Three Way Battle of Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk vs Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free. In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is the world’s best foundation for oily skin, as agreed by many bloggers, and it is even rated as such in places like Influenster etc. It’s such a good foundation that none of the other 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 Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation – In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

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, the search is still ongoing. Are there any other foundations that come close or are as good as the Estée Lauder Double Wear? In this post I will be comparing it directly to the Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup SPF15 foundation and the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free makeup foundation. All three foundations are matte and appropriate for oily skin and are therefore directly comparable.

EL vs Clinique foundations 4_20181107151026505

Are they as good? Are they too similar (Estée Lauder owns Clinique)? Should you switch? Are the Clinique foundations worth your time and money?

Let’s find out.

 

Here’s a summary, green background = positivered = negative, grey = equal/neutral. For all the details keep reading or jump to the category you are interested in.

Note that the table contains some information from different categories together in one, in order to keep it short. For detailed information on each see each category section below.

EL-Clinique foundations 2

 

 

Packaging

All three foundations come with outer packaging.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear comes in an elegant but simple blue with gold writing packaging that gives the foundation an expensive feel. The Clinique foundations come in a floral design packaging with silver writing, which looks beautiful but not as elegant and expensive as the Estée Lauder one. This suits the brands nicely though as Clinique is overall cheaper than Estée Lauder.

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, frosted glass bottle with 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 like and you will quickly get used to pouring out the exact amount you need.

EL vs Clinique foundations 8_20181107151436243

The Clinique Superbalanced foundation comes in a similar glass bottle (with a more square shape) as the Estée Lauder Double Wear but with a silver cap and white writing, which instantly make the bottle look less expensive, even though it’s almost the same thing. It’s the little details sometimes!

It also doesn’t come with a pump and although it’s absolutely not an issue for the Estée Lauder Double Wear, it is a major annoyance for the Clinique Superbalanced foundation as the liquid is thicker and much harder to get out of the bottle. I highly recommend getting a pump for this one otherwise you’d be sitting there tapping the bottle on your beauty blender, for a while…I’ve been using the Estée Lauder Double Wear without a pump for years and yet it was very frustrating to use the Clinique Superbalanced without one.

The Clinique Stay-Matte foundation comes in a see-through plastic tube with silver writing. It doesn’t look cheap, it actually looks and feels very practical, but it definitely doesn’t have the class that the glass bottles above do. Nevertheless, it’s very easy to use as the foundation comes out easily by squeezing, and the opening is small enough to nicely control the amount expelled.

Winner: All foundations look nice but there is a certain class and elegance that comes with the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 1 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 0 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 0

 

Coverage and Finish

All three foundations have a matte finish and look fairly natural IF you find the right shade for you.

I was really looking forward to the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation as I was expecting the finish to be a little more silky and less harsh than a proper matte foundation. Matte foundations are great, especially for oily skin, but they also emphasise pores and texture more than the silky or dewy type. Unfortunately, the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation was actually the harshest, texture wise, of the three. It added more texture to my skin, sometimes even where texture didn’t naturally exist.

None of the foundations emphasise lines and all are appropriate for older skin or textured skin. However, the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation emphasised pores the least.

Winner: Equal. The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte gave a smooth matte finish without extra texture.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 0 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 1

 

Product Texture

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation are easy to handle. However, the Clinique Superbalanced Silk is slightly thicker and therefore, harder to get out of the bottle, which means that you definitely need a pump for that one!

However, other than that, all three foundations have a liquid smooth texture and apply well on the skin.

Winner: Equal. The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte are easy to handle but the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation is thicker.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 0 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 2

 

Pore/texture hiding

None of the foundations emphasised pores or lines, but surprisingly it was the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free that emphasised pores the least.

Unfortunately, all foundations with a matte finish can give a “harsh” emphasis on pores, lines and texture and while none of the three were bad in this category, they are not as smooth or pore/line blurring as the more dewy foundations in the market.

