Friday First | Estee Lauder Double Wear

I finally dipped my toe into the Double Wear pool and ended up taking the entire plunge...

I wish I knew what took me so long to actually try Double Wear from Estée Lauder; it's always been the single most recommended foundation whenever I've asked for foundations that are good for combination skin. I was colour tested back in December, but I was colour tested in the Water Fresh formula rather than the Stay In Place formula, meaning that the shade originally given to me was slightly off, but we fixed all that and now here we are! Estée Lauder promise that Double Wear Stay In Place has "24-hour staying power" and stays "flawless all day". Estée Lauder promise that Double Wear "stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity", all while feeling "lightweight... comfortable... and won't change colour, smudge, or come off on clothes" ( So with those huge claims, it makes sense to put it to the test during a really warm, and busy 12-hour shift right?

Being a nurse in a dementia nursing home I'm on my feet for the majority of the day, and in this current weather let's face it, my makeup doesn't look as fresh when I get home compared to how it did when I applied it in the morning. Double Wear has some pretty large claims, and a lot seem to be around it staying put and looking fresh, so it made sense to put it to the test during a 12-hour shift. I have to give it to Double Wear, it doesn't budge in the slightest. Usually, halfway through my shift I'm not looking my best, my makeup is starting to break down, and that oil is starting to creep through but for the last few days wearing Double Wear the oil has mainly been kept at bay and it's not really been that obvious. I haven't had to touch up my powder at all, and my makeup hasn't smudged onto my colour at all. I even found that I didn't have those telltale marks on my nose where I'd been wearing my glasses, so that's a definite winner for me!

Double Wear seems to be surrounded with controversy about how best to apply it; it is best with a sponge or best with a brush? So naturally, I went ahead and tried both. Only fair right? Honestly, I find that it applies really nicely both ways and I don't have a prefered way! I wanted to get this review up quickly so I don't have any selfies in this review, but I'll put up some comparison photos on my Instagram over the weekend so keep your eyes peeled for those! I do find that Double Wear does have quite a tacky texture when initially applied, but once I've set it with powder that instantly disappears and I'm good for the entire day.

Will I continue to use Estée Lauder's Double Wear? I'm currently wearing this on a daily basis, and I'm still working my way through the little sample that they give you! I'll definitely be cracking open the bottle that I purchased and I'm very glad I finally took the plunge into the Double Wear pool.
Will I repurchase Estée Lauder's Double Wear? I think I will, but let's face it that's not going to be for a very long time yet. I appreciate that for some £33 for a bottle of foundation might be ridiculous, but for how long this will last it's definitely going to be worth every penny.
Would I recommend Estée Lauder's Double Wear? Definitely, it's the first foundation I've tried that truly doesn't break down, oxidize or smudge everywhere. The tiniest bit went a really long way and this foundation lasted a whole 12-hour shift without even blinking.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. Even though I've been colour matched it's still slightly on the pink side, but it's only noticeable on my neck, and I think if I lightened it then I'd totally throw the colour off believe it or not. The finish is perfect and the finish of this foundation is everything I've ever dreamed of.