8 Best Matte Foundations to Keep You Shine Free

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In our busy day to day lives, it’s the least we can ask of our makeup to stay flawless and set all day.

Afterall, what could be more annoying than going from a busy workday (errands, conference calls, juggling clients, etc.) to happy hour with friends and noticing sometime later that you’ve been in major makeup meltdown for who even knows how long?!

If you have oily or combination skin, then I’m sure you’ve found yourself in a situation similar to this at some point in your life.

To keep your makeup shine free and set all day there are steps you should consider taking.

However, regardless of how much work you desire putting into keeping your face shine free and makeup lasting all day, it is crucial that you are at the very least wearing a foundation with a matte finish.

Read on to discover the absolute best matte foundations!

Related: Primers for Oily Skin That Put an End to Shine

best matte foundations

1. Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Light 48

It should be no wonder that the queen of tattooing has a makeup line with a long wearing foundation!

This foundation is known for it’s full coverage, creamy texture, wide range of shades, matte finish, and waterproof formula!

Those who swear by it also state that a little bit goes a long way in cover their imperfections, which makes sense considering Kat claims the formula is comprised of 21% pure pigment.

The only downside to this foundation, is some claim it oxidizes on them so consider going down a shade to help offset this.

2. Clinique Stay Matte Foundation

Clinique Stay-Matte No. 6 Ivory VF - N Oil-Free Makeup for Women, 1 Ounce

Almost completely opposite of the previous foundation, Clinique’s Stay Matte is a sheer to medium coverage foundation with a lightweight gel texture and oil free formula. 

This formula is amazing for those who site oil as their primary concern.

Because it absorbs shine, contains oil, and is sweat resistant, this is the clear choice for anyone with oily skin who doesn’t want a ton of coverage.

3. L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation Makeup, 101 Classic Ivory, 1 fl. oz.

This product has a medium coverage and glides on with it’s high concentration of water in the formula, helping to wear comfortably all day on the skin.

Also, the foundation contains “blotting sphere” that are meant to absorb shine and oil (score!) without breaking up the makeup or changing the pigment.

4. Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation True Ivory 1 Fluid Ounce Bottle Soft Matte Powder Finish Foundation for a Naturally Flawless Look

This liquid-mousse foundation has medium to full coverage and is revered for not only it’s amazing price point, but for it’s baby smooth matte finish, pore minimizing effects, and shine zapping properties. 

This foundation can be a little on the heavier side, so we recommend that you blend it out with a clean brush or a damp beauty sponge to ensure the application does not look heavy handed.

5. BareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

bareMinerals Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Matte Foundation, Fairly Light, 0.21 Ounce

With just 5 ingredients, this powder foundation is a dream for those who have sensitive skin!

Appearing in powder form, this foundation feels like a lightweight cream and buffs effortlessly into the skin like a liquid silk foundation.

Part of what makes this formula so awesome is that it has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin over time.

However, the quantity of the product you get for the price seems a little on the steep side, so if you plan on building up to a full coverage keep in mind you may go through the product quickly.

6. Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

What makes this formula so unique, is that although it is a full coverage foundation, you can adjust the coverage to suit your needs! How cool?

This foundation has a soft powdery finish that controls shine, hides imperfections, and evens out skin tone.

This is one of the most long lasting formulas on the list, which makes it awesome for special events or weddings!

7. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - Soft-matte Finish (GROENLAND)

This oil free, medium coverage skin tint is beloved for its high SPF, antioxidant rich formula (vitamins C & E), its ability to perfect the appearance of the skin (it tightens pores with rose fruit extract, and uses blurring powders!), the soft comfortable feel it gives to skin, and amazing ability to combat and reduce shine both instantly and all day.

If you’re looking for a matte foundation that is going to protect and perfect, then I think it’s safe to assume this will work wonders for you.

8. Lancome Teint Idole Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21

Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21 215 Buff N

For those who love a good stick foundation, but want a matte finish and full coverage? Look no further.

Lancome’s Teint Idole stick is unique in that it is extremely versatile in how it can be used.

Whether a foundation, concealer, highlighter, or contour, this stick is super popular for it’s powder-cream texture and soft matte finish.

Do you have a favorite matte foundation that works wonders for you all day? Or maybe a trick that keeps your oils at bay? If so, let me know!

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