Is Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Discontinued? What are the Alternatives?

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Sometimes you need to solve a mystery to find out what’s going on with a discontinued product. And that’s definitely the case with Estee Lauder Double Wear Light.

The popular skin-tone makeup is listed on the company’s site, so it looks like it’s still available.

Click on the Double Wear Light link, though, and you’ll quickly find yourself sent to a substitute product.

So it sure looks like Estee Lauder Double Light has been discontinued.

Confusing, right? Not necessarily.

Users don’t seem confused at all—they can’t get the product. And some aren’t satisfied with the Double Matt Hydra substitute, so they’re actively looking for other options.

What follows is a closer look at the issues that were involved in the discontinuation, along with a rundown on a few of the options users are finding.

To the news…

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Discontinued…

Sometimes the news that a product has been discontinued is met with a “meh” reaction. But that’s definitely not the case with Double Light.

Users saw it as a serious cult product, and forums and message boards are full of laments decrying its demise.

They also aren’t impressed with the reviews for the substitute product, which one poster described as “dire.”

Moreover, no one seems to know why the product was discontinued.

There’s no explanation on the company’s site, and none of the bloggers who follow the makeup industry have been able to turn up anything substantial on the subject.

The Alternatives

One thing users are unanimous on is the need to find and try other options.

The best Estee Lauder substitute seems to be Futurist Hydra Rescue, which seems to do the job to some extent, but there are also complaints about its staying power.

Double Wear Sheer is also getting mentions as a possible substitute, but there’s a lack of conclusive evidence—i.e., there aren’t enough posts yet—among those who have tried it.

One compromise is that it’s sheerer than Double Wear Light, but to some extent, this is an “any port in a storm” kind of search.

The most popular non-Estee Lauder option seems to be Chanel Ultra le Teint. The reviews from switchers are positive, although they emphasize the need to do testing for both shades and wear.

Trinny London is also mentioned as a possible replacement, but again, you won’t find enough anecdotal evidence to justify making a switch.

Is Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Discontinued?

When asked about the Double Wear Light, this is what Estee Lauder has to say: 

Thank you for reaching out. Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup will be relaunched as Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup later this summer. Availability varies by location and we invite you to check with your local counter for more information.

The one thing that seems clear is that there’s a lot of frustration in the community about the discontinuation of Double Light, so perhaps that’s a hole in the market that someone jumps in and fills at some point?

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