Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 Review and Swatches

A new addition to the Double Wear lineup, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 is a mineral-rich, long-wearing loose powder that claims to deliver smooth, even, flawless-looking skin that stays fresh and looks natural even through heat, sweat and humidity for up to 12 hours.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12
Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12

The powder comes in a clever double-decker jar in Estee Lauder’s signature navy and gold colors. You get a mirror and puff applicator on the top and a loose powder with a sift at the bottom – prerfect for touching up or applying on the go.

There are six shades to choose from, which is rather limited, but Intensity 2.0, a neutral medium shade, is a good match for my NC30 skin.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 Intensity 2.0
Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 in Intensity 2.0


The Retexturing Effex mineral-rich formula is finely milled and contains light-reflecting silicones to help disguise unevenness, blemishes and imperfections. It has a creamy, velvety texture that applies nicely without drying out my skin, highlighting patches, settling into fine lines or making my skin itch.

According to Estee Lauder, you can apply it with a powder foundation brush for sheer coverage, a powder brush for a finishing effect or the puff applicator for heavier coverage. I like to apply concealer under the eyes then use MAC #187 Duo Fiber Brush to buff the loose powder all over as a light layer of foundation.

While the powder does not cover up my redness and imperfections entirely, it does help set my concealer and even out my skin nicely, leaving behind a natural-looking, semi-matte and non-cakey finish. The powder also wears well on me without oxidizing or fading.

Wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 Intensity 2.0
Wearing Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 in Intensity 2.0

Overall Rating:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 is available at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and Nordstrom for $34.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been wearing Laura Mercier’s mineral powder for years and have never found a better alternative. Do you know how this compares to it? Thank you!

    • I haven’t tried the LM Mineral Powder so I can’t compare the two. I do like the EL Loose Powder though.

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