Maybelline Fit Me vs. Better Skin Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me vs Better Skin |

If you read my 2015 Favourites post, you’ll remember that Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation got my top foundation of the year title. It’s a well loved foundation but I haven’t seen many comparison posts between it and the newer Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation. They are two of my most used foundations so I wanted to share my thoughts on them.


The packaging for both foundations are quite similar. Both are housed in a clear glass bottle, showing the foundation shade inside. This is pretty typical for drugstore foundations and it’s definitely a positive in my mind. Maybelline Better Skin comes with a pump (yessss) while Maybelline Fit Me has a twist off cap that you need to pour foundation out of. I do prefer the cap on Fit Me – it feels sturdy, unlike the plastic cap covering the pump on Better Skin, which I’m afraid will break before I use the foundation up, but having a pump is just so much better.

0 – 1 Better Skin

Maybelline Fit Me vs Better Skin |

Shade Range/Colour

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless has 12 shades from the very lightest (Porcelain, the shade I have) to quite dark. The foundation is pink to neutral in undertone depending on the shade. I can’t speak for people with darker skin, but I was very happy with the shade I picked out – it’s perfect for my winter skin tone! It’ll be too light in the summer, but I am just so tickled that there was something at the drugstore that matched my skin perfectly.

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin foundation has 12 shades that range in tones from yellow to neutral, so there should be an undertone that fits a lot of skin tones. Unfortunately the shade range isn’t as impressive, and the shade I have (Porcelain, the lightest) is darker than it’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless counterpart. I am uncertain if this is echoed through the range as a whole, but it’s something to watch out for.

On my skin both foundations look the same shade-wise in photos, though in real life my husband said that he could tell there was a slight difference on each side of my face. So they’re definitely not shade dupes, though they are very near.

Neither beats the other in this category, so the score is 1 – 2 Better Skin.

Maybelline Fit Me vs Better Skin |


Application is going to be different for everyone depending on skin type or what tool was used. I have normal to oily skin and used a brush to apply both foundations in the photos below.

Maybelline Fit Me vs Better Skin |

Before – bare skin, redness and all.

Maybelline Fit Me vs Better Skin |

After, foundation only – no concealer, primer or powder. Two layers of each foundation.

There isn’t a huge difference between the applications of the foundations, though Fit Me Matte + Poreless has slightly more coverage than Superstay Better Skin. Both foundations are buildable, though Fit Me can get streaky with a brush. I ended up buffing in the streaks with my fingers and it looked fine. I do prefer wearing both in single layers as it can start to feel heavy on the skin as you build, but adding foundation doesn’t take away from the appearance of the skin.

Better Skin is the lighter of the two, it felt like I was wearing very little makeup. I could still tell I had makeup on my face, but it wasn’t as heavy as Fit Me. It isn’t as evident in the photos, but I found that Fit Me covers the pores around my nose and cheeks better that Better Skin.

It’s close, but I have to award the point to Fit Me because I like how my skin looks just slightly better. 2 – 2


Wearing both foundations is worry-free: I don’t find either rub off quickly or go splotchy. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless has a longer wear time than Maybelline Superstay Better Skin, though. Kind of funny considering the name is “Superstay” hmm?

As for the skincare properties claimed in Better Skin – I can’t say if there are benefits or not. I know that neither clog my pores, but I don’t wear Better Skin daily, so I haven’t experienced any specific benefits.

3 – 2 Fit Me


It was close and I definitely enjoy wearing both foundations, but Fit Me wins for being more long wearing and covering up the large pores around my nose/cheeks.

Have you tried either of these foundations before?



15 thoughts on “Maybelline Fit Me vs. Better Skin Foundation

  1. Fit Me is also a bit cheaper than the better skin one too, isnt it? So that would be another point for fit me, in my book! ♥ Anyways… I agree (at least from what I can tell in the photos) that fit me looks better on your skin! This post was very helpful. I have tried, used up, and loved the fit me matte + poreless and was contemplating buying it again or trying the better skin, since Ive heard great things! But I am kind of thinking staying with fit me would be best! Thanks so much!

  2. I haven’t tried either one yet, but the Fit Me packaging is so classy looking I find it appealing (though a pump is easier to use). Really great comparison post!

  3. I haven’t tried either one yet but I have both one my list of products to try because a lot of people love both foundations. In your photos, both foundations look amazing on you but overall I like the Fit Me too from your review. Thanks for this and I can’t wait to try both foundations and see how they work for me. xo

  4. This is a great comparison! I’ve only tried the better skin and I enjoyed it but the shade was so wrong it was hard to test too many times, however this comparison does have me interested in the fit me. that said, i do better with yellow undertones and prefer slightly less coverage, so better skin might still come out on top!

  5. I’ve heard some great things about Fit Me, but when I tried it out, my skintone didn’t really match and it broke down really quickly on my face. I have been eying the Better Skin one though, so I’m thinking about trying it out!

    sachie | lovely complex

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