Best Drugstore Foundations

face makeup The Best Drugstore Foundations To Replace Your Luxury Go-Tos

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With all the shopping options available to us these days it’s easy to forget that the drugstore is still the most convenient place to pick up a new foundation — there’s one on every corner and you probably need to make a stop there anyway (may we never forget the only stores open during much of 2020). Of course, when it comes to makeup, convenience isn’t all that matters. You’re concerned with the quality of your makeup, too (hence, the market for all those aforementioned shopping options). 

Thankfully, drugstores are always stepping up their game, and nowadays, you can find a variety of foundations that rival those with hefty price tags. Between all the different formulas — from oil-free and sweat-absorbing to natural finish and matte coverage — there’s a foundation for everyone. Need to restock your makeup bag with a foundation with staying power? Whether you’re searching for a demi-matte foundation or something with full, buildable coverage, we’ve got all the options for you ahead. Below, our best drugstore foundations to help you put your best face forward.

1. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight

If you’re traditionally not a fan of foundation, don’t rule it out just yet. You simply may have yet to find a foundation that’s best suited to your needs. If foundation always feels too heavy on your face, you may be surprised by how much you’d love a lightweight option. While BB cream and tinted moisturizer can also be solid alternatives to heavy-duty foundation, there may be days where you still want the level of coverage that foundation promises.

On those occasions, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. This breathable foundation has an air-light texture and a long-lasting, natural finish, in addition to offering broad-spectrum SPF 25 and buildable coverage. It will help protect you from sun damage and keep your skin fresh all day long. What more could you ask for?

2. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder

We feel you — sometimes you don’t want a single imperfection to show. Maybe you’re having a bad skin day or you have a special occasion that you want to look especially good for. Either way, a lightweight yet full-coverage foundation is in order — and yes, you can get one at the drugstore! The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder wears comfortably and weightlessly while leaving a natural, matte finish. Its blurring effect technology blends easily and glides onto your skin to fully cover dark spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and any other blemishes you may want to hide. Pretty impressive, right? TikTok influencers thought so too!

3. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

If you love highlighters, shimmer-packed blushes, and radiant bronzers, we have a feeling you’ll be a fan of this foundation, too. Instead of relying solely on your cheek products to give your skin a glisten, opt for a foundation with a glowy finish. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is a perfect pick, especially for those with dry skin.

Not only does this foundation give skin a gorgeous, radiant finish but it also has a hydrating formula that stays put for 24 hours. With medium coverage, it glides onto your face easily and keeps your complexion looking smooth and natural all day without looking greasy.

4. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Looking for a matte foundation that feels light as air? We’ve got you covered. Whether you want to go matte all over or simply like to start with a matte base, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is an excellent option.

This demi-matte (in other words, matte but not too matte) foundation has an oil-free formula, long-lasting, medium coverage, and a light texture. The smooth and lightweight liquid means your skin won’t feel cakey when you apply it, either. Even if you aren’t obsessed with the matte makeup trend, give it a try if you have oily skin as it can help control slickness, absorb sweat and resist shine.

5. L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

There’s no denying that finding foundation in your perfect shade can be a challenge. But with shade ranges broadening to meet a plethora of skin tones (we’re moving in the right direction), even finding a foundation with dozens of available hues at the drugstore is possible these days.

The L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup comes in more than 40 shades, which are conveniently broken down by which undertones they suit. With a cake-free and oil-free formula, this foundation is not only suitable for all skin tones but also for all skin types. The fragrance-free foundation packed with vitamins won’t clog your pores and is hydrating without making you greasy. It blends so easily you won’t know where your foundation ends and where your skin begins.

Editor’s tip: If you often find yourself wearing foundation that doesn’t match your neck or looks slightly off against your skin tone, check out our article How to Find Your L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation Shade.

6. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50

Looking for all-day hydration from your foundation? Look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50. Formulated with mature skin in mind, this vitamin-filled lightweight foundation won’t settle into fine lines and gives you natural, radiant coverage that lasts all day. But anyone — regardless of age — can use it and reap the same benefits of a nourishing foundation with sun protection, all in one tube.


Our Best Drugstore Makeup Sponge

Drugstores are also the perfect place to pick up something to help you apply your foundation. Instead of smoothing on foundation with your fingers, reach for a makeup blender. Your foundation will go on seamlessly, especially if it’s a liquid formula, and it’s a bit more hygienic than using your hands.

We’re all about the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Made with a plush material and featuring an easy-to-grip shape and rounded edges, this makeup blender helps make face makeup application effortless and uniform. It can really level up your makeup look for a smooth, professional-grade result.

You can use it with almost any liquid and cream formula — we’re talking cream blushes, concealers, cream bronzers and more. 

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Edited by: Catharine Malzahn, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier