Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Rimmel Lasting Matte Foundation – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

A good makeup look depends a lot on what you have to work with as a base, which of course means that skincare is very important but also your foundation.

Finding a good foundation is hard and the fact that there are so many of them out there is deceiving. There are very few foundations that will do all the magic you are looking for, in fact for me and my oily skin, there has only been one magical option for years: the Estée Lauder Double Wear. Although there have been some good foundation releases over the years, the Double Wear still remains the absolute best for oily skin.

Unfortunately, the Double Wear is not easily affortable by all and so the quest to find chaper options that work well has been on going. In this post we will be looking at the Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation while comparing it to the legendary Double Wear.

EL DW vs RLM foundation

For other foundation posts check out:

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Estée Lauder Double Wear vs the two L’oréal Infallible Foundations – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

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

Best Foundation Dupe yet? Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop vs Nyx Stay Matte – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Three Way Battle of Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Clinique Superbalanced Silk vs Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free. In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation – In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Primark My Perfect Colour Stay foundation. Ingredient Analysis and a Chemist’s Verdict – Is it a Dupe?

Three way battle of foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Too Faced Peach Perfect vs Too Faced Born this Way.

Battle of the Foundations: Estée Lauder Double Wear VS Revlon Color Stay. A chemist’s verdict on whether it is a true dupe.

 

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.

EL double Wear vs Rimmel Lasting Matte

 

Packaging

The Estée Lauder Double Wear comes in 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 you really 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 Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation doesn’t come with outer packaging. The foundation itself comes in a plastic, squeezable tube. Sadly, the tube does not come sealed which means that you will not know how long this foundation has been exposed to air or even if anyone else has used it. Not great!

On the plus side, although the Rimmel is a drugstore foundation that comes in a tube, it does actually look fairly nice. Definetely not as pretty as the Estée Lauder Double Wear bottle but still quite nice for a drugstore tube foundation.

Winner: The squezable tube is easier to use but the lack of seal is a major, major drawback. The Estée Lauder Double Wear takes this category.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 1 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 0

 

Coverage and Finish

The Estée Lauder Double Wear looks more natural to the skin than the Rimmel Lasting Matte because the latter leaves a powdery looking finish on the skin which is much easier to identify as “something foreign being present on the skin”. I personally didn’t like the finish at all because of how easy it was to tell that there is foundation on my skin.

Both foundations offer medium coverage that is buildable to almost full with two layers.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear has a slight smoother finish, when two layers are used, whereas the Rimmel Lasting Matte gets a slightly more powdery finish with the two layers.

Neither foundation settles into lines but the Rimmel is better for covering pores.

Winner: Although pore covering is not something that the Estée Lauder Double Wear does at all, whereas the Rimmel does well, the latter foundation is being let down by its powedery, can be unnatural looking finish.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 0

 

Product Texture

The Estée Lauder Double Wear has a medium thickness but still easy to flow liquid consistency whereas the Rimmel Lasting Matte is a mousse. Their consistency doesn’t make much difference in terms of coverage but it can make a difference in how you apply them and how much time you spend blending. In this case though, both foundations blend effortlessly, even the thick Rimmel mousse.

Winner: The Rimmel mouse is actually much easier to use because it is not runny and it blends effortlessly. Nothing wrong with the Estée Lauder Double Wear texture though, which also blends effotlessly, just picking on details here.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 1

 

Pore/texture hiding

Although the Double Wear doesn’t accentuate pores it also doesn’t hide them and I find that it can even uncover them sometimes, 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 Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation is smooth around pores.

Winner: It’s not hard to win against the Double Wear here, the lack of pore hiding is infact its major flaw. The Rimmel is more kind to pores.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 2

 

Cost

Both foundations come in a 30mL size. The Estée Lauder Double Wear retails for £33.50, whereas, the Rimmel Lasting Matte for £7.99.

Winner: Of course the Rimmel is a drugstore foundation which means it is considerably cheaper.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 2 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

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 Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation doesn’t have 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 contains SPF10.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

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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 Rimmel foundation comes in 19 which is low but for the drugstore type is actually within reason. The shades are described by a number and a name and although 19 available colours might not sound too bad, the lighter and darker skintones will likely struggle to find a match.

Neither foundation turns significantly darker when it dries.

And in case you are wondering, I am an Estée Lauder Double Wear 1N2 Ecru and I picked the Rimmel Lasting Matte 010 Warm Ivory which is lighter than the 1N2 Ecru and matches the 1N1 better.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear range is easier to navigate and has better shade availability.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

Blendability

Both foundations blend easily and the fact that the Rimmel is a mousse makes almost no difference whatsoever.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

Oil control

Both foundations kept me matte all day long.

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

NOTE: If you find that you are too oily and these foundations do not keep you matte with 2 layers on, try the Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 underneath and if you are still getting very oily you will know it’s time to revise your skincare routine. I went from being so oily you could fry eggs on my face to having normal skin by using the right skincare consistently.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

 

Longevity

The Estée Lauder Double Wear is the best foundation for oily skin longevity. I usually put it on in the morning and it lasts for more than 12 hours without re-touching. This foundation is so amazing it survives the elements well, including sleeping, drooling, raining, even a bucket of water in the face.

The Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation also lasts long and survives the elements well but not as flawlessly as the Double Wear.

