Our Fave SPF Foundations For Enhanced Protection & Coverage
If there’s anything we’re doing this year, it’s bringing our absolute A-game to the fight against sun damage. Practically every derm we’ve spoken to in the last five years insists that it’s the key to healthy skin, so we’re clinging to our sunscreen bottles, tubes, lip balms – you name it – for dear life. Since there’s no such thing as too much sun protection, we’ve found some SPF-infused foundations to give a boost to your sunscreen while boosting your glow.
Word to the wise: we’ll still be applying a stand-alone SPF errry day before our makeup, because don’t think SPF foundations should ever replace actual sunscreen. (Here’s the full scoop on why SPF in makeup isn’t enough.) Scroll for budget-to-luxe finds that help protect your face with all-day coverage.
1. Best Drugstore: L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, $15
Shade range: 40 shades
SPF protection: SPF 25
A few pumps of the L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, $8, will refresh your complexion with its medium-to-full coverage finish enriched with SPF 25 protection. The long-wear advanced formula is also transfer-proof and sweat-resistant. Oh, and it’s even non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores. We’re obsessed with this budget-friendly buy as it blends seamlessly into our skin and doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles throughout the day.
2. Best CC+ Cream: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $42
Shade range: 12 shades
SPF protection: SPF 50+
The IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $42, definitely offers the highest sun protection on our list, but that’s not all. These tubes house a creamy formula that’s packed with skin-loving ingredients, including collagen, peptides, and hydrating hero hyaluronic acid for a from-within glow. In fact, 100% of users in a trial, reported increased skin hydration after 10 days of use. The 12 shades are stretchable, so one shade can be worn by multiple skin tones.
3. Best Full-Coverage Foundation Stick: BLK/OPL True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, $11
Shade range: 24 shades
SPF protection: SPF 15
One of the reasons why we love the BLK/OPL True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, $11, is because it’s SO easy to apply. The long-wear stick delivers a full coverage foundation with a velvety finish that blends effortlessly into the skin. It’s also enriched with vitamin C and E to protect and nourish the skin throughout the day. You can even use a shade two shades deeper than your regular foundation and use it as a contour and sculpting stick.
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4. Best For No-Makeup Makeup: ILIA Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40, $48
Shade range: 30 shades
Finish: Natural and skin-like
SPF protection: SPF 40
An au naturel glow is never too far away with the ILIA Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40, $48. The tinted serum blends hydrating squalane, smoothing niacinamide, and plumping hyaluronic acid to reinforce and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, making it a fit for even the most sensitive skin types. After sealing in moisture, the sheer formula dries down to a natural, dewy finish. It’s perfect for those no-makeup makeup days when you want your natural glow to shine through.
5. Best For Oily Skin: REVLON ColorStay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15, $11
Shade range: 43 shades
SPF protection: SPF 15
The REVLON ColorStay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15, $10, is an absolute steal with its lightweight, matte formula that’s oil-free and wears for up to 24 hours. It’s also infused with blemish-busting hero salicylic acid, which helps nix pores while helping to balance oil production, making it ideal for oily to combo skin types.
6. Best Shade Range: M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15, $35
Shade range: 63 shades
SPF protection: SPF 15
The matte formula in the M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15, $35, blends like a total dream, with no fading, streaking, or caking in sight. If you’re looking for comfortable, full-coverage that applies, builds, and blends easily for 24-hour wear, this is it.
Pro tip: A little goes a long way, so we like to work it with a dollop of our WISHFUL Honey Balm Jelly Moisturizer, $43 for a dewier finish, or with a few drops of our Huda Beauty Water Jelly Hydrating Face Primer, $33, for a luminous base.
Now boo, your lips need that protection too, so check out these gorg tinted lip products with SPF.
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