Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup

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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:
7/14/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This fluid foundation isn’t as sheer as the description states. Yes, it feels much lighter than Lauder’s original Double Wear foundation, but it loses none of its predecessor’s formidable staying power. Application is smooth, but blending must be swift because it sets quickly to a long-wearing matte finish (applying it to small areas at a time works best). This really does stay on like few other foundations do, whether you’re perspiring or simply have oily skin. Coverage is light to medium—trying to apply this sheer still nets noticeable coverage, so don’t mistake this for a tinted moisturizer, because it isn’t. All of the shades are very good and include options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin.

For daytime wear, this is best for those with normal to very oily skin who want a budge-proof foundation but are willing to apply a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater first. One more comment: the strong matte finish of this foundation tends to magnify large pores.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyltrisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Tetramethyl Hexyphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.

From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)

We suppose the biggest compliment We can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks me where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.

There are more reasons than ever to consider Estee Lauder. Their products (surprisingly) don't address every skin-care need or concern, but few lines in this book received so many Paula's Pick ratings, and congratulations are due for developing products that, claims aside, keep Lauder on the cutting edge of a very competitive industry. And, by the way, all of this praise is coming from the standpoint that Lauder was resolutely unhelpful in sending us any information for this book.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

Estee Lauder Makeup

Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.

The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company Clinique really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.

Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated Paula's Picks below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.

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  1. Judith L
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Good Product
    • I alternate this with Armani Maestro; it provides better coverage than Maestro and I use it if I have a blemish (Maestro will not cover that). I haven't noticed magnified pores but it emphasises wrinkles more than Maestro. It is best for all-over coverage (blending difficulties make it hard to use on parts of my face, only) and I feel "made-up" (unlike in Maestro) but it is much less mask-like than EL's BB or original Double Wear. More colours are required - even 0.5 is a bit too dark.

  2. AJ
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 30, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great staying power!
    • This foundation actually stays on!!! It's a bit more coverage than a BB cream, but still feels and looks light-medium. For my 40 year old skin the coverage is perfect- and it is very natural. I would also agree that it does not magnify pores, in my case it was more minimizing than what I was using prior (Armani and MAC). This is one of the best foundations I have ever used.

  3. Jessica C
    Reviewed on Friday, February 07, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best light feel foundation <3
    • I tend to stay away from foundations and stick to BB creams because of the light-weight-hardly there feeling but after trying this product i got hooked!! It's goes on light and beautifully and doesn't look like you have foundation on. I apply it with a flat foundation brush in small sections(dries quick) with downward motions and then when done on all sections I buff it out with a clean kabuki brush in small circular motions to cover up any visible pores or missed parts and results are flawless!

  4. lmh
    Reviewed on Monday, January 20, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Wonderful Product!
    • This is by far the best foundation I have ever used! I have a bit of red in T-zone area of my face, and this foundation takes care of redness completely while lasting with all day coverage. The foundation sets quickly so you need to blend, once applied to face, without delay. My skin is on the dryer side, but this product performs perfectly as long as I moisturize thoroughly right before applying. Pore-minimizer is also helpful as this product does not mask large pores. Excellent Product!

  5. DonaK
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 05, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Excellent foundation
    • This is truly the best foundation, it has been reviewed by many on YouTube and is the clear winner among others tested. This DOES NOT magnify enlarged pores, it actually covers them right up! I think someone made a mistake on Paula's review, not sure why it wasn't rated as "best" because it is!

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Thursday, December 05, 2013

    Thanks for your review! We found that this foundation does magnify pores and stand by our comments.

    —Admin
  6. Vanilla Latte
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 16, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best Foundation I Used
    • This is the best foundation I have ever used so far and I have tried many of them, Works great with my moisturiser, covers very well and it is not heavy. The skin looks great with it, young and fresh, never oily or dry. Highly recommended.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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