Best Foundation Dupe yet? Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop vs Nyx Stay Matte – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is the world’s best foundation for oily skin. I’ve tried many others in the process and none have been able to convince me otherwise. Many bloggers and influensers agree and it is even rated as such in places like Influenster. It’s such a good foundation that even the so called dupes I’ve tried so far, have not managed to convince me to switch.

If you missed those posts 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, 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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation and for completion, also to the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation. All three foundations are matte and appropriate for oily skin and are therefore directly comparable.

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Are these foundations as good as the Estée Lauder Double Wear? Is the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop worth the hype? Which foundation is 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.

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Packaging

Only the Estée Lauder Double Wear comes with outer packaging. It comes in an elegant but simple blue with gold writing, cardboard packaging that gives the foundation an expensive feel.

Although neither of the Nyx foundations come with outer packaging they do come with a seal, so you will know that it is a new product that no one touched.

The Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation comes with a little sticker that holds the cap to the bottle. If you can take the lid off without breaking this seal, then the foundation has been opened by someone else.

The Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation comes completely covered in tight plastic rapper and it is immediately obvious if it is new or not.

Cheaper brands tend to skip outer packaging, to make products cheaper and perhaps even more environmentally friendly.  Outer packaging is not really needed but it does make a product look a little more polished and it allows for information, such as ingredients and how to use, to be visibly printed.

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In terms of actual product 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.

The Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump that has minimal design. It has a black cap and the typical Nyx branding. In general, it doesn’t sound very pretty but there is something about the black cap and the black writing that looks appealing.

On the other hand, the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat comes in a plastic tube but it actually looks and feels much better than expected, perhaps because of the matte finish and the black contrast.

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

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Coverage and Finish

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

The Estée Lauder Double Wear provides a medium coverage that is buildable to an almost full coverage with two layers. It gives a matte finish that looks natural and although it is not harsh, it doesn’t hide (but neither accentuates) pores or lines.

It’s a very similar story with the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation with the exception that it is actually a full coverage almost from one layer and definitely after two. Additionally, this foundation does provide a slight blurring or filling of pores. Depending on how your pores behave and how big they are, you might not even need a pore filler!

The Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation provides a medium to full coverage after two layers and although it doesn’t emphasise pores or lines, it also doesn’t help hide them.

Winner: The Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop not only provides a full coverage easily but it also fills in pores a little.

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Product Texture

All foundations are easy to handle but the Estée Lauder Double Wear is the most liquid of them all (not in a bad way).

The Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat has a medium consistency between a free flowing liquid and a thicker cream, which makes sense as it is packaged in a tube and so needs to be slightly thicker and squeezable. The downside of this is that the foundation doesn’t feel silky.

Finally, the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is also fairly thick but a little more liquid than the Stay Matte. However, it is noticeably more thick than other foundations that come in a bottle with a pump. This is not necessarily a downside though, as it still works and feels fine. I actually liked the thickness because it immediately gave the illusion (although it ended up being true) of a higher coverage.

Winner: All three foundations have different textures but the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop feel a little more silky and nicer to apply to the skin.

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Pore/texture hiding

As mentioned above, none of the foundations emphasised pores or lines but the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is the clear winner here. It managed to fill (or perhaps because it is higher coverage, to cover better) my pores to an extend that I considered not using a pore filler at all, but I did anyway because my pores are craters.

However, bear in mind that all foundations with a matte finish can give a “harsh or harsher” emphasis on pores, lines and texture and while none of the three were bad in this category, in fact the Nyx Can’t Stop was good, they are not as smooth or pore/line blurring as the more dewy foundations in the market.

Winner: The Nyx Can’t Stop foundation can hide pores a little.

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 Cost

The Estée Lauder Double Wear 30mL bottle retails for £33.50.

On the other hand, the Nyx foundations are much cheaper. The 30mL Nyx Can’t Stop bottle retails for only £15 and the Nyx Stay Matte for an even more amazing £7 for 5mL more (35mL)!

Winner:  Although the winner here is the Nyx Stay Matte foundation, I think that it is unfair as something being cheap but not working well is not exactly good. The real winner is the Nyx Can’t Stop foundation which works well and is more than half the price, in comparison to the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

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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, neither of the two Nyx foundations offer any SPF protection.

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

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear at least contains, even if it’s low, SPF10.

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Colour availability

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is always the queen of this category with an amazing 54 shades. What’s even better is that the shades also include neutral, cool or warm undertones, which is something that a lot of superdrug or cheaper foundations do not do. It’s really the little details that will make the foundation look natural on you and finding the right undertone can really make or break the look. Even if you find the right colour, if your foundation is for example, more yellow than you are, it will look strange!

