Have you been on the hunt for a perfect foundation for a long time, without success?
We know the struggle! Finding a foundation that provides just the right amount of coverage, doesn’t feel heavy on your skin, doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts, keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized, and lasts for all day, seems like an unending task.
With countless brands and products out there, you don’t know which ones to try and which ones not to. But, finding the right foundation doesn’t take magic. You just have to be a bit (okay, more than a little) savvy and know what to look for in the ingredients list and how to try out to find the perfect shade (check out my post on how to determine your skin undertone and find the right foundation for help).
Sounds too much work? Don’t worry; we have done it for you!
We have shortlisted the 7 best foundations for all skin types and tones and also address the skin issues that come with aging. Take a look and don’t leave without scrolling down to the last part of the post to find bonus reviews for lipsticks, makeup remover/cleansers, and a concealer for men. All you men out there, we have something for you too!
Size: 30ml/1 oz.
Looking for a foundation that provides coverage, but doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy on your skin?
With an oil-free formula and silky texture, this lightweight liquid foundation blends seamlessly into the skin and gives a natural finish while also hiding your imperfections. While the foundation provides medium coverage, it can be easily built up to your ideal level without adding any heaviness.
Sounds great? Wait, there’s more!
The best thing about this Clinique foundation and the real reason for its popularity is its smart, double-action formula, which makes it ideal for combination skin; the most difficult skin type when it comes to choosing foundations. With its advanced formula, the superbalanced makeup foundation absorbs excess oil and provides moisture wherever needed to give you a balanced, smooth, even, and flawless finish.
The 07 Neutral shade is perfect for people with cool, neutral undertones and moderately fair skin tones. However, it is also available in 22 other shades, so the chances of not finding your match are extremely rare.
- Oil and fragrance-free
- Does not contain parabens and phthalates
- Smart formula that works according to your skin; it can moisturize and absorb excess oil.
- Poor packaging
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Size: 11g/ 0.38 oz.
Available in 20 different natural shades, this powdered foundation by Bobbi Brown has a soft, creamy, and, as the company itself describes, cashmere-like texture that makes it lightweight and breathable. It glides and blends effortlessly onto skin, providing you a soft and natural matte finish while also concealing pores, fine lines, and skin imperfections.
Suitable for a range of skin types from normal to oily, the foundation stays fresh for long hours and helps keep oil and shine under control, even when you are out in hot and humid weather. This particular feature makes it an ideal foundation for working women.
Containing apple, rosemary leaf, and apricot kernel extracts, the foundation also provides anti-aging benefits, such as increasing skin elasticity, protecting skin cells from the sun’s UV rays and free radical damage, and smoothes and softens it.
- Buildable coverage; hides pores, fine lines, and imperfections
- Available in 20 shades
- Contains some naturally-derived ingredients
- Suitable for a wide range of skin types
Women with very oily skin may need touch-ups throughout the day
Size: 30/ 1oz.
Known for its excellent anti-aging products, the high-end French beauty and skincare brand Sisley is definitely not for everyone because of the high prices of its products. But, if you are looking for a foundation that not only conceals the signs of aging, but also fights them and improves your overall skin condition, and don’t mind spending big bucks, then this Sisley foundation is your best bet.
Packed with the extracts of Persian acacia, chlorella, red vine, soy peptide, white willow, and cherry blossom and also containing adenosine, vitamin E acetate, and plant-based sugar, the liquid foundation provides a range of skincare benefits. These include promoting cellular production, cell metabolism, and water retention in the skin, preventing free radical production and loss of collagen and firmness, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and toning and revitalization of the skin. It also instantly brightens up and gives a natural glow to your skin.
Although the brand claims that the product lasts for 8 hours, a few women have reported that they need to do a slight touch-up in the late afternoon.
- Suitable for mature women with concerns of signs of aging
- Provides natural finish
- Provides several anti-aging skincare benefits
- Very expensive
- The shade range is a bit limited; it’s only available in 8 colors.
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Size: 30ml/ 1oz.
The winner of Allure’s 2018 best of beauty award, this oil and water-free liquid foundation is made with just 10 ingredients, giving you relief from all the beauty products out there that are laden with countless chemicals. This also makes it suitable for sensitive skin.
While it’s suitable for all skin types, it works best for normal, combination, and oily skin. It also provides great coverage for acne, blemishes, scars, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea without looking heavy or cakey.
The foundation has a silky texture due to which it blends seamlessly into the skin. Due to its unique pigmented formula, the foundation can be customized by mixing with other skincare products, such as a serum, moisturizer, facial oil, and sunscreen.
When used with Dermablend setting powder, the foundation is claimed to last for up to 16 hours.
- Free of harmful ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, and triclosans
- Oil, water, and fragrance-free
- Vegan and non-comedogenic formula
- Suitable for sensitive skin (allergy-tested)
- Comes in a dropper bottle that makes it convenient to use
A little pricey
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Size: 11g/0.38 oz.
This powder foundation by Marc Jacobs has received a mix of responses. On the positive side, the foundation has a very fine texture and feels ultra-light on the skin (just as it claims). It also provides a smooth, velvety finish and healthy and natural-looking glow with just the right amount of sheen; it’s neither looks too shiny nor too matte. It’s also fragrance-free, which is an added bonus and makes it suitable for sensitive skin.
On the downside, the powder is very densely compressed, which according to some user reviews, makes it hard to use and blend the foundation properly. It also offers light coverage and doesn’t effectively conceal freckles, blemishes, and dark circles.
