We expect a lot from our foundation (and rightly so) which makes finding 'the one' a difficult task. It needs to be the perfect colour match, feel comfortable, withstand all weather conditions and stay put for hours on end. And, above all, it needs to be worth spending the money on (shop our beauty team's favourite bargain beauty buys here).
In the past, the general consensus may have been that the more cash you’re prepared to splash – the better the product. But this is no longer the case. High street and drugstore foundations are now rivalling, and sometimes even beating, their high-end counterparts.
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Not found your perfect foundation partner yet? Panic not, we're here to help. These are the 8 best drugstore foundations, according to team Grazia. Happy shopping!
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The 8 Best Foundations On The High Street
Loved by our Beauty Director, this lightweight foundation lets your skin peek through whilst giving a touch of natural coverage - just enough to even out skin tone and disguise any sign of redness.
Elf offer some of the most sophisticated bases on the high street, and their CC cream is no exception. This one leans to the more full coverage side, but doesn't appear flat or dull on the skin. It's infused with a small amount of skincare ingredients too, like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, to brighten and hydrate skin. Smart.
Ideal for city-dwellers, Revlon's Candid foundation features antioxidants, anti-pollution and anti-blue light technology to really protect skin from environmental stressors.
If combating shine and minimising pores is at the top of your priority list, this foundation is for you. It glides on effortlessly, providing buildable coverage that blurs pores and controls shine with its natural, matte finish.
The perfect Monday morning foundation, this formula reawakens skin, eliminates signs of tiredness and gives a healthy, radiant glow.
Remember the foundation that had a 25,000 strong sign up list before it even launched? Well, it certainly lived up to the hype. Courtesy of The Ordinary - the no-nonsense brand that took the beauty industry by storm - this serum foundation is everything you could want from a low coverage foundation and more. It gives a natural, fresh finish that enhances the skin without masking it.
If you're after a 'your skin but better' finish, this is just the ticket. Concealing imperfections and smoothing the appearance skin without covering it completely, the light reflecting particles ensure your complexion will look luminous.
This is an example of a foundation that feels more expensive than it is. This tinted serum is a delicious skincare-makeup hybrid, that blends into the skin to give a true 'your skin but better' finish. It's infused with a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid, that keeps dryness at bay and keep skin looking juicy.
How to find your foundation shade at the drugstore?
Over the course of the past few months, our shopping habits have changed dramatically with lots of us either spending less or spending more online. In the make-up and skincare sphere - it happens to be the latter, with many of us stockpiling these feel-good buys. And if you're continuing to shop online, there's a brilliant platform that can help you find the perfect drugstore foundation match virtually. Enter: Findation.com.
Simply enter your current foundation brand, formula and shade as well as any previous foundations you’ve owned and their shades (the more brands/shades the better). Findation will then generate a list of several different foundations in your suggested shades based on your current/previous foundations. The extensive list includes lots of affordable bases from the likes of NYX Cosmetics, L'Oreal Paris, Kiko and Morphe.
What is the best drugstore foundation for older skin?
As our skin ages, it tends to become drier and fine lines become more visible. Which means you want to avoid any matte or full coverage foundations that will settle into lines and look caked-on. 'Go for light-reflecting products with a dewy, fresh finish,’ recommends Lancome Make-up Artist, Shehla Shaikh.
No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation, £15, gets rave reviews and hydrates while lending the skin a lightweight veil of coverage. Or, try a tinted moisturiser that combines the benefits of skincare with make-up - like Makeup Revolution's Super Dewy Tinted Moisturiser, £9, for a balmy hint of colour that creates that 'no make-up make-up' look. (For more foundation suggestions for mature skin, shop our curated edit here)