Monday Blues? Boost Your Complexion with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Dual Effect Powder Makeup SPF10 PA++

Oh my goodness. The name. It’s too much for a Monday. Let’s just shorten it to EL DW Powder OK? No? Need something even shorter? OK, maybe DWP? Yeah, let’s just go with that. From the full on 11-word name, you should know that this is a *drum roll* powder. I know, sarcasm overload. Apologies. Side effects of a one day weekend. Had to work full day on Saturday. Anyhoo…


What you see above is the empty compact on the left, and the refill on the right. You will probably either love or hate this kind of packaging. I would say this is environmentally friendly because you just refill what’s gone (sponge included in refills). This is not a new concept because I notice many brands areย practicingย this. However, I dislike it when they have new packaging (note: different size) and discontinue the old one. So…. what’s the point of having the empty case when new refills can’t fit? Dunno about you, but I get put off.



Rant aside, and I do intend to keep this post short (good luck, me), so let’s talk about the DWP. The case is pretty standard, so nothing much to report. The powder looks good new with the logo beautiful engraved (?) in the middle, but 2 swipes with the sponge and the logo is gone. That is not the point. The powder is soft and smooth, and it COVERS. OPAQUE. In Malaysian weather (very hot and humid all year round) and on my normal sometimes combination skin, this DWP stays on for 5 hours, no problem. Then I’d notice shine on my T-zone, nothing a blotting paper can’t take away. All I have to do then is to powder my nose, literally. One thing that I love is that this powder goes on, sets and it doesn’t go patchy on oily areas. Some powders will melt and your face will look awful, but this doesn’t. I don’t know how this will perform on drier skin though.



Left is bare skin, after skin care, and right is ONE LAYER of DWP applied with the sponge provided. Isn’t the coverage crazy? All redness is gone, little veins disappeared, left only hints of stubborn freckles. This DWP provides medium to full coverage and when used to set liquid foundation, face looks flawless even without concealer. I kid you not. Even though the DWP has high coverage, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. I am testing the liquid version, and I do find that a little heavier for my liking. We’ll see. This powder comes with SPF10 protection but I can’t say it’ll do much in our weather.



The empty compact retails for RM48 while the powder refill sells for RM140. If you love powder with good coverage, this is it. If you live in a cooler climate, I dare say the staying power will be even more impressive.ย You should just go to any of their counters to ask for a Signature Service (available worldwide!). They will match you to your foundation shade and give you a mini makeover with no obligations to purchase. I am matched to 36 Sand, and while the powder initially looks darker / pinker, it settles quite well to match my skin tone after about 10 minutes… as long as I remain cool. When I’m flushed, I still turn crimson ๐Ÿ™

Have you tried this DWP from Estee Lauder? Are you using any powder foundations? What’s your fave?


xoxo Lily


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  • Oh wow, this powder looks amazing! The coverage is crazy, and I like how un-powdery it looks! I have tried one powder foundation (Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder), but it is definitely not something I’d reach for when I want coverage. I really just use it on top of my tinted moisturizer when I want it to last longer and so on!

    Maybe I should check this one out!

    • Yes, the coverage is definitely a selling point! I used the sponge to apply (I usually use a buffing brush) and it’s surprisingly easy. So when I’m in a hurry or when I’m just too lazy to fuss about, I just slap this on. It’s great ๐Ÿ™‚ You should really go have a look.

  • lyn

    This looks like something I need. I’ve been searching for a powder foundation with good coverage and lasting results. I’m currently using Lunasol and it’s pretty good too. I’ve been in such a rush every morning so powder foundations make things a lot easier ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’ve tried Lunasol powder foundation too and that one is not too bad. This Estee Lauder one wins in terms of coverage though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Charlotte

    This seem like a nice product, but I’m so used to liquid foundation not sure if I’ll like the powder foundation as much..

    • I like liquid too and if I lived in a cooler country, I’d turn away from powders. I still use it from time to time when I don’t have enough time, or when it’s just too hot. Powders are good for that. Easy to apply ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Charlotte

        Hmm but does it stays on the skin long ?

        • For me, yes, it stays on longer than most powders I’ve tried ๐Ÿ™‚ And without the disgusting patchiness when it’s starting to melt…

          • Charlotte

            Thanks! Will go check it out when I have the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Let me know how it works for you if you did!

  • Claire

    I haven’t tried this powder but never would have thought that a powder would look that smooth and cover that well! Usually, the EL products I’ve tried don’t work for me that well or the colours don’t stand out to me. I liked their collections this year though.

    • Hey Claire, EL has done quite well with their collections but I’m not feeling their Holiday Collection this year (if they’re the same with what you get in your country). This year’s Holiday Collection has to go to Guerlain. I love every single thing. Coming back to this powder, yes, it is very impressive!! If I didn’t have to try other foundations, I’d probably stick to this for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Claire

        Of course! Guerlain is WAY better ๐Ÿ˜€ loved every single Guerlain collex this year, they got my full attention. The spring collex looks promising as well, with a unique green e/s quad (I wonder how it will look once one) and a reddish (?) RA ๐Ÿ˜€

        • This is so unhealthy for my finances but why are they so beautiful? Lol!

  • Najia

    I want to try this! I’m looking for a powder to set my foundation and not melt into horrible patches on my face ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This is a full coverage foundation on its own and I think it’s a little too heavy for setting liquid foundation. Personal preference though. Try it and do let me know how it works for you! Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