Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation – In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

The Estée Lauder Double Wear 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. It’s so good that none of the foundations I’ve tried so far, even the so called dupes, have managed to convince me to switch.

If you missed those posts check out:

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

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

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

However, I’ve recently tried the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation and it seems to be incredibly similar to the Estée Lauder Double Wear. So much so that I couldn’t tell them apart when on the face! It got me wondering if it is actually a “dupe”, even though dupes generally tend to be cheaper products (the Tarte foundation is the same price as the Estée Lauder). The two foundations are so similar that even when I wore them half and half on my face people couldn’t tell that I’m wearing two foundations. Yes they looked so similar that I dared to leave the house with a half and half face of foundations! The difference really then must be in the details. So let’s find out!

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Is the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation a “dupe” for the Estée Lauder Double Wear?

Which foundation is best and which is worth your money and time? Is the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation good enough to take down the iconic Estée Lauder Double Wear?

Here’s my chemist’s verdict:

 

Packaging:

Both foundations come with an outer cardboard packaging. Both look fairly simple but elegant but neither are specifically pretty or special.

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It’s a similar story for the actual foundation packaging. The Estée Lauder Double Wear  comes in a simple but elegant and expensive looking and feeling, glass bottle and a gold metallic (thin metal that sits on plastic) cap. It doesn’t have a pump, although you can buy one from Estée Lauder for £5, but if you used this before you know that actually you don’t need one. It’s quite liberating to be able to use as much or as little foundation as you’d like.

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The Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation comes in a cylindrical glass bottle which looks more like the traditional foundation packaging. It also has matte frost glass and a gold with purple detail cap (also thin metal that sits on plastic). It doesn’t have a pump either but it comes with a thick wand applicator.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear looks a little more elegant and beautiful and is possibly a little more hygienic as the Tarte wand is a potential contamination source of bacteria from your skin into the foundation.

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Coverage:

Both foundations offer medium to almost full coverage. They are both easily buildable.

Despite the fact that the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation is marketed as a foundation that “smooths over pores and imperfections”, it didn’t seem to cover or emphasise pores or imperfections at all, same as for the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

Winner: Equal.

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Cost:

The Estée Lauder Double Wear 30mL bottle retails for £33.50 whereas the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation 30mL bottle retails for £33. As a result, I guess the Tarte wins this category as it is cheaper, but only by £0.50.

However, there are many online retailers that sell the Estée Lauder Double Wear and they often have price reductions (Look Fantastic often has a 10-30% off on the brand) so you can get this foundation for cheaper if you time your purchase right. On the other hand, I’ve really struggled to find the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation anywhere else other than on the Tarte website (in the UK) which means that I’d have to pay full price every time.

As a result, I would say that actually in the long term, it is actually the Estée Lauder Double Wear that is cheaper.

Winner: Equal. Tarte is £0.5 cheaper but you can find the Estée Lauder Double Wear on cheaper offers much more often.

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SPF protection:

The Estée Lauder Double Wear comes with SPF10 which is low and is one of it’s drawbacks, as it falls short from the minimum daily recommended SPF15.

Surprisingly, the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation is one of the very few foundations that compare to the Estée Lauder Double Wear and have a lower SPF factor, in this case of 0!

It is worth to note that the Tarte foundation contains Titanium Dioxide which is a good sunscreen agent however, without Tarte stating an SPF value, I’d consider this to be 0 to be on the safe side.

Winner: Even with the low SPF10, the Estée Lauder Double Wear wins this category over the non existing SPF protection in the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation.

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Colour availability:

The Estée Lauder Double Wear has an amazing 54 shade range with different skin tones and under tone combinations, something that very few foundation ranges have.

The Shape Tape Matte foundation comes in only 18 shades and doesn’t have as much detail on undertones as the Estée Lauder range.

Note: I know many find this useful, I am an Estée Lauder Double Wear 1N2 Ecru and the Tarte Shape Tape Fair-Light Neutral colour matches my skin shade perfectly. Not that the Tarte Fair-Light Neutral looks like it has a pink undertone when wet whereas the Estée Lauder 1N2 Ecru is neutral. This small detail is less obvious after the foundations dry (see pictures below). In fact I went out with half and half on my face and no one noticed. After asking people if they can tell a difference, most said no, with one person thinking that the Tarte looked a tiny bit darker.

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The Tarte foundation does indeed oxidise or darken with wear, more than the Estée Lauder, but the effect is not strong enough to have to consider purchasing a lighter colour. You probably won’t even notice when it’s on your face.

