Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation Now in 56 SHADES! (Swatches of ALL the Deep Shades on Dark Skin)

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation now comes in FIFTY SIX SHADES. In a recent PR mailing, Estee Lauder sent over a sampling of their 56-shade range of their top-rated Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation. Today I’m giving you swatches on all of the deeper shades (from range 5 through 8).

Official details:

24-hour staying power.
Flawless. Natural. Matte. Unifies uneven skintone, covers imperfections with buildable medium to full coverage.

Feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear.


Non-acnegenic: won’t clog pores, which may help avert breakouts.

Waterproof. Transfer resistant.

Lasts in hot and humid weather.

Available in Cool, Neutral and Warm undertones.

Won’t look grey on deeper skintones.

My closest shade match in Double Wear Stay in Place is 7N1 Deep Amber. It gives a nice natural matte finish and really does stay in place through all the heat and humidity and what not (I have oily skin). Many moons ago when I worked at an Estee Lauder counter, I sold a TON of this foundation formula. Now of course this isn’t the only foundation formula Estee Lauder offers, they have 7 formulas at the time of me typing this. Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation is a great foundation to try if you’re looking for that matte, don’t budge kind of wear. I like it, but I like the Double Wear Nude foundation better because it gives me more of a “my skin but better” satin finish. It doesn’t come anywhere near as many shades as Double Wear Stay in Place though.

So now one thing I’m starting to notice when it comes to some of these foundation ranges that have a lot of shades (especially in the comments of my Youtube video on the Flesh Beauty foundation stick) is that some people get overwhelmed by the amount of shade choices and then give up. Now buying foundation can be like buying a good pair of jeans with having to try things on, feel ’em out, see how it works with everything else in your stash. But it’s definitely worth it to make the effort to find one that works for you. If you go to an Estee Lauder counter, you can get shade matched and get a sample of the foundation to take home to try out. Sephora stores that carry Estee Lauder will also give you a sample. If you need help, make sure you check out my Are You Wearing the Wrong Foundation videos below which will help you in figuring out undertones and the right formula.

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Shade descriptions:


Note: As I mention in my previous foundation posts, there is NO universal foundation guide in the beauty industry. One brand’s dark brown with neutral undertones can look completely different from another brand’s dark brown with neutral undertones. Read more about this in Why MAC is NOT a Foundation Guide. These are in order of how I took them out of the PR package and aren’t in gradient order. Please use the shade descriptions pictured above to help you narrow down your shade. You can also get a better idea on the Estee Lauder site by finding your shade double here (this is something that is on their page as of me writing this post, it’s possible it can be moved or changed, if so, go to for more info)

Read also:

The Black Girl’s Guide to Shopping at Sephora
The Black Girl’s Guide to Shopping Drugstore Makeup
More foundation swatches and reviews

Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation? Would you? Tell me in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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2 Responses to Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation Now in 56 SHADES! (Swatches of ALL the Deep Shades on Dark Skin)

  1. Shantal Nicole says:

    I just picked up a sample of the 5N1.5 Maple…it looks great on me. I was pleasantly surprised. Now I’m wondering if I should change my primer.

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