These are the best of all.
By Adetoun Adeyemo. August 25th, 2019. 8:00 am
Choosing the best foundation can be stressful, you have to be careful getting the right formula for your skin, whether it’s oily, dry, or acne-prone, but not always easy to figure out. There’s a lot of makeup out there, from sheer to full coverage foundations, high end to drugstore, matte to dewy-finish… It’s a beauty minefield.
Well, we’re determined to make things easier by bringing you an edit of the very best foundations according to our Beauty Editors. Finally, the challenge to find a long-lasting formula with formula and beautiful coverage is over.
We’ve reviewed the crème de la crème of the makeup world, from MAC to Maybelline and Fenty Beauty to Estee Lauder, so we can safely say, these are the best foundations in the USA (maybe even the world 🌍 ).
Or, if you prefer to take a lighter approach to your base, head over to our edit of the best Foundation…
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- GIORGIO ARMANI
Feel like your foundation can get a bit blotchy? To avoid this issue, invest in a formula that blends flawlessly into the skin. Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is the perfect option for makeup minimalists that want a flawless application without any cakiness.
Finish: Satin, with a slight glow.
Coverage: Medium-to-full coverage, whilst still being light and non-cakey.
Shade range: 24 shades
Lasting power: All day long.
Final thoughts: This is the ultimate people-pleaser, a winner for most skin types, whether you’re dry or oily, the formula applies beautifully leaving skin looking perfect, but not overdone
2. ESTEE LAUDER
If you want a perfect finish, fast, you need a foundation that offers more coverage and this is it. The formula smooths over everything from acne to redness.
Finish: A classic satin finish, not too matte, not too dewy.
Coverage: Full, but apply it with a makeup sponge and you can sheer it out a little.
Shade range: Over 60 shades. Yesssss Estée Lauder!
Lasting power: Sick of your foundation melting off by 3 o’clock? Yep, so was I. I found this formula stays in place for up to 12 hours, so go ahead and plough through your day without having to touch up.
Final thoughts: This foundation feels good – Good all day (and night), luckily this one did not disappoint. It gave excellent coverage (without looking cakey), and the lasting power was second to none. This is the UK’s best-selling foundation…
This stick is a foundation and concealer in one, making it perfect for those of us with oily skin that need to touch up post-work or gym. Also, the formula delivers twice as much pigment as traditional foundations, giving high coverage without the cake.
Finish: Satin, with a slight dewiness.
Coverage: Full, without question. But doesn’t feel heavy in the slightest.
Shade range: 32 shades divided up by color as well as undertone
Lasting power: This foundation honestly lasts all day without me shining like a headlight in the night.
Final thoughts: This is a great choice if you don’t want a full-on matte look. Plus, it doubles up as a concealer, you can used it on blemishes and dark areas (chin, upper lip, and under-eye) to even out my skin tone.
4. FENTY BEAUTY
This foundation was the biggest talking point when Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty collection launched, and with it’s extensive shade range and lightweight formula, you got to love it. The consistency is runny, but don’t let that deceive you, once it’s buffed in this base isn’t budging.
Finish: Ultra-matte. If you have super oily skin this is the one for you.
Coverage: Medium-to-full coverage and it’s really easy to build up layers.
Shade range: 40 shades from very light to very deep.
Lasting power: Impressive. It’s the type of foundation you could wear to work and then just blot down the T-Zone to extend the lasting power through the evening.
Final thoughts: What did I do before this foundation? This is a new go-to on a long day.
5. MAC Pro Longwear
Say your insane social calendar requires you to stay up for 24 hours straight, this dual-purpose foundation and concealer will have you covered night and day.
This all-in-one foundation is an absolute steal. For its budget price, the water-based foundation gives you just enough coverage to wear daily, and it has SPF in it, so it’ll protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
If you’re acne-prone this light-weight formula is the perfect option, as it doesn’t contain pore-clogging ingredients.
Finish: Smooth, mattifying and pore-blurring.
Coverage: Medium, but can be sheered out if you want a lighter finish.
Shade range: 35 shades, which is impressive for a drugstore brand.
Lasting power: I had a small amount of patching around my nose by the end of the day, but other than that it stayed flawless.
Final thoughts: I love this. The pore-blurring finish applied easily and will give your skin a smooth finish. For under a tenner, I’m sold.
7. MAC Face & Body Foundation
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Ever wish you had a foundation that wasn’t just for the face? Luckily MAC’s face and body can cover your skin from top to bottom for a completely flawless finish. Make sure you pat in some translucent powder to set the foundation before heading out the door.
Finish: Dewy. Skin looks fresh and hydrated.
Coverage: Lightweight. This formula has the feel of a tinted moisturizer with a slightly more dialed up coverage.
Shade range: 13. Not great, but not dismal.
Lasting power: The lighter finish means this foundation doesn’t have quite as good staying power as others, but layer it on top of a primer and set with powder to keep it intact for at least 5 hours.
Final thoughts: This will always have a top spot in my holy grail makeup bag, the finish is glowy and light, whilst still giving a decent coverage – it’s magic.
8. ILIA BEAUTY TRUE SERUM FOUNDATION
True Skin Serum Foundation is a complexion-perfecting, serum-infused foundation that’s equal parts skincare and color correction.
9. INIKA ORGANIC BB CREAM FOUNDATION
Inika BB Cream Foundation provides a light coverage and has a smoother consistency than most liquid foundations, making it quicker and easier to use. Vegan
- Porcelain – For very fair pink based skin tones. A partner for Grace or Strength in our Loose and Baked Mineral Foundation range.
- Cream – For fair skin tones. A partner for Unity in our Loose and Baked Mineral Foundation range.
- Beige – For medium skin tones and suits almost all white skin tones. A partner for Nurture or Patience in our Loose and Baked Mineral Foundation range.
- Honey – Golden hues for medium to dark beige and honey skin tones. A partner for Trust in our Loose and Baked Mineral Foundation.
- Tan – For medium to dark beige skin tones. Perfect for tanned and olive skin. A partner for Freedom in our Loose and Baked Mineral Foundation range.
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Keeks Reid, Contributing Beauty Writer: Whatever life throws your way, you will not see the effects of it while wearing this foundation. Well, that’s what I took from the name of it anyway. It’s an oil-free formula that promises to leave you shine-free.
Finish: Matte, this formula will keep you oil-free.
Coverage: Full, very full.
Shade range: 24 shades
Lasting power: Wow, this stayed pretty much perfect from 8 am till 10:30 pm. Not bad, Sleek, not bad at all.
Final thoughts: I was definitely shine-free throughout the day, which was great, but I did feel like my face looked kind of flat and I don’t know if I’m a fan of that.