Estee Lauder Double Wear: Best Foundation For Oily Skin?

· This cult classic is a great medium to full coverage foundation for normal to oily skin. ·

July 13, 2016 5 Comments

After watching countless YouTube reviews, I decided to go with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I was in the market for a new foundation that provided more coverage for my ever-changing skin.

At $45CDN, I really hoped to like it (spoiler alert: I loved it!). I have a very pale complexion; my colour is 1N1 Ivory Nude.

Product Claims

This foundation claims to have medium buildable coverage with 15-hour staying power. It sets to a semi-matte finish and won’t rub off on clothes. It is oil-free, fragrance free and non-acnegenic, as per the website.

Skin Prep

Since my face tends to be dry earlier in the day, I find I need to make sure my skin is well moisturized before applying. Without a well moisturized based, Double Wear can cling to drier patches or set into fine lines. Double Wear has the ability to keep oily skin more matte, so if you add a little bit of moisture before application, it will still dry to a matte finish. You can always blot away any excess oil/moisture with a tissue or blotting paper if you need to afterwards.


Application Tips

In general, I like to apply my foundation using a small mirror that sits on my vanity that I can pull close to my face. This way, I can easily get up close and personal with my face and find any areas where the foundation has not blended properly into the skin. I find there are a lot of makeup imperfections that can go unnoticed when looking into a mirror that’s farther away.

In my opinion, this is a full coverage foundation. A little goes a long way with this product. You can apply it with a foundation sponge or a brush. I originally used the F80 Flat Kabuki Brush by Sigma to apply this foundation, but lately have found it even easier to use a damp makeup sponge, like the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

This foundation can be a bit tricky to apply and has the potential to get cakey fast. The key is to apply a very small amount, blend it out quickly, and then decide whether you need to apply more to certain areas. I usually pour a dime-sized amount onto the back of my hand for the first round of stippling (which is usually enough for me). If I need more coverage, I’ll dip my finger into the top of the lid and dab it onto the areas in need and stipple/blend again with my sponge. I lightly brush away any excess foundation with my kabuki brush.


Set It & Forget It

I highly recommend that you properly set this foundation with a colourless setting powder using a damp makeup sponge or powder puff using a pressing motion. Setting your foundation provides long-lasting coverage, reduces oil and caking and provides an air-brushed finish. Double Wear can feel a bit sticky on the skin until it fully dries, so setting it will remove any tackiness and let you apply your finishing touches (blush/bronzer/highlighter) smoothly.


What’s really great about Double Wear is its ability to cover skin discolouration and imperfections with so little product. It covers most of the redness in my cheeks with a single application and provides a full coverage look without looking like you have a thick mask of foundation on. My skin still looks like skin, only better.

It works great with or without primer (although I find it bonds to the skin better without primer to get in the way). The coverage lasts all day and stands up even in hot, humid weather. I’m curious to see how it works during a cold Canadian winter when my skin tends to dry out.



My only negative about this foundation is that the bottle is made of glass (don’t drop this sucker) and it does not come with a pump.

I’ve read many reviews from people with dry skin that have issues with this foundation. If you have dry skin and want to try this product, go to your local makeup counter and see if you can sample the product first. Ensure that your skin is well moisturized beforehand, because this product eats oil for breakfast.

I have heard that the Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage foundation still provides great coverage with a more creamy application, which people with drier skin may prefer. I may give this version a try in the winter months, we’ll see….


Where to Buy

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart or The Bay (for Canadian consumers). It is also available through Sephora or on Amazon.


Have you tried Double Wear yet? What’s your current favourite foundation?