Drugstore Foundations for Under $10 That Mean Business

drugstore foundations

drugstore foundationsGone are the days where you need to drop serious coin to get a great foundation. Brands like Rimmel, Covergirl, and Maybelline have been offering us drugstore foundations that can go head-to-head with luxury brands.

Forget foundation that looks cakey or doesn’t match your skin tone, these foundations on the list have some of the best shade selections and finishes of any you can find on the market!

And did I mention the best part? They’re all under $10. Yes, seriously!

Whether you’re looking for sheer coverage, full coverage, a matte finish, dewy finish, or whatever…this list has got something for you!

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation
This matte foundation has a liquid-mousse texture and a medium to full coverage that helps to keep you shine free. This product will also help in diminishing the looks of pores, which ensures your skin has a baby smooth finish to it.

Pro Tip: Use a beauty sponge to to blend this out and achieve the most flawless looking finish. Try this one or this one if you’re on a budget!

L’ORÉAL True Match Super Blendable Makeup
This cult favorite foundation is seldom upstaged by others and has been uber popular ever since it’s launch many years ago. Those who swear by it love the fact that it allows for a custom coverage that never looks cakey or feels heavy. This foundation also allows you to achieve a custom color with your skin tone.

NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation
This matte foundation might just be different than the matte foundations you’re used to; with a water-based formula that nourishes skin, you can rest assured this foundation will feel light weight and natural, but still keep oils at bay!

FIONA STILES Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate
An Ulta exclusive, this foundation by Fiona Styles provides a gorgeous luminous finish to the skin and instantly hydrates with it’s silly smooth complex. This foundation focuses on evening out the complexion and masking imperfections while still offering comfortable, buildable coverage.

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer
This foundation by Milani set the internet on fire when it first launched because of it’s hybrid foundation and concealer formula! Similar to Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation, but a third of the price, this foundation is a medium to full coverage that conceals imperfections from redness to under eye circles, and more!

Give this a go if you’re looking for a foundation that will provide a flawless, long lasting coverage.

COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation
If you’re looking for a foundation that will give your skin a healthy looking glow and full coverage with the added benefits of good-for-the-skin antioxidants, then look no further. This buildable foundation contains a vitamin and antioxidant complex, as well as SPF20 that both help to keep the skin looking healthy and youthful.

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
This oil free foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin types that have concerns with pore size and/or oil. Using micro powders, this foundation blurs pores and absorbs shine for skin that looks balanced and ultra smooth.

e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation
For a more natural look, this light weight and oil free foundation by e.l.f. offers a medium coverage and a semi-matte finish, making it ideal for normal skin types. With a radiant finish and brightening properties, your skin will look awake and healthy! This foundation also contains SPF15.

Do you believe drugstore foundations can perform just as well as high end brands? If so, what drugstore foundation(s) do you swear by?

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