8 December 2010

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation & Concealer

I've always been an inexpensive foundation girl. Mostly because I couldn't afford anything more as a student, but also because I didn't believe paying more resulted in better quality. How wrong I was. I tried my first high end foundation just a few months ago, with the foundation of choice being Estee Lauder's Double Wear. I've heard amazing things about this foundation for years, but at £25 for a bottle it was just too expensive to even consider buying whilst I was a student.

With a large colour collection of around 20 shades, there's a match for everyone, whether you have cool, neutral or warm undertones. I love that there's a whole shade range for each undertone and I could pick perfect match for my skin. A common problem I've had with cheaper foundations is that they always seem to be a little too pink for my skin tone, and so I could end up with a mismatched face and neck.

The shade pictured above is Tawny-3W1, the ideal match for my skin when I'm (fake) tanned. Now it's Winter and my skin is more fair, I should really buy this foundation a shade or two lighter, but I've found mixing Tawny with a little bit of a paler foundation in a different brand is the easier and cheaper option and does the job well. 

I apply using my MAC 187 brush which gives a beautiful flawless finish with no streaks. The coverage is medium to high with a matte finish, just how I like it! This is by far the best foundation I've ever used, I adore it. Not only does it apply beautifully, it gives an absolutely flawless finish and lasts all day. My makeup looks so perfect that when it gets to bedtime, it feels wrong to take it all off! The only thing that lets this down is the bottle. There's no pump so things can get a bit messy and I suspect I waste a lot of product as it's difficult to control.  

Estee Lauder's Double Wear Concealer is available in 5 shades and I chose Medium for a middle of the road colour. This is a full coverage concealer that covers any dark shadows well and again, lasts all day. The only problem I have is the strong smell which is not very pleasant. But if this is what I have to put up with to perfectly conceal blemishes, I don't mind too much and it wears off after a while.

Here's a FOTD wearing Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation and Double Wear concealer...
(If you'd like to know which other makeup products I've used, click here)

I do still love (some) cheaper foundations. Mabelline's Dream Satin Liquid is an absolute favourite of mine and I only have good things to say about it. However I definitely have a new appreciation for more expensive foundations and think they're well worth splashing out on. I have tried a few other high end foundations lately (Lancome Teint Miracle and the popular NARS Glow) so I may review those when I've had time to properly test them out.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is priced at £25.00 for 30ml and Double Wear Concealer is priced at £18.00 for 7ml.

Available to buy from Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser


  1. I asked for a sample of this, and honestly I don't think it's one of the best I've had. I'm not sure why, It doesn't 'sit' well on my face, and looks like I shouldn't be wearing it. You look gorgeous in the photo. :)


  2. Love the finish! You look great :) x

  3. The foundation looks very good on! I've never tried it but must remember to next time I'm at an EL counter!

    Kaushal xx

  4. this is a weird comment but.. if i was to go dark haired i'd want to be your hair colour. it's the perfect darker shade :)

  5. Have you tried others from Estee Lauder? I am thinking about their mineral foundation.

  6. this is a great review! i've debated trying out this product but ive always had other foundations on the go or never been able to quantify the price. i think this might have to be the next one i go for as ive stuck with the same foundation for years and feel like a change is needed!!xx

  7. I recieved this in the post this morning and I'm so excited to try it out!
    Glad you like it, your skin looks fab!

  8. i don't know what i would do without this foundation! its the only one that comes in a shade light enough for me. your skin looks absolutely flawless :)

  9. You look beautiful!
    I've always sworn by Double Wear for years, but the thing I HATE about it is that it gives you a very 'ghost white' face in photos with a flash! I actually switched to Revlon Colorstay because of this and have to say it is just as good as Double Wear, and half the price. Worth checking out if you haven't tried it already! xx

  10. Excellent review, it looks great on you.

  11. I've been thinking about trying this for ages. Great review! :)

  12. You look lovely, I've been wanting to try this but I can't afford it at the minute :(

  13. the foundation looks fabulous on you!! you have beautiful eyes

  14. I just came across your blog and absolutely love it. You have beautiful taste...I also love the Double Wear foundation and have found that a MAC pump will fit this bottle. So much easier to work with (and less messy!)

  15. I absolutely adore Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and have done for years but am interested in Revlon Colour Stay and the one you mentioned, Maybelline Dream Satin liquid now

  16. I have yet to read a bad review on this foundation... I think this will be my next purchase... it looks great.

  17. I adore Estee Lauder products, thank u so much for this review!! I must to say I fell in love with your pretty blog, it's so girly and feminine! Of course I have immediately started to follow u on gfc and bloglovin, so I can keep up with your fresh posts:) Happy Friday!!!


    1. Thank you, what a lovely comment! x

  18. Much like you I was never impressed with the hefty price tags of some foundations, however this all changed last year when I bought THIS. Now I laugh at the mere, shame of using a cheap one. I didn't splash out on the concealer but you look absolutely flawless in that photo. So off to the shops. Thanks!


  19. What colour did you use ? It looks great

  20. A shade or 2 lighter isn't alit. In the winter I get a couple shades palet


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