When it comes to foundation, choosing the right color for your skin is only half the battle. You must also find a formula that moisturizes — but not too much. You also want it to last through the day without rubbing off or getting blotchy.
I’ll admit that’s a lot to ask from a pint-sized beauty product. Despite the challenges you may face while searching for the perfect foundation, know that there are many excellent options available and at low price points to boot. Here’s a look at our top picks for the best budget foundations.
Best Budget Foundation — Try These 7 Picks
For full coverage that lasts and lasts, turn to the Infallible Total Cover Foundation by L’Oreal Paris. With its lightweight feel and natural finish, it’s the perfect way to hide minor imperfections like blemishes, dark spots, scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Maybelline Fit Me
Stop oil in its tracks with the Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation by Maybelline. The popular drugstore brand strikes again with a foundation that creates a flawless finish and also covers beautifully over oily skin.
Wet n Wild Photo Focus
Whether you apply the Wet n Wild product with your finger or with the provided spatula, you’re sure to be impressed with the results. The Photo Focus Foundation by Wet n Wild is a high-performing, breakthrough formula — perfect for selfies and group photo taking.
LA Girl Pro Coverage
With its feather-light feel, it’s like you’re not wearing any makeup at all. The Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation from L.A. Girl offers full coverage for a flawless look. It’s also paraben-free and contains added antioxidants for healthier looking skin.
Burt’s Bees Powder Foundation
For those who prefer powder foundation over liquid, try Mattifying Powder Foundation by Burt’s Bees. It’s great for oily skin as it keeps excess sebum production under control, while helping to create an even skin tone.
NYX Total Control
The Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX is a pigmented liquid formula that moisturizes and tints as it covers. Just a few drops go a long way to helping you create a beautiful complexion.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin
Combine two important steps of your skincare routine into one with the Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup by Neutrogena. The versatile foundation contains broad spectrum SPF 20, as well as an antioxidant blend for picture perfect skin.
You don’t have to spend a fortune for beautiful looking skin. You’ll find dozens of high-performing, affordable foundations at drugstore prices. Do you have a favorite budget foundation? Share in the comments!
This post about budget foundation was originally written in 2008 and updated/overhauled in 2018.