the flashback. Now I long fot it again. Any tips on how to reduce the camera flashback?

    • pixie111 May 27, 2017   Reply →

      I must say I am utterly curious about all comments about flashback worries nowadays. I mean- who takes pics with flash anymore? It seems totally outdated. Or are you all runway models? Most pics are taken by mobile phones in normal settings. or are you constantly visiting dark nightclubs etc? Just curious!

  • Sarah May 23, 2017   Reply →

    Hi I used to use 2w1 dawn which I found was a little too dark/yellow so now I tried 2w0 warm vanilla which is too light. Is there something else I could try inbetween. I’ve got sort of olive tone/Mediterranean skin.

    • Tina July 4, 2017   Reply →

      I have similar coloring and use 3N1 ivory beige or 3W1 dusk

    • Ann July 10, 2018   Reply →

      How about trying 2W2, Rattan?

  • Lianne May 20, 2017   Reply →

    Hi there I am really hoping you can help as ive had no replies so far, basically I’ve been using the shade sand which is so close but it is still slightly too peachy looking as my neck is more yellow. I do not necessarily want to go lighter or darker than sand but I need the shade to be slightly more yellow
    I hope this makes sense and your help would be sooooooo appreciated
    Lianne xx

    • Janet Rowe May 22, 2017   Reply →

      Hi Lianne I’m afraid I have always thought Sand to be the most yellow of all the shades sorry 🙁 otherwise have you tried MAC foundation in NC range or Bobbi Brown as I know they do nice yellow tone foundations.

      • Lianne May 22, 2017   Reply →

        Oh really yes that is a bit of a nuisance! I will look into those other makes thank you…woukd you say rattan is more yellow than sand or does it go a bit orange
        Thank you so much for your reply

      • Lianne May 22, 2017   Reply →

        I’m sorry one more thing do you know roughly what number in mac nc sand would be like? I have to start researching over again

      • Lianne May 22, 2017   Reply →

        And which mac foundation is most like double wear…as in lasting power and coverage

  • Georgie May 18, 2017   Reply →

    Hi Janet, I have quite an olive skin, tan easily but NW1 is just a touch too dark. What is one shade lighter in the double wear?

  • Isi May 2, 2017   Reply →

    I would like to know if Sand shade is lighter than Dawn? or could you tell me a shade between Dawn and Desert beige? Thank you!

    • Tess May 2, 2017   Reply →

      Sand is lighter than Dawn, it’s one shade up 🙂 Otherwise, Ecru is kind of inbetween in my experience

    • BERNIE O SULLIVAN October 21, 2018   Reply →

      Is dawn like desert beige

  • RRK April 27, 2017   Reply →

    Hello! I use Nars concealer in Custard shade. so which shades would you think would suit me from double wear series? Urgent! Thank youu!

  • Nicole April 17, 2017   Reply →

    Hi, what colors would you suggest i put in my kit, as i want to start using these foundations.

    • Janet Rowe May 22, 2017   Reply →

      Hi Nicole that’s a hard one as it all depends on your main client pool. I know not many girls tan here in NZ so I am often reaching for the lighter shades.

  • Tess April 3, 2017   Reply →

    Hey Janet, I’ve recently started using this foundation, and my shade is 1W2 Sand, but I’m uncertain of what concealer shade I should use with it? (the double wear concealer) none of the stores near me carry the lighter shades so I’m unable to go in and test it, so I have to buy online and I really don’t want to accidentally get one with the wrong undertone or not light enough (this is for under eyes by the way). Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Kasia March 27, 2017   Reply →

    This is such a fantasting post!
    For ladies lookong for a pump just bought mine on Ebay. check Amazon as well. I’m based in uk. Payed £2 for the pump.

  • Renee March 25, 2017   Reply →

    I have been matched to Fresco, as I had a spray tan for my wedding I wanted a slightly darker shade (fresco) I’m now in need of a lighter shade but have no idea.. I don’t trust the make up counters as i have have many mis matched foundations in the past. Any suggestions on shades to try that are similar but lighter then fresco? I’m definitely in the “C” or “N” range, thank you 🙂

    • pixie111 March 25, 2017   Reply →

      You need Pebble, 3C2!