NOTE: A lot of foundation survival will highly depend on whether you are wearing a mattifying cream or primer underneath, whether you set the foundation with a powder and on how good your setting spray is.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

Transfer proof tests

Neither foundation comes off by touch unless you wipe them with force. Patting is your friend!

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 3

 

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.

The Rimmel Lasting Matte is also very easy to use, perhaps a little easier due to the fact that it comes in a tube and its mousse consistency makes it easier to apply on the face.

Winner: The Rimmel mousse is slightly easier to use.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 4 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

 

Smell

The Estée Lauder Double Wear has a faint scent of a foundation whereas theRimmel Lasting Matte has an increadibly faint foundation scent, almost doesn’t smell of anything.

Winner: The Rimmel foundation contains fragrance which not only is hard to smell (so what’s the point?) but also is not good for the skin! As a result, the Estée Lauder Double Wear takes this category.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

 

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.

Neither foundation oxidised considerably but both become darker when they have dried which is normal. However, the effect was not big enough to consider getting a different shade, at least for the shades I tried. Just make sure to always wait for the foundation to dry before judging the colour.

Winner: Neither foundation oxidises significantly.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

 

Waterproofness

Neither foundation is labelled as wateproof but both foundations survive rain and a splash of water well, unless you use wiping motion. Don’t wipe, just pat!

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

 

Ethics

It wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It is very hard to impossible most of the time to verify the information or credibility of the sources, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. This section is not meant to be definitive and is most likely more about reputation around those subjects than credible information. If you have additional or more correct information please email: bondsofbeautymail@gmail.com

No brand available information.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

 

Other

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation lasts for 24M whereas, the Rimmel Lasting Matte lasts for 18M. However, that’s not really a realistic difference, you will use all 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 excellent for oily to combination skin, maybe even normal skin but are not ideal for dry skin.

In terms of close-up photography, the Estée Lauder Double Wear is superior because it looks more like normal skin but neither of them have any flashback.

Winner: Equal.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 5 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

 

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 Rimmel says about the Lasting Matte foundation:

Create the most flawless makeup canvas with Lasting Matte Foundation; the full coverage, lightweight base that controls shine to keep your skin comfortably matte. The mousse formula transforms into a powder finish, plus it ensures your complexion feels hydrated and balanced for up to 12 hours, so you can enjoy a #NonStopMatte finish that lasts. • Matte foundation that veils skin in full, flawless coverage • Lightweight mousse formula controls shine without feeling tight or cakey • Skin feels comfortably hydrated and balanced for up to 12 hours

How To Apply

Step 1: For a #NonStopMatte finish, prep skin with Lasting Matte Primer.
Step 2: Blend Lasting Matte Foundation from the centre of your face outwards.
Step 3: Where you feel you need extra coverage, dot and blend Lasting Matte Concealer. And, you’re done.
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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 Rimmel Lasting Matte contains 23 ingredients of which 10 will offer you some skincare benefit or make the foundation better, 3 potential negative and 3 irritants.

Neither foundation has a high skincare value but that’s ok they are meant to be makeup.

 

Is the Rimmel Lasting Matte a dupe for the Estée Lauder Double Wear?

No, not even close. The Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation is only ~25% similar to the Double Wear.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Double Wear contains slightly better ingredients and the price tag of the Rimmel is quickly evident by the presence of parabens which are very often found in cheaper cosmetics.

Estée Lauder Double Wear 6 vs Rimmel Lasting Matte 4

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 Rimmel Lasting Matte:

  1. 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.
  2. Paraffinum Liquidum/mineral Oil/huile Minerale – Anti-static and skin protecting. Check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out? and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
  3. Distarch Phosphate – Anti-static, absorbent and anti-caking agent.
  4. Dimethicone Crosspolymer– Can sooth and soften the skin.
  5. Glyceryl Dibehenate – A skin conditioner that can create a smooth, soft texture.
  6. Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate– Anti-caking agent that can enhance the SPF factor of titanium dioxide.
  7. Tribehenin – Skin conditioner and softener.
  8. Panthenyl Ethyl Ether – Anti-static and hair conditioner.
  9. Aqua/water/eau – Self-explanatory.
  10. BHT – Anti-oxidant, does not penetrate the skin far enough to be absorbed into the blood stream.

 

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 Rimmel Lasting Matte:

  1. Parfum/fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
  2. Methylparaben – Love them or hate them, there is still not enough scientific proof to undisputedly prove that parabens are harmful. However, some people prefer to avoid them for “peace of mind” and some countries are now moving towards banning them. 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?”
  3. Propylparaben – See above.

 

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 Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Parfum/fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

 

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 Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation:

Cyclopentasiloxane, C9-13 Isoparaffin, Paraffinum Liquidum/mineral Oil/huile Minerale, Distarch Phosphate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquiisostearate, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Silicoaluminate, Propylene Carbonate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tribehenin, Talc, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Glyceryl Behenate, Parfum/fragrance, Aqua/water/eau, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Bht, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)].

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Verdict 

The Rimmel Lasting Matte foundation is a good drugstore option for sure but it doesn’t compare to the brilliance of the Estée Lauder Double Wear which is yes more expensive, but the quality is there too.

If you cannot afford the Double Wear then the Rimmel is a good option for oily skin, given that you manage to find the right shade for you and that you don’t mind using paraven containing products.

However, bear in mind that if you really cannot afford the Double Wear there are also other drugstore foundation options for oily skin which are slightly better than the Rimmel Lasting Matte, like for example, the Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation.

 

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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