Foundations are the most important part of your makeup. Finding the right shade that blends in perfectly is as hard as finding a guy who is both smart and good-looking 😛 Choosing the right foundation involves a lot of research for many of us. Finding something that blends perfectly, that gives the right finish, that lasts long, that gives essential coverage and……….. that’s not the end of the list. Here is a list of foundations that are among the best in the world and I hope it helps you find your favorite.
Top 10 Drugstore Foundations
1. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Foundation
Product Description: Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup. Mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive formula with micro-powders controls shine and blurs pores. Leaves a natural, seamless finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic.This foundation gives incredible coverage. It hides all scars and blemishes. It also hides redness and gives a very matte finish. It is also light weight and it also photographs well.
- Almay Truly Lasting Color Liquid Makeup
Product Description: tlc truly lasting color™ liquid makeup delivers up to 16 hours of flawless coverage that won’t rub off even in heat and humidity. Plus vitamin e to help smooth, and lemon extract to brighten…for all day, natural radiance.
This is a great foundation for sensitive skin. It gives medium coverage but is buildable to a full coverage. It also gives a matte finish, which is perfect for oily skin. It lasts up to 6 hours when the weather is hot and humid. There are many shades available for those of you who are light-toned and fair-skinned.
- Nyx Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
Product Description: Want a matte finish to help you achieve a flawless-looking complexion? Now available in 10 more gorgeous shades, our Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation provides the perfect finish to flatter more skin tones than ever before. You’ll look naturally flawless with minimal effort!This foundation evens out skin tone and offers sheer to medium coverage. It comes in 30 shades and you are sure to find the perfect match. This does not appear cakey at all and gives a rather admirable matte finish. And you will not need touch ups during your day.
- CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Liquid Foundation Makeup
Product Description: Clean Oil Control Makeup, gives you all the shine control you want – without the drying coverage you don’t. The formula is made with ultra-light oil-absorbers that control oil, plus gentle conditioners that help prevent dryness. Best of all, it won’t clog pores, for a clean, shine-free face, hour after hour! Also available in Normal Skin and Sensitive Skin formulas.
This foundation blends easily on the skin and gives an even skin tone. And it feels pretty light on your face. It gives you a sheer to medium coverage. Although building it up into a full coverage may cause your face to appear cakey after just a couple of hours. So, this won’t work if you are trying to replace a concealer with this.
- Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Dry/Normal Skin
Product Description: Long-wearing coverage with a lightweight formula that won’t cake, fade, or rub off. With Time Release Technology, this oil-free, moisture-balance formula is especially formulated for normal or dry skin to continuously provide hydration.
This foundation has a very good consistency. So, it spreads out evenly and easily on your skin. You can blend this with any brush or beauty blender and it will work like magic. The lack of a pump may cause wastage of product.
- e.l.f Flawless Finish Foundation
Product Description: Achieve a flawless complexion with the silky smooth e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation. The lightweight and oil-free formula blends in naturally for a beautiful semi-matte finish. This liquid foundation applies easily and lasts all day for visibly brighter and radiant looking skin. Using our Flawless Finish Foundation not only restores uneven skin textures and tones, but most importantly, the SPF 15 protects your skin against harmful sun damage!
This foundation gives you a beautiful dewy finish and also evens out the skin tone. The consistency is not too runny and is easily absorbed by the skin. Setting this foundation with a powder will keep it from wearing off. Also, it has a nice fragrance.
- CoverGirl Advanced Age-Defying Liquid Makeup
Product Description: Take 5 years off the look of your skin. This smooth liquid foundation with an exclusive Olay Amino-Peptide Complex blends into the skin, covering fine lines and wrinkles, for radiant, beautiful coverage that actually helps give you a youthful appearance. Pair with Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder to set your look. Tested on women 35-60.
ADVANCED RADIANCE AGE-DEFYING LIQUID MAKEUP
This foundation provides sheer to medium coverage. It gives you a natural look while also making your face glow and look radiant. If you want a matte finish, you could set it with a powder. This is ideal for those with normal or dry skin. It also has a nice fragrance.
- L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup
Product Description: With patented color technology, True Match Makeup precisely matches your skin’s tone and texture and coordinates perfectly with True Match Powder, Blush, and Concealer. Formulated with Precise Match Technology so you can control coverage and fine-tune it. Ultra-pure formula contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers, so all you see is beautiful, radiant, flawless skin. With Vitamins A and C, wheat germ and grape fruit extract to keep your skin nourished, protected and healthy.
This foundation provides medium coverage but is very buildable. And very less quantity is required so it’ll last you a long time. And the longevity of the product is about 6-7 hours (does not appear cakey at all). The product does not cause breakouts and has good consistency. And is ideal for oil skinned girls.
- Revlon ColorStay Makeup (Oily/Combination Skin)
This foundation gives medium to full coverage. And it does not appear cakey or greasy. Even after few hours of application. So if you have spots and blemishes to hide or just enjoy the made up look, you should definitely go for this one. It also blends smoothly on the face. And if you are worried about acne prone skin, you should know that this foundation doesn’t cause breakouts.
- Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy+Smooth Foundation
This foundation lasts long and gives a dewy semi-matte finish like the name suggests. It also photographs well. This is not recommended for those of you who have oily or combination skin as this may make your face appear very shiny just a couple of hours after application. Lack of a pump may cause wastage of product.