As I mentioned above, this is exactly why I wanted to try the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation as I hoped it would give a less harsh finish around pores. Unfortunately, it was actually the worst and it even added texture in places that I don’t naturally have any like for example, in the area between cheeks and the chin, but strangely not around the mouth or in areas where texture/lines naturally exist or the skin moves.

Winner: Equal. The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte do not add any texture but they also do not blur pores as much as a dewy foundation.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 0 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 3

 

Coverage

All three foundations need a second layer to become almost full coverage. However, that’s not an issue at all as they all work really well with two layers. Wearing two layers of these foundations will control your oil production better and will of course make your foundation last longer.

The only special note here is that even though the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation is thicker it doesn’t actually give more coverage than the other two.

Winner: Equal. All can give an almost full coverage with 2 layers.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 1 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 4

 

EL vs Clinique foundations 33_20181107151555659

 

Cost

The Estée Lauder Double Wear 30mL bottle retails for £33.50, the Clinique Superbalanced Silk 30mL bottle for £25.50 and the Clinique Stay-Matte 30mL tube for £25.50.

However, note that there are many online retailers that stock the Estée Lauder Double Wear and often have discounts on it. This usually makes the Double Wear cheaper, however in this case, even with the discounts, the price difference is big enough to make the Clinique foundations cheaper overall.

Winner: It’s a no brainer, the Clinique foundations are cheaper!

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 2 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 5

 

SPF protection

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

On the other hand, the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation contains SPF 15 and the Clinique Stay-Matte doesn’t provide you with an SPF protection.

SPF protection is a must at all times, to find out more check out Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF

However, I don’t consider foundations with low or no SPF unusable as it is very easy to add a day cream, primer or even sunscreen in your daily skincare, before wearing the foundation. Remember that SPF is not accumulative and the protection you get is the highest SPF factor you are wearing, so whether your foundation has any SPF or not it makes no difference if you cover it otherwise.

Winner: Nevertheless, with SPF 15 the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation is superior.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 3 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 5

 

EL vs Clinique foundations 7_20181107151242615 

 

Colour availability

This is a category where foundations often fail miserably, especially against the all mighty Estée Lauder Double Wear. The brand has noticed how well the foundation is doing and even though they already had more shades than most, they recently increased their shades to an incredibly 54!

The two Clinique foundations come in less shades and do not have as much detail on undertones as the Estée Lauder range, which specifies whether a shade is neutral, cool or warmed toned. This is specified in the shade codes, for example I am a 1N2 where N stands for Neutral but there are other shades where C stands for Cool and W for Warm.

The Clinique Superbalanced Silk comes in 23 shades and the Clinique Stay-Matte in 16.

Note: I know many find this useful, I am an Estée Lauder Double Wear 1N2 Ecru and the closest match I could get in the Clinique Superbalanced Silk was the shade 06 Silk Cream Chamois and in the Clinique Stay-Matte the 06 Ivory. The Estée Lauder Double Wear matches my skin nicely but unfortunately the Clinique ones, even though they are the closest, cannot be worn without covering the neck as the difference is too big. I also felt that both Clinique foundation colours were on the orange side. I of course tried 1 colour lighter when I was colour matching myself, for both foundations, and they were too light. As a result, in order to get the correct, or close enough, Clinique colour I’d have to mix shades which is not ideal.

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

Estée Lauder Double Wear 6 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 3 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 5

 

Blendability

All three foundations blended easily and became one with the skin quickly.

The Clinique Stay-Matte foundation seemed to be absorbed less by a sponge, the Estée Lauder Double Wear second and the Clinique Superbalanced Silk the most.

Winner: Equal. All blend easily into the skin.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 6 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk vs Clinique Stay-Matte 5

 

Oil control

All three foundations are appropriate for oily skin but the Estée Lauder Double Wear absorbs oils a little bit better, especially around the nose area.

I never need to retouch the two layers of the Estée Lauder Double Wear whereas with the Clinique foundations I was getting slightly, nothing major though, shiny.

