Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup | Review


Hi everyone! Recently someone asked me on YouTube about the kind of base I wear for regular outings, meetings etc. and today I’m answering just that question in this post. The Mumbai weather is really not kind to makeup wearers, especially those with oilier skin types and I’ve always struggled with finding the perfect product that would give me light to medium coverage with a long-stay, non-oxidising finish. I am a little partial to high end products when it comes to base makeup, simply because I get better shade options in higher end brands and in most cases, the formula is a little superior as well.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup


In the past, I’ve loved using the following bases for regular wear – NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Clinique Age Defence BB Cream, The Body Shop Cushion Foundation (yet to launch in India) and the LA Girl Pro BB Cream. My latest love though is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup. The name is a mouthful but to put it simply, its a light-medium coverage, hydrating, long lasting foundation. And it comes in a unique twist-up packaging with a sponge at the tip for buffing and blending the foundation. The sponge tip has a tiny well in the centre so when you twist the base, a bit of liquid foundation appears through the well. You can then dab it directly on the skin and use circular buffing motions or light swiping motions to blend it into the skin. The cushion (sponge tip) has a slight stiffness to it and its not super absorbent so it doesn’t drink up your foundation. It does a really good job of blending so you don’t need to go back in with your fingers or another tool to get a seamless finish. In terms of packaging, this is very unique and truly easy-to-use.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup


In terms of formula, this is quite different from the classic Double Wear liquid foundation. Its much lighter in coverage and gives a very natural look. Also, the formula feels very moisturizing, without being greasy, and it works really well for my combination, slightly dehydrated winter skin. It isn’t particularly dewy but does give a healthy, radiant look to the skin. It evens out my redness and slight acne spots very well and the overall result is very natural. The product has a mild, pleasant fragrance which I like.

So far is sounds really good but the real test for me was the wear time. Once you step out of the house, it doesn’t take long for foundations to start melting down a bit or turning darker/orange due to oxidation but this lives up to its 8-hour claim very well! I’ve come back home after a long day of events, meetings etc. and my face still looks pretty good after 10 hours, with just some fading around the nose and mouth area. I generally dab my T-zone area with a tissue every 3-4 hours to take care of excess shine and I have to do that with this foundation as well as it doesn’t have a mattifying formula.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup


I wear the shade 4N1 Shell Beige which matches me quite well. In the classic DW range, I wear 3W2 Cashew which is a little darker and much warmer. Shell Beige is not as warm but doesn’t look ashy on my skin and works very well with my complexion. They have a total of 18 shades so everyone is bound to find a shade match! Overall, I absolutely love this for when I’m looking for a light coverage base. It feels hydrating but doesn’t make my skin greasy. The wear is flawless and I don’t have to worry about my face looking dull or un-presentable after a few hours as it holds up very well, even in humid conditions. The unique cushion stick formula makes it very easy and quick to use and the cushion tip can be removed and washed to prevent bacteria buildup. I can simply find no faults with this and if you’re looking for something light-weight, natural and long lasting, do check out the new Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup.

This is now available in Estée Lauder stores across India, prices at Rs 3500.

You can get it online at as well.



Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup - 4N1 Shell Beige


Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup




  1. January 4, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    The staying powers is not great but yes it is easy to apply and give quite a good coverage.

  2. January 4, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    A unique packaging indeed! I would love to try it out!

  3. January 5, 2017 / 9:08 am

    This looks like a perfect option for me as well since I have very similar skin type and shade match of yours.. Would love to try this once I run out of my existing one! Thanks for the review 🙂

  4. January 5, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    the packaging looks so good 🙂 I would love to try this one..

  5. Renny
    January 5, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Hi awesome review ! My skin color is is similar to yours and I always read your reviews when ordering foundation online mostly your shade choice matches me 😊. I wear tawny in double wear (I feel it’s a bit darker , but I prefer dark than too look ashy ghostly :), rattan was a tad too light for me , I was wondering if this shade will suit me , as I was thinking of ordering from naykaa! please suggest!

  6. DRZ
    January 5, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Would appreciate if you could review the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light as well..

  7. January 6, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Oh it would be great if the shade in the classic range was the right shade for you because the other brands I go by your shade suggestions because it suits me perfectly. Since Shell Beige is not warm, I do not want to risk in buying it.

  8. January 7, 2017 / 3:25 am

    The packaging is very unique! I’m not sure if my oily skin would mesh well with this formula, but I could see it possibly working if I set it with a powder. I also appreciate the range of shades they offer.

  9. Roh
    January 9, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    My skin doesn’t know what it is right now because it’s transitioning to normal or dry from combo (maybe). But this looks like a lovely foundation to try if my skin settles down to normal(ish).

  10. Rajlaxmi Mundhra
    January 10, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Hope you are doing great. I just wanted you to know that I have been watching your videos from a long time now and I really find your work useful. I really like the way you speak, I mean so calmly, it motivates me to stay calm. Thankyou!

  11. Snehal Nandagawli
    January 11, 2017 / 2:23 am

    Hey I am planning to buy the double wear foundation after you recommended it. Please suggest if I should go for the regular bottle one or this cushion one.

  12. Shayri Garg
    January 11, 2017 / 5:11 am

    Please review the Estee Lauder Double Wear maximum coverage foundation as well. I’ve tried the original double wear foundation and I really like it, I’d love to know if the maximum coverage one is better or not. I don’t think the light version has launched in India or I’d have requested a review for that as well.

  13. Naina
    April 27, 2017 / 11:17 am

    The website says that the depth of the shade increases with the number, so, I’d imagine shell beige 4N1 is darker than cashew 3W2.

  14. Somya
    February 9, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I really like your reviews can u please give a review on estee lauder refreshing mist that is shown in this picture u posted. N its little comparison with mac prep + prime

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