      • Renee March 25, 2017   Reply →

        Thank you! Will check it out

    • Amanda April 10, 2017   Reply →

      Hi, I’ve been using pale almond but need the next shade darker now I have a tan? Which would you suggest?

    • Jana December 29, 2018   Reply →

      Not Pebble, that’s darker. You need pale almond or (I’m Fresco looking for the next shade up too and I’m thinking about going to the lightest shade) cool bone! As Pale Almond is very pink!

  • Annabella March 15, 2017   Reply →

    Hi Janet! This post is amazing! I was looking for this kind of description high and low! I’m so glad that I’ve found it! I wanna mix 2w2 Rattan with a lighter shade and your post has helped me a lot in choosing the right one, 1w2 Sand. Thank you!

  • Janet S Weltz March 13, 2017   Reply →

    I absolutely love Estee Lauder Double Wear. Is the best ever. I have tried numerous other high end products. I always vine back. I use 2N1 Desert Beige.
    It matches perfectly, except a tad pale when I get tan. The lady told me to go to 3N1…no that wasn’t good. I was thinking a warmer shade in the W category. I would love to talk with you more. Please message me back. You will love this testimony of how great this product is

  • Tina March 8, 2017   Reply →

    Hi. I gave been wearing the dusk for over a year. I like it but thought it might not be the perfect color for me. I have slight olive skin tone. I just got matched to ivory beige. Does this make sense to you? Thanks. Tina

  • Jessica Raper February 12, 2017   Reply →

    First off, I LOVE the look of your website! I am in awe. Next, I am currently using 2N1 Desert Beige. I find it is really similar to MUFE 118. I just actually made a blog post about this with swatches so if you’d like to take a look, I would love it. I am VERY new to blogging. It’s only my second post. I love the shade 2C2 in your post so I might have to check that out as well. It’s so hard to find what your true color is, at least it is for me.

  • Buttercup1223 February 11, 2017   Reply →

    Do you know if the neutral line has more yellow in it than other brands? I have always had a hard time matching my skin because I have a ton of red in my face and neck/chest area but I have yellow undertones. It took me forever to figure this out because the red in my face was throwing me off. I feel like I am between a warm and neutral. The first time I bought 3W1 but forgot to write down my color when I shopped for my new bottle. I bought the 2W2. The 2W2 seems to settle in my pores and makes them look like white dots even with a primer. I also think that the 3W1 might be a little too yellow. I’m wondering if 3N1 might work better. I love double wear. It doesn’t come off on my cell phone (gross) or rub off my face by noon. It’s a bit dry for my skin and around my eyes so it’s a trade off. Now if I could find a solution for this I would go without food a couple of days to afford it.

  • Sarah February 4, 2017   Reply →


    I purchased this product a month ago and really love it, but the lady gave me 4c3 which is a shade or so too dark. What would be a better color? I wear MAC NC40 studio fix powder and it’s a perfect match.

    • Alexandra February 5, 2017   Reply →

      You can find a similar foundation based on you current foundation on

  • Penelope Sanaa February 3, 2017   Reply →

    Hello Janet,

    I had the hardest time being matched to this foundation. I do appear to have yellow/neutral undertones but when you look at me you see yellow so everyone matches me to yellow but to me it does not match my skin tone the minute it is applied. Everyone matched me to 4W1 Honey Bronze but the perfect shade I find in natural light is 4N2 Spiced sand. I am usually a nc 42 in fix powder but ironically nw 30 fix powder looks great as well. I have a ton of foundation I feel are not dead on except this Double Wear in 4N2.

  • Sarah W January 30, 2017   Reply →

    Hi Janet,

    I’ve recently tried the 2N2 Fresco 01 and it’s perfect, but have come to realize they don’t produce it anymore. Which shade would you suggest instead that would be similar?

    Thank you!

