Rated 3.35 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Great balance of DW original & DW light
Since finding out the DW light was being reformulated, I've been waiting for the new version to be available. The only place I could find it was here @ Ulta online. This new version doesn't come in 'Intensity levels' like the previous DW light. It comes in the same colors as the original DW. I used the original DW for almost 20 years (color Fresco 2C3) but switched a couple of years ago to the lighter version going for the "less is more" thing. I do still wear the regular sometimes for special occasions but I've been happy with the lighter version. This new version (I ordered my usual DW color- Fresco 2C3) claims to be hydrating, yet with a matte finish. Interesting. Not sure how it could be both, but I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised! (I have rrrrrrreally oily skin on my chin and sides of nose BUT rrrrrrreally dry skin everywhere else- sensitive all over). This new version gave more of a natural /matte finish on me instead of "matte", which is a good thing. I'm 47, so anything too matte just doesn't work well for me. So I guess it'll depend on your individual skin type as to how matte the finish will be.
As far as coverage goes- in my opinion it's a tad more coverage than the DW light that this product is replacing, but definitely less coverage than the original. In fact, I still have some of the original, so I'm going to try mixing a drop or 2 of it with this new product to see if I get a tad bit more coverage for the redness around my nose that sometimes pops up.
As far as being long lasting with no touch-ups- I still have to blot my chin by mid/late day and sometimes add a trace of concealer or powder to my chin and the redness on the sides of my nose, but no big deal. I probably wouldn't bother with that tho unless the redness was really bad that day, because by evening it all still looks pretty good!
I really like this new version, and I like it better than the version it is replacing. Hydrating and matte really can be done together- who knew!
Most Helpful Critical Review The positive reviews have to be fake
I am convinced that any glowing, positive reviews on this product have to have been submitted by people who work for EL. To me, that's the only explanation because the new formula is awful. The old formula was PERFECTION! The coverage was just right and the finish was beautiful. It lasted ALL DAY without a feeling of wearing a lot of makeup. I used it for years and I had many friends who did as well. We all agree that this new formula is not only not improved, but it's really bad. It does not go on evenly, it dries on in patches. I am not a fan of the finish either. It's too matte and makes my skin look dry. The past year has been nothing but me buying and trying various foundations to find one I like as well as the old formula and so far, not one of them has come close. It has been extremely frustrating. I tried a few other EL foundations and I haven't loved those either. My friends who used the original have also moved on to other brands and haven't found one they like as well.. My quest for the original DWL replacement continues... If they would bring back the original, I would HAPPILY pay twice the price (or even more), but I will not be buying this one again.
Reviewed by 262 customers NEVER DISCONTINUE THIS AMAZING FOUNDATION!!!
CK from Madison, WI
Two words; IN LOVE. In the past I have only found two other foundations that I have fell in love with; this makes the third! This coming from a woman who grew up, as well as worked in the industry for many years. The previous foundations I had found that I was head over heels for have BOTH been discontinued; PLEASE don't do that to this one!!! I have sailed across great oceans of time to find a similar natural cream-like formula!!! THIS IS IT!!!
I love this, looks natural
SamaJam from Seattle
I love this product because I was looking for a foundation that would even out my skin tone and not look caked or fake in direct sunlight. A lot of times you think your makeup looks natural when doing it indoors and then outdoors you look caked on. This is not a full coverage foundation. It is buildable, though I only ever use one light layer and no powder. I needed a foundation I could put on quickly and this works so well for me.
I would buy again
Sjdubya from Peoria
I would buy again because it's light weight and feels nice. It does cake a little if you use too much powder but what doesn't? It does cover hyper pigmented redness enough but not dark spots.
Nothing like the old formula
Vanessa from New York, NY
Have tried to give this foundation a shot twice because of how much I loved the previous DWL and have had no success. I have tried other Estee Lauder foundations - nothing comes close. Wish they would bring the old formula back as it is much more superior than the new one. DWL used to be my holy grail, I have been trying to find something like it since it's been discontinued and I haven't had any success but will continue to try other brands until I find a new foundation that works for my skin. Please listen to your customers and bring back the old DWL!
jane from chicago,IL
Natural,light weight,this foundation is perfect for my skin.Love it and recommend it.
AddsNino from Kentucky
My favorite for years now. Color can be difficult to get just right since formula/name change but I still come back to it for the wear/finish.
I have repurchased this.
Jjasia from Chicago
I love this foundation. It's so easy to use , my favorite is a beauty sponge. And this will last all day on the skin and not move, does not break me out and is perfect for travel I love the packaging in the squeeze tube. This is like a lighter version of the Estee Lauder double wear foundation which is exactly perfect for those who want makeup to feel weightless. I wish they had more shades but the shades they do have are beautiful because they really blend with the skin. I use 1N2 ecru. This deserves 5 stars I don't like that so many people rate this one star because of the previous formula. This is truly an amazing foundation I will always use. I would choose the for wedding makeup this lasts great. I always wear it when I travel to see my boyfriend in the military so nothing rubs off from my face when we hug and spend time together.
