Expensive vs Cheap: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

I really hate trying out foundations because it’s one of those cosmetic products that are more often than not, just bad. It’s very rare to find a foundation you can trust, that lasts through raining and sun, looks great in pictures and stays matte all day long. If you have oily skin, once you try the Estée Lauder Double Wear it’s very hard to change. Very hard.

Although I’ve found a couple of foundations that also worked well, they always missed something that stopped me from switching to them.

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However, although very close to perfection, the Estée Lauder Double Wear has one major flaw and that’s the fact that it doesn’t help hide pores at all. It doesn’t matter which or how much pore minimiser product you use, once you then put the “harsh-mattifying” Estée Lauder Double Wear on top, you will have pores again. And it’s annoying! So annoying!

This has been my sole motivation in exploring other foundations and in this post,  I will be analysing and comparing the gold standard vs the very popular Maybelle Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation.

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Is the cheaper Maybelle Fit Me foundation worth it’s money and is it better than the Double Wear queen? Let’s find out.

 

Here’s a summary, green background = positivered = negative, grey = equal/neutral. For all the details keep reading or jump to the category you are interested in.

Note that the table contains some information from different categories together in one, in order to keep it short. For detailed information on each see each category section below.

Table Double wear vs Fit me

 

Packaging

The Estée Lauder Double Wear comes with a beautiful, blue and gold, cardboard outer packaging. The foundation itself comes in an elegant but simple and expensive looking and feeling, frosted glass bottle with a gold metallic (thin metal that sits on plastic) cap. It doesn’t have a pump, although you can buy one from Estée Lauder for £5, but if you used this before you know that actually you don’t need one. It’s quite liberating to be able to use as much or as little foundation as you like and you will quickly get used to pouring out the exact amount you need.

The Maybelline Fit Me foundation comes in a plastic tube without outer packaging but is sealed with a wrapper, so you will know if it’s brand new or not. The tube is of standard plastic quality and looks fairly simple. There is no pump, you get the product out by squeezing it and although it looks like a drugstore product, it doesn’t feel like one.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear looks elegant and gives you that feeling of luxury.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 1 vs Maybelline Fit Me 0

 

Coverage and Finish

Both foundations give a matte finish and look natural IF you find the right shade for you.

Both foundations provide a medium coverage that is buildable to an almost full coverage with two layers, although the Maybelline is slightly thinner in consistency. Both give a matte finish that looks natural but they differ dramatically in how they look around pores.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 1 vs Maybelline Fit Me 0

 

Product Texture

As mentioned above, the Estée Lauder Double Wear is slightly thicker in consistency but both foundations are buildable and easy to work with.

The only drawback is that the thinner Maybelline Fit Me consistency means that you have to be careful to blend well otherwise you might miss a few lines where your sponge or brush touched your face last. Nothing major though, just a little more careful blending. However, the slightly thinner consistency also means that your sponge might absorb more of it and if you use too much of it, it might run down the sponge or brush.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear slightly thicker texture is easier to handle.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Maybelline Fit Me 0

 

Pore/texture hiding

Although the Double Wear doesn’t accentuate pores it also doesn’t hide them and even uncovers them if they were previously hidden with a pore minimiser product (and believe me I’ve tried most of them out there and many different application techniques). On the other hand, the Maybelline Fit Me foundation hides pores without the need to use a pore minimiser at all!

Winner: My pores are as large as craters, people literally ask me why I have holes on my face, and the Maybelline Fit Me foundation covers them completely. I’ve never had a smoother skin. Goodbye pore minimisers!

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Maybelline Fit Me 1

 

Cost

The Estée Lauder Double Wear 30mL bottle retails for £33.50, whereas, the Maybelline Fit Me 30mL tube retails for £5.99. It’s quite a bit of a difference!

Winner: For the price of one Double Wear you could buy 5.5 Fit Me tubes!

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

SPF protection

The Estée Lauder Double Wear comes with SPF10 which is low and is one of its drawbacks, as it falls short from the minimum daily recommended SPF15.

On the other hand, the Maybelline Fit Me doesn’t contain any SPF at all.

However, I don’t consider foundations with low or no SPF unusable as it is very easy to add a day cream, primer or even sunscreen in your daily skincare, before wearing the foundation. Remember that SPF is not accumulative and the protection you get is the highest SPF factor you are wearing, so whether your foundation has any SPF or not it makes no difference if you cover it otherwise.

SPF protection is a must at all times, to find out more check out Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear at least contains, even if it’s low, SPF10.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

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Colour availability

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is always the queen of this category with an amazing 54 shades. What’s even better is that the shades also include neutral, cool or warm undertones, which is something that a lot of superdrug or cheaper foundations do not do. It’s really the little details that will make the foundation look natural on you and finding the right undertone can really make or break the look. Even if you find the right shade, if your foundation is for example, more yellow than you are, it will look strange!

Estée Lauder specifies the undertone in the shade codes, for example I am a 1N2 Ecru, where N stands for Neutral but there are other shades where C stands for Cool and W for Warm.

The Maybelline Fit Me foundation comes in 40 shades but their naming is more generic and does not include details on undertones. Even more annoyingly though, because this is a drugstore foundation it means that you likely won’t find all 40 shades in the drugstore shop but rather more like 5-10 of them. This means that although the range is very good for a drugstore product, in practice you might struggle to find your shade.

Luckily, I was able to find a close enough colour, the 102 Fair Ivory.

Winner: It’s almost impossible to beat the Estée Lauder Double Wear in this category.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Blendability

Both foundations are easy to and become one with the skin quickly. However, the Maybelline Fit Me foundation is slightly more tricky and can leave sponge/brush lines if not blended carefully.

Winner: The difference is small but the Double Wear is a little easier to use.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Oil control

Both foundations kept me matter all day long without needing to re-touch when they were worn with two layers.

However, bear in mind that I always use the Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 under my foundations, which not only gives a reasonable SPF protection but also helps to keep me matte.

If you missed this post check out: A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

However, I can’t help but wonder if the Maybelline Fit Me will be a little worse in oil and sweat control in the hot summer, as it has a slightly thinner consistency. For now though I haven’t seen evidence of that.

Winner: Equal.

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Longevity

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Maybelline Fit Me last for 12hours+ without needing a re-touch and while still looking fairly natural. They also both survive the elements well, including sleeping, drooling, raining, even a bucket of water in the face. Unless you rub them off, they don’t come off. Pat dry if you must.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Transfer proof tests

Both the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Maybelline Fit Me foundation are transfer proof, even after hours of wearing.

Winner: Equal.

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Practicality of use – user experience

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is very easy to use, even if you don’t have the pump. The foundation runs out of the bottle easily and blends into the skin effortlessly.

However, the Maybelline Fit Me is also very easy to use and the fact that it takes a little more attention to blend well is not that major. At least it comes in an easier to use tube!

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Smell

Both foundations smell, very subtly of, well a foundation. It’s neither pleasant or unpleasant and you will likely not smell them unless you put the product close to your nose.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Oxidation

Before we get into oxidation, bear in mind that all foundations (or coloured liquids) will darken a little after drying and so a slight darkening in colour is not exactly oxidation (it’s evaporation of solvent) which means you don’t need to buy a shade lighter. Foundations also darken after hours of wear as they become “dirty” and mix with your sweat, oils and environmental debris.

Both foundations darken slightly when they dry but the effect was bigger for the Fit Me foundation. However, the effect was not big enough to consider getting a different shade, at least for the shade I tried, the Fair Ivory.

Winner: Neither foundation oxidises significantly, both darken slightly as they dry.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Waterproofness

Neither foundation is labelled to be waterproof but both of them survives a little rain, splash of water or sweat. Do not rub them off though, pat dry if you must.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Other

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation lasts for 24M whereas, the Maybelline Fit Me lasts for only 12M. However, that’s not really a realistic difference, you will use both of them up in 1-3 months if you use them often. If you don’t use a product for a year (12M) it’s time to throw it away!

Both foundations are for normal, combination but mostly, oily skin. If you have dry skin you will likely hate both of these foundations.

Both foundations photograph well. The Estée Lauder Double Wear looks slightly better for distance photography whereas the Maybelline Fit Me is better for close ups as it covers up those pores! Both of them work well with flash.

 

Here’s what Estée Lauder says about the Double Wear foundation:

The UK’s No. 1 Foundation.* 24-hour staying power. Flawless all day.

This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity. It feels lightweight and comfortable and won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.

Also, you can now dispense the perfect amount of Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup with a convenient, reusable pump.

*The NPD Group, Prestige Foundation Value and Unit Sales CY2018 January – September

**As we add more shades to our global range, a few shade codes have changed. No change was made to the shade or the formula, only the code is different. To find your perfect match, please refer to the following list of affected shades.

 

Here’s what Maybelline says about the Fit Me foundation:

Want the perfect foundation fit? It’s all about matching skin tone and texture. Mattifying liquid formula ideal for normal to oily skin.

WHAT IT IS

Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup. This lightweight foundation mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish.

BENEFITS

Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive matte foundation formula features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores. Pore minimizing foundation. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic.

HOW TO USE/APPLY

Apply foundation onto skin and blend with fingertips or an applicator.