    • Kim March 15, 2017   Reply →

      Did you manage to find another colour that is like this one? X

      • Jocelyn Rodriguez June 29, 2017   Reply →

        2N2 Fresco is now 2C3 Fresco

  • Janet Rowe January 26, 2017   Reply →

    Hiya thanks for all the comments unfortunately I can’t really make a sound suggestion regarding best match for your skin tone unless I have seen you in person.

    • kimmycoo99 May 20, 2017   Reply →

      This statement, regarding Estee Lauder foundation with cool undertones, “I find foundations with heavy pink undertones tend to emphasize redness in the face, looks unnatural, can promote that pinky/orange foundation line…” is false. The foundations in their line that have this cool undertone do not have “pink undertones”, they actually have the complete opposite, blue. The blue base is intended to eliminate any redness in the skin, since it is the opposite color of red. In fact, the foundations with a warm undertone contain a more orange base color. Making your statements untrue. I just wanted to mention that since there are many people who follow you and take your advice, especially on this topic, and they are being misinformed.

      • pixie111Pia January 10, 2019   Reply →

        Totally true! I have cool, pink undertones and rosacea and the C shades are what suit me! Fresco for me!

    • Caron May 21, 2017   Reply →

      Hi Janet I wear dessert beige but finding it can be a touch pale in certain light, when I was matched a lot of years ago I wore fresco but that became too dark, do you know which one I could go upto from dessert beige, thanks

      • Janet Rowe May 22, 2017   Reply →

        Hi Caron I’d give Dawn a try 🙂

        • Caron May 22, 2017   Reply →

          Ok will try, thanks for that

  • Hayley Cherrington January 26, 2017   Reply →

    Hi ladies. Just came across this post whilst looking for the top double wear shades to update my freelance make up kit. I see that lots of you are asking for shade suggestions so thought I’d help. There is a website called ‘findation’ which you can use to compare foundation shades with foundations you have used previously. It also creates a profile for you to match you to the perfect shades in many high end and drugstore brands (you enter your skin colour, undertone etc).

    I’ve always found doublewear to be a little darker on the skin than expected. An excellent solution to this is to add a couple of drops of the body shop lightening drops. It adjusts the shade of the foundation by half a shade each drop. It doesn’t change the finish of the foundation whatsoever.

    Hope this helps

  • Jane December 19, 2016   Reply →

    Hello! My shade in Double Wear is 1N1 ivory nude, was just wondering if you know what shade would work for me in Clinique superbalance? Not sure where else to ask so thought it was worth an ask here, Thanks!

    • Janet Rowe January 26, 2017   Reply →

      Hi Jane sorry I haven’t used this foundation before but am wanting to try it!

  • Monty singh December 1, 2016   Reply →

    I use loreal infallible foundation shade 140 golden beige…..plzzzzz suggest me in estee lauder which shade suite me

    • Denise December 27, 2016   Reply →

      I was
      Matched to sandbar 3c3 I think to look at
      The shade it
      Looks very dark but when applied it’s just perfect

  • Nic Schischka November 24, 2016   Reply →

    I was matched as a 1w1 at farmers and the lady was so sweet and lovely. I am extremely fair skinned but have ridiculously yellow undertones (I believe in MAC terms I would be an NC10). 1w1 is almost wearable on its own when I have a tan. I mix it with manic panic’s dreamtone pure white foundation (I have to do this with almost all foundations anyway) but once mixed to be light enough for me the Double Wear is the only foundation yellow enough for me and long lasting enough on my combo skin. On me it is very very full coverage and I never use a concealer with it. I have found even in brands that do their shades in warm neutral and cool by the time you get to the fairest shade even the warm colour is not yellow enough for me but Double Wear is my go to favourite and if it wasn’t for the price it would be my everyday foundation.

  • Nikita November 23, 2016   Reply →

    Hi Janet. I have always used she’ll beige. It has done wonders for me and provided excellent coverage for my acne. However after my skin started clearing up I stopped using make up that often for about 3 months. When I used it again I realised that the colour is too dark for my skin and becomes visibly noticable around my back b chest. I still have a full bottle…what can I do to still salvage it?