The Clinique Stay-Matte foundation is specifically mentioned to be oil free and although the other two don’t mention that specifically, I find that it doesn’t really matter. It’s not the oils from the foundation that make you shiny, it’s your own. What you need from the foundation, if you are oily, is ingredients that can absorb your own sweat and oils, see ingredients section below.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear absorbs oils a little bit better.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 7 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 3 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 5

 

Longevity

All three foundations last for 8 hours+ but the Estée Lauder Double Wear survives literally everything. Sleeping, drooling, raining, even a bucket of water in the face. Unless you rub it off, it doesn’t come off.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear and Clinique Stay-Matte can be worn for 12 hours +.

The two Clinique foundations were also resistant to the elements with the Clinique Stay-Matte being being better than the Clinique Superbalanced Silk. This can be explained by some of the ingredients contained, see ingredients section.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear lasts for 12 hours + and survives almost everything.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 8 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 3 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 5

 

Transfer proof tests

The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte foundations do not come off to the touch, however, the Clinique Superbalanced Silk one does. This might also be the reason why it survives the elements a little less and therefore, why it has a shorter wear time.

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation don’t come off on clothes either, unless you rub your skin on them.

Winner: Equal. The Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation are transfer proof.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 9 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 3 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 6

 

Practicality of use – user experience

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is very easy to use, even if you don’t have the pump. The foundation runs out of the bottle easily and blends into the skin effortlessly.

The Clinique Superbalanced Silk is thicker than the other two and quite annoying to get out of the bottle. You need to get a pump for this one but other than that it is easy to use.

Lastly, the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation is the easiest to use as it comes in a squeezable tube and as with the other two above, it blends easily into the skin. The plastic tube also makes it the most travel proof, as you don’t run the risk of breaking the glass bottle and it is also lighter.

Winner: The Clinique Stay-Matte foundation is the easiest to use.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 9 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 3 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 7

 

EL vs Clinique foundations 2_20181107150857513

 

Smell

All three foundations have a cosmetic scent which is neither pleasant or unpleasant. In fact, depending on your personal taste, you might even find some of them pleasant.

In general, they all smell like typical foundations. The Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation smells a little creamier and perhaps oilier.

Winner: Equal. Neither foundation smells bad.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 10 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 4 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 8

 

Oxidation

Neither foundation changed dramatically after drying and longwear however, the two Clinique foundations were slightly more orange than the first few seconds of wear. However, the effect is not big enough to consider changing which shade to buy.

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: Neither foundation oxidises significantly but the slightly orange tint of the Clinique ones is a downside.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 11 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 4 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 8

 

Waterproofness

Neither foundation is specifically labelled as waterproof but the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Clinique Stay-Matte survive a little rain or splash of water. Do not rub them off though, pat dry if you must.

The Clinique Superbalanced Silk can also deal with a bit of water but not as well as the other two. I don’t think that’s due to a “less waterproof” nature but rather simply because this foundation adheres to the skin less than the other two to begin with.

Winner: Neither is 100% waterproof but the Estée Lauder Double Wear and Clinique Stay-Matte survive a little better.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 12 vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk 4 vs Clinique Stay-Matte 9

 

 EL vs Clinique foundations_20181107151708784

 

Other

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation lasts for 24M, the Clinique Superbalanced Silk for 24M and the Clinique Stay-Matte for 24M.

Here’s what Estée Lauder says about the Double Wear foundation:

The UK’s No. 1 Foundation.* 24-hour staying power. Flawless all day.

This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity. It feels lightweight and comfortable and won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.

Also, you can now dispense the perfect amount of Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup with a convenient, reusable pump.

*The NPD Group, Prestige Foundation Value and Unit Sales CY2018 January – September

**As we add more shades to our global range, a few shade codes have changed. No change was made to the shade or the formula, only the code is different. To find your perfect match, please refer to the following list of affected shades.

 

Here’s what Clinique says about the Superbalanced Silk foundation:

A foundation that adds moisture and subtracts oil where needed. It helps to balance out skin types that are sometimes oily and sometimes dry, and also contains anti-irritants and antioxidants to help benefit your skin over time. It provides moderate coverage with a natural finish, and is suitable for mature skins.

