Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Today, I will be sharing my Drugstore Foundation Guide, in which I will be reviewing and comparing my personal favorite affordable foundations! Each of these foundations are ideal for everyday use, especially if you have dry skin like me and prefer a natural-looking and glowy complexion. Depending on what type of finish or coverage I desire, I either apply these foundations with a BeautyBlender for a more glowy and sheer look or with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for a more matte and full coverage look. Now, let’s get started!
Ideal Skin Type: normal, combination, or oily
Shade Range: 33 shades
My Shade: ‘W5-Sand Beige’
Why It Is my Favorite: This is the first foundation I ever used and it is great for beginners because, as the name suggests, it blends out so easily. This formula is best for normal to oily or acne-prone skin since it has a natural-looking yet matte finish; I like using this in the summer when I want something for my more oily T-zone. I like using a damp BeautyBlender to apply this foundation because it gives it a more sheer and natural finish. You can apply a sheer layer of this or build it up to a solid medium coverage, so this is great for everyday use. In case you do not already know, this line has the most incredible shade range and is organizd by undertone, so you will not have a problem finding the best color for your skintone. The only thing I do not like about this foundation is that it transfers very easily if it is not set with a powder.
Ideal Skin Type: dry, normal, or combination
Shade Range: 15 shades
My Shade: ‘W5-Sand Beige’
Why It Is My Favorite: This is my all-time favorite foundation because of the gorgeous buildable coverage, lightweight texture, and luminous finish! It is extremely versatile because I can acheive a sheer and glowy look for everyday or build it up for a solid medium coverage with added hydration for more formal events. I love using a damp BeautyBlender for a light, dewy look, but if you prefer a brush, I find that the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush works well too for a more full and less dewy look. This product is glowy, but not overly dewy, so it it will work nicely, not only for dry skin, but also for normal and combination skin, as well. My only complaint with this product is that I wished it lasted perfectly for 8 or more hours, but other than that, it is the best and most universal product I have ever tried. This foundation never looks cakey, and is just my ideal base product, one that I always recommend to friends and think everyone should at least try!
Ideal Skin Type: dry, normal, combination, oily, or acne-prone
Shade Range: 14 shades
My Shade: ’60-Natural Beige’
Why It Is My Favorite: This foundation is challenging to describe because it is very universal in terms in coverage and finish. One layer of this provides a medium coverage that conceals redness, discoleration, and blemishes, but I love that it looks skin-like and natural. This has a natural satin finish, so because it is a mixture of dewy and matte, any skin type from dry to oily can wear it; I have noticed that it can emphasize my dry patches, but it also looks better the longer I wear it. I really like that this foundation sets once applied and lasts over 8 hours, too. I have not yet tried NARS Sheer Glow, but I have heard this is a dupe for it!
Finish: very dewy
Ideal Skin Type: dry or dehydrated
Shade Range: 16 shades
My Shade: ‘220-Natural Beige’
Why It Is My Favorite: If you have very dry skin and just have not found a foundation that is dewy enough for whay you are looking for, look no further than this one! This is by far the most glowy foundation I have ever tried, which I really like for mornings when my skin is dehydrated and flat. However, I do have to use a mattifying primer and touch up with powder to my T-zone after a few hours, because it does emphasize my oily areas and can break up throughout the day as a result. If you are worried about it being too glowy, I like using my Real Techniques brush. There is also a Matte and Poreless version, too, which I have heard is great for more oily skin, too. You can blend out a small amount for a ‘no-makeup’ makeup look or build it up with more thin layers for a lovely and fresh medium coverage. If you are looking for your color match, I believe that the shades ending in ‘0’ are warm-toned and the ones ending in ‘5’ are cool-toned. Overall, this foundation is so pretty if you are looking for an extra glow, and I love it for winter!
In case you are wondering, I always use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to conceal and hgihlight as well as the Rimmel Stay Matte Transparent Pressed Powder. For special occassions, I rely on the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray to make my foundation last until I take it off. I worked really hard on this foundation guide and hope it was helpful for you! What is your favorite drugstore foundation and do you want more makeup guides?