Over the years I have probably tried every type of foundation you could think of but I’ve never quite found the right one. My skin is fairly oily so I need a foundation that provides good coverage without making me look too shiny. I’ve been wearing my trusty MAC foundation since my wedding but felt it was time for a change. Whilst it’s served me well over the past few years I was sure there was better out there.

I’ve been wanting to try the Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder for a few months since my girlfriends all raved about it on a night out. Famous for it’s long-wearing formula and billing itself as ‘stay in place makeup’, Estee Lauder claim it will last for 15 hours without smudging or wearing off. So I eagerly purchased a bottle a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to start using it.

The foundation itself comes in a gold-topped frosted glass bottle and has a luxurious look and feel to it. At £31 for a 30ml bottle I wouldn’t expect anything less. The only initial downside for me is that there is no pump provided with the foundation, but that wasn’t enough to put me off.


Double Wear currently comes in an impressive 44 shades. After being colour matched I went for ‘1N2 Ecru’. I would say I’ve got a light to medium skin tone and this was the best match for me but they offer shades to suit all skin tones.

A little goes a long way with this foundation which I soon discovered. I started off applying a relatively thin layer, thinking I could build it up if necessary but I didn’t need to. The coverage is thick enough to cover any imperfections, but not so thick that I looked caked in it. It has a lovely natural to semi matte finish to it which was perfect for my slightly oily skin. I did find that it dried pretty quickly when applying, but not quick enough that it made it difficult to blend in.

As for the claim that it will last for 15 hours, I didn’t set my stopwatch but it lasted me well from morning until night without the need for any touch up’s. I didn’t even need to apply any powder throughout the day which I normally do. But I have heard that this foundation works great teamed with the Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place powder should you feel you need it.

I’ve been wearing the Double Wear foundation for 2 weeks now and can honestly say I’m in love with it. This is a must have beauty product and one I don’t think I could live without now.