The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 foundation has gained a huge cult following over the years. It was the first high-end foundation that I purchased, and I’m still using it three years on.
Despite finding many other foundations that I love, I just can’t be without double wear. Its long-wearing properties are unmatched, it has a very flattering natural finish on the skin, and when used sparingly gives a good medium coverage that isn’t too heavy for everyday wear. I apply this foundation with a damp beauty sponge and I find that it sits well on top of my dry skin as long as I use lots of emollient skincare underneath so that my skin is a little dewy/greasy beforehand. Whenever I wear this I feel like I’m having a good skin day, well… good foundation day anyway.
The shade range has been expanding and now features over 60 shades! Despite this I still don’t have a particularly good shade match and end up mixing shades throughout the year. I do find the breadth of undertones available to be very good though. Just a bit of a jump between shade depth at the fair end of the spectrum.
My closest shade match is 1N1 Ivory Nude. It is very similar to 1N0 Porcelain, however it has a slightly more yellowy undertone which I like since it cancels out some of the redness in my skin. I have been avoiding sun exposure more and more the past couple of years and I wear an SPF 50 every single day, so I have gotten a little bit too pale for these neutral shades recently. I bought 0N1 Alabaster to use as a mixer since it is almost white. 1N2 Ecru was the first shade I ever bought and is a good match whenever I have a tan.
I have swatched the four shades that I currently own below. The foundation was left to set and oxidise before taking photos.
This is my trusty foundation that I choose when I need coverage, if I’m in a hurry and want my foundation to blend and set quickly and seamlessly, or to be honest most of the time – it rarely fails me. My only critique of this is that once it sets, applying any other cream products on top can shift the foundation. For similar reasons I can never build the coverage once one layer has set as patches of foundation start to shift. Also, if I blow my nose the tissue can pick up some product, but due to the setting power I cannot smudge it back into place and it tends to leave a mottled effect where tiny spots of foundation have been removed around my nose and the rest has remained glued to the skin. For this reason I avoid wearing this foundation if I have a cold or my allergies are acting up.
- Good medium to full coverage
- Extremely long-wearing and transfer-proof (unless rubbing skin with a tissue); 24 hour wear claim
- Natural demi-matte finish
- Huge shade range (over 60 shades)
- Sets well without using powder
- Oxidises, so be careful when shade matching
- Pump not included with foundation bottle (but thankfully is available to buy separately, finally…)
- Not invisible on the skin so it is obvious that you are wearing foundation (only a con if you prefer your base makeup to blend into the skin and give the ‘no-makeup’ look)
- Can feel heavy on the skin if used as a full coverage foundation
The Foundation currently retails at £33.50 for 30ml, and the pump is sold separately for £5.50.
What’s your favourite long-wearing foundation? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Giorgio Armani Lasting UV Silk in Shade 5.5. Love the application and finish of it. On my lazy days I can get away without setting it down with powder. But it’s becoming extremely hard to rebuy. My shade is out of stock all the time. I wonder if it’s finally has been discontinued …
I hope it’s not discontinued!! I got a sample of that foundation a few months back and loved it. Really want to purchase a full bottle.
I am also shade 1N1 in ED Double Wear. I love the color, but the formula doesn’t agree with my skin. Could you please tell me what other foundations work for your skin tone? I’m trying to find a replacement foundation that is very similar to 1N1
I do have some swatches on my instagram comparing the new Lisa Eldridge foundation to other foundations and shades that work for me! I have recently switched shades in Nars foundations from Mont Blanc (neutral-cool, and slightly too deep) to Siberia, which is a bit warmer and suits me better. I do have to mix 1N1 in Double Wear with their palest shade 0N1 as it is a little dark for me these days. Armani Luminous Silk in shade 2 is a great match for me currently.
Hope this helps! 🙂 Lydia x