Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation Makeup in Cool Bone

Estée Lauder's Double Wear (reformulation aside), is a beloved classic in full-coverage foundation. I know that many of you guys know this, since I've had a variety of comments asking me to try it and let you know what I think. As you probably have guessed by now, I took your advice.


The shade range for the Double Wear foundation is well-concieved. There are a variety of intensity levels, and each intensity level comes in at least one cool, neutral, and warm tone. Since most of y'all have seen my face, it probably doesn't surprise you that I chose the fairest, coolest color available to me: 1C1, or Cool Bone.

Sadly, there's a problem. Check out the swatch below. Does that look either cool or fair to you? I think not. This is, honestly, pretty orange.


Still, it's always better to see this shit on a face, right?

Let's go ahead and look at what it is I have to cover up. This is me sans foundation:


Aaand here is how I look all caked up in Estee Lauder Double Wear:


I'm going to point out the obvious: it's got damn good coverage! The product is pretty liquid, but it coats my face effectively and covers up all my acne and scarring without any concealer. The finish isn't quite matte, but leaves a slight luminous glow to the skin. I would love it... if not for the color.

I know what you are thinking: "Oh, it's not that orange!".

So, let's go ahead and zoom out and look at my face in the context of my neck:


AHHH I AM A CARROT. You can see that it is actually not even close. This is really frustrating because the Double Wear foundation is actually known for having a pretty good shade range. They are one of the few foundations that I use that would also effectively serve a significant portion of black beauty-lovers. It's advertised as having "30 flawless shades for every skin tone" (every skin tone, you guys) and it apparently won Allure magazine's "Best Foundation Shade Range" award. Meanwhile, I'm just sitting here with my giant tube of sunscreen and a frowny face.

I've tried a few things to remedy this glaring problem. Most frequently, I coat my face in white powder to help bring me back down to my natural ghostly hue. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for cake face, and it totally fucks with the staying power of the foundation itself. My next try will be mix the stuff in with a good layer of white foundation before applying it, although I'm sure that that will affect how the product performs.

Estée Lauder, let me love you. MORE COLORS, PLEASE.

I also want to explicitly note that the product does not have a pump. So, unless you hate having hygienic products, you are going to have to buy a pump that fits (e.g. the MAC foundation pump). For the price, I think that's a bit of bullshit.

If you match the color range, you're looking for a good full-coverage foundation, and you're willing to shell out an extra $6 (or so, depending on the pump), I think this foundation is pretty awesome. I'm just grumbly that I can't buy it in a reasonable shade for my face.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation retails for $37 for 1.0oz of product, putting it at an easy-to-calculate $37 per ounce.

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  1. I have one suggestion for too-orange foundation that may or may not be helpful: green tinted pressed powder. Maybe not helpful because I don't know where one purchases this in the US, as I bought mine in Germany from a drugstore brand that is not available elsewhere. The purpose is to correct some redness, which it does, but this also helps it to correct the orangey-ness of oxidizing foundation, without using so much powder as you'd have to if you want to use white powder to change the color. (I also use it to blend my blush out more if I have accidentally applied too much/too red a color, as it makes it less intense.) It's super useful, but I have no idea where to get it here! I have seen an elf product which is four colors of correcting powder in one compact, and I think it includes green, but I've never used it so I don't know if it would work the same or not.

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    1. Unfortunately, it's both orange and too dark! It needs to be much lighter to work. I do have a MPZ green setting powder, though, if you're looking for one: http://www.myprettyzombie.com/#!product/prd1/1409371681/dr.-pickles-miraculous-beauty-dust-setting-powder

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  2. Damn, that's too bad. I have the same issue as you. I know MAC has a white water based foundation you can mix with stuff. It worked pretty well to bring down the color of my foundation, but it also cut down on the coverage. The search continues!

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    1. I have a white Illamasqua foundation that will be the first thing I'll try!

