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With an endless list of different finishes (matte, satin, luminous, etc.), a vast spectrum of coverage levels, flashback-free formulas for photos vs. skincare-infused varieties, and everything in between, there is clearly no shortage foundation options to choose from. Despite the endless array of available options, finding a universally flattering foundation that works for all skin types is nearly an impossible feat. For instance, if you have oily skin, chances are that you prefer an oil-free formula with a matte finish, while those with hyper dry skin often opt for a dewy pick with a luminous finish. However, there are a few magical foundations that have amassed a large following among fans of all different skin types, and truly deserve the spotlight.
I’ll be honest here; L’Oreal’s recently launched Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation was my source of inspiration for this story. After both my 65-year old mom and 25-year old sister both urged me to try this a few months ago, I hesitated because I tend to favor mattifying products with oil-controlling properties, and this foundation isn’t advertised as such. I’ve also noticed– thanks in part to my obsession with watching “Monthly Favorite” videos on all channels I subscribe to– that it’s also become the darling drugstore favorite in the guru community. So, I gave it a try, and guys, I am honestly hooked on this stuff. It actually looks like skin without skimping on the coverage factor– and it’s not to matte but certainly not dewy.
And, as is the case with most of the foundations in the Infallible collection, Fresh Wear has great staying power. Upon discovering this new holy grail of mine, I decided to research other bases with all-embracing formulas. Obviously, there isn’t any single makeup product that is going to be unanimously adored by literally everyone, but the foundations featured below may just be the next best thing, and will impress a huge range of different complexions — at least according to reviews and my internet research.
The foundation that inspired this piece. The buildable coverage and long-wearing formula is truly impressive (especially given that it’s a drugstore product), and while I mentioned that I may tend to favor matte formulas, this one changes has changed the game for me. It looks semi-luminous, but not oily in any way shape or form.
This is another best-seller (the original formula — not the matte or luminous versions) that works for virtually any skin. I am personally a huge fan of this CC Cream, and it’s our deputy editor’s personal favorite too. It’s not matte or drying, but it’s also not going to leave those with oily or combination skin looking like an oil slick after a few hours of wear. And don’t let the CC+ Cream distinction fool you — this stuff is truly full coverage, but unlike other heavier high-coverage foundation this one actually works for dry and mature skin too, thanks to the added skin-loving ingredients.
This is another not too matte, but not too hydrating foundation with customizable coverage — it’s a win-win that oily, combo, dry and sensitive skinned fans are touting for its versatility and unbelievable skin-like finish. It’s also a multitasker, infused with a brightening complex of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.
his cult classic luxury foundation is a staple in professional makeup artist’s kits because it truly works on so many different skin types and perfects so many different skin issues while still looking fresh, natural and cake-free. The satin finish isn’t too oily, but it won’t suck the life out of drier skin types or look completely flat. Thanks to its ever so slight hint of glow, it looks amazing in photographs.
This glowy foundation gives you a healthy, skin-like sheen that diffuses light and blurs imperfection without looking cakey or feeling heavy. Unlike many more luminous products, this one is also great for keeping oil at bay and minimizing the look of enlarged pores without sucking the skin dry or emphasizing lines and dry patches.
This buildable, weightless foundation feels like you’re wearing nothing, while still delivering a decent amount of coverage to conceal redness and blur the appearance of fine lines and pores. This luminous foundation gives your skin a slight, radiant sheen without looking heavy or greasy. Despite its semi-dewy finish, it also delivers on its promise of “all day wear.” You can build it up to a near-full look or sheet it out for a no makeup-makeup look.
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