Estée Lauder – Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup

Estee Laude - Double Wear Light

Estee Laude - Double Wear Light - front

Estee Laude - Double Wear Light - back

When it comes to foundation I’m a firm believer in the no-makeup makeup look. At the same time I hate looking in the mirror during lunch break only to find that all of my foundation has disappeared from my face to leave my blemishes and acne scars for the whole world to see. I finally discovered a foundation that looks natural and lasts all day – the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup.

“Long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup. Goes on sheer and controls oil leaving skin free to breathe all day. The lasting, light-as-air formula resists smudging and won’t melt off through heat and humidity.”

This foundation first popped up on my radar when some of my favorite beauty bloggers raved about it. I finally purchased it as part of the Double Wear Foundation Kit a few months ago (hence the ‘demo not for sale’ print on my tube – I swear I didn’t steal a tester).

Don’t let the term ‘light’ in the name of this foundation deceive you. It certainly doesn’t apply to the coverage. Double Wear Light has a slightly runny consistency but a little goes a very long way. I usually use my fingers to apply it and it blends effortlessly into my skin. One layer evens out my skin tone beautifully and while it doesn’t make my blemishes and acne scars fully disappear a second layer will cover them up well enough to leave them almost unnoticeable.

‘Light’ is the perfect description for the finish of this foundation. It’s natural and weightless so your skin won’t feel plastered. It never looks caky and it won’t accentuate dry patches. The finish is slightly dewy but won’t make you look greasy. It simply gives your skin a beautiful glow.

The biggest selling point with this foundation is the wear time. I can apply it at 7AM in the morning and my skin will still look flawless by the time I remove my makeup at night.

Estee Laude - Double Wear Light - swatch

Estee Laude - Double Wear Light - blended swatch

One big disadvantage with the Double Wear Light foundation is the limited color selection. The original Double Wear foundation has 31 shades available while the Light version only has 10. The color selection does covers a wide range of shades from light to dark but it doesn’t have a lot of options for different undertones. I purchased Intensity 1.0 (light) which was the lightest shade at the time. It’s slightly too dark for me and shows up a bit pink on my light skin with yellow undertones. Since this foundation blends really well I’m able to make it work without too much trouble. Once I get a bit of a tan I believe that this shade will match my skin tone pretty well. Estée Lauder has since added a shade 0.5 which expands the range to also cover fair skin tones.

Another point to note is that this foundation doesn’t contain an SPF. It used to contain SPF 10 but it has been reformulated a while back and the sunscreen has been removed. This might be a deterrent for some people who like to get their SPF from their makeup but I actually prefer it without. It allows me to choose my own SPF with an appropriate rating for either summer or winter. Moreover, I can use this foundation when going out at night and don’t have to be afraid that any pictures taken will show me with the dreaded sunscreen ghost face.

All in all I have nothing but good things to say about this foundation. I do recommend to get color matched before purchasing to make sure that the shade and undertones of this foundation work for your skin tone. The Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup retails at $37 for 1 fl oz and is available from Nordstrom, Macy’s, and

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    1. I haven’t tried the original formula myself but the Light version is light to medium coverage. You can sheer it out if you only use a small amount but you can also easily build it up to achieve medium coverage. I usually just apply one thin layer all over to even out my skin tone and then dab on some more onto my problem areas.

  1. just fyi the spf hasnt been removed, they just changed the laws in the US that said that companies had to remove the term “SPF” from the label if it contained less than SPF 15 and since this was SPF 10 they had to remove that label, however, it actually is still the same formula with SPF 🙂

    1. Good to know. I had no idea the FDA had this regulation in place. I’m really interested in this issue. Do you happen to have a link with more information? Thanks for commenting!

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