Splurge or Save: 5 Foundations For Every Budget
Nothing against face serums and acne-fighting spot treatments, but when it comes to mastering a flawless face in a pinch, few things work as instantaneously as foundation. Available in a wide range of shades, finishes, and coverage options, these formulas help conceal imperfections and can provide an even, uniform skin appearance with just a few sweeps of a brush or sponge. Those benefits, however, often come at a cost (quite literally!). Many popular foundations can be pricey, which may be a downside for those on a tight budget. Luckily, there are plenty of foundations out there that not only cater to multiple skin tones, but price points as well. We did some digging and are sharing five must-have foundations—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—for every budget, below. Whether you’re looking for a splurge or a formula under $10, we’ve listed the foundations you need to know about now!
Wish your foundation could cover up blemishes and give your skin a youthful glow? It can! This fluid formula—with exclusive Prussian blue pearl pigment—helps provide intense depth and luminosity to a dull complexion. The hydrating foundation, at $67 (MSRP), also features a high concentration of emollients and velvet filters to help soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. But perhaps our favorite plus to this foundation is its formulated with SPF 20 since there’s no such thing as too much sun protection.
Calling all oily, combination, and acne-prone skin types! This breakthrough foundation helps seamlessly camouflage concerns—think: acne, scars, and enlarged pores—with a natural matte finish. Plus, the ultra-blendable formula boasts broad-spectrum SPF 25 protection which is music to our ears! As for the cost, this foundation will set you back $38 (MSRP).
Foundations come in all shapes and sizes from compacts to sticks, both of which are great for carrying while on the go. Foundation sticks are also great for concealing smaller areas, be it a pesky pimple or dark under-eye circles, with a targeted application. We love this stick formula by Vichy because in addition to long-lasting wear it helps master an even skin tone with a lightweight feel. Totally worth the $28 (MSRP), in our humble opinion!
Cushion compacts are popping up everywhere from backstage at runway shows to the purses of beauty editors. These formulas offer the coverage of a foundation with the portability of a powder, and the fan-favorite Dream Cushion is certainly no exception. It delivers complete luminous coverage for fresh-faced perfection. All for only $15.99 (MSRP). Pretty sweet, no?
At a suggested retail price of $7.50, this foundation may cost less than what you typically spend on lunch. But just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation—available in a whopping 30 shades—provides full coverage with a mineral-enriched matte finish. What’s more, the oil-free and water-based formula is perfect for both day and nighttime wear.