Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Primark My Perfect Colour Stay foundation. Ingredient Analysis and a Chemist’s Verdict – Is it a Dupe?

The Estée Lauder foundation is one of the world’s best foundations and the number one foundation for oily skin. Many bloggers agree on this and it is even rated as such in places like Influenster etc. However, Estée Lauder being a high-end brand means that this foundation comes at a price. As a result, beauty bloggers and fans are constantly looking out for cheaper alternatives with the closest matches being the Revlon 24h Colour Stay foundation (60% match – similar dupe) and the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation (80% match – true dupe).

If you missed those posts you can find them here:

Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way.

Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Revlon Color Stay. A chemist’s verdict on whether it is a true dupe.

Recently, there’s been a new foundation in the market, the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation, that has been compared to the Estée Lauder double wear with many claiming that it is a dupe.

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So, is the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation a dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation? Does it work and is it worth your money?

Here’s my chemist’s verdict:

 

Packaging

To me, it was immediately obvious that the Primark foundation is trying to copy the Estée Lauder one. The bottle size, shape and even colouring is very similar with the only different really being the colour of the lid (black for Primark vs Gold for Estée Lauder), the branding and the angles of the bottle (more squared for Primark and more round for the Estée Lauder).

 

Winner: The slightly less harsh bottle angles and the golden lid still make the Estée Lauder one slightly more good looking.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 0 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 1

 

Coverage

Neither of the two foundations is really full coverage but if you apply two layers of both of them you will have a pretty good, almost full coverage that looks fairly natural.

Although I can’t really quantify this scientifically, I felt that the Estée Lauder one was better in coverage and it covered things like blackheads on the nose etc, better and for longer.

The Primark foundation looked great for hours but slowly lost some of its coverage over time, especially on places that you touch often and/or that get oily, like the nose.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation has a slightly better coverage.

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Cost

This is a no brainer, the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation costs only £5, yes you read right, it costs £5 as opposed to the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation which costs £33.50.

Winner: Both contain the same amount (the Primark one contains 2mL more, 32 vs 30mL) so at an amazing £28.5 saving, the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation wins this one.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 1 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 2

 

SPF protection

This category is in my opinion the biggest drawback of the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation which comes with an SPF of only 10. The Primark one on the other hand, comes with SPF 15 which is obviously more protection.

SPF15 is the generally advised minimum to wear on a daily basis, even during winter, and so you might need to make sure that your day cream contains a higher SPF value if you choose to wear the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation. Remember that SPF is not accumulative so it doesn’t count that the Estée Lauder Double Wear contains SPF10.

For more information check out:

Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF

Winner: With SPF 15, the Primark foundation is a clear winner.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 2 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 2

 

Colour Availability

This is an interesting category. When I went to Primark, I actually visited two big stores, I only saw 4 shades of this foundation. Two pale shades and two darker ones. When I checked online it was very difficult to find this foundation and I couldn’t figure out if there are more shades than that. Nevertheless, even if there are more that 4 shades, the fact that they weren’t available to buy at the two shops still makes it disappointing.

I am an Estée Lauder 1N2 Ecru which is clearly darker than the Primark Ivory colour. However, the colour prior to that was “Porcelain” which was way too light for me and the one after was for darker ladies. I didn’t think that the colour would work but it did! You will need to bring it down the neck, to make sure that it looks natural, but that’s true for any foundation. It wasn’t too bright, it just blended into the skin and looked ok!

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Winner: There isn’t really much to say here, with an amazing 40 shade range, that even includes undertones, the Estée Lauder takes this one and holds no prisoners!

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Finish

Both foundations gave a matte finish, although the Primark one was slightly dewier than the Estée Lauder one which is slightly more matte.

The slightly increased dewiness gave the Primark one a slightly nicer finish even though oily skin types, like me, prefer matter. It wasn’t dewy enough to look oily or sweaty it was matte with a touch of dewy, which made things like pores and lines fade out more.

Winner: The Primark finish is slightly less harsh.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 3 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 3

 

Blendability

Both are very easy to blend but the Primark one blended away into the skin slightly easier. I would say that’s because it is slightly thinner than the Estée Lauder one.

