I have been wanting to try this foundation for a few years now as it seems to have great reviews and has a great shade range which includes a few dark shades with various undertones. I finally decided to get it when there was a free gift with purchase Estee Lauder promotion a few months ago. With that, here’s my Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup review for the shade rich mahogany (cool undertone) which is the darkest shade in this line.
15-hour wear. Looks fresh and flawless through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s long wear. Medium, buildable coverage. Won’t clog pores. Oil-controlling. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist- and Ophthalmologist-tested.
Shades – See Update 2 Below
1C0 Shell, 1C1 Cool Bone, 2C1 Pure Beige, 2C2 Pale Almond, 2C3 Fresco, 2C4 Ivory Rose, 3C2 Pebble, 4C1 Outdoor Beige, 5C1 Rich Chestnut, 6C1 Rich Cocoa, 6C2 Rich Mahogany.
1N1 Ivory Nude, 1N2 Ecru, 2N1 Desert Beige, 3N1 Ivory Beige, 3N2 Wheat, 4N1 Shell Beige, 4N2 Spiced Sand, 5N2 Amber Honey, 6N1 Truffle.
1W1 Bone, 1W2 Sand, 2W1 Dawn, 2W2 Rattan, 3W1 Tawny, 3W2 Cashew, 4W1 Honey Bronze, 4W2 Toasty Toffee, 4W3 Henna, 5W2 Rich Caramel, 6W1 Sandalwood.
I ordered this online and when I first removed the bottle from the box it came in, I actually thought that Rich Mahogany was not dark enough. But it actually turned out to be about a shade too dark. It looks one color in the bottle but once it touches skin, it immediately darkens. It’s quite weird. I don’t think this is oxidation because it doesn’t change color as you wear it. It only seems to change color immediately after it comes in contact with skin and then no further change in color is noted as it’s on the skin throughout the day.
While Rich Mahogany is too dark, the next shade seems a little too light for me I think. I may try it out if I ever make it out to a Sephora or Dillard’s store see update below). I decided to keep Rich Mahogany because it is very rare to find a foundation that is too dark for my chocolate skin and it seems to mix well with other lighter foundations that I own (L’Oreal True Match and Black Opal Pore Perfecting foundation).
I am also thinking of getting the Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops to see whether when added to this foundation, it gives me my perfect shade. But I probably will not buy another Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation in a lighter shade to use on its own or mix with rich mahogany because although it is not as expensive as other high-end foundations, it is still pricey.
Moral of the story is that it is best to test out foundations before buying if you can.
I wouldn’t have minded this shade too much except for the fact that my face is the darkest part of my body and rich mahogany resulted in such a stark difference between my face and my neck/chest.
But I did test out this foundation to see how it performed and whether it met the claims.
I applied the foundation after my moisturizer. For the first time in a very long time, I did not use a primer above in order to see whether it made a difference. I have applied this Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation on top of various primers and I honestly did not notice any difference which is actually causing me to want to forgo primer going forward because based on the results without primer compared to the results with primer, there is no difference.
If this Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup was the right shade, I would not have used powder on top of it because it sets very well and I feel it doesn’t need anything else. It sets to an almost matte finish so if it was the right shade, all I would need with my oily skin would be a light dusting of powder on my T-zone and that would be it.
It is medium coverage and it is definitely buildable but I don’t suggest using too much of this foundation because it looks best when you only use one light layer and simply use a skin matching concealer for a few spots that need a bit more concealing. It did cover up most of my dark acne scars but it is not full coverage so you may need a bit more concealing on a few dark spots but honestly, I didn’t mind the overall finish even with a few dark marks peeking through the foundation.
The result below is my face after 3 hours of wear. My face was really shiny especially on my nose and sides of my nose so the oil control claims did not amount to much.
The above is actually why I want to forgo using a primer. I get the same results when I use primers, even oil control primers so it is pointless to use them unless I need the type of oil control that only Milk of Magnesia can give me which I only like to use for special occasions when I don’t want a shiny face and don’t want to be blotting my face too much.
The following photo is when I used my Mally Beauty Face Defender to take away the shine. Looked almost as good as new.
Although I did not wear the foundation for 15 hours, I did wear it for 8 hours or so and it remained intact even when I blotted my face. This foundation is also sweat proof since I have had it since late summer and I tested it on a particularly hot day when I sweated a lot and it did not move.
- It’s a long wearing foundation.
- Withstands heat, sweat, oil, etc, and remains intact.
- Completely transfer proof but if you use other products on top of the foundation (powder, blush, highlighter, etc,) these may transfer.
- Not as expensive as other high end foundations ($38 for 1 fl. oz).
- Sets very well.
- Doesn’t feel like you are wearing anything on your face and is comfortable.
- Even though I didn’t find my right shade, the shade selection is still quite large compared to other drugstore and high end foundations.
- Did not cause breakouts or other skin irritation.
- Not much oil control despite claims.
- I prefer applying foundation with my damp beautyblender but it can be hard to remove this Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup from my sponges when cleaning them and I usually have to “oil cleanse” my sponges to get them clean after using them with this foundation which can be annoying but this is probably because it is transfer proof and I would much rather my foundation be transfer proof than get on everything and everyone.
- Does nothing for pores although it doesn’t make such claims.
- Although it doesn’t cover them, it doesn’t worsen the look of fine lines as do some of my other foundations.
- Lacks a pump and this can cause you to pour out more product than you need but there are plenty of pumps that you can buy if you must have a pump.
Despite this shade being too dark, I actually love this foundation. I really like the finish and it wears very well and for someone like me who sweats a lot during the summer, this would be a great foundation because it doesn’t disintegrate in the presence of sweat. I do wish it did a better job with oil control though.
Available at Sephora for $39.50
UPDATE 1* Just like I thought, the shade before Rich Mahogany (Dark Cocoa) is too light for my skin as shown below;
My perfect shade would probably be closer to Rich Mahogany than Dark Cocoa.
UPDATE 2* Though the shade selection is amazing, more shades seem to have been added. It looks like there may be a new shade between Rich Mahogany and Dark Cocoa (Pecan 6C2) so I may need to check this new shade out. If like me you have had trouble finding your right shade despite the many shades, try some of the newer shades which are available at Sephora and many other places.
UPDATE 3* I promise this will be the last update. I went ahead and bought one of the new shades – Pecan 6C2 (which came highly recommended by reader Sharhonda) – and it’s a much better match for me than Rich Mahogany.
However, I still am glad that I have rich mahogany because during the dead of summer when I get even darker, this will be perfect to add a drop or so to Pecan 6C2 if necessary. But right now the latter is perfect. It gives a fabulous finish and is the only foundation I own which is completely transfer proof. See photos of all 3 shades below.