- Best Drugstore Foundations
The Best Drugstore Foundations of 2021
It’s time to throw away the preconceived ideas about drugstore foundations and delve deep into all that they have to offer.
We know that it sometimes pays to be a foundation snob, especially if you want to lay down a flawless and undetectable base. And we know that drugstore foundation may give you unwelcomed high school flashbacks (Dream Matte Mousse, we’re looking at you). But, when we say drugstore foundation has come a long way over the years, we mean they’re seriously giving high-end, luxury formulas a run for their money.
With brands now serving up inclusive shade ranges and ingredient-led formulas, all with the same budget-friendly price, you’d be a fool to give them the cold shoulder.
So, allow us to reintroduce you to the best drugstore foundations that will give you so much more bang for your buck.
L’Oreal’s True Match Liquid Foundation is well-deserving of the top spot. This formula is not only our holy grail, but a holy grail amongst MUAs and celebrities alike.
The foundation gives a sheer but buildable coverage, making it perfect for everyday wear, whilst the dewy finish brings life to dry and tired complexions. Not to mention, skin quality improves with every use, thanks to a hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera and vitamin complex.
You can thank Tik Tok for bringing this one to our attention. Although the Infallible Freshwear Powder is currently having its viral moment, this counterpart will forever be in the limelight.
Developed with innovative oxygen technology for light, comfortable and streak-resistant wear, this full-coverage liquid foundation smooths, blurs and perfects skin.
Looking for a foundation that doesn’t slip or slide? Rimmel has created a formula that goes the extra mile – or shall we say, hour.
This long-lasting foundation provides a 25-hour wear, so that you can take your makeup looks from the office to dinner and drinks with no touch-ups required.
Another all-day foundation we strongly recommend adding to your collection is the Superstay 24h Liquid Foundation from Maybelline.
If you love full-coverage and high-glam looks, this is your match made in heaven. The high-pigment colour and semi-matte finish mask every blemish, imperfection and dark spot, leaving you with seamless skin that lasts all day.
Maybelline are the top dogs of the drugstore, so it’s no surprise that they have two cult-favourite foundations amongst our lineup.
The Fit Me! Matte & Poreless is arguably the best drugstore foundation for oily skin types. The giveaway is in the name! It keeps skin matte, not flat, controls shine throughout the day and reduces the looks of pores.
This Camo CC Cream is a straight-up dupe for the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and costs a fraction of the price.
Boasting colour correcting powers and a medium-to-full coverage, this foundation blurs impurities and improves the appearance of skin tone and texture with just one thin layer.
Skin-loving ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, treat your skin on a deeper level, meaning you can flaunt a flawless natural complexion on those off-duty days too.
Revolution turned the world of makeup upside down with the launch of their Conceal & Define Concealer. It quickly became a cult-favourite, so they raised the bar once more and created a matching foundation.
The super creamy, lightweight formula offers buildable coverage and a semi-matte finish for an airbrushed complexion. Not to mention, the nifty doe-foot wand ensures a quick, easy and fuss-free application – perfect for when you’re on-the-go.
Revlon ColorStay has been around for yonks and is undoubtedly one of the best drugstore foundations for dry skin. When applied with a beauty sponge, it effortlessly melts into skin and leaves behind a natural, healthy-looking glow that lasts from A.M to P.M.
If liquid foundations aren’t really your thing, then allow us to introduce you to this stick formula from Barry M.
Packed with all the same qualities as a regular foundation, it smooths, corrects and enhances the appearance of skin. It arrives in a nifty twist tube, which is not only handy for when you’re on-the-go, but can be used to contour and highlight your favourite features.
Forget the filters and FaceTune as this formula from Wet N Wild provides photo-ready skin in seconds. And all for under a tenner!
The skin-enhancing foundation blurs fine lines, spots and impurities and has undergone intense testing to ensure that your face remains flawless and flashback-free under harsh lights.
Meet the foundation that hustles as hard as you do. Lightweight, waterproof and packed full of pigment, this foundation works around the clock to provide a coverage and colour that keeps up with your day-to-day lifestyle.
Who doesn’t love a makeup multi-tasker? Milani come through with an affordable formula that’s one part foundation, one part concealer, so that you can hide dark circles, blemishes and redness with ease.
Rumour has it that this foundation can withstand the Grammys, Coachella sets and red carpets, making it a must-have for your glam bag.
This liquid foundation from L.A. Girl ensures that you never get caught lacking in 4K.
The long-wear formula blurs imperfections and laces skin with a radiant HD finish so that you are always camera-ready. Better still, antioxidants and other good-for-you ingredients impart gentle hydration so that your glow keeps on going.
True colour pigments and light diffusers supercharge this foundation so that you can lay down a base that’s radiant, natural and undetectable.
The ultra blendable and buildable formula allows a tailored coverage, whilst the supreme selection of shades caters to all skin tones, so you're bound to find a real match. Pretty good going for a drugstore foundation, eh?
NIP + FAB is the brand that lets you indulge in quality, ingredient-led formulas for a wallet-friendly price. Their Makeup Foundation has been expertly crafted with a soft focus ‘photo-shopped’ effect, so that you can showcase selfie-ready skin.
Non-greasy, never cakey and always lightweight, it’s your fast pass to a flawless complexion.
With so many impressive foundations now available at the drugstore, you needn’t spend your rent money on an expensive formula. Flaunt a flawless complexion, all whilst continuing to save those all-important pennies. Check out more of our favourite foundations with our guide to The Best Foundations for All Skin Types.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.