Winner: Very close but the Primark one did blend slightly, easier.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 4 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 3

 

Oil control

Although both foundations contain ingredients for oil control and both did very well indeed after a 14h wear, the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation held my oils in check slightly better. I wore two layers of both and of course the same moisturiser and everything else underneath and on top. However, I was slightly less shiny with the Estée Lauder one, perhaps because it is slightly thicker and lasts longer.

The Primark one did an amazing job, I was matte even after a 14h wear, but because it wears off faster you can see the shininess of the skin easier and of course if there is less product, there will be more oils coming through.

Winner: The Estée Lauder one kept me slightly more matte.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 4 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 4

 

Transfer proof tests

Impressively, both foundations don’t transfer much, if you touch your face or your clothes etc. However, the Primark one does come off a little bit (we are talking tiny bit) whereas the Estée Lauder doesn’t come off at all.

Winner: The Estée Lauder doesn’t come off at all but the Primark one was still impressive.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 4 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 5

 

Pore/texture hiding

I was really lost of words the first time I tried the Primark foundation. It filled in my pores without me using any pore primer etc. It gave an almost airbrushed appearance over the pores and lines.

The Estée Lauder doesn’t emphasise pores or lines but it definitely doesn’t do anything to minimise or hide them either.

Winner: The Primark foundation really gave a smoother finish over pores, almost as if they were airbrushed away.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 5 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 5

 

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Practicality of use – user experience

The experience of using these is the same really, as they come in the same type of bottle and neither has a pump.

If you haven’t used a foundation without a pump, don’t worry it is much easier than you think and in fact it is liberating. This way you can actually use as much as you need, even if it is one dot on an ear bud to correct your lipstick etc. But if you really want to, you can buy a pump for the Estée Lauder one for £5 from the brand’s website.

Winner: Equal.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 5 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 5

 

Smell

The Estée Lauder foundation has a faint cosmetic type of smell whereas the Primark one has an even more faint cosmetic type smell that reminds be of baby powder.

Winner: Equal. Neither of them really smell, good or bad, and you likely won’t notice their slight scent when you are using them.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation 5 vs Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation 5

 

Oxidation and overall longevity

Neither of them oxidised, in terms of their colour changing massively, but of course they both age and look slightly less nice, or less fresh, with wear. The Primark one however, was a lot worse, as it picked up lots of fluff from clothes and my face did end up looking “dirtier” than in the morning.

I never had a fluff collecting problem with the Estée Lauder one and although it does age and looks less fresh after a long wear, it still keeps the skin almost flawless.

Winner: The Estée Lauder one is affected much less from wear and looks good for longer.

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Other Perks

The Estée Lauder foundation lasts twice as long, in terms of storage, for 24M against 12M for Primark.

Winner: The Estée Lauder can be stored for longer.

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Ingredients

Surprisingly, the Primark foundation has a more complex formulation that the Estée Lauder one. The Estée Lauder contains 20 ingredients plus 3 “might contain ingredients”, whereas the Primark one contains 29 plus 4 “might contain ingredients”. The might contain ingredients refer to the colourants and so they will different depending on the shade you are buying. As a result, I did not take those into account for my comparison and they are also not mentioned in the ingredient lists given below.

If we take the Estée Lauder as the standard, because it has less ingredients, then the two are approximately 55% similar. That’s only based on what they contain, not the amounts, as the quantities are not stated on the ingredient lists. This means that although they contain a lot of the same ingredients it doesn’t mean that they have them in the same amounts. This would of course change the formulation and behaviour of the foundation but as we don’t know that information, we shall ignore this factor for now.

Still, the 55% gives us a rough idea that these two products are similar, especially since the remaining differences are not all important for the foundation behaviour.

However, at a 60% match, the Revlon Colour Stay 24h foundation is a closer match and the Too Faced Peach foundation an even closer one at a staggering 80%.

If you missed those posts check them out here:

Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way.

Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Revlon Color Stay. A chemist’s verdict on whether it is a true dupe.

