These Are Hands Down The Best Drugstore Foundations You'll Ever Buy

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Your complexion and your wallet will thank you, we promise!

Zeroing in on the best drugstore foundations is no mean feat. As the canvas of your entire makeup look, it is the one item that you need to get right.

But shopping for foundations can make you look like a rabbit caught in the headlights given the multiple options in the market. How do you know which one is the most suitable for your skin?    

There are variations in terms of texture- matte, satin and dewy, as well as coverage- light buildable to full. And, thanks to the new wave of inclusivity there is a much larger spectrum of shades. 

So first up, analyse your skin type and identify the occasion where you want to wear your foundation.

If you have oily skin, opt for water-based foundations. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, buy an oil-based formula. For everyday makeup, a light coverage works best. You can top it up with a good concealer. And for special occasions and night outs a heavy coverage would be best. 

9 Best Drugstore Foundations For A Flawless Base  

Either way, whether you want full coverage or buildable, matte or dry, our picks won't dent your pockets. These are the best drugstore foundations that'll help you create the perfect canvas for your makeup look. 

1. L'oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Matte | S$15.23 

If your skin breaks out into a 4pm shine, L'oreal Paris' Infallible 24 Hour Matte is one of the best drugstore foundations for you. It has a cream-to-powder formula and dries down matte almost instantly without looking cakey.

Plus, it is long-wearing so you won't have to worry about touch-ups. 

2. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer | S$12

With a shade spectrum boasting of 19 different colours, the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer is also water-resistant. It does a great job as a foundation and a concealer and has a heavy coverage given how it performs two tasks at once. 

It dries down quite matte so its great for those with oily-skin. And since it also has the benefits of a concealer it does the job of keeping your skin moisturised if your skin is on the drier side.  

3. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation | S$8

 

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Though most of you might prefer a pump, but at this price point and with so many features you may be willing to ignore that feature. The Wet n Wild Photo Focus foundation has a water-based formula, medium to full-coverage and formulation that allows you to take picture with flash without flashback.

It also has a staying power of seven and eight hours and is great for most skin types.    

4. Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation | S$12.68

This dermatologist-tested formula is perfect for anybody with sensitive skin. It has medium to buildable coverage and does a splendid job at creating a smooth canvas with its flawless satin finish.

The Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid foundation is perfect for days when you want just a bit of glow without the shine. In case you have very oily skin, we recommend adding loose powder to areas of your face that naturally become shiny. 

5. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation | S$16.26

As the name suggests, this foundation is all about that mineral-enriched matte look. It has an oil-free and water-based formula that is perfect for those with oily skin.

Plus, if you love the runny texture that is oh-so popular on Instagram then you'll live this one too. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid foundation will give you medium to buildable coverage and will last you about five to six hours but it does oxidise.

6. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation | S$18

With SPF 20 and reasonable price point the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation makes the cut to our best drugstore foundations list. It has water-based formula which makes it ideal for somebody who has acne-prone oily. 

This foundation also does a great job at concealing acne scars and brings out an even skin tone. Plus, it does what it says-- lasts long. It has a buildable to medium coverage which is also a plus point for the busy girl on-the-go.

7. Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation | S$23.51

The Max Factor Miracle Touch foundation has a unique solid-to-liquid formula. It glides perfectly onto the face and has a good lasting power. Given that it is dermatologically-tested, light-weight and dewy, makes it the perfect addition to a working girl's makeup bag. 

Not to forget, it also comes with a built-in sponge compartment. Win-win!

8. Revlon Colorstay Foundation | S$20.97

Another fabulous foundation from Revlon is the colourstay foundation. It is oil-free, full-coverage, long-lasting and lightweight; making it perfect for those with oily to combination skin. 

It also helps that this foundation comes with an SPF 15, comes in 35 shades and is long-lasting. 

9. BYS Matte Liquid Foundation |  S$19.03

With this foundation you can say "goodbye" to that 4pm shine on the face. Although it has a matte finish, it still manages to give you a velvet-like look and certainly works to create even complexion.

And for this price point, it's certainly a snatch for a busy working girl. 

Also read: How to identify your skin tone

(Feature and lead image courtesy: Instagram/Roseanne Tangrs

Written by

Deepshikha Punj