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Estee Lauder Double Wear Review (Swatched)

Estee Lauder double wear review and swatch on dark skin (5w1 Bronze and 5w2 Rich Caramel)
I was surprised that I liked this foundation so much.  My skin can lean toward the drier side, so I thought for sure this would dry me out.  This caused me to avoid trying it for a long time, but the harder I was finding it to find my shade in other foundations, the more I wanted to give it a try for its vast shade range (38 Shades, $42.00 each).

I ended up not having a problem with dryness and I also didn't experience any breakouts when using this foundation.  You can't tell by the swatches on my hand, but 5W2 Rich Caramel looked very nice on my face.  I do think it would be beneficial to go to a counter and get matched because the shade range is so large and nuanced.  There are cool, neutral, and warm undertones and varying degrees of the tones within each level of depth of color.  For example, the two shades I have swatched for you are in the same level of depth but varying degrees of warmth.  I also feel like once the foundation dries down it appears different as well (as do many foundations), so save yourself some time and heartache and go to a counter to get matched.  Overall I liked the foundation, the staying power is great and I didn't find that it transferred much if at all.  I also do not have oily skin so those who do may have a different experience.

Update: October 27, 2016
I know now for a fact that a Mac Cosmetics pump will fit on the Double Wear bottle.  I do wish it came with one or that Estee Lauder made one available.  However, after using this product for about 2 years now, I'm over the pump issue.  The product is excellent and I think that the formula is sold without a pump because it is somewhat thick.  Even if it hasn't been that long since I last used it, sometimes my pump gets clogged with product.

You can purchase Double Wear for $42.00 at esteelauder.com.
If you'd like the Mac Pump, it is $10.00 at Nordstrom.

Update: September 27, 2017
Estee Lauder now carries a pump for this foundation, it is $10.00 at esteelauder.com. This is still my go-to foundation.  Not many people talk about how difficult this foundation is to remove from the skin, so I wanted to mention it.  I put up with it because I enjoy how transfer proof it is, but I typically use an oil-based remover and still cleanse twice after that.  Keep in mind that I have dry sensitive skin, so I use very mild cleansers, which may be the cause of needing to triple cleanse.  If you have normal or oily skin, I'd say a double cleanse will still be necessary.  Searching around for others having this problem, the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil was recommended, so I plan to give that a try.  Estee Lauder does have a few cleanser options for removing long wear makeup.  I'm sure that would work best on their own foundation, but they all contain fragrance, which I avoid due to my sensitive skin.  Also, keep in mind that if any foundation breaks you out, the first consideration you may want to research is that you didn't remove all of it from your skin.


Have you tried double wear out?  If you have, tell me what you thought of it in the comments section below.


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