Because a great complexion doesn't have to cost the earth
If spending a tonne of money on make-up isn’t your thing, it’s high time you wised up on the best drugstore foundations.
These days more affordable make-up formulas are so good that they can rival their designer counterparts; a tenner is more than enough to settle you with a great foundation.
Keep reading for the bargain beauty bases you need to know about if you’re not quite prepared to splurge (you’re welcome!).
Best drugstore foundations with full coverage
A relatively new brand to the UK, e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish formula is a go-to for beauty junkies on a budget all over the world. It’s super buildable, meaning you can get excellent coverage when you need it and a lighter finish on the days you want something more toned down. Either way, you’ll have a super healthy-looking and smooth complexion.
Best drugstore foundations for dry skin
Best drugstore foundations for oily skin
This is the holy grail of matte foundations for oily skin. It covers up blemishes, has full coverage and stays matte even on the oiliest of skin types. No sliding off your face with this one, folks.
Best dewy drugstore foundation
Although it’s oil-free, Sleek’s lightweight foundation is packed with hydrating ingredients like bamboo, water lily and lotus flower extract, to keep your skin soft, supple and dewy while you wear it; build it up for that healthy glow. It’s available in 24 different shades, spanning a pretty broad range. Not bad for £8.99, hey?
Best drugstore powder foundation
It says it on the tin: Matte but not flat is exactly what you’re after if a lasting shine-free complexion is your bag, and NYX delivers on that front. Good coverage with a smooth non-cakey finish, it ticks all the boxes.
Keep scrolling for a few more of the best drugstore foundation formulas we ever did see…
Healthy Mix by name, Healthy Mix by nature; this little foundation will give you a radiant complexion and is great for everyday wear.
The True Match powder is one of the best powder foundations you'll find in the chemist aisles. Lightly textured and super blendable, it builds up for the coverage that you need.
Now available in 35 shades, this matte formula contains micropowders that keep shine at bay and absorb excess oils, so it's a great match for oily types who find they get greasy throughout the day.