Estee Lauder Double Wear vs Revlon Colorstay

Estee Lauder Double Wear vs Revlon Colorstay

There’s this rave that the Revlon foundation is a dupe for Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. My personal take on the subject of dupes – I don’t like them generally speaking. I haven’t liked them in a while now because I’ve bought dupes and 80% of the times I gave up and got the “original” too.

This exact same thing happened to me with Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I wanted to get this for a few years, but never had the courage to do so. By some weird coincidence, a few years back when I first tried it, something broke me out and I suspected that it was the foundation. I decided recently to stop asking myself if it really was the DW and buy it. Now many people rave that Revlon Colorstay is DW’s dupe. Since now I own them basically at the same time, I though I’d share my honest take on this subject.

The similarities

I’ve had like two bottles, I think, of the Revlon Colorstay so I can say that I made up my mind about it by now. Long story short – I’m not that impressed by it. But speaking of similarities, both the Colorstay and DW have the same coverage on me, honestly. My preferred method of applying my foundation is with a damp beauty sponge, but sometimes I use my Ecotools foundation brush when I want a better coverage. On me, they both last really well, I can’t say I noticed a huge difference between them since I always use powder on top too. Also, none of these two dry out my skin or make me break out (DW never broke me out, it was something else in my routine). I like that I can use both of these as a primer for my eyeshadow – just pop some powder on top and my eyelids are prepped! Both of these also have a shelf life of 24 months which is awesome. The similarities stop here though.

The differences

Revlon Colorstay is considerably thicker than Estee Lauder Double Wear. I feel this mostly once I start blending my foundation or buffing it in, Double Wear spreads easily on my skin. There’s something about Double Wear that makes is slip better on the skin. While with DW I can apply, for real, a thin layer on days when I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup and still see my skin underneath, I can’t do this with Revlon Colorstay. I always end up using more product compared to Double Wear to cover my face and it’s definitely noticeable that I wear foundation when I wear Colorstay. DW also blends beautifully, while Colorstay requires more work and it tends to cling on any dry patches. DW has a satin finish, almost dewy on me. Colorstay is more matte but not considerably matte.


I think that this idea of Revlon Colorstay being a dupe for Estee Lauder Double Wear started because Colorstay lasts really well on any skin type. With Colorstay, I have the version for normal-dry skin, I haven’t tried the one for oily-combination but I won’t say no of it comes to it. If you ask what’s my favorite out of these two, I’d say Estee Lauder Double Wear. In terms of overall quality, I like Double Wear more. It allows for better and fuss free application and looks a lot better on my skin.

Some people say that Double Wear is a foundation for special occasions – please allow me to have a different opinion. I don’t think this and for sure I don’t think that Colorstay is the “lighter” or everyday version of DW. As I mentioned above, with Double Wear I can easily get away with using a small drop to cover my entire face for that minimal makeup look. But if you ask me, do I prefer a high quality foundation for everyday life, when I wake up at 6:30, go to the gym, to work, commute, basically wear it for 12+ hours and still look good? Do I want a foundation I can depend on with my crazy schedule? Sure. That’s why I wear Double Wear everyday without issues. Plus, looks flawless on every base.

If you have the budget, I would definitely recommend getting Estee Lauder’s Double Wear, but for a drugstore foundation, Colorstay is pretty good itself. Better than other drugstore foundations that I’ve tried, but for me, looses the battle when it comes to comparing it to Double Wear. There are foundation dupes that, for me at least, deserve the title of dupe. For example, The Body Shop’s Fresh Nude Foundation is really, like reeeeally similar to Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk (tested this theory) – I might even like TBS’s more.


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