What it does:
• Adds moisture and subtracts oil as needed to balance partly oily/partly dry skin with an oil-free formula.
• Minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
• Helps colour stay true with specially coated pigments that do not react to oil or perspiration.

Who it is for:
Dry Combination and Combination Oily Skin (Types 2, 3).

We recommend:
For best flawless results, apply our lightweight, oil-free Superprimer™ Face Primer first to create an ideal makeup canvas.

 

Here’s what Clinique says about the Stay-Matte foundation:

This lightweight gel-cream texture provides all day coverage with a mattifying finish and feels as comfortable as wearing nothing at all. Controls oil breakthrough and keeps skin shine-free, even in extreme heat and humidity all day. Contains shine absorbers to refine the look of troubled areas. Skin looks and feels flawless all day long.

 

EL vs Clinique foundations 5_20181107151113819

 

Ingredients

The Estée Lauder Double Wear contains 20 ingredients of which 13 will offer your some skincare benefit or make the foundation better (like last longer, adhear better to the skin, absorb sweat and oils etc), 1 potential negative and 4 irritants.

The Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation contains 29 ingredients of which 21 will offer you some positive, 2 potential negatives andsd 4 irritants.

Lastly, the Clinique Stay-Matte contains 40 ingredients of which 26 will offer you some positive, 3 potential negatives and 6 irritants.

The two Clinique foundations definetely have more nourishing ingredients, like for example the hero compound, hyaluronic acid, but overall neither foundation has serious negatives or red flags. If your skincare is solid enough then it really doesn’t matter if you are getting a bit more love from your foundation or not, although I am personally a supporter of more nourishing makeup. Why not?

With that being said though, just because a foundation has more ingredient goodies than another doesn’t immediately mean it is more nourishing as we don’t know the exact amounts of each ingredient contained in each foundation.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients (or in this case ones that make the foundation function better in some way) and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

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 Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup foundation:

  1. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  2. Water / Aqua / Eau – Not a water based formulation but still a good ingredient.
  3. Titanium Dioxide– A powerful sunscreen.
  4. PEG-10 Dimethicone – Skin conditioner and emollient.
  5. Ethylhexylsalicylate – A sunscreen that can absorb UVB.
  6. Butylene Glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin.
  7. Phenyl Trimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  8. Isododecane – Solvent and humectant (=locks moisture in).
  9. Isodecyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner and anti-static agent.
  10. Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  11. Laminaria Saccharina Extract – Skin protecting, soothing and fragrance.
  12. Silk Powder / Serica / Poudre De Soie – An absorbent, anti-static and skin conditioner.
  13. Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” molecule. Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
  14. Sorbitan Sesquioleate – A skin soother and humectant (=locks water in).
  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. Polysilicone-11 – A film former which in turn has water binding abilities and leaves a smooth feeling on the skin.
  17. Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
  18. 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.
  19. Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer – A skin conditioner and film former that can protect from the damaging effects of the environment. It can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Some believe it has anti-flammatory properties.
  20. Sodium Chloride – Absorbs water.
  21. Xanthan Gum – A skin conditioner that can hold water and also improve the shelf life of a product.

 

 

 Ingredient positives for the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free foundation:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Butylene Glycol– Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin.
  3. Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate – Skin conditioner.
  4. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  5. 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.
  6. Nylon-12 – Reduces shine and mattifies.
  7. 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.
  8. Laminaria Saccharina Extract – Skin protecting, soothing and fragrance.
  9. Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract – A skin conditioner and soother.
  10. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  11. Cholesterol – A good skin conditioner and replenishing compound that can help maintain the skin’s healthy feel and appearance. Our skin naturally contains cholesterol, it works by strengthening the outer structure of the skin and protecting it from dehydration.
  12. Glycerin– Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  13. Zinc Stearate – A lubricant with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
  14. PEG-10 Dimethicone – Skin conditioner and emollient.
  15. Caffeine– A potent anti-oxidant, skin conditioner, that can wake up the skin and improve the appearance of puffy eyes. It can sooth and penetrate the skin and reduce redness. It slows down the process of photo-ageing.
  16. Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  17. Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
  18. Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer – A skin conditioner and film former that can protect from the damaging effects of the environment. It can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Some believe it has anti-flammatory properties.
  19. 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?
  20. Phenyl Trimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  21. Triethyl Citrate – Anti-oxidant and fragrance.
  22. Hydroxyapatite – Creates a soft focus effect, anti-ageing.
  23. Xanthan Gum – A skin conditioner that can hold water and also improve the shelf life of a product.
  24. Sodium Chloride – Absorbs water.
  25. Sodium Citrate – An anti-oxidant and preservative.
  26. Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” molecule. Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?

