I know this is hard to believe given that I blog about beauty for a living, but I have never tried the iconic cult classic Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. It’s been around forever and I remember seeing it at the counter when my mom would go there to pick up whatever item she needed (she was always an Estee Lauder wearer), but for some reason I managed to overlook it. Recently Estee Lauder sent me a press package with my shades of the Double Wear Foundation as well as samples of every other shade and I couldn’t wait to test it out.
I found that I am a mix of 1N1 and 1N2 though I think as winter comes I could simply go with only 1N1. The formula took a bit of playing around to see how best it would wear and how much to apply since it is a thicker formula. At first I was heavy handed with it and by the end of the day my face looked like I was wearing a mask. It was then that I determined less is more with this foundation. It can cover everything I need it to with only a sheer amount and smooths out almost every imperfection giving a flawless velvety finish. By mid-day, I did notice some oil beginning to break through so I added my favorite setting powder the following day and that helped keep my skin matte through most of the heat and humidity. For my combination skin, I think this formula will be better in the cooler months since I did get a bit shiny when wearing, but it stayed put for almost 10 hours straight! For those with dry skin, this would be a great option but oily skin types may need a mattifying powder or primer to help control shine. Since I received a sample of every single shade, I thought I would swatch them all in case you need help finding the shade that works best for you. Scroll through all the pictures below to see the swatches.
Colors from left to right: 0N1, 1C0, 1N0, 1W0, 1C1, 1N1, 1W1, 1N2, 1W2, 2C0


Colors from left to right: 2W0, 2C1, 2N1, 2W1, 2N2, 2W2, 2C3, 2C4, 3C1, 3N1


Colors from left to right: 3W1, 3W1.5, 3C2, 3N2, 3W2, 3C3, 4C1, 4N1, 4W1


Colors from left to right: 4C2, 4N2, 4W2, 4C3, 4N3, 4W3, 4W4, 5C1, 5N1


Colors from left to right: 5W1, 5N1.5, 5W1.5, 5C2, 5N2, 5W2, 6C1, 6N1, 6W1


Colors from left to right: 6C2, 6N2, 6W2, 7C1, 7N1, 7W1, 7C2, 8C1, 8N1
I would love to know your thoughts on this foundation and if you have used it! It is definitely for someone that wants more coverage though only using a few dots to cover the entire face allows for a more sheer application. I finally feel like I am part of some unspoken club now that I have tried the Double Wear Foundation and definitely know why it has been a classic for so long.
*pr samples included

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