Pretty solid foundation
Alex M from State College, PA
It seems like the majority of negative comments are from people who were faithful users of the original formula. Believe me, I have been a faithful follower of products that have been changed or discontinued and it is a hard pill to swallow. However, for people, like myself who never used the original, I have nothing to compare it to and to me, this foundation is great. It keeps my oily/combination skin in check. It lasts throughout the day and doesn't transfer. And, it isn't as heavy as the regular double wear and is great for summer. I would recommend giving it a try. I was super scared after seeing all of the negative review, but I am glad I did!
PerfectlyImperfect from FL
This is the best foundation ever . Feels like the natural skin . I have a problem of sweating through my foundation and for a humid location I live works wonders !
My go-to foundation
Pat from New York, NY
This has been my go-to foundation for many years. It is light and provides good coverage. The color stays true.
Does not cover anything
Candice from Lexington, SC
I was told that even though it's lightweight that it would give me full coverage. It does not. I will be returning it. Not worth the $40ish
Need shade 1C1 Cool Bone
Mel from Fairburn, GA
This is VERY much like the original DW but with lighter coverage. I loved it and how well it lasted. The only problem is that it doesn't follow the same shades as the original DW. I need a 1C1 Cool Bone in this line. 1C0 Shell is too light. I would not buy it again because of that. But if they do expand their shade range to include 1C1 Cool Bone I would definitely buy it again.
Long Lasting & Non Drying
angelmedic105 from Atlanta
This is my daily foundation. I use an spf primer under it.
rossigirl from Boston
This is the first time trying this foundation. I usually wear the Double wear "stay in place makeup". I am very happy that I took a chance on this as it is a nice light but just enough coverage for the summer.
Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup
Red from Weatherford, TX
Best makeup ever! I have extremely sensitive skin. This is one of the first products I have tried that does not cause a reaction. Doesn't look like I'm even wearing make-up. Goes on light but evens out my skin tone.
A little pricey but well worth it. I absolutely love it!
Light alternative to double wear
K from Louisiana
I wear The double wear foundation every day. I was looking for an lighter alternative that would stay on all day and still control oil as good as double wear. I wear a mask all day at work and feel like this definitely comes off throughout the day and I'm oilier than I am wearing double wear. The coverage is of course not as great But it's good for that lighter makeup feel and I don't feel as "done up". And for that it less time to apply In my morning routine! Great for the summer as well. It's it's definitely better than many other BB creams or lighter foundations.
This was expensively disappointing
Chris from Jacksonville, NC
Even when using a moisturizer and primer this product did not go on well. It made my sky look dry and did not cover well at all. It was a very expensive disappointment.
I would buy this product again and again.
None from Montana
I used the color guide and the shade matches very well.
lindy from florida
This makeup is not like the old formula...so upset. I used the other one for over ten years. Tried all kinds..nothing is as good as that was. New formula is greasy and looks terrible.
Pretty good match
Natalie from Illinois
I was hesitant on purchasing this using color match, but it is perfect. New to the foundation and getting used to it, but no complaints so far.
I was Impressed
Jmbisme from North Carolina
This gave me a natural finish similar to the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue foundation (in the tube, not the stick). I love look of my skin in the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, but it would not stay on my oily skin. It would slide right off after only a short period of time. This DW light foundation did not slide off! I applied the foundation at 8:00 am on a humid, rainy day and 12 hours later, after a busy day spent inside and outside, it still looked really good. I lightly set my T-zone with Laura Mercier loose setting powder after applying DW Light. I only blotted one time and the makeup stayed on my skin, it did not transfer to the blotting paper. I typically wear Regular DW because I have oily, acne prone skin, but with the summer approaching I wanted something a little lighter. DW Light did not cover quite as well as regular DW but I wasn't expecting it to. I was very satisfied with the medium coverage I was able to quickly build on my skin using a foundation brush. Now, this was my first time using the DW Light. I never tried the original DW Light formula so I can't compare them. However, I was very impressed with this product and would definitely by it again.
Juju from Santa Clarita
I have only worn once for 16hrs. It does look great and lasted. My only issue is it feels sticky.
D from Carson, Ca
After reading the reviews, I was skeptical about trying this. I had tried a sample they gave me at the store and I bought this. It's light and natural looking and lasts all day. I think it's great!
Why did you have to change it??
BD from Mobile, AL
This makeup was amazing for my sensitive skin. It looked natural but gave great, light coverage that lasted all day. I bought a new tube for my wedding in December since I needed a new shade, not realizing the product had been reformulated since my previous purchase. It is AWFUL. It is sticky and tacky. It's unbelievably hard to blend. The makeup artist doing my makeup could not get it to blend around my nose for anything. It also now contains bismuth oxychloride, which I am sensitive to, as I have discovered. I had small pimples when I washed it off at the end of the day. It's somehow chalky and sticky at the same time. Absolutely terrible. Please bring the original back!!! I threw that bottle away. Why do makeup companies always change amazing products?
My color wasn' t available, which is pebble I ordered shell
Shari from Springfield, Oregon
I have used Estee Lauder face make-up for many years.