10 Cult-Favourite Foundations With The Best Ranges Of Shades

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I can still remember the first time I went to the drugstore to buy a foundation. As I was about to enter high school I had zero ideas of what I was supposed to be looking for, but after spending the entire summer flipping through Cosmo and seeing tons of glossy Covergirl and Maybelline ads for foundation, I knew I wanted to give the bottle of liquid goodness a try. I can recall how overwhelmed I felt walking down the beauty aisle and seeing that while there were plenty of brands to choose from, the selection of shades were dismal. To my surprise, some brands only carried ten shades at the most. 

As someone with an olive complexion, it was easier to find a shade that worked for me, but that wasn’t the case for so many others. Thankfully things have improved in the beauty industry and progress has been made when it comes to inclusivity and diversity. 

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Today, you can walk down any beauty aisle and find an expansive range of foundation shades from brands that are truly making an effort to be more inclusive by appealing to all skin tones

And while ten or so foundation shades used to be adequate, thankfully, 30 or more is the new norm.

Read on to learn about our favourite brands that offer the best foundation shade ranges.

Cover FX, 40 shades

Cover FX, 40 shades

With 40 shades and three undertones to chose from, Cover FX’s Power Play Foundation offers everyone their perfect shade match. This cult-favourite foundation provides lasting waterproof, sweat-proof, and transfer-proof coverage while leaving your skin with a weightless matte finish that you can feel good about all day.

$55 at Sephora
Estée Lauder, 56 Shades

Estée Lauder, 56 Shades

With 56 shades available, it’s no wonder that Estée Lauder has an award-winning foundation. The Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup was built to withstand heat and humidity while also being transfer-resistant, meaning it won’t smudge or rub off throughout the day. 

$52 at Sephora
Make Up Forever, 50 Shades

Make Up Forever, 50 Shades

If you’re in the market for a foundation that will last you all day, look no further than Make Up Forever’s Ultra HD foundation. The best-selling liquid foundation is available in 50-shades and provides superior blend-ability, advanced blurring properties, and a lightweight, natural finish. As you can see, the range is evenly dispersed among the light, medium, and deep categories.

$55 at Sephora
MAC, 60 Shades

MAC, 60 Shades

When it comes to being shade-inclusive, Canadian-founded MAC Cosmetics is an OG. MAC’s best-selling Studio Fix formula is a popular favourite because its matte finish lasts while controlling shine and features SPF 15. But most importantly, the formula is now available in 60 shades to accommodate even more skin tones and undertones.

$38 at MAC
Fenty Beauty, 50 Shades

Fenty Beauty, 50 Shades

When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty back in 2017, she shook up the cosmetics industry by taking the much-needed step towards true diversity with her Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. The foundation, which is available in an impressive 50 shades, offers a filter-like finish and leaves you with an airbrushed glow. 

$45 at Sephora
Maybelline, 50 Shades

Maybelline, 50 Shades

When it comes to drugstore foundation the shade options are usually lacking, with most brands only carrying around 10 shades, give or take. Luckily, Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation has us covered with its impressive range of 40 options that span from ivory to espresso and will cost you less than $15 — proof that you can find the perfect shade without having to break the bank.

$10.99 at Shopper Drug Mart
Lancôme, 50 Shades

Lancôme, 50 Shades

Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear is a cult-favourite, full-coverage foundation that conceals flaws without feeling heavy or looking cakey or powdery. Available in 50 shades that range from the lightest ivory to the darkest suede, this foundation hits every skin tone in between, all while drying in a matte, velvety finish.

$60 at Lancôme
Covergirl, 40 Shades

Covergirl, 40 Shades

If you’re looking for another great drugstore brand that delivers big results, Covergirl’s TrueBlend Matte Made foundation is available in 40 shades and a must-try. Made with an oil-controlling formula, this foundation also minimizes pores and leaves you with a soft matte and selfie-worthy finish. 

$11.97 at Amazon
NARS, 40 Shades

NARS, 40 Shades

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation provides lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear that lasts all day. Available in 40 shades, this buildable, full-coverage foundation is formulated to leave skin feeling hydrated, softer, and smoother with every use. 

$61 at Sephora
L'Oréal, 30 Shades

L’Oréal, 30 Shades

Another tried and trusted drugstore brand that offers an impressive assortment of foundation shades is L’Oréal Paris. If you need a new foundation that provides great results for your dollar, L’Oréal’s award-winning Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation is an ultra-lightweight liquid formula that blends smoothly and comes in 30 shades so you can easily match your skin tone. Plus, it also provides medium-to-full buildable coverage that lasts all day, without suffocating your skin.

$16.96 at Amazon

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