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    15 Drugstore Foundations That Are Even Better Than High-End Ones

    These brands have got you *covered* WITHOUT taking all your precious moolah.

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    1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation boasts ~40 shades~ so you're likely to find a close match for your skin — which is great, because it's a cult-fave for blurring enlarged pores and controlling excess oil all day, every day., Amazon

    Check out some flawless before-and-afters in This $5 Foundation Has Helped Thousands Of People Find Their Perfect Shade!

    Promising review: "I love this foundation. This is the first foundation I have tried that has matched my skin so closely. It gives me medium to light coverage, which I personally love since I like wearing this during the summertime. I have acne scars that I really don't love, but this product provided coverage over them. Also, what tops it all is that this foundation is matte! I have very oily skin so this thing is my holy grail. If you are wondering whether to get it just read this review. It goes on and blends flawlessly. I bought another bottle just because I love it so much! (Btw, I got the color 330 Toffee Caramel). —Simpleebekah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.17+ (available in 40 shades).

    2. Or! Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation delivers a cake-free, *airbrushed* effect that not only lasts up to a whole 16 hours, but keeps your skin moisturized all darn day. Pores: gone. Full coverage: always.


    Promising review: "I love this foundation. I can brush it on, check it with a ten magnification mirror, and not tell I have foundation on. That is the acid test for me. Plus, I can't tolerate a heavy foundation; I just want to wash it off. This is lightweight and feels clean on, and does not cause skin irritation.

    I've tried so many ridiculously expensive products that don't come close to this quality. A high price guarantees nothing these days. Give this one a try. At this price you can afford to risk it. You'll be pleasantly surprised." —Mountain Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59+ (available in 12 shades).

    3. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation provides long-lasting shine control up to 24 hours (thanks to salicylic acid), so you can go well into the night without worrying about your T-zone. Did I mention it's oil-free and has SPF 15?, Amazon

    Promising review: "So I'm a YouTube junkie and everyone was either talking about this or MAC, so I bought both. My MAC Studio Fix Fluid is NW45, which is the closest they have to my skin tone, but it oxidizes into this orangey color that I just can't deal with. Which is a shame because the coverage is amazing. So then I tried the Revlon ColorStay in 400 Caramel for oily skin. OMG halleluuuuuu! It's the perfect match to my skin and so lightweight I forget I'm wearing it. FLAWLESS! I've been wearing the Revlon everyday since I bought it. It's gentle enough for my sensitive skin and unlike MAC it doesn't give me acne. Even in the summer, it stays put. It doesn't feel like I've sweated it off. I am almost done with my bottle (first time ever finishing a bottle of foundation) and I will definitely be repurchasing this. I have oily skin (so I always use a mattifying primer first and apply powder after foundation) but this ColorStay stays put! I never have to touch it up, just maybe blot my excess oil once a day. Love this — thanks Revlon!" —TeamB509

    Get it from Amazon for $6.93+ (available in 20 shades).

    4. Coty Airspun Loose Powder works as both a setting and face powder so oily T-zones, acne, and scars are basically nonexistent from the minute you put it on. If 24/7 shine control and steadfast makeup sounds good to you, then you just found yourself a new best friend., Amazon

    Learn more about it in This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this powder. I've used more expensive ones in the past, but this one takes the cake. It keeps my makeup on all day, even with my oily skin. I personally don't use the 'baking' method, but even so it keeps my face in place all day, even when I get hot and sweaty. I recommend it to all of my friends!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97+ (available in six shades).

    5. Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation conceals, contours, and highlights your lovely complexion STAT so you're out the door in just a few swipes. *Stick* with this and you'll never run late again.

    Promising review: "I put my foundation on at 2 pm and had to go on a three hour drive where I fell asleep. I woke up and it was still good. Then I went to a concert where it was hot and sweaty and it was still good! It's definitely a new favorite! I had it on for about 12 hours and it was good." —Zuzu

    Get it from Ulta for $9 (available in 20 shades).

    6. L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation gives you a flawless looking, buildable coverage that's actually comfortable to wear all day, courtesy of its lightweight formula. Plus it has antioxidants to hydrate and improve your skin tone over time., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is an AMAZING dupe for the Makeup Forever HD foundation! I love the color range and luckily I was able to get a correct match on my first try (I got shade Bronze). It's a pretty dewy foundation, which usually isn't my thing since I have fairly oily skin. It looks awesome in HD photos (I wore it to take headshots for a show was in and it looked great), and it doesn't have flashback at all. As for longevity, the first time I wore it, I put it on at around 8 am and went to class all day, and didn't get home from a rehearsal until 8 pm, and it stayed on ALL DAY. It has really nice buildable coverage. You can wear a little and have really light coverage, but still build it up to full coverage and never look cakey." —Paris J.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 16 shades).

    7. L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation sets the bar high for its competition by not only offering a wide variety of shades, but putting your skin first. Vitamins A and C, wheat germ, and grape extract keep your skin nourished, healthy, and radiant every single day.


    Not to mention this is SUPER blendable and will never clog your pores. AND SPF 19?! I need a moment.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this foundation. Honestly, I would have to say that this is the best kind I've ever used. I have sensitive skin with a combination between dry and oily. This foundation is very lightweight, and IMO, it is perfect for us who love a more natural appearance instead of cakey. Thank you L'Oreal for making it easier for African American women to find their perfect shade!" —Nubian Princess

    Get it from Amazon for $6.20+ (available in 33 shades).

    8. Or! L'Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Foundation is a little more lightweight and creamy. Its hydrating formula stays on alllll day (24 hours, baby) and tops your complexion off with a ~glowing~ finish., Amazon

    It's medium-coverage and buildable so it still works great as a concealer! And it has SPF!