  • Marni November 22, 2016   Reply →

    Hello Janet
    Thank you so much for posting amazing reviews! It helps me a lot;) however now I’m trying to buy a new double wear foundation and it’s so difficult to find best match..
    Outdoor beige is too red ( like sunburn ) and pale almond makes me bit grey tone. Other yellow lines like rattan or sand is too yellow for me..
    i may rather choose orange tone than yellow or grey like bb i have light yellow olive skin tone(Asian) and always looks good with orange/pink brown hair. I think I’m inbetween warm and cool…but not natural( I do get a sunburn on my skin)
    Please help which colour will match for me. Thank you. So sorry for such a long comment!
    Ps would it be better to buy outdoor beige and pale almond and mix them? Xxx

  • Lindsay Victoria November 15, 2016   Reply →

    Hi, I use Double Wear and was matched at Debenhams to Ecru for everyday/winter and Desert Beige if I get a bit of sun/fake tan. I was wondering which Estee Lauder concealer you would recommend to go with these shades? Thanks!

  • Karen November 7, 2016   Reply →

    I’ve been wearing 2C1 Pure Beige for the last 2 years. Ordinarily, I would never have reached for a Cool shade because I’m of East Asian descent. But I was matched whilst on holiday in Montreal, and another EL makeup artist in NYC matched me to the same shade. But it really is a very good match. 2N1 is too pale, 2W1 is really orange and 2W2 made me look jaundiced. 1W2 is quite a close match, but made me look sallow without bronzer. 2C1 is not available in my country, so I bought 3 bottles on that trip to North America. My skin is drier now, but I just mix the foundation with 1 drop of Advanced Night Repair and it is perfect.

    For those of you considering 2C1 but wary of it being a Cool shade, do try it out. It looks very neutral to me; just like its name, it is a pure beige!

  • Pallavi Kulkarni October 23, 2016   Reply →

    Hello Janet
    Which shade will you suggest for dark complexion

  • Edith Maldonado October 12, 2016   Reply →

    Hi Janet
    I got matched to Tawny 3w1 but it seems a bit pinkish on my face and looks different from the tone on my neck ( neck is more yellowish) I’m lost , idk which color to pick..any suggestions would be really appreciate it

    • Cristina April 23, 2017   Reply →

      Then go with Rattan, it’ll be perfect.

  • hailey October 7, 2016   Reply →

    hi. I used 2w2 RATAN. But it’s just a few.. dark and yellow for me. I wonder what color i would use. Your recommend will be helpful.

    • Janet Rowe November 17, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Hailey I’d suggest trying 2N1 Desert Beige?

    • Rana June 9, 2017   Reply →

      Hi, the sales consultant imposed a sample of pale almond on me, which I was very much reluctant to try , since all of a sudden I became a big fan of Nars, but now I thank her loads for forcing me to take that sample. Few days later , I bought it!

      This foundation is just amazing and can adjust to climate change on the face. I travelled between humid and very dry regions , and this foundation did the job imaculately. On many occasions , I skip the powder on top, as it feels velvety on my skin. A little of blush on the cheek and I am ready to go.

      • Janet Rowe July 11, 2017   Reply →

        This is awesome glad to hear you found the right shade for you and are loving this foundation as much as I do!

  • Becky September 19, 2016   Reply →

    Hi I was matched to ecru but find it to light what can I try instead

  • Sam September 19, 2016   Reply →

    Hi, I have been using pure beige for years as advised by the lady at Myer but I’m just not loving the shade. Like you said above I think it makes me look ashy and as I have lots of red marks on my skin i think it emphasizes it plus its a bit yellowy on my neck. Could you please recommend a colour that might suit a bit better? Thank you

  • Marlyne September 2, 2016   Reply →


    I am an Estee Lauder beauty advisor. I do live Double Wear for it’s lasting qualities, its skin tone matching abilities as well.

    My cons are this:

    Definetly empasizes the fine lines, and I use a primer, and does emphasize the extremely dry area of the face.

  • Robbie July 10, 2016   Reply →

    I have been using Estee Lauder 2w2 ivory beige 10 in the re-nutriv lifting makeup, now discontued. I can’t seem to find a close shade in their new Radiance Lifting Cream makeup. Your help in this would be wonderfully appreciated.