Top 10 High-End Foundations
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Product Description: Reveal your inner light. Inspired by charmeuse silk, “The Fabric of Emperors”, this luminous foundation glides on weightlessly for a flawless lit-from-within glow. Using exclusive Micro-filTM technology to sculpt and brighten, this buildable, medium coverage foundation improves texture and blurs imperfections.
This is the foundation that makeup artists can’t stop talking about. This is the foundation that celebrities wear to award shows. This is by far, the BEST foundation out there. It blends perfectly with your skin and feels a lot like silk. And this foundation photographs incredibly well. It would be impossible to click a bad picture while you are wearing this. And this is one of those foundations that is true to its claims. It literally makes your skin glow. It provides sheer to moderate coverage. And also, this comes in 24 shades so you can find your perfect match. Although, if your skin is very oily, Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation would be a better option.
- Vichy Dermafinish Corrective Fluid Foundation
Product Description: A smooth blendable texture that glides on evenly leaving the skin with a natural, lightweight flawless finish. Recommended for minor to moderate skin imperfections such as redness, acne scars and pigmentation disorders. Moisturizing all day long. With the soothing properties of Vichy Thermal Water. 12 hours of long-lasting flawless wear (16 hours with Setting Powder). SPF 30 sun protection.
Vichy is one brand that does not go wrong with anything. All their products have been a success and have numerous men and women who swear by it. And this foundation is no exception. It gives a flawless finish. It also improves the texture of skin with continuous usage. A little bit of product goes a long way. And gives medium to full coverage.
- Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation
Product Description: Everlasting 16-hour perfection from morning to night. A luminous matte finish, flawless correction and exceptional comfort, in all conditions.
Day after day, the skin’s texture is refined by the new formula enriched with the Poreless Effect skincare essence.
This is one of the most long lasting foundations out there. The consistency is a little runny but it glides on effortlessly on the face. It gives a matte finish. It gives sheer to medium coverage. You will not be able to stop staring at yourself while wearing this foundation.
- Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation
Product Description: A breakthrough liquid to powder formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish—without the need for touch-ups. In a consumer study, Immaculate’s advanced formula has been shown to improve the appearance of oily, blemish-prone skin. Available in 16 shades.
If you like a natural no makeup look, this is the right foundation for you. It provides sheer to medium coverage. It keeps oil at bay. So if you are looking for some oil control, pick this one. This foundation will improve your look with time.
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Product Description: An active mineral foundation that gives a shine-free coverage infused with extraordinary skin-renewing properties reduces enlarged pores and soothes out skin leaves a flawless natural matte finish all day long packed in a no-spill no-mess case.
This foundation provides flawless coverage and also promotes clearer skin. This will help you get rid of the light spots on your face over time. You get the best of both worlds – Makeup and Skin Care with this foundation. It provides medium coverage and also gives a natural finish.
- Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation by Chanel
Product Description: A smooth, glide-on formula for a fresh, radiant complexion. Defends skin against environmental aggressors and provides broad-spectrum sun protection. In 14 versatile, natural-looking shades.
This foundation feels so light on you that you’ll forget you have any makeup on. It also smells incredible. A little goes a long way, which is a consolation considering the price. This applies smoothly and evenly on skin and does not settle into fine lines. Gives a natural finish and can be built up to provide a medium coverage.
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation
Product Description: Finally—a natural-looking and long-wearing foundation with SPF. Comfortable and hydrating, this medium to full coverage oil-free formula never looks cakey or masky.This is a perfect oil free makeup for those who have oily skin. The makeup looks and feels natural on your face. However, you have to blend it into your skin quickly as it sets fast. It provides medium to buildable coverage. One pump is sufficient for the face and neck so a little goes a long way.
- Clinique Beyond PerfectingTM foundation+concealer
Product Description: A foundation-and-concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Lightweight, moisturizing makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, color stays true, even through sweat and humidity. Due to the rich pigment level that enhances this flawless coverage makeup, shades may appear deeper when first applied. Once blended completely and allowed to dry, Beyond Perfecting Makeup will melt into your skin for a Beyond Perfected flawless look. A little goes a long way!
This foundation perfectly hides all blemishes and imperfections. It does not settle into fine lines or highlight pores or dry patches. But this is expected since the product claims to also be a concealer. It blends well into your skin and provides medium to full coverage. Not many shades are available so finding your shade might be a little tricky.
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow bi-phase Elixir
Product Description: This newest innovation from Giorgio Armani brings nourishment and glow to the weightlessness of Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation. This formula is a bi-phase elixir that provides a lasting glow. Formulated with oils fused with pure pigments, it provides sheer coverage and SPF 30 sun protection.
This foundation is sure to get you compliments about how amazing your skin looks. Your face will glow and you will feel confident about your beauty. This is not ideal for those with oily skin. But if you have oily skin and still want to try this, I would recommend setting it with a powder. This gives medium coverage that is buildable to a full coverage.
- Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Product Description: Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop – the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly.
This foundation claims to last all day and it does. Almost 16-18 hours, which is pretty impressive. The foundation is very watery in consistency but provides medium to full coverage. There are a variety of shades, so finding yours shouldn’t be hard. The instructions from Nars ask you to use your fingers to apply the foundation and this gives you a natural look. However, you could use a beauty blender for a more made up look.