Not a splurger? These are the best drugstore foundations to grab at Boots or Superdrug

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  • 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

    e.l.f. Flawless Foundation, £7.50, Boots

    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.

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    Best drugstore foundations for dry skin

    L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, £11.99, Amazon

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    Best drugstore foundations for oily skin

    L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation, £8, Fabled

    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.

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    Best dewy drugstore foundation

    Sleek MakeUP Vitality Foundation, £8.99, Boots

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    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?

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    Best drugstore powder foundation

    NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, £11.50, Boots

    best drugstore foundation powder NYXIt 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.

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