  • Jasmine July 10, 2016   Reply →

    Heya, I haven’t tried DW but would really like to, I contacted Estée Lauder online and they suggest 3C1 dust for me after reading the reviews about being more pinky look definitely don’t want that. I have medium skin but reddish and when drinking very red lol can you please suggest a shade for me? Thanks heaps, don’t want to spend $69 and get the wrong shade

    • Janet Rowe August 1, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Jasmine without seeing your complexion I can’t give an accurate answer sorry but maybe try the N range instead of C which is in the middle?

  • Siobhan McCavanagh July 2, 2016   Reply →

    Hi. I have been matched to both pale almond and fresco (I think I may have been flushed from lots of shopping on one of those trips. But I find in pics I seem to look overly pale. Is that just the flash bouncing off it as it is such full coverage or should I be wearing a different shade? Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I’m a singer and image is everything! ☺️

    • Janet Rowe August 1, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Siobhan
      Ask you friends and compare your complexion in real life to see if it looks too pale. If it is only appearing pale in photo’s then yes it would be the back flash. Be sure to read my blog post on this issue and how to help avoid it 🙂

  • Ashley June 23, 2016   Reply →

    I purchased a MAC foundation pump yesterday ($10). I had read that it would work for the Double Wear Foundation. It absolutely DOES work!! When you screw it on at first it wants to resist, but you just need to push down a little and on it goes. I was so happy it worked because the way it is originally packaged does not work for me. I hate touching the product and the pump helps with getting the right amount of foundation. I apply mine a little on the thicker side, so I use almost a full pump on each side of my face. I find that the foundation dries pretty quickly once i put it on my skin, so I get one half blended in then move to the other side.

  • Sophie Wynne June 20, 2016   Reply →

    I loved this review! I’d love for it to not be as thick though 🙁 definitely not ideal for everyday use in my opinion, looks ridiculously cakey for every day where and I’ve found beauty blenders are not the best applicators for thick foundations!

    Thanks for the review xo

    • Janet Rowe August 1, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Sophie, Thanks for your comment. I’d suggest to try mixing it with a lighter feel foundation so that you still get the staying power Double Wear has to offer. Check out my blog post on Double Wear Flash Back where I suggest some mixing options 🙂

  • Toni-Lee May 29, 2016   Reply →

    Hi im from nz and don’t live anywhere near a estee lauder stockist but would you know what shade would be suitable for me as I use Maybelline fit me sun beige and l’OREAL w6 sunbeige. Thank you.

    • Janet Rowe June 5, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Toni-Lee

      I’m afraid I’m not familiar enough with those brand shades to be able to make a recommendation sorry.

  • Shauna May 27, 2016   Reply →

    I was color matched to Fresco, but my skin tone is more warm and my sample of fresco seems to emphasize redness on my face… Which warm shade is similar to Fresco?

    • Ashley June 23, 2016   Reply →

      I was color matched to Fresco, but also had a problem with it. I found it to be too pink for my fair complexion. I went back and spoke with them and end up getting Ivory Nude. It looks so much better. I absolutely love it!

  • Ian Ji May 22, 2016   Reply →

    I would like to buy this foundation but I can’t find the right shade! I’m between 3W1 Tawny and 3W2 Cashew. What shade should I chose? I have Asian yellow undertoned skin.

    • Janet Rowe May 23, 2016   Reply →

      Hiya I know this won’t be kind on your wallet but I’d suggest mixing those to shades to get your in-between perfect match.

    • Toni-Lee June 12, 2016   Reply →

      Hi I’m tossing up between those 2 shades as well but can not decide. If you don’t mind me asking what shade/brand do you use for drug store foundations?

      • Janet Rowe November 17, 2016   Reply →

        Hi Toni-Lee I like Revlon colour stay as a cheaper comparison.

    • Jordana August 7, 2016   Reply →

      Probably 4W1 will be a good fit….

