The Best Drugstore Foundations To Get Your Hands On

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This best drugstore foundations post has been a long time coming. The truth is, we could’ve thrown together a quick list of the 10 best drugstore foundations based on Amazon reviews or according to sales numbers, but we know that foundation is special so we had to give it its proper dues.

The thing about foundation that sets it apart from other products is that it’s a very personal piece of makeup. A certain intimacy develops between owner and product. Not hard to imagine since it’s usually the first product to touch the skin and stays on the skin all day long (if it’s a good one that is).

We also get attached to our foundations because it’s damn near impossible to find one that checks all the boxes – evens out skin tone, covers up blemishes, looks and feels like a second skin, doesn’t accentuate fine lines, stays on for 1,000 hours and doesn’t cost a king’s ransom. (We love you Estee Lauder Double Wear but mommy guilt, ugh!)

Anyway, that’s why we’ve gone to great lengths to bring you this list of the best affordable drugstore foundations.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve read hundreds of online reviews, watched countless YouTube videos and most importantly, tried out a lot of drugstore foundations to see which ones are worthy of Top 10 status.

But first, a few details about our wear tests.

All foundations on the list were wear tested for at least 8 hours by me and my twin sister Colleen under the following conditions:

  • Our locations are both hot and humid at the moment.
  • We have similar skin types – sensitive/prone to breakouts and oily around the T-zone with dry patches around the mouth/chin area.
  • We both have residual scarring from acne in high school and college.
  • Enlarged pores around the nose area
  • Sun spots
  • Dark under-eye circles

So with that, let’s get into our countdown of The 10 Best Drugstore Foundations in 2019 that get the job done and are super affordable!

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#10 L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 15 (+1 White Lightener Shade)
  • Finish: Dewy, luminous
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable
  • Ideal skin type(s): Dry
  • Longevity: Moderate – Lots of oiliness and shine develops.

Why we love it

This foundation gives you beautiful luminous full coverage that looks air brushed when set with a powder. It’s ideal for drier skin types as it is quite dewy.

#9 Wet N Wild Photofocus Liquid Foundation

The stats

  • Shade range: 20
  • Finish: Satin
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable
  • Ideal skin-type(s): All
  • Longevity: Moderate – Significant separation and transfer about 4 hours in.

Why we love it

You get beautiful flawless coverage that looks amazing in photos as claimed. However, It did start to crease and separate after about 4 hours so we recommend only wearing it for special events or photo shoots.

#8 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

The Stats

  • Shade range: 10
  • Finish: Satin, dewy
  • Coverage: Sheer to light
  • Ideal skin type(s): Dry
  • Longevity: Good – minimal separation and no creasing or settling in fine lines

Why we love it

This one might fall into the BB Cream category but we found that it still provides nice breathable lightweight coverage that’s perfect for daily wear, especially during hot summer months. It also contains hyaluronic acid so it feels very hydrating on the skin. Something to note is that it does oxidize (the shade turns darker as it dries) so you may want to go a shade lighter.

#7 Revlon Colorstay Foundation For Normal/Dry Skin

The Stats

  • Shade range: 24
  • Finish: Satin
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable
  • Ideal skin-type(s): Dry
  • Longevity: Very good – minimal creasing and separation

Why we love it

The coverage can be built up to full, but it still feels lightweight and breathable and looks natural. It held up pretty well in the heat and has SPF-20 built in.

#6 L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 22
  • Finish: Matte
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable
  • Ideal skin-type(s): Oily
  • Longevity: Very good – minimal separation and creasing; controls oils well

Why we love it

You get beautiful full matte coverage that still feels lightweight and is super long-wearing. If you have skin that tends to get super oily later in the day, this is the foundation for you. Dry skin types can still do well with it because it doesn’t overly dry out your skin or get cakey.

#5 Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 24
  • Coverage: Medium
  • Finish: Satin, dewy
  • Ideal skin type(s): All; Sensitive
  • Longevity: Very good – minimal separation and good oil control

Why we love it

This foundation feels super lightweight and has a velvety finish. It’s very similar to the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint but with more coverage. It also has SPF-20 sunscreen and hyaluronic acid which is extremely hydrating for the skin. It’s another great one for everyday wear.

PRO TIP: Mix the Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation with a BB Cream like Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream for gorgeous satiny full glam coverage.

#4 Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 24
  • Finish: Dewy
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable
  • Ideal skin-type(s): Dry
  • Longevity: Very good – minimal separation and creasing
  • SPF-18

Why we love it

If you love sporting that natural dewy glow, this foundation is perfect for you. You can keep the coverage at medium for everyday looks or build it up to full for a glam look. Using a primer underneath and setting with powder helps with the foundation’s longevity and prevents oiliness throughout the day.

#3 Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 15
  • Coverage: Medium, buildable
  • Finish: Dewy, luminous
  • Ideal skin-types(s): Dry; Mature
  • Longevity: Very good – minimal creasing and separation
  • SPF-18

Why we love it

This foundation is absolutely stunning and natural looking. It’s another must-have if dewy luminescent makeup looks are your thing. Dry and mature skin types can benefit from the hydrating gel-like consistency. Oily skin types may need to set this with a powder and do powder touch-ups or blotting to keep oiliness at bay.

#2 Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 18
  • Finish: Matte
  • Coverage: Full
  • Ideal skin-type(s): Oily
  • Longevity: Very good – the most long-wearing of all the foundations on the list.

Why we love it

This foundation has a flawless air-brushed matte finish that looks and feels amazing. It scored major points for lasting the longest out of all the foundations on our list. It is mattifying so it’s ideal for oily skin. However, because it’s not extremely drying like other matte foundations, dry skin types can enjoy it as well. It’s also vegan and paraben-free.

#1 L’Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

The Stats

  • Shade range: 30
  • Finish: Soft-matte/satin
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable
  • Ideal skin-type(s): All
  • Longevity: Very good – minimal creasing and separation
  • SPF-25

Why we love it

This foundation takes the cake. An all around beautiful medium to full coverage long wearing foundation that any skin-type can really enjoy. We loved the velvety feel of it on our skin and at times I forgot I had anything on. It’s labeled ‘fresh wear’ and that’s the perfect way to describe how it feels on the skin. My skin never felt dull or weighed down at any point. I’ve found my new go-to foundation!

Final Thoughts On Best Drugstore Foundations

Feeling inspired yet to go drugstore foundation hunting yet? I have to say, with so much competition in the drugstore cosmetics industry, brands have really upped the ante and are coming out with new foundation formulas and shades every week it seems like. This is great because it gives us an ever increasing selection to choose from, but it can also make things a bit overwhelming. Hopefully this post serves as a guideline and helps narrow down the field for you. Thanks for reading and let us know in the comments what you think.

Now that you’ve scored your perfect drugstore foundation, learn how to apply it this tutorial: How To Apply Foundation That Looks Flawless


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