Estée Lauder Double Wear Liquid vs Powder – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

If you have oily skin then I’m sure you’ve heard of the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation and for good reason. It is not one of those overhyped beauty products, it is truly the best foundation for oily skin. There are a lot of shades to choose from, which include undertones, it lasts for 12hours+, feels lightweight, controls oils, doesn’t need re-touching and you can find it to buy from almost everywhere these days.

I always compare other foundations to the Estée Lauder Double Wear as it is the oily skin foundation standard and a lot of beauty bloggers and Influencers seem to agree, ranking as the #1 Liquid foundation even in websites like Influenster.

I wrote many specific articles about this foundation and how it is better than others. If you missed them check out:

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

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, you might be familiar with the Estée Lauder Double Wear but you will likely not have come across the Estée Lauder Double Wear powder version! This foundation post is slightly different as it is not truly a comparison one, but rather looking at what I see as a product addon/support.

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So, let’s have a detailed look. Is the powder version as good as the legendary liquid version and is it worth your time and money? For completion purposes I also included the liquid foundation information in this post.

 

Packaging

Both foundations come with outer packaging which has the typical blue and gold Estée Lauder design and look expensive and elegant.

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.

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Equally impressive, the powder version comes in a plastic packaging that doesn’t feel cheap (but neither very expensive), but is made to look elegant and expensive by the big gold Estée Lauder logo at the top of the lid. When opened up, it contains a mirror at the back of the lid and a flap where the foundation tin sits at the top and a cushion, to help you apply the powder, underneath. The cushion is not of particularly special quality but it is very absorbent and you don’t have to worry about powder coming off it.

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The powder version is of course the most travel friendly one, not only because of the mirror and cushion but also because you don’t run the risk of spillage and it is easier to handle a powder than a liquid when on the go.

 

Product Texture and Finish

Both liquid and powder foundations are easy to handle and they blend easily and well.

The liquid version has a smooth liquid texture which dries quickly to a matte finish. The powder one has a velvet-smooth, almost buttery but still powder-like texture which appears matte on the skin and makes it feel silky soft.

 

Pore/texture hiding

The only drawback of the liquid Estée Lauder Double Wear is that because it gives a matte finish it doesn’t help hide or smooth out your pores. However, it doesn’t add extra texture to them or to anywhere else on your face.

The powder version can hide pores a little but since it doesn’t last as long on the face as the liquid version, it cannot really be considered a “pore fix” unless you keep topping it up. I’ve tried using the powder first to cover pores and then put the liquid over but thsi didn’t work for me, likely because the liquid dissolves the solid underneath.  

 

Coverage

The liquid Estée Lauder Double Wear gives a medium coverage which can be built to almost full with two layers. Layering works really well with this foundation and it is almost a must if you want it to last for 12 hours+ and control your oil production.

The powder version will offer you a light to medium coverage and will also control your oil production to an extent.

Both foundations look natural (if you have the right shade and undertone for your skin) and feel lightweight.

The powder version works really well for quickly topping up areas that either became oily or the foundation has started to slide off (for example some people loose foundation from the nose). These sort of problems can be very easy and quick to fix by using the powder on the top, even at the begining of the day to “set” the makeup or when it’s actually needed.

 

Cost

The liquid Estée Lauder Double Wear 30mL bottle retails for £33.50 and the powder version for £36.00 for 12g.

If we were to take a density of 1g per 1mL (which is not true here but just for the sake of the argument) then the powder foundation is 2.5 times more expensive. This might be slightly off-putting but remember that this product will also last you longer, as you will likely not be wearing it alone but rather just using it for re-touches on the go.

It’s a specialty product and that’s where the price is coming from. If Estée Lauder made it a cheaper, I am sure that many would start using it daily for re-touches or even using it alone without any other foundation.

For me it is still worth the cash because: (a) I only use it for re-touching IF needed so it lasts long and (b) it is more convenient to carry in a bag than the liquid version with a sponge or brush if I ever want to retouch.

 

SPF protection

Both liquid and powder foundations offer a SPF 10. This is low compared to other liquid foundations but good compared to other powder foundations.

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.

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

 

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Colour availability

The liquid Estée Lauder Double Wear comes in an amazing 42 shades which include 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 powder version comes in the same shade name codes as the liquid one so it should be very easy to match yourself up. The 1NE Ecru liquid colour matched the 1N2 powder perfectly and I couldn’t tell where I put some powder over which is actually more rare than you think. This is actually a reason why I never used powder foundations to quick fix liquid ones, because I could never get the right colours! The two I tested definetely matched and worked well together.

Interestingly, Estée Lauder is only displaying 10 powder shades on their UK but there are (or at least used to be) more since the shade I have, the 1N2 Ecru, is not displayed. Click here to be directed to the website.

The Look Fantastic website is displaying 17 shades but still not the 1N2 Ecru (even though I bought it from them so it’s probably out of stock) which means that there are AT LEAST 18 powder shades. Click here to be directed to the Look Fantastic website.

 

Blendability

Both foundations blend very easily and effortlessly and both can be used well with both a brush or a sponge.

 

Oil control

I rarely need to retouch the two layers of the liquid Estée Lauder Double Wear (unless I blow my nose a lot) and although the powder version also lasts long, it does fade away and need re-touching every now and again. However, that’s absolutely fine as I do not believe that the powder foundation is meant to be used on its own. The liquid version is so good that the powder one is there as an addon for quick re-touching.

You can use the powder one alone to control your oils (and have a little coverage) but if you get very oily or touch your face a lot, having so little product on your face will not help much.

 

Longevity

The liquid 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. I wear this foundation on a daily basis for 12hours+ and it never needs re-touching.

