When it comes to foundation, we might all differ in what we may consider to be our “holy grail”, due to having different skin types, colours, concerns, and foundation-finish preferences. That being said, one thing pretty much everyone can agree on in terms of the foundation is we all want it to look as much like skin as possible. Bonus points if it’s affordable. The drugstore has plenty of foundations that do the trick just as well as some high-end foundations. If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve done the research for you!
Dare we say if the price wasn’t even an aspect, you may even prefer a foundation from this list as opposed to shopping high-end anyway…
These drugstore foundations are general crowd-pleasers and are a great place to start if you’re looking for a good foundation at a fair price point.
If you’re looking for a foundation that also provides a healthy dose of skincare, look no further. Revlon released its Illuminance Skin-Caring Liquid Foundation infused with 5% Squalane and Hyaluronic acid (hydrating and plumping the skin). The foundation applies beautifully, leaving a natural light-to-medium coverage skin-like finish and comes in 28 shades to choose from. Hot tip: If you’re in between shades, mix a couple together!
Although it may be labelled as a tinted serum, it covers like a foundation! L’Oreal’s True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum provides a luminous finish that looks just like skin. So, if you get your perfect match, no one should even be able to detect that you’re even wearing makeup! Its 1% Hyaluronic acid works to hydrate and smooth the skin – who doesn’t love a little skin care in their makeup?
This weightless foundation provides a skin-like finish and buildable medium to full coverage. It’s a no-fuss, well-performing foundation retailing for under $7! If you’re on the normal to dry skin side, we think you’ll love the Dewy finish, but if your skin runs more oily, its Matte finish just might be perfect for you!
If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, Milani has you covered with its Conceal + Perfect 2-in1 Foundation! This foundation has a thick, creamy finish, yet it doesn’t appear cakey. As said in its name, you can even skip the concealer with this one!
L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Foundation is a drugstore classic. People love it for its easy application, buildable coverage, natural finish, and skincare properties! And let’s not forget the drugstore price tag. Some even favour it over high-end options!
An oldie but a goodie. Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation has been a tried and true drugstore foundation favourite. Even as new foundations continue to pop up with new and advanced formulas, this one remains to stay a strong crowd favourite. It’s great for those with oily skin, leaving a matte and flawless finish – instantly blurring pores and hiding blemishes, all while looking seamless.
Is it just us, or has e.l.f. Cosmetics been absolutely popping off lately?! From its Halo Glow Liquid Filter to its Flawless Lightweight Satin Foundation, we can’t get enough! This lightweight foundation includes Glycerin, which helps hydrate the skin, providing a natural satin (semi-matte) finish without being drying. It’s available in 40 shades and provides medium to full coverage, leaving your skin looking flawless, as stated in the name.
Wave goodbye to your late middle school/early high school flashbacks of a CoverGirl foundation that shall not be named and hello to its Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation! It’s a light-coverage, hydrating foundation that leaves a super natural and dewy finish on the skin – and it’s super affordable. We only wish the shade range was better.
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