10 Best Drugstore Foundations with Rave Online Reviews
Foundation is probably one of the trickiest products to find your perfect match for (don't even get me started on shade ranges). With different skin types, needs, and preferences, finding your perfect foundation is a little bit like finding the perfect partner – you've got to test out a bunch before you find the right fit. Unlike dating, there's a great way to see if you'll end up liking a foundation before you try it: the reviews. Imagine if Tinder came with reviews.
If you're on the market for a new foundation, here are the top-rated foundations from the drugstore.
e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation
Meet e.l.f.'s best-selling foundation. The formula is lightweight, oil-free, and semi-matte to give you an even, flawless finish. The product only comes in 11 shades, which seems to be one of its only cons.
The foundation has 3.9/5 out of 1862 reviews on e.l.f.'s website and 4/5 out of 1715 reviews at Target. Here's what some reviewers had to say:
"I just bought this about a week ago and I'm loving it! I have oily/combination skin with acne and acne scars and quite a bit of texture. This foundation sits really nicely on my skin and makes it looks smooth. It has medium coverage in my opinion but is buildable. - Target.com"
"So I bought this a little over a month ago. I'm so happy I did, I use it everyday now. It blends so well and has buildable coverage and gives you a nice dewy finish. The only thing That's a shame is the shade range ://." - elfcosmetics.com
"I love this product! Great coverage and easy to use. My only 'complaint' is how much product is left over in the container when I can no longer use the pump, and the opening is too small to use my little spatula to scrape out the remains." - elfcosmetics.com
E.l.f. products are available on their website and at the drugstore; and you can shop the Flawless Finish Foundation here and it retails for $6.00. Don't forget to check for our current e.l.f. promo codes.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
This L'Oreal foundation is dry skin's best friend to beat dry patches and dullness. It's long-wearing and provides an all day glow on the skin. Unfortunately, this foundation also has only 12 shades.
The Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation has a 4.2/5 out of 969 reviews at Ulta and a 4.3/5 out of 306 reviews on L'Oreal's website. Here's what people had to say:
"Amazing formula and great coverage. However the darkest shade is not very dark at all and the lightest is not very light. Would deff be a 5/5 if they worked on making shades available for everyone." - Ulta.com
"I usually have to use the lightest shade available in just about any brand. my biggest issue is I have a yellow undertone. nothing I found matched right. I have combination skin but prefer a matte look. I accidently bought the pro glow. Wow! Best mistake I ever made. It doesn't dry my skin out like most and with a little powder it is the perfect matte shade. It doesn't sink into my pores of get cakey around my checks, when I have not waxed." - Ulta.com
I've used it a few times, and I love the dewy finish it gives, it's really nice and it doesn't leave my face looking cakey. - lorealparisusa.com
L'Oreal products are available at most drugstore retailers and online, and you can find the Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation here. This product retails for $12.99. Before you go, check to see our current L'Oreal promo codes.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation
Meet Pro-Glow's sister: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte. This foundation is a demi-matte finish, so it won't look flat on the skin during its 24-hour wear-time. Plus, with it's more extensive shade range (22 shades), you're more likely to find something that works best for you.
On Ulta, this L'Oreal foundation has a 4.2/5 rating out of 2174 reviews. On L'Oreal's website, the foundation has a 4.1/5 rating out of 386 reviews. Here's what people are saying:
"I have found that I love this foundation but I need to moisturize with a thick moisturizer or an oil. I choose rosehip oil. The first couple of hours your skin looks matte even with the oil or moisturizer. After 2-3 hours the oils start coming out and you need to blot or use a powder. If you don't moisturize, it can look very dry and not very appealing. It is a tricky formula. I would compare it to Estee Lauder Double Wear that can be a holy grail or a complete flop for somebody." - Ulta.com
"This foundation is my ride or die! I have oily skin and it keeps me looking matte all day. Also, it applies beautifully, and it stays looking amazing all day, it doesn't fall apart throughout the day." - Ulta.com
"I love this pro matte makeup it has so much coverage and it looks better than my department store foundation Absolutely love it??" - lorealparisusa.com
L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation Makeup
L'Oreal True Match might have been the first foundation you bought as a teen, and it's still going strong. The foundation is formulated into 45 shades that span light to deep and warm, neutral, and cool. The pure color pigments and hydrating formula make it one of the best medium coverage foundations on the market that'll match your skin tone.
