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4 Affordable Foundations for Every Skin Type

As someone with a substantial makeup graveyard, I know how tough it can be to find the right foundation for your skin type without losing tons of money on products that don’t deliver what they promise.

It’s even more disappointing when you’ve spent upwards of $20 or more for something that’s only one step – albeit an important step – in your makeup regimen!

Having tried just about every foundation out there, I’m happy to share the ones that work best for every type of skin. The most exciting part? They’re all under $15 and can be found at your nearest Ulta or drugstore!

Skin Type: Oil Slick

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Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

Coverage: Full

My skin must have superpowers because it can literally melt any foundation off of my face. It generally takes at least two to three prepping steps before I can expect any makeup I slather on my face to last longer than the first hour after I walk out the door. That being said, Revlon‘s Colorstay Whipped foundation has been perhaps the most important product for me during these brutal summer months in Houston. While there are a few drawbacks to this foundation, – the packaging is insanely heavy and the consistency is very difficult to blend – if used correctly, this will save your makeup from a meltdown.

Here’s how I apply it:

I generally transfer roughly half of this product to a smaller container so it’s easily portable. You don’t need much, so don’t worry about running out quickly. Using a small spatula or your finger, take a pea-sized amount of this and mix it on the back of your hand with your favorite oil-free moisturizer or a foundation with a thinner consistency. Next, take a blending or stipple brush and gently buff the mixture all over the face. Voila! – you have the perfect matte, long-lasting foundation that will keep your oil at bay all day!

Skin Type: “Normal”

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation

Coverage: Light to Medium

If my skin didn’t eat through this in approximately three hours flat, this would be my everyday foundation because of it’s beautiful neutral-toned color selection, silky consistency, and airbrushed look upon application. It has an odd but effective little dropper built into the cap that allows you to deposit small amounts of product in key positions on the face like the chin, cheeks, nose, and forehead, which makes blending a breeze.

Here’s how I apply it:

Using a blending brush like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, gently buff the distributed product into the skin and smooth foundation around nose and mouth with fingers. Use concealer as needed! Check out my post The Best Drugstore Makeup For a Flawless Face if you’re looking for some affordable options.

Skin Type: Combo

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Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Combination/Oily

Coverage: Medium to Full

I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of this foundation, but in case you haven’t, this is the go-to product for anyone with combination/oily skin. I actually love mixing this foundation with a touch of the Revlon Colorstay Whipped for extra humid days, but it’s a perfectly-formulated product on it’s own, too. Coverage is generally medium on first application that can be easily built to full coverage with an additional application. It also works perfectly as a concealer, so don’t hesitate to take some of the thicker product in the cap or around the bottle neck to dab around the nose, mouth, or on any blemishes.

Here’s how I apply it:

Turn the bottle upside down onto the back of your hand and knock out a pea-to-quarter sized dollop of product. Grab your favorite stipple brush – kabuki brushes will work, just make sure to wash it like clockwork every week to avoid product buildup – and gently pat it into the product until the brush has a thin layer of foundation on the tips. Gently stipple or buff into the skin, depending on the kind of coverage you want to achieve (stipple for fuller coverage and buff for lighter coverage). Set with a dusting of powder if you’d like!

Skin Type: Dry/Mature

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L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Foundation

Coverage: Light to Medium

Dry and mature skin can be so incredibly tough to find makeup for. You want a foundation that glides over the skin without sitting into it, which invariably enhances all the unpleasant aspects of your skin. This foundation – I kid you not – has probably the most gorgeous and foolproof consistency I’ve ever come across. In fact, I love it so much that I generally add extra powder over this foundation just so I can keep the oilies at bay while wearing it. This product is pigmented without being heavy and moisturizing without being emollient. It’s the perfect option for those who are wanting flawless coverage that doesn’t settle into fine lines or accentuate dry patches!

How I apply it:

This product is pretty foolproof. It can be applied with fingers or any kind of brush that suits your fancy. I generally like to buff it on since I hate using my fingers to apply foundation – yuck! Like the Revlon Colorstay foundation, it also works brilliantly as a concealer, so squeeze out half a pea-sized amount onto your finger and dab on any blemished or discolored area. You’ll look airbrushed without spending all the money – I promise!

Which foundations work best for you?

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  • Reply tinetta July 21, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Ciao, ho usato loreal, l’ho trovato molto valido!

  • Reply Jenelle July 18, 2015 at 10:34 am

    This is such a great post, thank you! I have been using the Loreal True Match Foundation and I love it but I may give one of the Revlon ones a go too.

    xx Jenelle

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda July 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Jenelle! Definitely give one of the Revlons a try if you’re looking for something with a little more staying power! I tried the L’Oreal True Match before and, while it didn’t work very well for my oily skin, I loved their color selection! If you need any other suggestions on application or additional products for your makeup/skincare regimen, just drop me a line and I’d be happy to help! Thanks so much for stopping by! 😀

  • Reply Adela Acanski July 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Great post!

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda July 17, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks, Adela! 😀

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