Winner: Very clear winner, as it often is, the Estée Lauder Double Wear 54 shade range is hard to beat.

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Finish:

Both foundations offer a nice matter finish that doesn’t look harsh. They both look natural, if you get the right colour for you.

However, when I went out with half and half on my face and asked people to pick which side they like best, even though most except one person, didn’t think that the sides look different, most of them picked the left side which unknown to them, was the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

I think the reason why people preferred it even though they couldn’t tell the difference is because it worked with my natural skin colour better. The fact that the 1N2 Ecru is neutral is exactly what I need for my neutral skin tone whereas the slight pink undertone in the  Tarte Fair-Light Neutral probably makes it look a little off or less natural on me.

It just goes to show that even though it might sound excessive to have 40 shades with all the different undertones, Estée Lauder knows what they are doing.

Winner: It was a very close call really so I’ll call it a draw. However, bear in mind that there is a better chance of finding a more natural “finish” from the Estée Lauder range because of all the shades and undertone combinations.

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Blendability:

Both foundations are very easy to blend and become one with the skin easily.

However, note that the Tarte foundation left less makeup traces on the sponge, perhaps because most of it is placed directly on the face with the wand. It looked like there is less foundation “wastage”.

Winner: Equal.

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Oil control:

Both foundations control oil production well, even after a 12 hour wear. There was a little shine with both of them on my nose and forehead but nothing major. Both are very good options for oily skin.

Winner: Equal.

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Longevity:

I wore both foundations for 12 hours+, sometimes even by having them half and half on the face to test directly.

Even though both survive much better than many other foundations out there, the Estée Lauder Double Wear was superior in longevity.

Unfortunately, the Tarte Shape Tape foundation showed a little bit of patchiness on the forehead and on the nose, as sweat and hours of wear kicked in. It looked as if the foundation has come off at parts and I got white patches of naked skin showing. It’s nothing that you can’t easily fix with a retouch but it’s definitely not as robust as the Estée Lauder Double Wear which remained evenly coated throughout.

Additionally, the Estée Lauder Double Wear lasts for 24M whereas the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation lasts for only 6M. That is definitely a little short for a foundation but on the other hand, if you haven’t used it up in 6 months you probably never will.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear survives flawlessly for longer in the packaging but also on the skin.

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Transfer proof tests:

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is the only foundation I found so far that doesn’t transfer on hands or clothes at all.

The Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation is not bad either, however, it does transfer a tiny bit on hands if you rest your face on them or after your oils or sweat come through.

In general, just don’t touch your face when you have makeup on, but both are very good options if you accidentally do.

Winner: This was a close call but the Estée Lauder Double Wear sticks to the skin a little bit better, especially after hours of wear, swear or oil production.

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Pore/texture hiding:

Although Tarte states that the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation “…smooths over pores & imperfections with rich, airbrushed full coverage that dries to a flawless matte finish…”, I didn’t think that this foundation was any better at hiding pores than the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

They both neither hide or accentuate pores, they just sit on the skin and around the pores if you don’t work them well in. Use a pore minimiser primer if you want pore coverage, these foundations will not do that.

Winner: Equal. Neither hide or accentuate pores.

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Practicality of use – user experience:

Both foundations are easy to use, blend well and last all day. As a result, the difference  in user experience is just in their bottle.

I’ve grown to love the Estée Lauder Double Wear open bottle without a pump, as I can use as much or as little foundation as I want. I can even go in the bottle with a tiny cotton bud, without wasting any more foundation than needed.

However, I also really enjoyed using the Tarte wand. It is very easy and fast to just apply it all over the face and over specific areas that need more coverage. It also meant that I used a lot less product than I would otherwise and there was also only tiny traces left over on my makeup sponge.

Winner: Equal. Both are very easy to use and the open bottle vs wand is down to personal preference. I loved the wand but I question how sanitary it really is and how much the bacteria transfer from the face to the bottle destroy the foundation formulation and function over time.

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Smell: 

Both foundations have a subtle cosmetic scent but nothing specific. They neither smell bad or good and you probably won’t smell them at all unless you sniff the bottles. The Estée Lauder Double Wear smell was more intense but again nothing too strong, good or bad.

Winner: Equal. They both have a subtle cosmetic scent that is neither pleasant or unpleasant.

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Oxidation:

Neither foundation oxidized significantly. All foundations naturally darken a little when they dry, or after hours of wear as they become “dirty”. However, this behaviour is not exactly the same type of oxidation that makeup artists talk about. You will not need to purchase a lighter foundation colour for these foundations.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear oxidised less but we are talking tiny amounts of difference.

