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Best Drugstore Foundations for Any Skin Type

Updated on November 6, 2014

A great foundation can be hard to find and needs to be suited to your own skins needs. Most women don't want to spend big bucks on a high end foundation and most do not need to. There are several drugstore brands that will meet all of your coverage, consistency and finish wants and needs. Whether you're looking for full or sheer coverage, or you have dry or oily skin you can find a foundation at your local drugstore that won't deplete your bank account. This article will cover the best foundations for dry/normal skin as well as oily/combination skin that can be found at the drugstore for under $15!

Best Drugstore Foundations for Oily Skin

If you are looking for a foundation that will stay all day and combat oily skin there are some great options available for you. First, to help any foundation work better on oily skin, use a foundation primer, it will help your foundation stay matte and extend the life of the foundations wear and coverage. When choosing your drugstore foundation look for formulas created for oily skin. If its full coverage your wanting, try out the Revlon Color Stay for Oily/Combination skin. This foundation will cover acne, dark spots and uneven skin tones with just one application. The best things about this foundation are its long lasting coverage and the wide range of colors its available in. It is easily one of the lightest drugstore foundations you'll find for paler skin tones. Most drugstores offer it for around $8.00 - $10.00 making it a bit of a pricier option but well worth the money if you prefer full coverage or if you have skin problems you're trying to cover.

For medium to sheer coverage, try Neutrogena Healthy Glow Foundation. This buildable coverage foundation is formulated to not clog pores and combat oil build up. One layer will even skin tone and cover small imperfections and adding a second layer will give a near flawless finish. The color selection is adequate and finding your perfect shade shouldn't be a problem. The price at most drugstores or online, is as low as $7.00, it's comparable to most other drugstore foundation brands for the quality of the product.

If you have oily skin but don't have the time to mess with primers try Covergirl's, Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation. It combines a primer, foundation and concealer into one bottle that includes a convenient pump! The pump helps you loose less product and makes application cleaner. This foundation will help give you a more natural finish and you'll be able to skip a few layers of product making it feel lighter! Covergirl's product will run about $10.00 at most drugstores.

Review of Covergirl Trueblend
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Best Foundations for Dry/Normal Skin

For full coverage, Revlon Color Stay is at the top of the list again, offering a unique and completely different formula for normal/dry skin. They offer the same great coverage and wide range of colors that's available for the oily/combination skin at the same affordable price. This is a matte foundation, so if you are wanting a dewy finish but love the coverage of this foundation try mixing it with a more dewy foundation or using an illuminating primer before you apply the foundation.

If you don't need a full coverage foundation and just want to even out your complexion give the Covergirl TruBlend a try. It's great for dry skin and gives a healthy looking natural finish. The foundation is formulated to blend with your skin tone and give you a natural look. It can even be found in several different formulas; liquid, mousse and mineral. Each with it's own benefits and application methods. This foundation is super affordable, you can pick it up at drugstores or online for as low as $6.00! Less color options are offered for the TruBlend than the Color Stay but with the unique formula TruBlend offers its not hard to find your perfect shade.

If you have severely dry skin try out the Loreal Magic Lumi, it's got a very dewy finish and light reflecting pigments. This foundation also feels extremely moisturizing and light on the skin. If you prefer a sheer application you can even mix in some of your favorite moisturizer to really make your skin glow. This foundation can be purchased from your local drugstores for as low as 8 or 9 dollars.

Best Drugstore Foundation for Combination Skin

Those with combination skin can really wear a wide range of foundations. The Revlon Colorstay is a great option and if you're not too oily the formula for dry skin will do well for you. If you are truly very oily in your T-zone but dry everywhere else you can purchase both formulas and use them in the areas you need them.

Covergirl's 3 in 1 Outlast will also work well for anyone with combination skin because of the natural finish it gives. If you're very oily, you may want to keep some blotting papers on hand for touch ups.

Best Foundation with Anti-Aging Benefits

If you want a foundation that will not only cover imperfections but reverse the signs of aging then you must try Maybelline Instant Age Rewind® line of foundation. This line comes with 3 formulas; The Lifter™, Eraser Treatment Makeup and Radiant Firming Makeup. A favorite of most is the Eraser Treatment Makeup. It comes with a built in sponge tip application and is quick and easy to apply. The Eraser Treatment Makeup gives light to medium coverage and fills in fine lines and pores with its micro-corrector applicator and active ingredient formula. It can be found at drugstores for around $8.00. Try it out with the matching concealer, which is a cult favorite by all makeup enthusiasts regardless of their age. Don't be afraid of using the sponge tip on these products they are specially made to withstand bacteria and don't need to be cleaned, but as always remember that makeup once opened does have an expiration date. Unfortunately this foundation only comes in a limited range of shades for light to medium skin tones, so the ultra fair and deep skin tones may struggle to find a good match. To get ultra youthful looking skin, be sure to know how to properly use a foundation primer to conceal fine lines and large pores.

Best Long Lasting Foundation for Any Skin Type

Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Makeup foundation has proven to work well on all skin types and can withstand all of the elements of your busy day. Women around the world rave that this foundation gives great coverage and doesn't budge even if worn all day. This foundation offers 12 shades and has more options for light to medium complexions. It is formulated to resist heat and humidity making it a great medium to full coverage foundation for summer. If you don't like full coverage or the feel of foundation on your skin, try mixing it with your daily moisturizer or a more hydrating foundation. The SuperStay foundation can be found in drugstores for around $10.00.

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      Kay Mitchell 5 years ago from California

      They are always improving so never just swear them off! Good luck!

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I gave up on drugstore foundations a long time ago--they just never seemed to agree with my skin. Maybe I'll give these a try. Thanks!