Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation SPF 10 (4N2 Spiced Sand) – Review

esteelauderspicedsandI’ve been meaning to try Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation for ages because it has been all over the internet in the past few years. It is said to offer medium to full flawless matte coverage and is perfect for oily skin.

There are 30 different shades to choose from ranging from cool-neutral-warm tones which means your skin colour will most likely be catered to. The colour choice isn’t so straight forward however and the undertones are a little mixed up so I would recommend getting a few samples before purchasing it.  Initially I chose the colour 4W2 (NC45) which turned out to be a little too red/dark on my skin. 4W1 (NC42) was too ashy around my chin but matched my cheeks, so I opted for 4N2 which has a nice amount of yellow in it and it blends right into my skin. For reference I’m an NC44 in the MAC Studio Sculpt foundation or Syracuse in Nars Sheer Glow.

Packaging: At £29.50 this isn’t the cheapest foundation and I really expected there to be a pump on the top of this.  I hate using my fingers on foundation because it is so unhygienic! The bottle looks really nice nonetheless, it has that classic frosted glass with a gold top and for some reason reminds me of my mums foundations from the early 90’s.

Formula: This foundation is free of fragrance and contains a mineral sunscreen (Titanium Dioxide). The SPF isn’t high enough to be worn on its own so you will need to wear a sunblock underneath.

Appearance and Texture: When I first poured some of this on the back of my hand I couldn’t believe how lightweight it felt, it isn’t very viscous but provides a large amount of coverage. I do find that I have to apply small amounts at a time as it can set quickly. When I buff this into the skin or better yet use a beauty sponge, it gives such a smooth flawless finish! After one layer this foundation evens out my skin tone, covers blemishes, hyperpigmentation and scars. However, when I build it up it to full coverage it can look very cakey.

Longevity: The longevity of this product is probably its greatest selling point. It is one of those foundations that I can put on at 7 am and expect to look just as good as 7pm. There is a bit of fading around my nose area but overall it doesn’t move nor oxidise. I also find that it keeps my oiliness at bay, even my T-Zone isn’t as oily when using this. It’s important to note that if you have any dry patches this is going to cling onto those patches like a baby to his momma.

I love wearing this foundation for when I need my make-up to last all day and it has become a staple in my kit. It comes off only when I want it to, using an oil base cleanser. I’m really particular about trying out new foundations as they often break me out, but this hasn’t given me any reactions. If you would like flawless matte coverage that is long wearing and have oilier skin then this foundation is going to be a holy grail for you. The pictures below are of me wearing this foundation without and with flash.



Jay x


17 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation SPF 10 (4N2 Spiced Sand) – Review

  1. I’ve always wanted to buy EL foundation but it’s not cheap so I have to think whether it’s good or not. Thanks for great review 😀


  2. This is my holy grail foundation!! I love how it doesn’t feel or look thick and heavy on the skin. You picked the perfect shade, it looks gorgeous on you 🙂 My shade 4W3 isn’t available in Australia, so I’m using the MAC studio fix in NC 42 which isn’t as good in my opinion.


  3. This foundation is a great match on you! I’ve not tried this foundation even though there are tons of raves about it. I just feel like it would be too heavy coverage for my liking. I also really dislike the glass bottle packaging – seriously, for this price they could have included a pump!


    1. I know right?! They really need to start selling this product with a pump, I know the MAC foundation pump fits on this bottle. The coverage is pretty full on and can look cakey if I apply too much but I can’t fault the longevity 🙂

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      1. Hey, I’m the same skin tone nc44 in mac studio sculpt but I got two testers for estee lauder 4w2 toasty toffee and 4w3 henna (which strangely I found henna to be lighter than toasty toffee) I just wondered if you had tried henna and compared it to spiced sand so I have a better idea of what to get! Thanks


      2. I didn’t try 4W3 but I found 4W2 too dark as well. It seems like 4W3 may be a tad bit warmer (more red) than 4N2 which is very yellow so it depends on the undertone in your skin. Hope that helps! Jay x


  4. This is my absolute favourite foundation! In the winter I use the shade henna but as I get a tan towards the summer I have bought the shade 4W2 Toasty Toffee a few days ago. You are so lucky you don’t get any flash back on camera due to the SPF, I always get a little with this foundation. Apparently their double wear concealer is meant to amazing too but I am yet to try it. xx


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