There are many ingredients in these foundations but most of them are there for formulation purposes. As a result, and in order to keep this post shorter, I will only be listing the interesting ones, the ingredient positives and negatives, below.

It was actually a challenge to find the ingredients inside the Primark foundation as they are not listed on their website and I also couldn’t find them anywhere online. The foundation doesn’t come with an outer packaging and the ingredients were nowhere to be found on the bottle. I had to go back to a Primark shop to ask for them and apparently, they come in a tiny 1-2cm long sticker that most of the bottles didn’t have on. Mine definitely didn’t! Needless to say, that was not good!

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Nevertheless, the Estée Lauder foundation has better ingredients and less negatives/risks and so it wins this category. However, I must admit, the Primark foundation has much better ingredients than I expected, so good job there Primark.

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Ingredient positives for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation:

  1. Water based formulation
  2. Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
  3. Trimethylsiloxysilicate – A mild adhesive, making the foundation stick to your skin. Also helps form a protective barrier on the skin and minimises moisture loss. Weightless feeling.
  4. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  5. Tribehenin – Skin conditioner and softener.
  6. Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate – Skin conditioner good for sensitive skin.
  7. Magnesium Sulfate – This compound serves more formulation purposes than skin care, like for example texture enhancer, bulking agent etc. However, it can also serve as anti-flammatory fighting acne and blemishes. Absorbs oils, good for oily skin.
  8. Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  9. Polymethylsilsesquioxane – Creates a lubricating, smooth, silky feel and increases the skin’s ability to repel water. Anti-caking agent.
  10. Methicone – Skin conditioner. Also forms a film barrier for makeup to stick to, which can prevent sweat and oils from coming through. Also prevents water loss. Anti-static agent.
  11. Xanthan gum – Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
  12. Alumina – Anti-caking agent that can also absorb oils.
  13. Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Anti-oxidant to help maintain the product’s properties after being exposed to air.

 

Ingredient positives for the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation:

  1. Water based formulation
  2. Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
  3. Talc – An absorbent, good for controlling oily skin.
  4. Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1-dimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  5. Isononyl isononanoate – Skin conditioner and anti-static agent.
  6. HDI/Trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer – Anti-caking agent.
  7. Trimethylsiloxysilicate – A mild adhesive, making the foundation stick to your skin. Also helps form a protective barrier on the skin and minimises moisture loss. Weightless feeling.
  8. Polypropylsilsesquioxane – A film former that leaves a smooth, silky feeling. Also helps with locking moisture into the skin.
  9. Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14-dimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  10. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  11. Nylon-12 – An absorbent, good for controlling oily skin. Reduces shine and mattifies while giving a silky feeling to the skin and not settling into lines.
  12. Cyclohexasiloxane – Skin conditioner that feels silky and slippery. Also applies a protective barrier on the skin and prevents moisture loss. Fills in wrinkles and lines temporarily.
  13. Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate – A UV absorber/filter.
  14. Isododecane – Makes products easily spreadable while giving a weightless feeling. Also a humectant.
  15. Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  16. Benzophenone-3 – UV-light absorber.
  17. Xanthan gum – Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
  18. Ethylhexylglycerin – A preservative and skin conditioner that is used in ointments to treat eczema.
  19. Silica – An absorbent and anti-caking agent, good for oily skin. Can improve spreadability and help the product adhere to the skin. It can even prevent setting of the product ensuring that it is evenly pigmented.
  20. Magnesium stearate – Anti-caking agent that can also enhance the slip and silkiness of the product.
  21. Mica – Reflects the light from the face creating an illusion of a smoother, softer and more radiant skin tone.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation:

