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We’re suckers for a good bargain. And some of the best beauty buys can be found at your corner drugstore. But it’s not just mascara, lipstick, and a rogue eyeshadow palette that’s worth the cheaper price tag. Even something as essential as foundation doesn’t require a splurge these days. A number of brands are releasing high-performance, quality foundations that rival those found at the department stores. We rounded up the best drugstore foundations, for every skin concern. Your wallet and your skin will thank you.
For oily skin
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Correct & Cover ($10, drugstore.com)
Those with oily or acne-prone skin seem to be in this vicious cycle of wanting to cover up breakouts with foundation but then breaking out more when actually applying oil-based makeup. But don’t lose hope! You can break this routine thanks to Neutrogena’s oil-free formula, which is actually a salicylic acid moisturizer treatment with a touch of color to cover any redness. We found the texture to be a smooth and easy to blend, making it ideal to use all over your face—even over breakouts.
For dry skin
Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation ($9, drugstore.com)
If you’re suffering from dryness, foundation is just about the last thing you want to put on your flaky skin. But this gel-whipped blend is actually super hydrating and offers medium coverage when applied. (Buh-bye flakes.) Plus it it dries matte so you don’t end up flipping to the other end of the skin spectrum and walk out the door with unwanted shine.
For normal skin
Essence Pure Nude Makeup ($5, target.com)
Ideal for a barely there look, this light-weight foundation is easy to blend and adds just enough color to skin to hide minor blemishes and tone issues. Consider it a bargain find for anyone looking for an everyday foundation.
For aging skin
CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless Instant Wrinkle Defying Foundation ($12, jet.com)
This combination of makeup and skin care is ideal for aging skin—or really anyone ready to stop wrinkles in their tracks. Formulated with Olay Regenerist serum, this formula serves up antioxidant benefits to help restore its moisture barrier and improve its texture. And unlike other foundations, which can crease in fine lines and wrinkles, this creamy compact formula boasts skin suspension technology (meaning it just lays on top of skin as opposed to seeping in) to create a flawless finish.
For uneven skin tones
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation ($12, walmart.com)
K-beauty lovers will be thrilled to see this trend hit the mass market! This plush cushion houses liquid foundation and is ideal for tapping on a little color to blend uneven skin tones and spot treat. Bonus points: It’s incredibly portable!
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