Earlier this year I finally listened to all the hype and purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. Let me tell you, my life was forever changed. I’m always on the lookout for new foundations to help give the appearance of flawless skin and Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation does all that and more. This foundation is amazing; lasts all day, has some serious staying power and gives the perfect amount of coverage.
Before I purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation I wore the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation or It Cosmetics CC Cream. I love these two foundations but the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is my all time favorite, FOREVER!
The one downside to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is the price. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation runs around $45 and that price point is definitely not in everyone’s budget. I decided it was time to do what I do best and shop around. This time I was searching for the perfect drugstore dupe to use in place of the Estee Lauder Foundation.
Let’s get one thing straight, besides foundation, most of my makeup is from a drugstore. I exclusively use drugstore mascara and most of my lip products are from a drugstore brand. When it comes to foundation I prefer a high-end brand. I know there are great drugstore dupes out there but my go-to has always been an expensive foundation. You can read about all of my favorite foundations here.
After I wrote the blog post on the best foundations, I thought it was time to broaden my horizons and try out some drugstore foundations. I knew I wanted a product similar to the Estee Lauder Double Wear, so that’s where I started. I went out and purchased and tested a ton of foundations that promised similar results to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. After weeks of using, I finally narrowed my list down to the top four.
In this picture, I am wearing an Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation dupe and LOVE the flawless finish.
Okay, story time – the day before Thanksgiving I was at Marshalls looking for a new pair of boots for the long weekend. When I was checking out the girl in front of me was staring at me and said, “Can I ask you a really random question?” I of course smiled and said yes. She proceeded to ask me what foundation I was wearing, she told me she was a makeup artist and was very impressed with how perfectly the foundation fit the texture of my skin. Such a specific compliment, but I will take it. I was even more shocked because I wasn’t wearing my normal Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, I was wearing Revlon Color Stay and couldn’t believe I was getting complimented for it. I ended up telling her about how I am trying all of the Estee Lauder dupes and at that moment I made her a believer out of the Revlon Color Stay Foundation.
Okay, let’s get to the drugstore dupes.
I love how this product has formulas for both normal/ dry skin and combo/ oily skin.
Drugstore Dupes Results
The biggest difference between the Estee Lauder foundation and all of the dupes is the amount of product used. When using the Estee Lauder foundation you can literally use 3 drops for complete coverage. When using the dupes a lot more product is needed to achieve the same coverage but with the costs difference, it is OKAY!
I have tried all the foundations listed above and I definitely have a favorite and a least favorite.
Favorite: Revlon ColorStay. It is the one foundation that is closest in texture and staying power as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. When I use this product I do use quite a bit of product but it looks good and it has some serious staying power.
Least Favorite: Rimmel Lasting Finish. This product starts out great but it quickly begins to fade and shows every imperfection on your face.
What is your favorite drugstore dupe for the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation? Let me know in the comments below!