It’s been too many times where I found myself hanging around the makeup aisle in a local drugstore trying to find the best affordable foundation that won’t let me down, and I know there are tons of you budget beauty enthusiasts who solemnly swear that they can relate.
Everyday it seems like makeup giants like Maybelline or Covergirl releases a new “full coverage” foundation that is promised to turn you into the air-brushed beauty that you’re just dying to be. We’re excited because the drugstore brands usually save us money. The main dilemma is always figuring out which one actually works as it is advertised to work. Let me introduce you to the sad, obvious truth of the makeup industry: brands often over-exaggerate their products so much, and they only end up doing half of what their expected to do.
Stress no more, makeup junkies on a budget. To our luck, some of the most affordable foundations out there can give you the coverage you deserve. I’ve decided to make it super easy by narrowing it down to the top 5 foundations that have the best coverage for their affordable drugstore prices. Think of this as your makeup shopping list of sorts for the next time you’re picking out a foundation. These are the top drugstore foundations that have always done justice for myself and beauty enthusiasts that I know personally.
1) L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation
L’Oreal Paris USA defines this foundation as makeup that “precisely matches your skin’s tone and texture and coordinates perfectly with True Match™ Powder, Blush, and Concealer. Formulated with Precise Match™ Technology so you can control coverage and fine-tune it. Ultra-pure formula contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers, so all you see is beautiful, radiant, flawless skin. With Vitamins A and C, wheat germ and grape fruit extract to keep your skin nourished, protected and healthy.”
I can absolutely vouch for such a statement, because as I applied this foundation my skin instantly felt pretty moisturized with nothing too heavy clogging my pores. Just one layer can do the trick to achieve the amazing coverage that you want for any occasion. This foundation contains SPF 17, an essential defense from those UVB rays.
2) Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation
The second foundation on the lineup that I consider a ‘secret weapon’. Mainly because this foundation was one of the cheapest in my nearby drugstore and gave me some of the best coverage. I ended up buying this foundation after seeing a beauty guru that I follow recommend it on her livestream. A pattern with most great drugstore foundations is that they contain no oils, and this one is guaranteed to be oil-free. “The built-in powder system fights against shine, pulling oil and sweat AWAY from your face instead of trapping them under your foundation. Pair with the entire instaGLAM collection for a glam look on the go.”
3) Maybelline FitMe Foundation
Maybelline’s Fit Me foundations are probably the most popular drugstore foundation on the market. Mainly because of the decent coverage that the product achieves and to my knowledge, it’s probably the 2nd most affordable foundation in mass merchandisers and drugstores like Walmart, CVS or Target. This foundation is definitely recommended for beginners. I remember my 17-year-old self being a beginner in the makeup world and being so excited to try this foundation when I bought it because I heard so much buzz about it.
Maybelline define’s their Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation as “the lightweight foundation that mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish.” The foundation is definitely not heavy at all on the skin. One layer works perfectly for any casual day whether you’re going to work or school. I love that out of all drugstore foundation, Maybelline’s Fit Me collection provides the most inclusive shades for women of all shades, from porcelain to espresso.
4) L’Oreal Paris True Match™ Lumi Healthy Luminous
Another addition to L’Oreal’s True Match collection that works just as amazing as the first one. A close family member of mine purchased this foundation and they are 100% satisfied with how well the coverage is. But other than the coverage, True Match Lumi is supposed to be a super healthy foundation for your skin, containing 40% water, antioxidants, and Vitamin C & E. When you wear makeup you often wonder if it’s benefiting your skin or just another pore-clogging mess with zero coverage. True Match Lumi is bound to create a clear and luminous appearance for your skin.
5) Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation
This is the one of the most affordable foundations in stores, which costs at a range of $3-5. I love the Wet n Wild brand because their products are almost always inexpensive and plus they’re a cruelty-free brand! This foundation is “specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.” It features a light adjusting complex to avoid white cast in photos.