This infamous foundation currently has 4.1/5 stars out of 1633 reviews at Ulta and 4.4/5 stars out of 440 reviews at L'Oreal. Here's what some wearers are saying:
"I had a hard time finding a foundation that would match my fair skin, and this one is absolutely amazing! Not too oily and stayed on all day. I will continue to purchase for sure!" - lorealparisusa.com
"This has been my go to foundation for a long time! I always try out different foundations but I always go back to this one! I gives you full coverage and it doesn't cake up or make your face feel oily." - lorealparisusa.com
"Found this and have been happy ever since using it. I have sensitive skin and so far I haven't had any breakouts from it. My face as actually started to clear up. While it isn't a full coverage makeup it's easy to layer to make it one. The only complaint is that at least for me is that if you accidentally add too much it seems to crease up." - Ulta.com
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is a winner of the 2018 Glamour Beauty Awards, and it's no surprise, the foundation has been a staple in makeup bags for years. The foundation comes in 38 diverse shades and is supposed to not clog pores for oily skin.
This Maybelline foundation has a 4.2/5 rating out of 3118 reviews (!) on Ulta. On Maybelline's website, the product has a 4.3/5 rating out of 1956 reviews. Here's what people are saying:
"As someone who sufferred from long term facial psoriasis this is the only foundations that works magic, doesn’t sting on application, it covered the areas, and doesn’t dry it up." - maybelline.com
"Having pale olive skin I could never find the PERFECT shade as All the foundations I had for my paleness had a pink undertone. recently they came out with 118 and I’ve never been happier, will never go back." - maybelline.com
"I usually wear Estee lauder's light foundation in desert beige but wanted to try something less expensive. This goes on a little dark/tan but seems to even out with my skin tone after it's applied. I have a warm/neutral skin tone. I would recommend this to someone who's looking for a decent foundation that doesn't break the bank. Also, it doesn't make me break out - which most things do & I have combination oily skin." - Ulta.com
Interested in trying the Fit Me Foundation? You can purchase it where Maybelline products are sold (most drugstores) and online for $7.99. Don't forget to check our current Maybelline promo codes before you do.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup
For those with either more mature or drier skin, meet your match:the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. This super-concentrated formula is made with goji berry to smooth the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One flaw of the product is the packaging. The product comes with an attached sponge applicator that can become unsanitary after using, however, the brand says it is protected with an anti-microbial system. Additionally, the product only has 8 shades, but it is often used as more of a concealer than a full-blown foundation.
This product has 4.2/5 stars out of 3504 Ulta reviews. On Maybelline's website, the product has 3.8/5 stars out of 112 reviews. Here's what people are saying:
"This is a thin, serum-like formula with dense pigment and a natural finish that is neither drying nor too oily. The packaging / applicator are very convenient for on-the-go use. There is some minimal settling into fine lines under the eye, but setting with a translucent powder successfully prevents this. High marks on this one." - maybelline.com
"I am on my third Rewind, I absolutely love it. It goes on so light but covers really well. I wait a few seconds and smooth it on my face. It feels like silk on my skin. Makeup time has become 10 minutes quicker in the morning. I love the application and find it easy to release and use it each day so that it never gets old. I do agree that a few more colors that are not orangy would be great." - maybelline.com
"I personally think they could get a few more dark shades and some lighter but other than that i love it ??" - Ulta.com
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
This dropper foundation from NYX is your fool-proof way to customize your foundation shade and coverage by combining shades or applying more/less. The foundation comes in 30 different shades and has a soft matte finish.
This NYX foundation has a 3.9/5 rating out of 1943 reviews on Ulta. The product also has a 4.3/5 rating out of 772 reviews on NYX's website. Here's what its wearers are saying:
"I got this a few weeks ago at my Ulta store. Its great that NYX finally makes a bottled shade that is pale enough for me (I used to have to use their white pigment cream to lighten up my foundations) and I love how easily it buffs into my skin. Feels like wearing nothing at all and the coverage is truly blendable. The only thing is, being so smooth it tends to settle a BIT in lines and large pores, even with a good primer and setting spray. So I wouldn't call this long-wear but it's definitely good for about a 6-7 hour span if you plan on touching it up after that." - nyxcosmetics.com
"I bought this to lighten my go to IT bye bye foundation. I do one pump of the IT foundation with my beauty blender to do my face, then I'll do a drop or two of this directly on my beauty blender to do my face. This was a cheaper way to make my shade work for me in winter without buying an IT foundation in a lighter shade." - Ulta.com
"I feel like I've tried every drug store foundation and they all oxidize within hours on my very pale skin. This foundation is PERFECT and just the right finish, very buildable with the more frogs you use. A little pricey for NYX's typical price point but entirely worth it." - Ulta.com
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
The Stay Matte Powder Foundation from NYX is a powerhouse product for having matte, flawless-looking skin. The product comes in 25 different shades and multiple different skin tones.
