We expect a lot from foundation—it should hide blemishes, smooth fine lines, tamp down shine, and basically do everything but the dishes. But that doesn’t mean it has to cost a ton. Here, five flawless-skin fakers that are less than $15 a pop.
FOR DULL SKIN:
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup ($12.95)
A liquid foundation with sunscreen. It has a thin, creamy texture that melts into skin.This foundation provides medium coverage that looks natural, not cakey or overdone. Two small pumps lend a polished, dewy glow to skin, and the SPF 20 is a nice touch.
L’Oreal True Match ($8.59)
If you have a difficult time finding your color in a drugstore foundation, then I highly recommend trying out this one! L’Oreal True Match is unique in that their shades are divided into three categories… warm undertone, neutral undertone, and cool undertone. There are 33 shades in all! It is an oil-free, longwearing formula that provides medium, buildable coverage. The finish is smooth and doesn’t feel greasy, but mimics skins natural texture. It is also fragrance free. True Match contains SPF 17 but in all of my flash tests it leaves little to no white cast in photos!
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Neautrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup ($10.99)
It is an acne-fighting foundation that has an oil-free formula with salicylic acid to fight existing pimples and prevent new ones. This oil-free liquid feels light on the skin and provides medium coverage. With a dozen available shades, the hypoallergenic formula easily covers acne on any skin tone and leaves skin looking natural, not cakey or greasy. It doesn’t exactly correct breakouts, but it has salicylic acid to prevent new ones from forming. It’s great for both oily and sensitive skin.
Rimmel London Match Perfection Light Perfecting Radiance Foundation ($4.97)
It is very lightweight and covers acne bumps, blemishes, and redness. A match so perfect, it’s undetectable in any light! Light Perfecting radiance foundation. Traceless coverage and perfectly flawless skin under any light. Lasts all day. SPF 18.