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  3. 'I AM A CARROT' I had a nice giggle at that, because I have the same problem with foundations. It's always so hard to find one that works if you're on either side of the shade spectrum, and since I'm so pale, a lot of foundations are too orange/dark for me to use it, so I have to mix it up. It always 'waters down' my foundation and I'm left feeling disappointed because I wanted so bad to love the foundations I try... I hope you can find a way to make this work out, especially since it was a bit expensive.

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    1. I'll definitely let you guys know how mixing it with a white base works!

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    1. Did you try 'Shell'? I'm pale as hell (used to use DW Max in 'Very Light' before they discontinued it grrrr) and 'Shell' isn't orange on me at all.

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    2. I wish! Maybe they'll bring it back.

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    3. You can still buy Shell in the UK, weirdly. It's called 1C0 Shell now. I can't find it anywhere except on Estee Lauder's UK website.

      http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/643/3894/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Face/Foundations/Double-Wear/Stay-in-Place-Makeup-SPF-10/index.tmpl

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    4. Didn't realise the comeback was UK only! That's rubbish!!

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  5. I'm pretty disappointed they discontinued Shell. It was a great colour for us super fair and cool people.

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    1. That's a huge bummer. I definitely would have bought that one.

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  6. I had this exact problem with double wear (I'm palest pale neutral) . I knew it was too dark at the shop, but the rep wanted me to take a sample home. I concluded it is a great foundation but it's not for pale ladies

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    1. Yeah, I never trust color matching by brands or Sephora. They consistently refuse to admit when something is obviously the wrong color. It's very frustrating.

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    2. Unfortunately if their goal is a one time sale then it often works. My friend is forever bitter at Benefit for convincing her to buy a too yellow foundation. Immediate sell seems to often beat return customer.

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  7. I would like to like this foundation, but totally agree with the colour range. I mean, it's good, but it's not perfect. Also, I have had several models come to me before photoshoots with Doublewear on and it is SUCH a pain in the arse to remove from them *le sigh* I have a long-wearing foundation that I mix with different finishes, and I'd really advise trying to mix, it's nice to have custom coverage and this can tone down the orangeyness.

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    1. Pond's Cold Cream is my makeup-removing savior, although I'm not sure if its greasyness would fuck with whatever you put on the models afterwards!

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  8. I guess I'm alone in thinking that the colour is actually a decent match! There must be something wrong with my eyes (or my computer screen's resolution) :/
    Have you tried Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation? I use Soft Ivory (the lightest colour) and it's the closest match I've found for my sickly pale skin.

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    1. I can see it, but I am a fair, cool-toned person and used to spotting it. (I'm also used to people trying to sell me makeup pretending the foundation isn't three shades darker and oranger than my skin.) I don't know why fair and cool is such a hard combo to find - the vast majority of fair people I know tend toward cool.

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    2. That's funny. To me, the orange in that picture is PAINFUL. And no, but I have heard good things about that foundation!

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  9. So far for me I am finding the Rimmel Stay Matte mousse foundation to be the best at full coverage.

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    1. I haven't tried that one! Glad it is working well for you, though.

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  10. Have you tried Makeup Atelier Paris Waterproof Foundation if you want a very opaque finish - the lightest nuance is VERY light... or Illamasqua? I am about NC10... I know the odyssee... Shiseido I00? Dior Nude in Ivory is light, too... Or MAC Full Coverage (Pro Store, but is sold online or via phone call as far as I know).... I've found my skin looks best with less coverage - but my skin has become much better than it was 2 years ago and I can manage... Before that I've had similiar marks and blemishes.. I know what it's like... Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation is heavy and very pale and in their new foundation Range you can buy the lightes yellowish or neutral shade and mix with the white one that can also be bought there... Maybe it'll help you mix the right tone?

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    1. I actually do own the white Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation! Very handy tool. (And I do have other foundations that match me, haha.)

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  11. Sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you Robyn! On the other hand, I noticed that your scaring and acne seems to have gotten a lot bet better from before! Maybe you should show us your skincare routine!

