The 9 Best Foundations For Every Budget & Beauty Issue


best foundations

Finding the right foundation isn’t easy! There are so many different factors to think about; coverage, finish, how well it wears, finding the right shade, that sometimes foundation shopping becomes frustrating af. So, we’re breaking it down with nine foundations that we think are the absolute, and we’re giving you all the options – from our fave weightless foundations to the best full-coverage and the most long-wearing. Here are nine foundations that tick all the boxes.

best foundationsDior forever 24h* Wear High Perfection Skin-Caring Matte Foundation, $52

Finish: Radiant matte
Coverage: Medium
Shades: 28
The deets: 30ml, SPF 35 and PA+++ natural foundationThe formula: We love that this gives amazing coverage but looks like skin. It’s medium coverage but you can build it up to conceal blemishes and pigmentation (use a stippling brush) without it looking cakey – it’s probably one of the most natural-looking foundations we’ve ever tried! The formula also has amazing staying power and wears really well through the day without breaking up or settling into creases or dry patches. If you have oily skin, we recommend setting with a light dusting of loose setting powder.

best foundationsMorphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Foundation, $18

Finish: Very matte
Coverage: Full
Shades: 60, from very fair to very rich
The deets: 30mlbest full coverage foundation

The formula: This is possibly the most full-coverage drugstore foundation we’ve ever tried! It glides on and blends out like a dream, and despite it being full coverage, it’s not too thick and doesn’t feel heavy. It is a very matte formula, so if you have dry skin, we recommend using a hydrating primer first, and if you have oily skin, set it with a dusting of setting powder.

Tip: If you prefer a radiant finish but love full coverage, mix it with a pump of liquid highlighter for glow goals.

best foundationsHuda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation, $40

Finish: Natural satin-matte finish
Coverage: Full
Shades: 30, from fair to rich
The deets: 35mlbest full coverage foundation

The formula: This thick, creamy formula is like magic in a bottle – it’s literally a real-time filter for your face. It adds an instant veil of color to conceal imperfections, while also masking texture. The formula is so rich, so you only need one pump for the entire face, and it has a beautiful luminosity to it, so it looks like real skin.

Tip: Start with a hydrating or mattifying primer, depending on your skin type, and set with a loose powder.

best foundationsToo Faced Born This Way Foundation, $39

Finish: Natural finish
Coverage: Medium to full
Shades: 34, from fair to rich
The deets: 30ml, non-comedogenicoil-free foundation

The formula: We love this oil-free, hydrating formula that gives amazing all-day coverage that doesn’t budge. The lightweight formula covers marks and imperfections and can easily be built up for even more coverage.

This fluid formula blends like a dream and covers marks and imperfections easily. It wears beautifully all day and doesn’t go patchy or break up. This is what we call a foolproof foundation!

Tip: Start with a hydrating or mattifying primer, depending on your skin type, and set with a loose powder. You can apply a thin, extra layer to areas that may need more coverage.

best foundationsFenty Beauty Pro Filtr Soft Matte Long Wear Foundation, £26

Finish: Soft-matte
Coverage: Medium
Shades: 50, from very fair to very rich
The deets: 32mlbest foundation for oily skinThe formula: Not only does this foundation come in a bomb range of 50 shades, but it’s also a great formula, especially for those with oily skin. It’s oil-free and made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to oil, sweat, and humidity so it’ll stay in place all day long. The formula offers medium coverage that can be built up to full-coverage when using a stippling brush and a little extra formula. The formula stays in place well throughout the day and doesn’t look cakey.

Tip: Set with a loose setting powder across the T-zone.

best foundationsEstee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, $42

Finish: Natural, dewy finish
Coverage: Medium to full
Shades: 53, from fair to rich
The deets: 30ml, non-acnegenic, dermatologist-testedbest foundation

The formula: This iconic formula has been around for years and is lauded as being the ultimate long-wearing full coverage foundation. The formula is non-irritating, oil and fragrance-free and ideal for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin. It has a huge range of foundation shades with a ton of undertones, so it’s easy to find a good match. The formula blends easily, and once set with powder, stays in place all day.