Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer SPF 35
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This creamy, fragrance-free concealer is housed in a small, flat, mirrored compact. True to the legacy of Double Wear, the formula is long-wearing (despite its satin finish) and shows only minimal signs of fading at the end of the day.

As an added anti-aging bonus, this provides broad-spectrum sun protection with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen. The other sunscreen active is octinoxate, a good ingredient, but one that some will find problematic for use around the eyes, as it can cause stinging in this area. Still, it's a widely- used and effective sunscreen ingredient, and many people have no issues with it.

As mentioned, this concealer is creamy, but not so creamy that it slips and slides into lines. Creasing is minimal, especially once set with powder, its thicker texture provides a high level of coverage, and yet it's surprisingly easy to blend. Someone at Lauder did their homework with this formula!

Turning to the shades: As Casey Kasem used to say on the radio, the hits just keep on coming! The range of 10 colors includes some great to good options for light to dark skin tones. Although even the lightest shades are not good for fair skin, there are some ideal shades for medium to dark skin, and the darker shades don't look ashen.

One more comment: This type of concealer is best for hiding brown spots, redness, and undereye circles. Its creamy, wax-based texture is not ideal for use on breakouts.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Good range of shades for light to dark skin tones.
  • Provides excellent, lasting coverage with minimal risk of creasing.
  • Thick texture is surprisingly easy to blend.
  • Some may find the octinoxate (one of the sunscreen actives) sensitizing when applied around the eyes.
Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums around; excellent sunscreens; some good cleansers, toners, and makeup removers; several categories of makeup excel, including some extraordinary foundations (that include shades for darker skin tones), concealers, powders, blush, and eyeshadows; a mostly good selection of eye, brow, and lip pencils; their long-wearing lip color and some of the lipsticks are supremely good.

Weaknesses: Several items are highly fragranced; incomplete and/or problematic products for anyone battling blemishes; many of the Re-Nutriv products are priced too high given similar, less-expensive options from Lauder; some of the sunscreens and foundations with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA protection; the brushes aren't on par with those from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Bobbi Brown or M.A.C.; jar packaging.

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 us 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.

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 "best" 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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Love It !

This concealer is easy to put on and it covers my dark circles, big time! It last a long time. I use it every day and I have had it for seven months and it doesn't even look like I used much.

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Disagree, doesn't cover or last. POOR product. Paula is wrong.

Disagree with Paula's rating on this product. This concealer did not cover a small, bruise I had on my face nor did it last even 30 minutes. I tried it several different times and ways to determine if other products may have been interfering with it's performance. Do NOT buy this. Waste of money and does not conceal or last. Can't believe Paula gave it a best rating.

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Didn't work for me

It dries and cakes, not smooth and creamy; hard to apply, I tried both brush and finger Returning tomorrow to Macys Lo'real True Match Concealer, on the BEST List is 100 % better for 1/3 of the price

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Best Concealer yet!!!

I've used many concealers and even other ones by EL and this is by the BEST ONE. Great coverage doesn't irritate my eyes and it lasts all day long!!!! Cover that under eye darkness in the morning and still good in the afternoon Being frag free and a higher than normal spf are both great pluses for me.

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Glendon P
MAC Studio Finish

Ummm.....this is identical to mac studio finish concealer. the shades vary minimally and estee lauder charges 4x the price per gram mac does ($23/2g vs $16/7g). I get that lauder owns mac, but that's slimy. this blog was where I saw it http://soundlysensiblebeauty.blogspot.com/2014/01/estee-lauder-double-wear-stay-in-place.html?m=1

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Samantha S.
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