  1. Alumina – Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation:

  1. Cyclohexasiloxane – Can harm aquatic life.
  2. Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate – There is strong evidence in some studies that this is a strong human endocrine disruptor, having hormone mimicking effects in laboratory animals. However, this is also found naturally in humans including in a mother’s milk. Research is still ongoing to determine whether this ingredient should be avoided or not.
  3. Aluminium hydroxide – Although safe at low concentrations, some studies show that topical application of aluminium compounds can lead to Aluminium accumulation in the body over time, which is a toxic non-essential metal.
  4. Benzophenone-3 – Although this ingredient is approved by the FDA (up to 6%) and the EU Cosmetics Directive (up to 10%) there is notable negativity around it. Some studies show it can penetrate the skin and cause photosensitivity and some studies attribute this to the higher cases of melanoma in sunscreen users (results still debatable some studies show the opposite). Other studies show this compound behaving similar to the female hormone estrogen suggesting that it might cause breast cancer or other hormonal complications (again so solid proof on this). Some of this compound might be retained in the body and is therefore not advised for use on children. Sweden has banned the use of this ingredient.
  5. Aroma (flavor) – This is a general term describing ingredients that would give the product an aroma of flavour. This doesn’t meant that the product is safe to eat! It is essentially a fragrance. I personally do not like the anonymity of this label and I would have preferred if all ingredients were stated. Some ingredients under this label can cause irritation.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

The following compounds present in the Estée Lauder foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc:Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl acetate, methicone, Phenoxyethanol.

The following compounds present in the Primark foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Benzophenone-3, Aroma (flavor).

 

Full lists of ingredients:

Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methicone, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Alumina, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Primark My Perfect Colour foundation: Aqua (water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1-dimethicone, Isononyl isononanoate, HDI/Trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14-dimethicone, Butylene glycol, Nylon-12, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aluminium/Magnesium hydroxide stearate, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Sodium chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Tocopheryl acetate, Hydrogen dimethicone, Disteardimonium hectorite, Dimethicone, Aluminium hydroxide, Xanthan gum, Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Aroma (flavor), Magnesium stearate, Mica

 

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Verdict 

Is the Primark My Perfect Colour foundation a true dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation?

Yes and no, but mostly no. If you are looking for a dupe you are better off with the Revlon Colour Stay but if you are looking for an actual, true dupe then the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation is almost a copy. Foundation is very important so if you want my advice, spend the cash on the Estée Lauder Double Wear, it is worth it.

The two foundations here were very similar and the Primark foundation definitely gave the Estée Lauder one a run for it’s money, which is amazing in it’s own right. However, when it came to oil control, longevity and coverage the Estée Lauder one was better. Not to mention the Primark lack of colour shades.

The only true advantage of the Primark one was the air-brush effect on pores and of course the price. However, these are not strong enough factors for me to change away from the Estée Lauder Double Wear which lasts me for 14 hours + without retouching. Perhaps I might use the Primark foundation as a pore minimiser, underneath the Estée Lauder one!

The Estée Lauder foundation is just holy grail. On the other hand, the fact that we are even comparing a Primark foundation to the world’s number one, high end foundation is amazing.

A count of points from each category brings the score to: 5 for Primark and 8 for Estée Lauder.

However, this doesn’t mean much as the deciding factor for you might be a specific point that you feel is more important to you, like for example the price difference. I hope this comparison was useful and helps you choose or think about what you want out of your foundation most.

 

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

 

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10 responses to Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Primark My Perfect Colour Stay foundation. Ingredient Analysis and a Chemist’s Verdict – Is it a Dupe?

    • Thank you for reading my lovely, glad it was helpful. What we put on our skin on a daily basis can be very important, for skincare but even health purposes sometimes. Just because it’s makeup shouldn’t mean that it’s bad for the skin.

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      • I have also started looking into this when choosing foundations and I don’t think a lot of people think about it! For me personally I find that cheaper dupes tend to have ingredients in that irritate my skin as it is extremely sensitive, so sometimes it’s not just a case of getting a cheaper alternative because it behaves similarly for 1/3 of the price it really is down to the ingredients in it!

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  1. Eric says:

    Hi 🙂

    There’s no such thing as Polyorioylsilsesquioxane… it is Polypropylsilsesquioxane 😉

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    • I would say try the colour Primark Ivory first and if that’s still too dark your only other option is the Primark Porcelain colour. The best thing to do is go to a shop and try them out on your chin to make sure which one suits you best but in general there aren’t that many options so it would either be one of those two or perhaps you might need to mix the two. Hope this helps x

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