Sure, finding an $80+ bottle of foundation that works like a dream is no challenge, but finding a coverage option that doesn’t break the bank? Now, that’s no easy feat. And while we’d love to be able to dish out the big bucks on all of our makeup, we run through foundation like no one’s business! Which is why we did some digging in the drugstore aisle and found the very best foundation formulas that will leave you with some extra spending money!
Update: We found six more drugstore foundations we're totally obsessed with and couldn't help but share! Scroll down to see our other budget-friendly favorites.
An award-winning favorite for major beauty publications, this medium coverage, liquid foundation comes in 33 warm, cool and neutral shades — making it the perfect (and TRUE) match for any skin tone. The formula contains no oils, fragrances or pore-clogging fillers and is infused with vitamins A and C to keep skin nourished and healthy. And it gets better — this foundation is under $11!
Matte and poreless-looking skin for under $8 may sound like the stuff of fairy tails, but, trust us when we say, it’s not. While mattifying foundations tend to look thick and cakey, this ultra-lightweight formula leaves skin looking au natural!
Cakey finishes aren’t the only issue that comes with some matte foundation formulas. Their heavy texture can also leave skin looking dull, flat and lifeless. Forget compromising and try this mineral-enriched, pressed powder for a porcelain finish that lasts all day (and costs less than $10)!
With an exclusive dropper (so you don’t run right through the stuff!), this liquid foundation fuses with your skin, so that your makeup is practically undetectable. Eleven dollars for a flawless complexion? How could we say no?!
For those of you who are all about the glow, True Match Lumi combines powerful antioxidants and vitamins to leave skin looking healthy, hydrated and absolutely glowing for up to eight hours. Not to mention, the buildable coverage comes in 15 true-to-skin shades and contains SPF 20 for just $12.95.
As if finding a budget-friendly foundation wasn’t tough enough, finding one that actually has full coverage is like searching for a makeup miracle. Well call us miracle workers, because we just so happened to find such a drugstore formula for $12! With its high-pigment, long-lasting finish, Invincible offers exceptional coverage to conceal even the most challenging scars or discolorations.
This revolutionary foundation instantly transforms from liquid to powder, leaving skin with a photoshopped finish that looks smooth and completely natural. The lightweight feel really takes no-makeup makeup to new levels!
Finally, a matte finish foundation that’s truly hydrating. The unique, gel-whipped formula gives your complexion a velvety soft feel and 12 hours of moisture. For best results, use the Maybelline Dream Blender makeup sponge.
Applying foundation doesn’t get any easier than this travel-friendly mineral stick foundation! You can apply it all over your face or just in areas that need a little extra attention. Or, you can even use it to highlight and contour with ease!
For those who prefer a loose powder foundation, you may have met your match. This mineral foundation has a SPF of 19, and it’s safe for sensitive skin. With a 100% preservative-, talc- and fragrance-free formula, it’s not just gentle, it also provides flawless coverage for up to 16 hours!
You may know and love Vichy as the French skincare brand that’s committed to looking out for your skin. And lucky for us, we can now find their products in the drugstore aisle. This pick provides a full-coverage look, without the heavy or “cakey” feel of traditional full-coverage options — so, you can wake up with a surprise pimple and no one will ever know it!
We like to carry our makeup around with us, it’s true. But, fitting into your crossbody purse is not the only benny this compact foundation has going for it. A tap of the innovative sponge against your skin delivers just the right amount of sheer-to-medium coverage, leaving you with a fresh and natural glow.
About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.