Estée Lauder specifies the undertone in the shade codes, for example I am a 1N2 Ecru, where N stands for Neutral but there are other shades where C stands for Cool and W for Warm.

On the plus side, Nyx has also done a very good job offering 45 shades for the Can’t Stop foundation but then only 30 for the Stay Matte.

Although 45 shades is obviously not as much as the almighty 54, Nyx has done a really good job for its price range (and let’s not forget that Estée Lauder only recently increased to 54). The shades offered also seem to be fairly inclusive which is great. The only drawback is that although some shades are more neutral, cool or warm toned that is not specified in the naming of the shade, so you cannot quickly find out which one is right for you without testing a few.

I also thought that the lighter shades (I cannot speak for the darker ones I’m afraid) were a little off in their colour description. When it comes to drugstore foundations, Ivory is usually a colour that not only fits my skin tone but also gives me a little, but not unnatural, colour boost (otherwise I am literally Casper but not friendly ghost). However, I felt that both Nyx foundations were lighter than I expected.

I initially picked up the Nyx Can’t Stop in the shade Vanilla which turned out to be a little lighter than I wanted. The next one up is called Warm Vanilla which is a little darker but very yellow toned so I gave it a skip. The next one is called Nude which is a shade that normally is way too dark for my skin tone, but ended up being lighter than I expected. To get the perfect match I ended up mixing Vanilla with Nude (about 50:50). I never bought the colour Nude for any other drugstore foundation and so the shading seems to be a little off compared to others.

The same story goes for the Nyx Stay Matte. I initially went for the shade Ivory which is usually the shade I go for in drugstore foundations. However, it was definitely way too light for me. Sadly, I didn’t spend time trying to figure out which shade or mixing ratio would be right because this foundation wasn’t worth it (read the rest of the sections to find out why).

In general, lighter shades than expected is not a huge issue as you should always colour match yourself before buying a new foundation, but it is a little confusing and more time consuming to actually get a match the first time because the shades you know and are used to suit you, might not.

I have to say though, I still prefer the Estée Lauder Double Wear 1N2 Ecru on me as opposed to the Nyx Can’t Stop Vanilla-Nude combination. Not only is it annoying to have to mix shades but I was also not fully happy with the colour of my face! The two Nyx Can’t Stop shades I’ve tried were very brown-yellowish, whereas the Estée Lauder Double Wear has a little pink in it, even if it’s neutral toned, which makes it look more like real skin on me. I had to wear a blush or bronzer (or both sometimes) after the Nyx Can’t Stop foundation as the undertone made me look a little flat and fake.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear not only comes in 54 shades but also specifies if the undertones are neutral, cool or warm toned.

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Blendability

All three foundations blended easily and became one with the skin quickly. Additionally, neither foundation seemed to be absorbed, on a beauty sponge, considerably more than the others.

Winner: However, the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop blended a little faster and easier than the Nyx Stay Matte.

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Oil control

All three foundations are appropriate for oily skin.

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop do not need re-touching when worn with two layers and my oils do not come through at all.

Good skincare will make you A LOT less oily but I also use the Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 under my foundations, which not only gives a reasonable SPF protection but also helps to keep me matte.

If you missed this post check out: A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

On the other hand, the Nyx Stay Matte foundation is marketed as oil free but was actually the one that I got the most shiny with. Most of the time it’s not the foundation’s  oils that make you shiny, but rather your own coming through and so far I’ve never found oil free foundations to be superior.

It also doesn’t help that the Nyx Stay Matte is the foundation that comes off the most, meaning that if there is less product on your face it will also likely control oil production the least and will overall look the worst.

Winner: Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop kept me matte for hours when I used two layers.

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Longevity

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop last for 12hours+ without needing a re-touch and while still looking fairly natural. They also both survive the elements well, including sleeping, drooling, raining, even a bucket of water in the face. Unless you rub them off, they don’t come off. Pat dry if you must.

The Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is marketed to last 24hours, however, I didn’t test that because:

(a) I never stay awake for 24 hours

(b) going to sleep with makeup is a no-no and

(c) even if I was to wear it while I sleep, it wouldn’t be a real test as the foundation will go through physical tears, while I rub my face on the pillow etc, and that’s a different factor and not an accurate test.

It does makes me wonder though, how did they test this and why would you even care if it lasts for that long. Even for the longest makeup wearers like me, 12hours+ is more than enough.

Unfortunately, the Nyx Stay Matte started coming off very quickly for me, probably because it is never truly transfer proof to begin with.

However, neither foundation became cakey or added other texture or settled into lines.

Winner: Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop have incredible longevity.

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Transfer proof tests

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop are transfer proof. They do not come off to the touch or on the clothes.

Unfortunately, the Nyx Stay Matte was not transfer proof for me. It came off every time I touched my face, which in turn meant that I lost coverage and oil control much faster. Not to mention that it doesn’t look pretty to all of the sudden have different coloured patches on your face! Yes, we’ve all been there.

Winner: Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop are transfer proof.

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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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is also very easy to use and the fact that it is slightly thicker in texture doesn’t make it harder to blend. In fact, there were sometimes when I thought that it blended even a little easier than the Estée Lauder Double Wear. This foundation comes with a pump which works well and is easy to use.

Lastly, the Nyx Stay Matte is the least easy to use because of its texture taking a little longer (but still easy) to blend. Other than that, the tube is easy to use and practical to travel with.

Winner: All three are easy to use but the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Nyx Can’t Stop are a little more effortless.

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Smell

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

Winner: Equal. Neither foundation smells bad.

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Oxidation

Before we get into oxidation, bear in mind that all foundations (or coloured liquids) will darken a little after drying and so a slightl darkening in colour is not exactly oxidation (it’s dehydration) which means you don’t need to buy a shade lighter. Foundations also darken after hours of wear as they become “dirty” and mix with your sweat, oils and environmental debris.

As expected, all foundations darken slightly when they dry but the effect was not big enough to consider getting a different shade for any of them. The foundation that showed the largest darkening effect was the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop but it wasn’t enough to consider getting a lighter shade.

Winner: Neither foundation oxidises significantly and all darken slightly as they dry.

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Waterproofness

Only the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is specifically labelled as waterproof but the Estée Lauder Double Wear also survives a little rain or splash of water. Do not rub them off though, pat dry if you must.

The Nyx Stay Matte also survived a little rain but it wasn’t as flawless as the other two. This foundation is already not transfer proof under normal dry conditions, so it doesn’t survive anything harsher as well as the other two.

Winner: Neither foundation is 100% waterproof but the Estée Lauder Double Wear and Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop survive quite well.

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Other

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation lasts for 24M, the Nyx Can’t Stop for 12M and the Nyx Stay Matte for 12M. This means that you can stock up on the Estée Lauder Double Wear for longer but realistically 12M is already enough. If you don’t use up the foundation in that timeframe then it’s time to declutter!

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is also superior in flash photography. As you can see from the score so far, the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is really giving the Double Wear an amazing run for its money, more than any other foundation out there. Sadly though, when it came to flash photography, the Nyx Can’t Stop was really ugly! Flash always adds more brightness to what is being photographed (that’s the point) and all foundations will look slightly lighter if you flash your face from close up. However, the Nyx Can’t Stop was significantly brighter to the point where I ended up looking like a ghost.

Here’s a quick example of small patches on the arm. You can clearly see that the Nyx Can’t Stop was much brighter under flash, compared to it’s initial colour, than the Double Wear. This is only a small patch test, imagine how this translates on the entire face. I have taken face pictures and I was even embarrased to look at them myself!

Additionally, because it lightens up so much the effect emphasises all flaws like a highlighter. If you didn’t put as much or any foundation around your eyes, it will show up. If you have a pore sticking out on your cheeks, it will show up. If the foundation has rubbed off a bit and you have any blackheads on your nose, they will show up and the blackheads will look like black holes. IF there is any flaw whatsoever, it will show up and even if there isn’t you will look like a ghost. I highly DO NOT recommend the Nyx Can’t Stop for photography, especially flash photography.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is perfect for photography as it doesn’t loose its colour or reflect a lot of light. The Nyx Stay Matte was also ok but nowhere near as natural as the Estée Lauder Double Wear.

So even though the Double Wear and the Can’t Stop have been equal so far, for photography there is only one option. Estée Lauder Double Wear.

 

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 Nyx says about the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation:

“Lightweight, waterproof and pigmented AF, our new Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation hustles as hard as you do. This comfy liquid formula comes in 45 flattering tones that don’t transfer. Every creamy shade glides on smooth, delivering matte coverage and colour that stays true for up to 24 hours. Our little over achiever also works to control shine and mattify your complexion all-day long. But it doesn’t stop there: this foundation is non-comedogenic and suitable for normal, oily, combination, and sensitive skin types.”

 

Here’s what Nyx says about the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation:

“Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation provides full coverage with a mineral-enriched matte finish. The oil-free and water-based formula is perfect, whether you are in the studio, or out and about all day!”

 

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear lasts longer and is superior in photography.

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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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop contains 25 ingredients of which 20 will offer you some skincare benefit or make the foundation better, 1 potential negative and 4 irritants.

Lastly, the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat contains 19 ingredients of which 14 will offer some positive, 2 potential negatives and 3 irritants.

From that, it would be very easy to say then that the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is slightly better ingredient-wise than the Estée Lauder Double Wear or the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat, however, this doesn’t immediately mean it is more nourishing as we don’t know the exact amounts of each ingredient contained in each foundation.

Neither of the three foundations contain fragrance which is great, as there is some evidence that fragrance can potentially damage the skin and it also adds a higher chance of skin irritation, not to mention that you might simply just…not like the smell!

 

Is the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop a dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear?

The most interesting thing here is that even though you could say that the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is a dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear, as they both behave so similarly, in reality it IS NOT a dupe ingredient-wise. This is great to see as a chemist (not only because we all hate copy-cats) because after having tried so many foundations and none coming close to being as great as the Estée Lauder Double Wear, I have started to wonder if Estée Lauder somehow just hit a jackpot by finding that one good formulation. It’s really nice to see that the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop which is only 30% similar ingredient-wise to the Double Wear (so not a dupe at all) has a similarly good behaviour but a completely different formulation. It is possible then to create a good foundation and it doesn’t have to be like the Double Wear!

Winner: For that reason alone, I would give this section’s point to the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop which then rightfully brings the two foundations on a tie!

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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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation:

  1. Water/Aqua/Eau – Waterbased formulation.
  2. 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.
  3. Isododecane – Solvent and humectant (=locks moisture in).
  4. Nylon-12 – Reduces shine and mattifies.
  5. Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer – A skin conditioner and film former.
  6. 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.
  7. Butylene glycol– Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  8. PEG-10 Dimethicone – Skin conditioner and emollient.
  9. Isohexadecane – A skin conditioner that is too big to penetrate the skin.
  10. Isononyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner that leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  11. Pentylene Glycol – A humectant.
  12. Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone – A skin conditioner.
  13. 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.
  14. Caprylyl Glycol – Skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent.
  15. Acrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate/Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer – A lightweight filler.
  16. Calcium Gluconate – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  17. Perlite – An absorbent good for oily skin, helps control sweat and oil production.
  18. Magnesium Gluconate – A skin conditioner.
  19. 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?
  20. Aluminum Hydroxide – Can act as a skin protector.

 

Ingredient positives for the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation:

  1. Water/Aqua/Eau – Waterbased 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. Cetyl Ethylhexanoate – A skin conditioner.
  4. 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.
  5. Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille – A skin conditioner and fragrance. It is said to help heal inflammation, bruises and burns and can also help temporarily with itching. It is particularly beneficial for dry skin as it can help moisturise and create a waterproof barrier on the skin. It can also be a source of Vitamin A.
  6. Glyceryl Laurate – A skin conditioner.
  7. Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate – A skin conditioner.
  8. Stearyl Dimethicone – A skin conditioner that gives a silky feeling.
  9. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  10. Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate– Skin conditioner.
  11. Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone– Skin conditioner.
  12. Hexyl Laurate– Skin conditioner.
  13. 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?
  14. Ascorbyl Palmitate– Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”

 

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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation:

  1. Aluminium Hydroxide – The metal Aluminium is a neurotoxin. However, it is unclear as to whether this form (and if so how much) of Aluminium can pass through the skin and accumulate in the body.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation:

  1. Cyclohexasiloxane – Can harm aquatic life.
  2. Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Potentially persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife.

 

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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isobutane.

The following compounds present in the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Glyceryl Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, 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 Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Nylon-12, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate/Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Calcium Gluconate, Perlite, Magnesium Gluconate, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Isobutane. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-):Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

 

Full list of ingredients for the Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation:

Water/Aqua /Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Glyceryl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Octadecene, Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

 

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Verdict 

The final score stands at: Estée Lauder Double Wear 13 vs Nyx Can’t Stop 13 vs Nyx Stay Matte 2, which basically means: just forget about the Nyx Stay Matte, it doesn’t even compete with the other two.

And now on to the interesting part. I never would have thought that I would be finding a foundation as good as the Estée Lauder Double Wear and it even feels like blasphemy to say that! The Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop has its flaws, like for example it looks horrific in flash photography and the colour shades are not perfect, but it works and lasts equally as long as the Double Wear, doesn’t emphasise pores as much, is half the price and potentially has more ingredient positives than the Double Wear.

I can’t say that I am ditching the Estée Lauder Double Wear because it does photograph better and the colour shades with the specific undertones give a more natural, suited to your skin result. However, the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is the only foundation that truly competes head to head with the Double Wear and is a good one to have as a backup, to use on more casual looks or in general if you are short on cash.

If you love the Double Wear give the Nyx Can’t Stop a go and if you found the Double Wear to be a little too drying for you, then also give the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop a go as you might tolerate it a little more.

CAN’T BELIEVE THIS! Nyx, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is the right name for this.

 

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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