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    1. Ha! No one wants to hear about the skincare routine of someone with serious acne, scarring, and hyperpigmentation!

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    2. Oh you are SO wrong there. If the only people blogging about their skincare routine are people with naturally gorgeous skin, how will the rest of us figure out WTF to do?

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  12. Aw, this bums me out. There's no way that could work on me either. Thanks for guinea pigging for us both! If that's the cool one, the neutral one I'd have gone for would be far too dark/orange. At least the coverage is great, but this was definitely at the top of my to-try list and now it seems it won't be a match.

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    1. Oh yeah, Celia, this would be awful on you. Sorry. You're at least as fair as I am.

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  13. Damn, I've had the same problems with Revlon ColorStay: too dark, too orange, no pump. It comes in a lot of shades and I've heard that it's similar to DW (but I haven't compared, personally). And I won't, because I think I'm even paler than you. For $12, the flaws are slightly annoying. For $37, they're unforgivable. My $14 Boots foundation has a pump; why can't this?

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    1. I have Colorstay in Ivory and it is pretty different. But yeah, the no-pump thing is super annoying.

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    2. Hope you do a review on that too, since so many people seem to be talking about that foundation, and your sis one of the few opinions I actually trust, haha

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  14. I've been itching to try this foundation, hopefully my perfect shade is in their range.
    Glossedonbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope so! If it matches, it is super nice.

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  15. I'd definitely try a white mixer, Face Atelier Zero is super opaque, so you only need a little tiny bit to adjust the shade. I wonder if lightening it would fix it, or if you'd also need some kind of pink mixer to correct the undertone.

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    1. Oh, interesting! I haven't seen that particular white mixer.

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  16. Yep, it's too orange on you and is in no way a cool shade. I spotted that from a mile. I, like you, am a very pale cool toned person. Personally I think you look fantastic in your Tarte, so much so that I'm tempted to try it. I have found two foundations that work for me, a fellow pale-cool: Lancome Teint Miracle 1N1 (not full coverage but 1N1 available in other coverages), and pricey Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in Rose Beige 12. Of the two, the Lancome is closest to ivory. No orange. Period.

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    1. The Tarte is too dark at the moment, sadly! I'm mostly using MUFE HD in 110 (which I love).

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  17. Shell (1C0, previously 1C1 before the reformulation) is NOT discontinued! However, I have confirmed with estee lauder that it has been switched to an online only color (although listed as temporarily out of stock right now). Shell is much less orange and lighter than cool bone.

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    1. I am not seeing it listed on the website at all. Where are you finding it?

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    2. I'm seeing 1C0 Shell as a shade option on esteelauder.com - it's showing for me as the third option in the drop-down shade list on the Double Wear foundation product page, and appears to be in stock as I was able to add it to my cart.

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  18. Robyn, foundation color aside, I wanted to comment on how nice your naked skin looks. It seems your hyper-pigmentation has lightened significantly. Have you changed your skincare regimen? I'm just recalling your foundation tutorial and it seems that your skin is quite improved.

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    1. Nah, it's the day. Some days my skin looks better than others.

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  19. I love this blog! But I'm wondering: If it's the wrong color, Robyn, why not simply return it?

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    1. Oh, I probably should. I am terrible at returning products because I have to do it all by mail (since I live in a rural area) and it's just a huge pain.

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  20. I used to work for Lauder, and while I haven't tried the reformulated DW, I do know that Shell was way too dark/orange for me and I think you're paler than me. I didn't find it to have the greatest coverage, it looks like the coverage has improved

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  21. I feel your pain. I am just on the neutral side of cool, so finding foundations that are not too yellow or too pink can be a bit tricky. Fortunately, I have found my HG foundation stuff, so I'm clinging to it for dear life!

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    1. Yay! I am on a perpetual search for the perfect foundation.