 

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 Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup foundation:

  1. Alcohol Denat. – There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative. Additionally, since this product is a spray that is used over makeup, not all or any of this ingredient might actually reach the skin.
  2. Lecithin – Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free foundation:

  1.  Lecithin – Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.
  2. Sorbic Acid – This compound has mixed evidence with some suggesting that it could be a human skin toxicant where others find it only slightly irritating. There are some studies that link it to cancer and some have reported it as an allergen.
  3. Alcohol – There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.

 

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.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

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 Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol.

The following compounds present in the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

 

Full list of ingredients for the 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.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup foundation:

Dimethicone, Water / Aqua / Eau, Titanium Dioxide, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylsalicylate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Isodecyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat., Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone Silylate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Silk Powder / Serica / Poudre De Soie, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Polysilicone-11, Lecithin, Laureth-7, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Dimethicone / PEG-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947).

 

Full list of ingredients for the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free foundation:

Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Nylon-12, Silica, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cholesterol, Glycerin, Zinc Stearate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Caffeine, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethyl Citrate, Hydroxyapatite, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Nylon-6, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica.

 

EL vs Clinique foundations 6_20181107151152709

 

Verdict 

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is not as cheap and probably not as skin nourishing as the Clinique ones. However, it lasts the longest and looks the most natural, as you are almost guaranteed to find a matching shade out of the 54 offered.

So which one is best?

I would reject the Clinique Superbalanced Silk just on the basis of it coming off to the touch and adding texture where texture doesn’t actually exist.

The Clinique Stay-Matte on the other hand, has a lot of qualities similar to the Estée Lauder Double Wear and possibly even more nourishing ingredients and better pore blurring. However, the incredibly low 16 shades means that you will likely have to mix colours or risk looking strange.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is still superior not only due to the amazing colour range but even on little things like it’s amazing oil control and “waterproofness”. I trust wearing this foundation while running in the rain or even when accidentally falling asleep for a couple of hours and knowing I will still wake up looking ok (don’t sleep with your makeup on though!).

If Clinique increased the shade range of the Stay-Matte foundation I’d be willing to give it another go but for now, the Estée Lauder Double Wear is still the queen of foundations.

EL vs Clinique foundations_20181107151708784

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
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!

This article is from www.bonds-of-beauty.com. Click below to find me on:

InstagramTwitterPinterestBloglovinBlogoramaWordPress and Influenster.

Support donation

Become a Bonds of Beauty patron by buying me a coffee or sponsoring a post! Your support is highly appreciated. If you would like me to buy and review a specific item or subject with the money sent, let me know in a message or email. Lots of love, Bonds of Beauty

£1.00

 

 

 

7 responses to Three Way Battle of Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk vs Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free. In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

  1. I have work the Clinique stay matte for years now and love it. I recently purchase the Estée Lauder double wear and can’t stand it. It feels like I am wearing a mask and I am always aware of it sitting on my skin. The Clinique isn’t like that at all. Great review though!! Xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beauty products can work very differently for people as we have different skin and requirements. For me the Estèe Lauder double wear is one of the most lightweight, don’t even know I’m wearing it foundations. Glad you found a foundation that works for you though, it’s a hard task, and thank you for reading x

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yea they certainly can. I think I am the minority that don’t think it’s much good. I still use it but wouldn’t rebuy. Lovely post though and hugely informative x

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s