Need to conceal scars, cover up acne, or just crave a more even complexion? A flawless face doesn’t need to break the bank! There are fabulous foundation options on the shelves of your local drugstore for a fraction of the cost of prestige products. We invested some serious time (not money!) investigating the best of the best drugstore foundations. Check out what our team of testers discovered in the world of budget-friendly drugstore foundations, ranging from mattifying powders to long-lasting liquids.
1. L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation
We applaud L’Oréal for this ultra blendable drugstore foundation that adapts to your skin. Formulated with patented color technology, it’s a buildable blend enriched with vitamins A and C, wheat germ, and grapefruit extract for coverage that keeps skin looking and feeling healthy.
Multiple testers noted that they love the consistency.
2. Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
Maybelline’s foundation is fitting for those expecting more from their makeup. Ideal for skin that’s drying out, the Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation rehydrates skin and de-clogs pores with a hydra-smoothing concentrate. It leaves skin looking luminous and never overdone.
I have combination skin, but I love to use this one any time I want a dewier finish, especially on my cheeks where my skin is the driest. A handful of makeup artists I know swear by this one as well!
3. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is one of the best we’ve tried to keep oily skin at bay. This light-as-air cream buffs into the skin effortlessly, leaving a truly matte finish that keeps you looking fresh for hours.
I was impressed with both the fluffy consistency of the foundation as well as the level of coverage and staying power. It effectively controlled shine in my T-zone and evened out the texture in my cheeks, giving the appearance of naturally baby-soft skin.
Other testers noted that it has a light feeling while giving full-coverage, which is a win in our book.
4. Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup Foundation
The thought of drowning your pores in drugstore foundation can be nightmarish if you deal with acne-prone skin, but it doesn’t have to be!
Need some help finding the best option for your problematic skin? “Look for a liquid foundation with a low concentration of salicylic acid,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner told Prevention.
Per his recommendation, you can hide and heal blemishes with this dual-purpose product from Neutrogena. Featuring the brand’s MicroClear technology, it’s an oil-free formula that speeds up the process of salicylic acid in order to unclog pores and eliminate acne.
5. COVERGIRL + Olay Simply Ageless Instant Wrinkle Defying Foundation
COVERGIRL’s Simply Ageless foundation, infused with Olay’s science-based skincare technology, is the perfect drugstore foundation if you prefer a cream. The unique formula contains B vitamins and peptides to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhance tone, and deliver firming hydration.
6. Max Factor Pan Stik Foundation
Stick foundation camouflages imperfections effortlessly, whether you’re lounging at your vanity or rushing to finish your makeup on the train.
I love Max Factor’s Pan Stik because not only is it convenient, it provides serious coverage. The formula of this drugstore foundation is rich and pigmented without feeling too heavy on your skin. Just toss it in your purse, and you have a secret weapon for touching up your foundation while you’re out and about.