Foundation Wars: Estee Lauder Doublewear Light v Revlon Colorstay


Estee Lauder Doublewear Light V Revlon Colorstay

Estee Lauder Doublewear Light V Revlon Colorstay

I like my foundation long lasting. I want to put it on in the morning and have it still look pretty good by the evening. At most I will powder my nose in the middle of the day but I’m not one for retouching. Revlon Colorstay has been my staple foundation for almost a year now but I recently reached the end of my bottle and didn’t have a new one to hand. I decided to explore my foundation stash and try a different one. I came upon a tube of Estee Lauder Doublewear light  which I hadn’t used in a while so thought I’d put it to the test.

The Products

I have dry skin so I use the normal/dry version of Colorstay, there is also a version for oily/combination skin. I wear shade Natural Beige in Colorstay and shade 1.0 in Doublewear, both are good matches for my fair skintype but I don’t have porcelain skin.  There are 11 shades in the Doublewear and 9 shades for Colorstay. Annoyingly Revlon Colorstay comes in an open top bottle, so it sometimes ends up all over your hands if you pour too much. PLEASE beauty brands put a pump on bottled foundations!!! Doublewear comes in a squeezy tube so is much easier to use. Doublewear has a an SPF10 while Colourstay has an SPF20.

Top - Doublewear, Bottom - Colourstay

Top – Doublewear, Bottom – Colourstay


Doublewear Light has a more creamy texture than Colorstay which is more runny. I apply both foundations with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Both go on well and are easy to blend. Doublewear takes a little more blending because of its more creamy texture. Both foundations give medium – high coverage depending on how much product you use. The finish with Doublewear is slightly more powdery looking than Colorstay which I found unusual because of their textures. I always finish my foundation with a dusting of MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural.


I applied the foundation in the morning and then I gave these foundations the lunchtime test. At lunch I checked in the lovely halogen lighting of our work bathroom to spot any shine/patchiness. Because it has a creamier texture there is more patchiness with the Doublewear, it’s not major but you can see it sink into pores a bit. There isn’t as much sinking with Colorstay. The Doublewear can go slightly shiny around my nose by lunch but that’s less likely with Colorstay. By the end of the day Colorstay is definitely looking better than Doublewear.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Light costs about €36.50 whereas  Revlon Colorstay is about €18.


Revlon Colorstay just has to win this one. It lasts longer, doesn’t sink into skin and costs half the price of Doublewear Light. If you have very dry skin you might like the formula of Doublewear better but I think anybody with oily skin might be better suited to Colorstay.

Have you tried these foundations? Which one did you prefer?

4 thoughts on “Foundation Wars: Estee Lauder Doublewear Light v Revlon Colorstay

  1. Leanne @

    Great post! I love DW and I just could never get on with Colourstay but that was a few yrs ago so maybe they have changed the formula a bit.

  2. Mary

    It’s funny the different reaction peoples skin have to foundations isn’t it? I tried couloir stay before but I wasn’t blown away by it but I’d have a big plus for Double wear products. I must hunt out my Colourstay today and give it a second chance :)


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