Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup : Review (2W2 Rattan, 3W1 Tawny, 3W2 Cashew)


Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup which I’ve been testing out for some weeks now. The Double Wear foundation is a classic and cult-favorite and after using it for a while, I can definitely see why! Read on for the full review.


Price : Rs 3000 for 30 ml

Available across Estee Lauder counters and stores in India.



Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup : Review


Packaging : The foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle with a golden screw on cap. The bottle feels heavy and luxurious though you need to be careful with it since its glass. I like the classic, hefty look and feel but I really wish it came with a pump or a dispenser of some kind! You need to pour out the foundation and more often than not, I end up pouring out too much when I’m in a hurry.


Consistency & Formula : Its a liquid foundation and its neither too runny nor too thick. I was actually expecting a more viscous consistency but its fairly light considering the high coverage it gives. Its not a nourishing foundation and does ‘set’ a bit after application so if you have dry or combination skin, a good moisturizer is an absolute must or the foundation can give a dry appearance to the skin. Ideally, the formula is best suited for normal to oily skin but with a good moisturizer underneath, it can work perfectly well for dry and combination skin as well.


Coverage and Finish : Its a medium coverage foundation and it covers up imperfections really well. It feels light on the skin and yet gives a very flawless, perfected look. It sets to a natural looking matte finish and doesn’t give a flat, cakey look to the skin. It covers up unevenness, acne marks etc. perfectly and just makes the skin look very even yet clean and natural.



Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review



Longevity : The foundation doesn’t melt down with sweat and humidity and stays well for over 10 hours on my skin. I haven’t tested it for a longer period though it is claimed to last 15 hours. It doesn’t vanish off from my T-zone with the oil and barely transfers or smudges. It doesn’t change color as it wears through the day. It doesn’t dry out the skin after a few hours like several other long wearing foundations do.


Camera-friendliness : It contains very low SPF so it doesn’t flashback in photos. It gives the skin a very perfected look in pictures and hence, its an amazing foundation for bridal makeup and in general, for special occasions! If you’re wearing this out in the day, you do need a broad spectrum sunscreen underneath as this barely offers sun protection.


Shade Selection : The shade range is quite good (the global website lists 30 shades) and there is an excellent variety for warmer skin tones. The shades run in series of C (for cool undertones), N (for neutral undertones) and W (for warm undertones). I have yellow undertones and I find 3W1 Tawny an excellent match for my skin. It doesn’t pull too pink/neutral or too orange on my skin and just works perfectly. For reference, I wear MAC Matchmaster 3.0 and in Studio Fix, I mix NC35 and NC40.

I also have the shades 2W2 Rattan which would be close to MAC NC35 I think and 3W2 Cashew, which would be close to MAC NC40.



Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 -Review


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 Swatches
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Swatches – Rattan, Tawny, Cashew


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 Swatches
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 Swatches



I’m wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 3W1 Tawny, applied and blended with a BeautyBlender below –


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup - Tawny
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup – Tawny



Overall Verdict

To sum up, Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a long-stay, medium coverage liquid foundation that gives a flawless, perfected yet clean look to the skin. Despite being high coverage, it feels light weight, doesn’t cake up and stays put through heat and humidity. It dries down to a natural matte finish and it may dry out the skin a little if you don’t moisturize well. I use a rich moisturizer underneath and it performs brilliantly on my combination skin. The foundation photographs really well (hence a great pick for bridal makeup) and comes in a very wide range of shades. The only downside is the packaging, I really wish it came with a stopper, a pump or a dispenser of some kind.

Its definitely one of the best foundations I’ve tried so far and I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a medium-high coverage, long wearing foundation!

Rating : 4.9/5



  1. My friend swears by this foundation and it looks really good for parties and everything. However , it is quite a full coverage foundation which is maybe a tad difficult to wear during the day time. I love the swatches , I think Tawny would suit me as well.

    Is this photo taken with flash? You look gorgeous <3 I love the new hair colour.

    Which moisturiser do you use under this?

  2. This is my absolute FAVOURITE foundation and I really wish it had a pump. The shade Cashew is an exact match for me and makes my skin look super flawless 🙂

  3. Hey dear can you tell me if 2W2 Rattan will go for NC 30 skintone ???
    btw I was eagerly waiting for your review on Estee Lauder DW foundation … I saw you using in a video and it looked amazing on you !

  4. I’ve heard a lot about this, but I was waiting for your review 🙂
    Ankita, are you planning on putting ‘corals’ to use anytime ? I think when you launched them you said they will be helpful during giveways & sales?

  5. i always wanted to have this foundation but i think i should look for other options as well as because i have super dry skin.. i always moisturize my skin before every makeup session.. but still dry skin flakes start coming out from the cheek area… i think i need to try a sample before so that i can get an idea…

  6. You have beautifully reviewed this foundation. The Estee Lauder SAs suggested me this and I was too scared that it might look over the top and unnatural.

  7. Excellent review– to the point, well organized, and clear pictures. Thank you for your helpful post. Please keep them coming.

  8. Hi ankita, for nars i am in the shade Barcelona, so for double wear what shade would i be? Also i am pretty yellow so would Cashew match me?

  9. Hello ankita, i want high coverage foundation so can u suggest me which foundation i can buy for blemishes and scars and for dry skin . i am ver fair and which i can buy easily in market.

  10. Ankita this ques. i have asked many times to u bcoz i really want foundation and concealer for high coverage actually i have an interview so pls reply with both of them with so many shades in stores but not online and in buget thank u

  11. Hi Ankita,

    I was using Mac37 but i feel its little darker on my skin tone. Should i buy tawny or rattan? i am using 3w medium warm concealer from Mac. Please suggest

    1. Rattan is lighter but warmer, Tawny is a little deeper but more neutral. I honestly can’t say which one would work better for you, please try both in the store and check.

  12. I am currently using 2N1 Desert Beige. I find it is really similar to MUFE 118. I just actually made a blog post about this with swatches so if you’d like to take a look, I would love it. I am VERY new to blogging. It’s only my second post. I love the shade 2W2 in your post so I might have to check that out as well. It’s so hard to find what your true color is, at least it is for me.

  13. Hi, I’m looking for a medium to full coverage foundation.which one is your personal favorite Estée Lauder dw and NARS sheer glow!? Which one would be best for combi Indian skin tone??

  14. I am using kryalon foundation .but now after I started Estee lauder double wear foundation it hides my pigmentation and gives me a clean flawless skin look .plus it does not become grey after application .it does not oxidise and stays full day long ….I think I will buy again when this gets over …I am 56 years old and it is perfect for my age

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