This powder foundation has a 4.2/5 rating out of 1280 reviews on Ulta. On NYX's website, the product has a 4.4/5 rating out of 412 reviews. Here's what those people had to say:
"For the longest I have been struggling to find a foundation that fits my skin tone and it’s ALWAYS a struggle. After watching many makeup tutorials on YouTube, I noticed a lot of the makeup artists used the Stay Matte but not Flat foundation. Both Powder or liquid. And i decided to go ahead and try it myself. I love that there are many shades that fit more than one undertone. Me being darker skin, I notice a lot of companies have shades that suites those with yellow undertones and I have a red/peachy undertone. And I was pleased to see that there was a shade to suite me. I ordered it and fell in love at the first use. And this will probably be the ONLY foundation I’ll use ever again. Thank you so much. XOXO." - nyxcosmetics.com
"I absolutely love this product I usually don't wear foundation because I think all the other ones make me look too cakey but this matches my skin perfectly it doesn't even look like I have any on :)" - nyxcosmetics.com
"I normally use prestige brands but tried this out after applying some to my hand with the tester. It feels really smooth and soft and is a nice shade. After using it for a week, I am pretty satisfied with it. I didn't give it 5 stars because it's not life changing or anything, but for this price I'm super happy. My skin is combination and this doesn't completely matte my skin so if you're extremely oily I would not recommend. Or perhaps using a primer first would help more with oil control." - Ulta.com
Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin
This Revlon foundation is probably one of the most famous drugstore foundations of all time. It comes in two different formulations, Combo/Oily Skin, and Normal/Dry Skin. The Combo/Oily Skin formulation is the more popular option, as its beautiful matte finish locks up to 24 hours of wear time. It's full coverage and contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin over the course of the day.
"This is my holiest of holy grails. I've been buying this foundation for years and years. It's great for everyday wear and gives you a full coverage, flawless finish. Just make sure to apply it right! It does set very quickly so you have to be quick to blend, blend, blend. I mix two shades (true beige and rich ginger) and it makes my perfect tone. This has been great for me with my previous job on TV (news anchor) as well as now everyday when I want that flawless finish. I've tried high end and keep coming back. This is amazing stuff!" - Target.com
"I use this product everyday and the color is perfect. I put revlon powder on top of it to set it. It usually lasts the whole day through, obviously at the end of the day it rubs off a little, naturally. But overall this is an amazing product, worth trying." - Target.com
"My skin is oily in my T-zone & gets a little dry in the areas where I have breakouts especially during colder weather, and this is the best foundation I've tried. It keeps my face from getting oily & doesn't cling to my dry patches, plus it doesn't get cakey or break apart during the day! This works better on my skin than Estée Lauder double wear!!! I have a love/hate relationship with the spf, because sometimes I want to wear it to weddings/events, but it does cause flashback in flash photos, which is my only complaint of this foundation." - Ulta.com
Ulta Adjustable Coverage Foundation
The Ulta Adjustable Coverage Foundation is both creamy and moisturizing to provide a truly flawless and luminous finish from a powder. You can even use the powder wet to adjust the coverage to match your needs.
This product has a 4.3/5 star review out of 1682 reviews on the site. Here's what the buyers had to say:
"Finding a foundation that works with my skin tone is very difficult as I am what you would call a "true neutral" if you put a foundation that is either warm or cool colored I will have a pink or yellow tone on me. The first Ulta foundation I got was recommended by the on floor sales gal. It was a little to dark and it definitely was too pink for my skin tone. However, I loved the way the foundation felt and worked on my sensitive skin. so when it ran out I wanted to see if I could find a color that was closer to what I needed. And behold!! There it was a Light Neutral color! It is PERFECT for my skin tone, Thank you so much!! I love the foundation. In fact there were 3 on the display to buy, and since you had a buy two get one free, I bought all 3 of them." - Ulta.com
"This product is wonderful. You can use it to finish up or only use it, it gives your skin such a beautiful glow. I just love it." - Ulta.com
"So Ulta was actually out of their bronzer when I wine so I decided to get this in a couple shades darker and use it as a bronzer. It works awesome! You can really customize the best bronze shade for your skin because they have so many color options. I also like how it also provides extra coverage. I have been breaking out on my cheeks so this has been a perfect solution for extra coverage and color. It applies so smooth- the smoothest of any powder I've tried. I am actually now debating trying it as it's intended for foundation." - Ulta.com