According to multiple beauty bloggers’ reviews, the product works great when used as a setting powder instead of foundation and even helps to make your makeup last for over 8 hours.
To sum it up, Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation is good for those who have clear skin and are looking for a foundation that provides just a little coverage along with a natural glow.
- Suitable for all skin types
- Beautiful and sleek packaging with a built-in mirror
- Soft, velvety feel and gives a natural and subtly luminous finish
- Provides little coverage
- Very densely compressed, which may make it hard to use and blend properly, particularly with a sponge
- While it claims to be a buildable foundation, according to user reviews, it looks cakey when layered
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Before going into the details of what these products claim to offer and what they actually provide, let’s first list the products that are included in this kit. The Stay All Day kit by Stella includes:
- Liquid Foundation – 30 ml (1 oz.)
- Cream Concealer – 0.7 g (0.02 oz.)
- Spatula and Dab Brush – No. 35
The liquid foundation that comes in the kit is lightweight, but high-definition. It is also oil-free and provides a matte finish.
The foundation is infused with the extracts of different parts of skin-beneficial plants, such as ginseng root and ginkgo or maidenhair leaf. It also contains Stila cosmetics’ exclusive blend of 15 different types of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, called Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex. This means it also provides a number of skin benefits while hiding your imperfections and ensuring a smooth canvas for makeup application.
According to user reviews, the foundation provides medium coverage, but can be easily built up to full coverage. It also stays fresh throughout the day, though you may need a minimal touch-up on very oily areas of the face.
The concealer, on the other hand, has a creamy texture and blends effortlessly to provide full-coverage for dark circles, age spots, and blemishes.
As evident from the name, both the products are made with a long-lasting formula, so your makeup stays the same all day. The Stay All Day formula is also water-resistant.
- Provide good coverage
- Free of parabens, phthalates, and parabens
- May not be suitable for dry skin as according to user reviews it tends to cling to it
- Some women experienced minor breakouts with this foundation for many consecutive days
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This limited edition 6-piece kit contains all the makeup essentials. Whether you are going for a day out with your friends or to a party, the Laura Geller face collection kit is the only thing you need to create a flawless look. Here’s what it includes:
- Spackle Under Makeup Primer – 59 ml (2 oz.)
- Baked Balance-n-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation – 9 gm (0.32 oz.)
- Baked Color Intense Shadow Duo in Crema/Cappuccino – 7.5 gm (0.2 oz.)
- Drama LASH Maximum Volumizing Mascara in Black – 13.5 ml (0.46 oz.)
- Luscious Lips Liquid Lipstick in the shade Cherry Almond – 6 ml (0.2 oz.)
- Double Ended Powder and Eye Shadow Brush
Laura Geller’s best selling primer, made with powerful antioxidants and plant extract, softens and smoothes the skin. It helps it retain moisture and improve texture, both instantly and over time, to give you a smooth and flawless base for foundation application. The primer is suitable for all skin types and feels very light on the skin.
Conceal your imperfections and brighten up your skin by applying the baked foundation over the freshly primed face. The powdered foundation contains multicolored, color correcting liquid pigments that provide self-adjusting creamy coverage and natural glow.
Complete your look with the baked eye shadows, volumizing mascara, and highly pigmented, matte finish lipstick and you are ready to hit the party.
- Contains all makeup essentials
- Full-sized products
- All products are free of sulfates and parabens
- Good value for money
- Not easily available; it’s out of stock at most places
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Size: 3.5g/0.12 oz.
Infused with special moisture-enriched pigments and available in 4 beautiful shades, this highly pigmented lipstick truly lives up to its name. In addition to keeping your lips moisturized throughout the day, the color pigments also provide lasting color.
The moisturizing lipstick by Elizabeth Arden also contains Volulip; a clinically and dermatologically tested substance to give the lips a plumper and fuller appearance. It also contains shea butter, which is a natural emollient and helps to soothe, moisturize, and protect your lips.
Choose your favorite shade and let your lip color make a statement.
- Moisturizes and protects the lips while giving them a plumper appearance
- Doesn’t bleed, so you don’t need to use a lip liner (if you don’t want to)
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Size: 200ml/ 6.7oz.
This light and milky liquid cleanser works as both makeup remover and facial cleanser. Infused with many natural ingredients, it gently removes makeup, dirt, and impurities from the skin, and exfoliates it. Pineapple fruit extract helps to soothe and calm the skin, whereas papaya extract moisturizes and softens it.
Use it twice a day, in the morning and night, for improved hydration, suppleness, and rejuvenated complexion. This cleanser is suitable for normal to combination skin types.
- Works as both makeup remover and facial cleanser
- Multi-action formula – cleanses, hydrates, and moisturizes the skin
- Very expensive
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Size: 9.92g/0.35 oz
The world’s first concealer that’s specifically designed for men’s skin comes in a lip-balm-like packaging to make application easier. As per the manufacturer’s claim, the product is suitable for all skin types and conditions, including the sensitive, irritated and acne-prone skin.
From under-eye dark circles to blemishes, scars, breakouts, age spots, razor bumps, and ingrown hair, it can conceal all your skin imperfections without feeling heavy or giving you a visible cakey layer. The concealer is packed with multiple natural ingredients, such as grape seed and castor seed oil and pink grapefruit essential oil, so it doesn’t harm your skin.
The sand shade is ideal for men with a medium complexion.
- Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic
- Contains many organic and natural ingredients
- Easy to carry around; can fit in the pocket
Provides coverage for a wide range of skin concerns
- A little pricey