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  22. Hellooo. ELDW is one of my favorite foundations. I'm a touch lighter than you are and also cool-toned, and I wear 1C0, Shell. It's only available on EL's own site (grrr) and goes in and out of stock frequently. I got my most recent bottle... yesterday! It's not the lightest foundation in my stash, but I don't need to white-powder over it or play spin-the-color-wheel to make it work. I sometimes do like to add in a squirt of some kind of illuminator to attain more of a glow. Good luck!

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    1. Are you in the United States?

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    2. Oops, pardon the delay. Yep, I'm in the US -- in New York City. If you'd like to email me a mailing address, I'll happily send you a sample out of my bottle. (And in case the form here doesn't give you my email address, it's mail (at) missdanie (dot) com.)

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  23. Lancome Teint Idole 24H 100 Ivoire (C).

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    1. I have worn Lancome Teint Idole in the past, but it's been a while! It was my first non-drugstore foundation, actually!

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    2. I have that and it's got a very matte, lovely finish but clings to dry patches and doesn't have the best coverage. It's my PERFECT shade match though, unfortunately:(

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    3. They ruined that foundation when they made it 24 hr.....the 14 hr version was my holy grail foundation

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  24. Ugh, I hate that! I'm really freaking fair, and I'm perfectly okay with that—but I'm *not* okay with too-dark "ivory" and "porcelain" bases. Pale people want color matches, too!

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    1. It's definitely a search for a large number of skin tones!

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  25. If you've come across Eve Lom's new make-up range, that might work for you.

    Full disclaimer-- I only have the tinted moisturiser, not the foundation, and they are not cheap. That said, the moisturiser has incredibly good coverage on me, and the pale tints (alabaster and ivory) aren't orangy. The alabaster is just on the verge of being too pale for me, especially going in to summer.

    I'm not kidding about the coverage-- intense feels like the wrong word for a moisturiser, but it is just a tiny dot that you need. The make-up equivalent of a hair serum rather than a mousse, only needing a couple drops instead of a ball.

    The start-up cost is, like I said, really pretty dear, so definitely one to try before you buy, but it does the job on me.

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  26. I had the same problem, so I moved to n1 and it worked our perfectly. I think Estée Lauder tends to color Match you in an old fashioned way ( on the cheek), but really they need to be matching you at the back of the cheek and the neck. Because the cheek can often times have mis guided unterones due to redness from
    Acne, pigmentation, etc. I swear no matter how many times I got color matched, they always wanted to put me in the wrong shade. Finally I just asked for the neutral
    Shade and the lady swore I was going to not like it. And guess wha

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  27. I'd never heard of EL Double Wear until I found your blog two to three weeks ago. (It's actually very comfy under this rock.) I needed high-coverage foundation that wouldn't melt off, and this seemed perfect. Still, I was really really really annoying the bleep out of the assistant re getting my color right—my problem is that SAs tend to match me too light—and, thankfully, I lucked out. So, thank you!

    (And while I've come out woodwork: I'm so totally going to be a creeper and admit that I backread your blog up to the very first post. Right. Backing away slowly, no worries!) — Sasha

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  29. I emailed estee lauder. They said bone was for fair skin with yellow or golden undertones. You do not appear to have those as far as I can see. Ivory nude is for neutral undertones. Shell is for pink undertos. Apparently you can either look on your face (or not if you have as man spots as me) or back of wrist to tell this. You can look at your veins too -blue is pink undertone, green is yellow undertone. If not sure its neutral. So I was told.

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  30. While the color is a tad dark, the coverage and finish on your skin is lovely! Looks beautiful on you.

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  31. I agree with the Estee Lauder needs to create a much more lighter shade than Bone. I'm actually Bone 1W1 but it just far too orange & I think it actually oxidize so it become more orange on my skin.

    As for the coverage, it's good but I hate the finishing feel of it. It has a tightening sensation & wrinkles begin to crack underneath the layer of foundation after an hour or so.

    I usually mix it with my moisturizer to balance it all out.

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