The powder version survives a few hours but because there is less of it on your face it does need re-touching as it fades away.

 

Transfer proof tests

Both foundations stick to the skin well and do not come off on clothes or to the touch.

 

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Practicality of use – user experience

The liquid 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. Even if you don’t have experience with using a foundation without a pump you will quickly get the hang of it and even find it liberating.

The powder one is also very easy to use and it even comes with a mirror and a sponge. Patting the sponge lightly into the powder picks up more foundation that it looks, which means that you don’t need to go back and forth many times and the product will last you longer than you’d expect.

 

 Smell

The liquid foundation has a cosmetic scent which is neither pleasant or unpleasant. I’ve personally grown to like it because I’ve been using the foundation for such a long time.

The powder foundation almost smells of nothing, perhaps a little powdery if you put your nose very close to the pan.

 

Oxidation

Neither the liquid or the powder oxidised significantly. The liquid foundation of course darkens a little as it dries but that is normal behaviour and the difference is not enough to consider using a different shade.

 

Waterproofness

Neither foundation is specifically labelled as waterproof but both will survive a little rain or splash of water. Do not rub them off, pat dry if you must.

 

Other

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation lasts for 24M but the powder does not specify this information.

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

“8-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free powder makeup stays fresh, looks natural and won’t change colour, even through nonstop activity. Glides on silky smooth, stays on comfortably, without feeling dry. For a continuously flawless look, without touch-ups.

* 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 this list for the affected shades.

Was: 6N1 Truffle → Now: 6N2 Truffle 
Was: 6C2 Rich Mahogany → Now: 7C1 Rich Mahogany

COVERAGE

Medium, buildable; SPF 10”

 

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Ingredients

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

The powder version on the other hand, contains 16 ingredients of which 14 will offer some positive, 1 potential negative and 2 irritants.

The two foundations are of course not the same formulation and although they contain some overlapping ingredients they also contain some different ones.  This is neither good or bad, it is simply that the powder formulation is different than the liquid one as they are different textures and types of products to begin with.

When it comes to powders there is some concern by some over the ingredients talc and silica so let’s address them head on.

As a chemist I can tell you that there is no scientific proof that talc is harmful, I will go through this in detail in another post. Talc is classed as a skin irritant on its Material Safety Data Sheet (aka MSDS) however, so is table or cooking salt also known as sodium chloride and….we eat it! Pretty much almost everything can be classed as a skin irritant, especially to those with sensitive skin and these labels are very loosely defined. If you use it and you don’t get skin irritation, then there is no reason to worry. The only time when talc can be dangerous to health is if it is breathed in, in large quantities, as a free powder. So…don’t mash up this palette and breath it in.

Same goes for silica, it is only dangerous in free powder form, if you breath it in and if it’s in large quantities or repeated breathing exposure. Sometimes I wish people spent more time being as mindful of the things they eat! Those will likely affect you more!

In fact, if you are trully concerned about these ingredients then it’s your setting powder you should be ditching (which commonly contains one or both), as them being contained and breathed it in loose form IS ACTUALLY unhealthy. However, breathing in any loose powder can be bad for your lungs because it can potentially stick to them and eventually clog them up. That is essentially why loose talc and silica can be bad for you in large quantities or repeated exposure and not so much because they react or do something toxic in your body.

 

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 Estée Lauder Double Wear Powder foundation:

  1. Titanium Dioxide– A powerful sunscreen.
  2. Isostearyl Palmitate – Skin conditioner.
  3. 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.
  4. Calcium Silicate – An absorbent that could control sweat and oils.
  5. Boron Nitride – Can function as a lubricant and an optical diffuser (due to its light scattering properties) creating a soft focus with a shimmery and translucent finish. Has a silky smooth feel and adheres to the skin well. Can also absorb excess oils and helps disperse pigments evenly.
  6. 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.
  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. Phenyl Trimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  9. Polymethylsilsesquioxane– Creates a lubricating, smooth, silky feel and increases the skin’s ability to repel water. Anti-caking agent.
  10. Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer – Forms a film which can protect your makeup but also can absorb excess oils.
  11. Caprylyl Glycol – Skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent.
  12. Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer – Anti-caking agent and deodorant.
  13. Polypropylene – A humectant and viscosity increasing agent.
  14. Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.

 

 

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 Estée Lauder Double Wear Powder foundation:

  1. Polypropylene – Some studies suggest that this material could be toxic and even cause cancer. However, there is no solid proof of that and since it is a polymer, it’s activity would highly depend on its molecular weight which we do not know here.

 

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 Estée Lauder Double Wear Powder foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Hexylene Glycol, 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 Estée Lauder Double Wear Powder foundation:

Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Isostearyl Palmitate, Silica, Calcium Silicate, Boron Nitride, Methicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methyl Methacrylate Xrosspolymer, Capryltl Glycol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Polypropylene, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. [May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)].

 

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Verdict 

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is just a standard for oily skin. If you have combo or oily skin and you haven’t tried it yet, you really should!

The powder version is also very good and I am positively amazed that the colours of the liquid and powder work well together. If you use the liquid Estée Lauder Double Wear often or daily then I really suggest buying the powder version too, for retouching if needed. It’s so much easier to carry it around and it’s more practical than carrying the liquid bottle, it even has a mirror.

It even works well on it’s own if you want a quick and more natural, but still a little polished, look.

I highly recommend both the liquid and powder Estée Lauder Double Wear for oily skin types.

 

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!

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2 responses to Estée Lauder Double Wear Liquid vs Powder – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

    • I definetely have thought about it but as you mentioned there are others who did this already to an extent and I want mine to be more product specific. Thank you for the amazing compliment though because Paula’s Choice is great x

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