  • Clara May 20, 2016   Reply →

    Hi, I just came across this post when trying to search for info about Double Wear and was wondering if you had any advice for my problem – I’m getting married in 3 weeks and doing my own makeup, so I thought I’d go and buy some DW because I have quite oily skin and I didn’t want to be all shiny! The Estée Lauder counter lady colour matched me as 1C1 Cool Bone and when she applied it all over my face it looked amazing (both in the store and outside in sunlight) so I bought it. Since I’ve tried it out at home I’ve found that it has a dark orangey yellow tone to it and it cakes slightly around my eyes, mouth and nose, making me look older. I love the coverage and staying power, but the colour seems so off when I put it on 🙁 I have very pale Irish skin that never tans and I don’t have much redness in my skin, it’s more alabaster with blue undertones, so I really don’t like anything yellow on my face. Do you have any suggestions on how I could use my 1C1 as I don’t want it to be wasted? Thank you x

    • pixie111 May 20, 2016   Reply →

      Hi! I really cannot say what to do about the color issue more than trying other shades! When it comes to perfect application, do use a slightly, slightly damp beauty bender and “pat” in the make-up kind of quickly. Use little by little instead of too much all at once! I find that video blogger usually apply way too much aright away! So “dot” on little by little with the beauty blender. During the day you can lightly blot with a tissue. I have EXTREMELY oily skin, really so, and with DW I go ALL day with merely blotting and no powder! I don´t know, but try another one of the very light shades, maybe one of the Neutral ones? Good like and have a lovely wedding day!

    • Janet Rowe May 23, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Clara
      I’d suggest trying the 1N1 shade but if you want to stick with the one you have maybe add a drop of M.A.C face and body in “white” to it to make it lighter in colour, or Lancome Teint Miracle 010. This will also help with the dryness around fine lines etc. Have a read of my latest blog post regarding the double wear flash back and all the best with your big day coming up how exciting!!

  • Jamie M. May 18, 2016   Reply →

    I love Estee Lauder Double Wear. I have been wearing shade 3N1 Ivory Beige for over a year and have never really thought it was a great match (a little dark), but I reorder it online when its out because its the best I have. I live out in the country and have not been matched for a while. This past visit to the city I was matched with 3C1 Dusk. I am very trusting, believing this was a professional matching my color and I bought it anyway, even though I felt it was too light. Well I have worn it twice and I look like a big pink mess. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not out of 3N1. I just found your blog and I am in love with what a great job you have done explaining Estee Lauders colors. Their own website does a terrible job of that. I now understand their color coding and know what to stay away from when a so called professional tries to match me. Since reading your blog I may have to try I “W” shade next time I’m in town. Thank you so much for a great review.

    • Leslie November 17, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Jamie! I was just wondering if you ever found a shade that matched? I to was matched to ivory beige and while it looks find indoors I notice it is a little dark in natural lighting compared to my neck.

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  • Tina May 13, 2016   Reply →

    Hi Janet, thanks for this blog. I have been matched with 2C1 Pure beige which one in the Neutral range would you suggest for me to try. Thanks Tina

    • Janet Rowe June 5, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Tina I’d suggest Ecru or Desert Beige in the N range for you, maybe even Dawn during the summer months if you have a tan.

