Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - Review

Estee Lauder is one of my all time favourite brands because of their incredible quality products. The Double Wear Light Foundation is no exception and has been one that I have used regularly for over 10 years. This is the first instalment of my foundation series, so grab a coffee, sit back, relax and read on!

I want my reviews to be genuine and honest, and what's better than seeing real results? I want to make a point that I have not edited my before and after photos and I'm feeling rather brave showing my naked face to the world, thanks to a high definition camera! I hope this makes it easier for you to see how the products work on a real person with real skin. 

The canvass - I started off with a completely clean base. Cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised skin and no primer. My skin is combination and usually dehydrated, so my cheeks feel dry but I tend to get oily over the day in my t-zone. I have rosacea, which means my skin flushes red (mostly my nose, cheeks and chin) and sometimes has small raised bumps. During the time of this review I also had a small break out so thought it was the perfect chance to show you what this foundation can do. If you would like to know more about rosacea and how I manage it, leave me a comment below. 

The brand - Estee Lauder is a prestige brand who pride itself on providing high quality and innovative products in skin care, makeup, perfume and hair care for over 65 years. The company do not test their products on animals, unless they are required by law in certain countries, such as China. You can learn more about the brand and company here: Estee Lauder Companies

The packaging -  This foundation comes in quite simple and elegant packaging, a nude coloured plastic tube which is easy to squeeze out the product with precision. The gold, flat bottomed lid means it can stand upright and you never have to worry about trying to get the last drop of product out. 

The productThe formula is creamy with a thicker consistency than other foundations I've tried. There are only 7 shades in this foundation and are named by intensity, including 1.0, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4,.0 5.0. I wear shade 2.0 and it is a bit darker than my natural shade, but I tend to wear it when I want a bit more colour or have a fake tan. The limited number of shades in the line mean it is more difficult to colour match and it will be especially difficult if you have a deeper skin tone. 

The foundation has an SPF of 10 and there is no flash black when taking photos - an added bonus! The smell is lightly floral and dissipates quickly so I think it is safe to say it would be inoffensive to those who are more sensitive to scents. You get 30mls of foundation in this tube, which is fairly standard, but due to the higher coverage a little goes a long way. It take me almost 6 months to finish and I use it almost every day. 

Before and after - no photoshop + no filter
The application - For this review I applied the foundation with my fingers which provides excellent coverage and ease in blending. Where you need extra coverage you can use your fingers to pat more product on for a seamless finish. It blends in well but it seems to dry quickly so you will need to work fast. 

A brush will give you a more polished finish and if you let the first layer dry you can add additional layers for a perfectly flawless finish. As the coverage can be quite intense you can use a beauty blender to make it look more natural, or you can add a touch of the foundation to your moisturiser to create your own sheer tint. 
Before and after close up - no photoshop + no filter
The wear - Estee Lauder claims this foundation is sheer to medium coverage but I definitely think it is more of a medium to full coverage depending on how much product you use. In the before and after shots I have only applied one layer of the foundation. Layering the product creates a perfectly flawless coverage without caking or looking too heavy. It smooths the texture of your skin, fills your pores and once it has dried, it isn't moving. You will need to use a good cleanser at the end of the day to get this baby off your face.

Estee Lauder claims this foundation will last 15 hours, and on my skin I'd say it ALMOST makes it. It will usually last at least 8 hours looking as flawless as when I first applied it, if I use some blotting paper when oil starts to build up I can make it to 12 hours without having to touch up. That's pretty incredible. 

I used to wear this foundation when I worked in hospitality and I would be surrounded by hot ovens, steam from industrial dishwashers and I'd be sweating from running around with heavy plates - and after an 8 hour shift, it was picture perfect! Although this foundation is long wearing and has a fuller coverage, it doesn't feel heavy on the face or crease in fine lines. 

The finish is semi-matte, and if you have dry to normal skin you won't have to powder. If you're on the oily side or have combination skin, you might want to powder certain spots to lock it in and prevent it from moving. I tend to get an oily t-zone over the day, and although this foundation is one of the best I've used I still think a light dusting of powder across the forehead, nose and chin keeps it lasting a little longer.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - 2.0
The price - This foundation will set you back $50 and you can purchase it online at www.esteelauder.com.au or head to your nearest department store. 

The verdict - When it comes to foundations, this is one that I keep on coming back to time and time again and I imagine it will stay a firm favourite for many years to come. Due to my rosacea I'm always looking for fuller coverage foundations, and this one ticks all the boxes while still looking natural and being easy to wear. If you're looking for even more coverage you should have a look at the original Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. 

Have you used this foundation, what do you think? What are some of your favourite foundations and are there any that you would like to see me review?


  1. You are so pretty! Yes, even before makeup. Great post

    1. You are a sweetheart! Thank you SL, glad you liked the post xxx

  2. What great results and a detailed review!

    1. Thank you Catherine! I really want my reviews to be in depth and show the true results of using the product. :) you can tell the foundation gives pretty amazing results! xxx

  3. You don't need this but I think I might just go and investigate! I'm suddenly allergic to another brand.

    1. Thanks so much Carolyn! It is a beautiful foundation. xxx

  4. Such a great review! I'm an absolute novice with foundation and this one looks so great, and worth the price point for sure. I'll have to investigate! X

    1. Thank you so much Jasmine! It's definitely a good one to check out. Let me know what you think if you try it :) xxx


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