    Promising review: "This foundation is absolutely beautiful. It reminds me so much of NARS Sheer Glow, except better if you can believe it. It is light to medium coverage. It gives a beautiful dewy finish, 'your skin but better' look. I've worn this for eight or hours and it doesn't move, break down or oxidize. It still looks beautiful, not too oily after a full day. It's not sticky or tacky either. I really don't feel this foundation on my skin, it's very comfortable to wear. I will definitely travel with this because it's so portable and won't leak or break." —Wee Beta Fish

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48 (available in 11 shades).

    9. NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation glides on smooth and gives you a matte (shine-controlled) finish that lasts up to 24 hours. Don't worry, this baby is here to stay: it's waterproof so there's a 0% chance of transfer. But the best part? It's available in *45* shades and is great for oily, combination, and sensitive skin alike.

    Promising review: "Omg, I absolutely love this foundation. NYX has not only managed to create an awesome product but they are also aware of everyday women on a budget. I would recommend this product to anyone and I would by this over and over again. I'll never use another foundation going forward, amazing!" —Tomitchell

    Get it from Ulta for $14.99 (available in 45 shades).

    10. CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Foundation partnered with the skin care brand Olay to create a formula that effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne, and redness with just a few taps of your fingers. It's long-wearing, comfortable, and leaves you looking and feeling radiant.


    Promising review: "I've been spending a lot of money on foundation. I usually stick to Benefit, but I've tried a lot of other expensive brands. I just haven't found the right product until I stumbled upon this. It goes on silky smooth: very little needed for decent coverage. Believe it or not, I used the color options on Amazon to compare to the top of my hand. It was risky but the color matches my face perfectly lol. I hope that helps with finding the right color." —R. Weikert

    Get it from Amazon for $7.83+ (available in eight shades).

    11. Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation covers up blemishes FAST thanks to its high-coverage blend. But don't look to me for proof — there are hundreds of reviewers who call this the holy grail of dupes.,

    Plus it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have used designer foundation all my life. I tried this foundation just because I didn't feel like spending upwards of $60 like I usually do on foundation and thought I would give this as try as my backup foundation. This foundation is AMAZING. Let me tell you: I always thought designer foundation is better simply because if it's expensive it has to be better, but this stuff is way better than any I've ever used!The coverage is great and makes your face look flawless. Love, love, love this foundation. Can't rave about it enough!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in 14 shades).

    12. E.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation restores uneven skin tones and provides a visibly brighter complexion with its satiny, semi-matte finish. It's lightweight, oil-free, and the only filter you'll need for your next selfie., Amazon

    AND it's cruelty-free and vegan!

    Promising review: "This makeup really gives full coverage. It goes on so silky smooth, dries leaving your face feeling great and not dried out, and lasts forever. I slept in my makeup the night I had applied this in the morning. The next day it still looked awesome. I was literally getting compliments on this makeup that was applied over 24 hours ago and had been slept in! I didn't use primers or finishing sprays either. Great value. It outperforms my expensive stuff. So glad a friend of mine told me to try this. Oh, their shades match your skin much better than most makeups. You really look natural, not like someone with a pound of coverup makeup on." —catsinjax

    Get it from Amazon for $2.16+ (available in six shades).

    13. Wet n' Wild Photo Focus Foundation was tested under *seven* different photo lighting conditions to provide the best possible camera-ready makeup. No breakout is a match for this high-performing, matte finish — it even has pore-blurring properties to help perfect the appearance of a natural complexion., Amazon

    Promising review: "In all the years that I have been wearing makeup I have not found a drugstore foundation that I am completely in love with. Part of it is my own skin. I can at times get super dry around my nose and close to my chin. So for a while I gave up makeup. Until today that I decided to try this foundation. And I am so totally impressed. I ordered it from Amazon and picked a color I thought would be my match. I tried it as soon as I received it and I surprisingly had made the right pick. I was so happy about that. I put it on at 11 am. It is now 8 pm and it's still going strong! It's full coverage without looking cakey. It didn't dry my skin like other foundations and it doesn't oxidize. My skin looks almost natural, like I'm not wearing makeup. For now, I'm loving the foundation. And you can't beat the price! Will recommend to anyone." —Helin

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 20 shades).

    14. Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup treats and prevents acne with salicylic acid so your skin care regimen doesn't have to stop when you leave the house. It even controls shine and unclogs pores to get you on the fast track for a clear complexion.

    Don't worry it's oil-free!

    Promising review: "I have used both cheap and expensive foundation, and this is the best one I have found. Not only does it clear up my skin, fade my redness, and match my skin tone, but it provides REALLY great coverage. I wish that I was one of those women who could wear sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer and get away with it but I haven't felt comfortable with that because of my acne scars. Because of this foundation, I feel like I might be willing to try sheer foundation again. I never would've believed that wearing makeup would help my skin but this stuff is amazing!" —Nicci

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97 (available in 14 shades).

    15. Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation makes your beauty routine as simple as possible with its easy-to-use cream stick design. Top it all off with its SPF 15 and you're off to work in no time at all. Goody.,

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely in love with this makeup foundation. It's very smooth on the skin and blends so easily. I just love how it matches my skin tone; it's almost like it blends to match my skin tone which is really cool. I've purchased more expensive foundation in the past which did not produce the same results as this product. I will definitely purchase more in the future." —Purple Heart

    Get it from Amazon for $7.80+ (available in 16 shades).

    It's up to you! Spend all your money on overpriced foundations that do the exact damn thing, or save your $$$ for wine and burritos.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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