38 Best Foundations To Try Today
Looking for a really great foundation, but tired of spending your money and time on makeup that simply doesn’t work, much less achieve that flawless skin look other women seem to pull off with ease? Well, you are in luck, because we found the best foundations out there and tested them, and it turns out all are not created equally. Some of the newer formulas have the most amazing ingredients, too. If you are still using that old brand of base you picked out 15 years ago, you are missing out. Stop shopping for beauty products that have not been reviewed and check out these pore minimizing, blemish concealing, wrinkle hiding, sheer and simply beautiful formulas to get the flawless skin you’ve been trying to get for years.
1. Almay Truly Lasting Color Liquid Makeup
Almay Truly Lasting Color Liquid Makeup is best applied by dabbing it on using a brush or sponge. If you apply it with your fingers, you have to be careful because it dries really fast. If you don’t get it rubbed in evenly quickly with your fingers, it will look smeared on. It is best to use a sponge clothe. When it completely dries, it looks a lot like a powder finish and it really does have staying power. It lasted all day for us. The Almay brand has been around for a long time and we love that they have continued to manage their quality. We have also learned from surveying that it doesn’t cause break outs and keeps your pores free to breathe.
2. CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Liquid Makeup
We found that his liquid makeup goes on light and so it doesn’t have the feeling of the having a mask on all day. We found similar if not better results from CoverGirl Clean Oil than from more expensive products. It goes well with the CoverGirl loose powder and concealer. If you mix the CoverGirl Clean Oil Liquid Makeup Foundation with a light lotion, you will get a softer feel and it is easier on your face and skin.
3. e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation Porcelain
This color goes on nicely and covers up flaws well. It has a slight shine to it despite being oil free. With think that it’s best to ad a nice translucent powder to finish it off. We love the quality and value that is delivered by the this low cost e.l.f. foundation. The biggest concern that we have seen is that it is a bit too white when it goes on. Pair it with some concealer that is slightly bronze and get it right for your skin type.
4. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation
The Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation has a build able coverage and a matte finish. We also found that it doesn’t melt when it’s hot out. If you have struggled with liquid makeup’s in the past, give this one a shot. If you let serums or moisturizers completely dry first, this will not interfere when applied after. You do need to be very aware of your skin color and tone before buying the best match for you. Whether you go with Maybelline New York Fit Me! dewy and smooth or a matte, you just need to make sure that your pore size and and skin color match.
5. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup
The L’Oreal Paris True Match Makeup has an insane amount of available shades. They vary from neutral, warm, and cool. You must first figure out the right undertone for your facial skin. If you are a neutral, you can wear basically whatever color you want. If you have pale skin, and have trouble finding foundation, try the w1. Warning: it does smear onto clothing and you have to wash it off at the end of the day as it won’t come off on it’s own.
6. NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation
This is a great foundation for pale skin so you won’t look orange. It is a light coverage and goes on easily. It does last all day and if applied to fresh skin, it will not cake at all. Warning: it is super light so if you are used to thicker and stronger coverage from a foundation, then NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation probably isn’t for you.
7. Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
Our users found that Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation was extremely easy to use and worked really well for VERY oily skin. After about 6 hours, you will start to see oil come through and eat the foundation but for the most part it won’t break down before then, getting you through an entire evening and party. It also holds up extremely well to hot days (90 degrees). The only down side is the colors are limited.
8. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Up to 24 Hr Demi-Matte Finish Foundation
We recommend applying this foundation using a miracle sponge. If you have had problems with acne or scarring or oily skin, this is a great foundation to try to help smooth out these imperfections. It doesn’t crack or cake easily but as usual, you must make sure that you find a shade and tone that matches your skin to prevent any issues with blending by the jaw or hair line.
9. NYC New York Color Smooth Skin Liquid Foundation
The NYC Liquid Foundation is hard to find in stores these days, so you have to usually order it online. Our users have commented that it doesn’t cause their faces to break out, provides medium coverage, and results in a satin matte finish that people love. The different shades they provide are not extensive but they work well if they match your undertones. Enjoy the creamy finish the NYC Liquid Foundation provides.
10. NYX Cosmetics Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation
Our users reported that the NYX Co Invincible Foundation was a medium coverage foundation, not a full foundation. If you are looking for a medium coverage foundation, this is your bottle. It blends well and is easy to apply. The biggest con is it’s lack of options for color.
11. Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
We found that the Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation definitely goes on lightweight. It will prevent a shine on your skin all day long. The price is good. However, the foundation does come out thick so you have to be conservative with squeezing it out because it can go a long way (saving you money!!) The packaging is also really pretty which we loved. If you are looking to save some money and keep oily skin away all day, this is the ticket.
12. Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation
Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation works great, especially for women with pale skin. It covers imperfections like scars, blemishes and large pores really well. Wait a minute before adding a setting spray. It also doesn’t irritate dry and sensitive skin which we love. This stuff is also great at minimizing pores.
13. Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation goes on light and feels really light on the skin, however, it is not great for extremely oily skin, but instead is best used for light oil. You have to set it otherwise it will still feel a bit tacky and ‘shiny’. It has a lot of coverage and if you use a bit extra, you can get full coverage. Give this a shot to save some money and get those blemishes and scars covered up!
14. Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer
The Stila stay all day foundation packs a punch. It really does last all day. It stays put and is great for dry skin. The finish is luminous and beautiful. This stuff doesn’t require touch ups throughout the day and has great build able full coverage. It doesn’t cure acne but it doesn’t make breakouts worse which is great! Comes with a great brush and concealer!
15. Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation
We love the Smashbox Studio skin. It goes on super well with a beauty sponge and a little will go really far. It works great for dry skin as it will help hydrate and it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. It has amazing coverage and you don’t have to re apply or blot throughout the day. This stuff is killer.
16. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
If you have acne and dry skin, you need to try this NARS foundation. It doesn’t make your skin look cakey or dry. It also stays on all day. It’s worth the price and due to its lightweight formula, it feels great on your skin and has amazing coverage.
17. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder
This Laura Mercier Foundation is great. It lasts all day and you won’t need to re apply. There is no caking and it goes on light with a brush. No need for a sponge. It works great for pale skin and goes on evenly. You can wet your skin to get more coverage but we didn’t feel it necessary when trying it. Most importantly, it doesn’t look like you overdid it with too much powder.
18. Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint
Hourglass Illusion is So Good. This stuff isn’t cheap but it works. This stuff helps your skin retain moisture, and it helps keep wrinkles away with moisturizer. It helps to fight skin discoloring and dark spots. It’s super easy to apply and you can use your fingers to rub it in, no gear needed!!
19. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup gets a thumbs up in our book. It has a matte look that will last all day. When applied to lines and big pores, you don’t get any crease or cake looks. It is super light weight and feels amazing on your face. If you have oily skin, this is a great solution for the work day.
20. CoverGirl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder
CoverGirl Queen Lasting Matte Pressed Powder is also a great product. It is a build able product and goes on easy. As the name says, it really does last all day without getting cakey or leaving oily spots in those hard to dry areas of your face. Give it a shot!
21. Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Powder Foundation Ivory I Love Me
Benefit Flawless Powder Foundation looks police and smooth given the right application. Start with a light coat for light coverage and then add another layer and blend them with a brush that is super soft. It absorbs the oil and will make red spots disappear. Almost gives us an airbrushed look that we love for going out and for hiding acne scars and dark spots.
22. Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation has light to medium coverage and when it dries, it leaves a matte finish with a glow. They have a ton of colors if this isn’t the one for your skin tone. This stuff also helps with breakouts and acne.
23. bareMinerals MATTE Foundation Broad Spectrum
This bareMinerals MATTE Foundation is great because it not only covers and doesn’t cake, but it also has SPF 15 to help protect your skin from UV rays of the sun. This stuff has good coverage and works great for fair skin with some reddish tones. Beware, the container is pretty small, but it goes well.
24. tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation goes great with a forever primer underneath that stay throughout the day. It doesn’t rub off on fabrics and gives full coverage. Use a beauty blender to apply and it will not cause breakouts and covers acne, wrinkles, and dark spots easily.
25. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Meet The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. This stuff is amazing for traveling because it won’t spill in your purse. It also lasts all day, even on the airplane when you fall asleep because it won’t rub off on fabric. If you want to go sheer with your normal spots and get more coverage in your oily or reddish spots, this is your ticket to beautiful skin.
26. Balance-n-Brighten’ Baked Color Correcting Foundation
Balance-n-Brighten’ Baked Color Correcting Foundation is velvet smooth. This stuff doesn’t look powdery and it covers so well. Use a tinted moisturizer to get a super natural looking coverage.
27. 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation
4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation works great for freckles but you have to choose the right color. Using the right brush is the key to making this stuff work for you. Don’t use a super soft brush or it will look shiny. Use a short, dense brush with firm bristles that will give you the airbrush look you want.
28. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is super build able and it goes on easy and leaves a matte finish that looks natural. It works for highlighting or contouring and can act as a tinted moisturizer to help you achieve that bronze look during the summer. This stuff is great for travel and is super easy to apply.
29. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation is expensive but worth the spend. it looks and feels just like your skin when you put it on. Works great with redness and also with breakouts and acne scars. The SPF is great as an added benefit but it really does feel like your not wearing makeup when you put it on. The coverage is amazing and this stuff goes the distance in terms of how long the stuff will last.
30. L’ORÉAL True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
L’ORÉAL True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation goes on really well. For the price, it’s fun to try and the application is cool. It comes in a fun container too. It won’t last all day without some touch ups but will work well with oily skin in your oily spots. The finish is glowed and smooth.
31. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation can go 3-4 hours before you will notice some transfer and some cakey oil build up. This foundation gives medium coverage and is build able. Expensive for what it does but is worth trying out.
32. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is great for dry skin if you mix it with a little farsali oil. It works great for dark spots and acne scarred skin. The finish is natural and will leave your skin super smooth. Better for darker toned skin.
33. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 looks super natural on your skin. It is not too matte or too dewy and will last all day even WITHOUT a primer. It works best for lightly oily skin, not super oily skin, or you will get too dewy of a look.
34. Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation SPF 22
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation SPF 22 is great for fair-light skin and isn’t too orangey or too yellowy. It has a luminous silk finish but dries faster than other luminous silk foundation. It does cake up after about 6 hours but will get you to lunch before a touch up easily.
35. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation gets super high reviews from us. It is amazing for combo skin where you have dry areas (like your cheeks) but your T zone gets super oily. It is medium coverage and build able. It won’t cake and melts into your skin like butter. You will need to touch up at lunch (about 4-6 hours).
36. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation looks luminous and smooth after application. It is build able and gives a medium coverage. Given it’s price, it’s best to try if you have super oily skin, but try some of the less expensive options first.
37. MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation has a great formula and works great with oily skin. A little oil will peek through after a few hours but will last all morning. Use two pumps for medium coverage but a third pump will give you full coverage.
38. L’ORÉAL Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
L’ORÉAL Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is a great everyday inexpensive foundation you should try. It has a natural finish with a nice glow. It lasts all day if you pair it with Urban Decay setting spray.