 

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

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Ingredients

The Estée Lauder Double Wear contains 20 ingredients of which 13 will offer you some skincare benefit or make the foundation better (like last longer, adhere better to the skin, absorb sweat and oils etc), 1 potential negative and 4 irritants. The Maybelline Fit me contains 24 ingredients of which 15 will offer you some skincare benefit or make the foundation better, 5 potential negative and 4 irritants.

Neither foundation contains fragrance, which is great, as there is some evidence that fragrance can potentially damage the skin and it also adds a higher chance of skin irritation, not to mention that you might simply just…not like the smell!

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear is better ingredient-wise than the Maybelline Fit Me but if this is really worth the 5.5 times extra price is up to you.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 6 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2

 

Is the Maybelline Fit Me a dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear?

No, they are only about 35% similar and also behave very differently. For example, the Fit Me is thinner in consistency and hides pores.

 

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients (or in this case ones that make the foundation function better in some way) and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
  3. Trimethylsiloxysilicate – A mild adhesive, making the foundation stick to your skin. Also helps form a protective barrier on the skin and minimises moisture loss. Weightless feeling.
  4. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  5. Tribehenin – Skin conditioner and softener.
  6. Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate – Skin conditioner good for sensitive skin.
  7. Magnesium Sulfate – This compound serves more formulation purposes than skin care, like for example texture enhancer, bulking agent etc. However, it can also serve as anti-flammatory fighting acne and blemishes. Absorbs oils, good for oily skin.
  8. Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  9. Polymethylsilsesquioxane – Creates a lubricating, smooth, silky feel and increases the skin’s ability to repel water. Anti-caking agent.
  10. Methicone– Skin conditioner. Also forms a film barrier for makeup to stick to, which can prevent sweat and oils from coming through. Also prevents water loss. Anti-static agent.
  11. Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
  12. Alumina– Anti-caking agent that can also absorb oils.
  13. Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate– Anti-oxidant to help maintain the product’s properties after being exposed to air.

 

Ingredient positives for the Maybelline Fit Me foundation:

  1. Aqua / Water / Eau based formulation.
  2. Cyclohexasiloxane– Skin conditioner that feels silky and slippery. Also applies a protective barrier on the skin and prevents moisture loss. Fills in wrinkles and lines temporarily.
  3. Nylon-12 – Reduces shine and mattifies.
  4. Isododecane – Solvent and humectant (=locks moisture in).
  5. Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
  6. PEG-10 Dimethicone – Skin conditioner and emollient.
  7. Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone– Skin conditioner.
  8. PEG-20 – A humectant.
  9. Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate– Skin conditioner.
  10. Magnesium Sulfate– This compound serves more formulation purposes than skin care, like for example texture enhancer, bulking agent etc. However, it can also serve as anti-flammatory fighting acne and blemishes. Absorbs oils, good for oily skin.
  11. HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer – Anti-caking agent.
  12. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  13. Aluminum Hydroxide – Can act as a skin protector.
  14. Silica – An absorbent and anti-caking agent, good for oily skin. Can improve spreadability and help the product adhere to the skin. It can even prevent setting of the product ensuring that it is evenly pigmented.
  15. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation:

  1. Alumina– Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Maybelline Fit Me foundation:

  1. Cyclohexasiloxane – Can harm aquatic life.
  2. Alcohol Denat. – There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.
  3. Methylparaben – Love them or hate them, there is still not enough scientific proof to prove that these are harmful. However, some people prefer to avoid them for “peace of mind” so if you are looking for paraben free products, this one is not for you. For my thoughts on parabens check out: Coffee Chat: Q&A – You asked “As a Chemist Which Ingredients do you Avoid?”
  4. Butylparaben – See above.
  5. Alumina – Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol.

The following compounds present in the Maybelline Fit Me foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben*, Butylparaben*.

 * Although some report parabens to be gentle and non-sensitising, others class them as allergens and sensitisers.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methicone, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Alumina, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Maybelline Fit Me foundation:

Aqua / Water / Eau, Cyclohexasiloxane, Nylon-12, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat., Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Peg-20, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Silica, Glycerin.

 

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Verdict 

The final score stands at: Estée Lauder Double Wear 6 vs Maybelline Fit Me 2 but in practice the difference is not that large. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation is not the best ingredient-wise but is an excellent cheap choice for a daily casual foundation. If nothing else, it’s an excellent pore minimiser!

I can’t say that I would recommend the Maybelline Fit Me over the Double Wear, but the pore hiding aspect and the price of the Fit Me makes it attractive enough to use either in combination or on casual looks. If you are looking for a cheap but good foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me is a good choice.

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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