      • BERNIE O SULLIVAN October 21, 2018   Reply →

        Is dawn shade like desert beige

  • pixie111 April 29, 2016   Reply →

    Hi Janet! Thanks a million for these great swatches- the REAL look of the colours and not these horrid squares next to the different foundation shades everywhere online! SO great to be able to compare ONLY Double Wear, which is the foundation I am going for next. I have a bunch of other foundations and I love 3 of them: Dior Forever Fluid Foundation (amazing and vivid skin look, but tends NOT to last all day without touch ups), Clinique Anti Blemish, which gives a wonderful look and feel as well, but which may be a tad bit too light on me and the Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation, which truly is an underrated or rather too unknown gem. It stays forever, like Double Wear almost, but tends to look slightly flatter (but oh, is it price worthy here in Sweden!). Anyway, working long days in school (no time for touch ups) and then planning a summer with long days in Paris, I know I will need Double Wear. I am as of now steering clear of TOO light shades since I often have made the mistake of picking those in fear of getting that horrid orangey make-up face. Ends up I have noticed how I often look TOO pale. For Double Wear I have been matched with 2C3 Fresco and sure, it does look right on my face… Or does it? I mean, I often looks pink largely because of flare ups of rosacea (juts pinkness, no zits) and I do have bright blue eyes. BUT my eyes are verging on turquoise and my veins, when looking for which tone my skin is, are also rather turquoise! Not blue OR green, but BOTH, you see! My real hair color is light brown with slightly golden tones. I always burn, but I ALSO do tan quite nicely after a while. So you see, I MAY be a neutral rather than the cold that everyone takes for granted that I am. (I also look good in gold… ). But I DO have pink hues and I really cannot say that I am yellow at all. Still, the 1N2 Ecru was the one that i personally would have picked looking at the liquid inside. Now I have brought them both home and I CANNOT decide! The Fresco MAY be a better absolute fit… But the Ecru almost looks… healthier, if I may say so! I know people say ALWAYS go with the one that looks the most like your face tone, but you say here that ESPECIALLY with Double Wear and the Cool tones you´re suggesting trying out others as well! I think I look slightly, slightly more… drab, a tiny bit greyish with the Fresco! But then again I am also worried that I will look yellow-tinted with the Ecru! I cannot make up my mind! Also, summer is here soon and I will use bronzer (I have stopped tanning my face altogether)… I LOVED this blog post and I am not sure why I am writing this- I mean how can you help me? I think i may have to do some shades test in my local department store… Thanks again for the awesome pics!

    • Faye Joubert June 18, 2019   Reply →

      girls you have helped me so much ! or not as the case may be , it is as Janet says , requiring multiple swatches , like Pixie have reddish hair and tend to redness but despite this ,do tan after a while , are the Cools too pink ? I have been told I am Fresco 2C 3 and have worn it for decades but after reading these remarks ,am I better off Neutral ? IN 2 Ecru ? Help , I always liked the look of Sand IW2 as i feel am so pink already Janet wish i could drag you over for a session with the brushes !

  • Sasha April 19, 2016   Reply →

    Hi beautiful !
    I was wondering,wich one has the MOST yellow colour in it,for a pale woman like myself.
    I have “red” skin,chins especially,and find that the more yellow :the better.
    I love the Stay in place power foundation too.
    Talk about getting flawless RESULTS.
    Pleaseeee answer,i would be very great ful!
    Sasha from Sweden

    • Janet Rowe April 19, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Sasha
      For a fair yellow based I’d say either Bone or Sand, depending on how fair you are.

  • Sara T. April 15, 2016   Reply →

    Hi!! I love this post!! It’s really well done, the swatches are great, you can really see all the different shades!! I had to buy this foundation online and this review was really helpful to pick the right shade!! I’m a 1N1!! 🙂 🙂

    • Janet Rowe April 19, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Sara T. I’m so pleased you found this blog post helpful 🙂

  • Renee April 5, 2016   Reply →

    Hi, I am matched to 2c3 fresco, but am unsure if its a perfect match, so will definately take your advice and see if they can match me to a different shade category!!!

  • Courtney March 30, 2016   Reply →

    Yes please I use double wear and hate the flashback!

  • Jessica Cabot March 10, 2016   Reply →

    Really great blog post! Would love to hear how you can avoid this foundation from sinking into/emphasizing fine lines. I bought a wrinkle filler primer to use… any ideas? Thanks

    • Janet Rowe April 1, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Jessica, Thanks for the lovely feedback. Yes I will be covering this in my next up coming blog. Have just been snowed under with Wedding Season at the moment 🙂

    • Czarina July 7, 2016   Reply →

      i mix my 3w2 into mac strobe cream and it just loosens it up a little. It makes the double wear not so flat, brings it to a natural finish. Still lasts the whole day though.

      • Janet Rowe August 1, 2016   Reply →

        Yes this is a beautiful combo to avoid looking like a dried up prune with Double Wear!

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