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Waterproofness:

Neither foundation is fully waterproof, despite Tarte stating that the Shape Tape Matte foundation is waterproof. It really depends what you define as waterproof in cosmetics, if it means not washing off when splashed then both foundations are. If it means not budging at all when wet and wiped then neither of the two are.

Both of them survive a splash of water but if you rub them while wet they will come off slowly.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear was a lot more resistant to sweat and oils than the Shape Tape which started becoming patchy.

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Other: 

The winning category for Tarte then might be the fact that it is a brand that creates vegan products.

Both brands are committed against animal testing.

Winner: If you are looking for a vegan product then Tarte is the one for you.

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Ingredients:

The Estée Lauder Double Wear contains 20 ingredients whereas the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation contains 23. However, the Estée Lauder also has some “may contain ingredients” which are also found in the Tarte and therefore, overall they probably contain the same amount of ingredients.

Despite the fact that when used on the face these two foundations look almost identical, an ingredient analysis match shows that the Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation is only 55% similar to the Estée Lauder. This is the same match as the Primark My Perfect Colour Stay foundation which costs only £5! It seems then that ingredient wise, the Revlon Colour Stay is a closer match at 60% and the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation is almost a dupe at 80%.

The fact that they are only a 55% ingredient match yet behave and look almost the same could mean two things:

(a) they either have the same amounts of most of their similar ingredients and so the rest don’t make as much of a difference or

(b) they behave in the same way even though they have different ingredients

Overall, both foundations have a similar amount of ingredient positives, negatives and irritants. By a tiny margin though, I’d say that the Estée Lauder Double Wear contains slightly better/more skin conditioning agents and so it might actually be better for the skin. On the other hand, the Tarte foundation doesn’t have any ingredient negatives and it has 1 less possible irritant. It’s a very close call and this category is a draw.

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Ingredient positives:

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 Tarte Shape Tape foundation:

  1. 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.
  2. Water/Aqua/Eau.
  3. Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer – Film former, viscosity agent and can also absorb oils.
  4. Isododecane – Solvent and humectant (=locks moisture in).
  5. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  6. Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer – Film forming agent that helps the foundation binding onto the skin.
  7. Phenyl Trimethicone – Anti-foaming and skin conditioner.
  8. 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.
  9. PEG-10 Dimethicone – Skin conditioner and emollient.
  10. 1,2-Hexanediol – Preservative and moisture binding agent.
  11. Kaolin – A drying agent that can limit cakeyness and control oil production.
  12. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  13. Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  14. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) – A colourant that can also be used as a sunscreen.

 

Ingredient negatives:

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 Tarte Shape Tape foundation:

None.

 

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 Double Wear 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 Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol.

 

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.

Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

 

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Verdict – Which of the foundations is worth your money?

With an overall score of Estée Lauder Double Wear 8 vs Tarte Shape Tape Matte foundation 1, it is clear that the Double Wear is still hard to replace. However, the score is not representative of how good and similar, almost identical, the Tarte foundation is. The decisions on the score were made on tiny points of difference in order to figure out a winner, even by a hair.

As a result, whichever foundation you choose, you will be using a very good one indeed. For me, the Estée Lauder Double Wear is still a winner, mainly because of the colour and undertone range and the superior longevity as I often wear makeup for 12 hours+. However, this was one of the closest foundation dupes/battles I’ve seen so far, a job well done by Tarte.

 

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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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15 responses to Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation – In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

    • For these two foundations it’s not exactly oxidation as other foundations do where you need to consider getting a slightly lighter colour to begin with. All coloured liquids appear slightly different when they dry, it’s partly “dehydration”. Glad you enjoyed the read 🙂

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  1. Amy Waterfield says:

    This was a lovely read. I have oily skin and I’ve been looking to try both of these but I may have to try the Estee Lauder one first now! x

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    • Thank you for reading. I know the pain of the oily skin, having one myself, and i would recommend the Estèe Lauder double wear highly. You might want to check out my post on oily skin moisturisers too, you can find it under bonds of beauty (all articles here) at the top of the page or search my site for “moisturisers for oily skin”. Hope it helps x

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  2. I have never tried either of these foundations, but wow!! You definitely pulled a lot of similar and not so similar results in this post!! Plus I love that you got so much information just out of these two products!! ♥

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    • Thank you for reading my lovely. Both foundations are of very good quality but if you wanted to try one and you have combination to oily skin I’d highly recommend the Estèe Lauder x

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