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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review Update

Review and Swatches (dry/sensitive skin)

I originally reviewed this foundation back in December 2014.  Since I've been wearing it for such a long time and the brand has released new shades bringing the total number of available shades to 56, I thought an update would be helpful.  Depending on the time of year I go back and forth between shades 5W1 Bronze and 5W2 Rich Caramel.  Recently when the brand released new shades they created 5W1.5 Cinnamon.  Since it seemed to fall in between my shades I was hoping I'd be able to use that shade and get away with it all year long.  I was disappointed to find out that 5W1.5 cinnamon actually reads darker on me than shade 5W2 Rich Caramel.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation review for dry/sensitive skin and swatches (5W1 Bronze, 5W1.5 Cinnamon, and 5W2 Rich Caramel)
5W1 Bronze, 5W1.5 Cinnamon, 5W2 Rich Caramel

This foundation has a matte finish and is very long-wearing.  I do not believe that it is suitable for my dry skin without manipulation.  Despite the matte finish, the lack of transfer onto clothing is unmatched in my experience.  The only other foundation I've used that I felt was transfer-proof was the now discontinued Covergirl Queen 3 in 1 foundation.  I personally prefer to prep my skin as needed in order to benefit from the transfer proof nature of the foundation.

So since I do have dry skin, I use a heavy oil-based moisturizer every day and I do believe that contributes to the foundation wearing well on me.  Any time my skin is drier I also mix the foundation with a little moisturizer before applying.  In my experience, this does not affect the wear at all.  I do also apply this foundation with a beauty blender as a rule.  I have never found a brush to give me a good look on my skin.  This is more than some people would do to make a foundation work, but it is very rare for a foundation to look good on my skin without these steps.  I personally have to take them with most foundations, so the added benefit of being transfer-proof is more worth it than some other formulas for me.  I have never experienced any breakouts when using this foundation.

Not many people talk about how difficult this foundation is to remove from the skin, so I wanted to mention it.  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.  I did find it to work, but I personally preferred the cleansing balm version.  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.

Estee Lauder does now sell a pump for this foundation, but you have to purchase it separately.  The MAC Cosmetics pump will also fit on the Double Wear bottle.  I originally wished that it came with one included in the price.  However, after using this product for so long, 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.  I also think the bottle itself looks more elegant with its original gold cap.  That is of course up to personal preference.

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 three 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.  If you do give it a try on your own, make sure you give it time to dry down and set before deciding on the color.

This foundation retails for $43.00 and comes in 56 shades (as of August 2019).

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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