Best Drugstore Foundations

There are a few things the drugstore has that your local Sephora or Ulta doesn’t. Most importantly, candy. Being able to grab Twizzlers alongside your fresh mascara is key. They also offer convenience, availability and affordability. For this reason, I really like giving you drugstore options for as many products as I can. Foundation shopping can be tricky to buy and this guide will get you started. I’ve recently narrowed down the best drugstore foundations that are also cruelty free and here are the winners. I’ve chosen 3 different options based on skin type and level of coverage. I like them all but choose the one that suits your skin type and desired coverage. Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
Best for: Oily Skin or those who like a matte finish
Coverage: Medium to full
Finish: Matte
Shade Range: 20 shades available but limited stock in stores.
Best Application Method: A buffing brush seems to work best but a damp beauty sponge is helpful for more dry skin or those who want a bit less coverage.

Pros: Great coverage, blends well, staying power.
Cons: The shade range offers few yellow undertones. I have Soft Ivory and Soft Beige, which I have to mix for an appropriate shade but it’s still not yellow enough for me. LA Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation
Best for: Dry to very dry skin, mature skin
Coverage: Full
Finish: Luminous, dewy, not at all matte.
Shade Range: 15 plus white adjuster. Shades do go very deep but not very light.
Best Application Method: I like to use a damp beauty sponge since it’s a thicker texture.

Pros: Amazing coverage, healthy dewy finish, HD friendly
Cons: If you’re oily, or even combo, skip this. It gets borderline greasy feeling and for my dry skin, that’s fine, but a lot of people wouldn’t be on board. I had to buy the white adjuster to get the shade ‘Fair’ where I needed it. This is a versatile product to have though as you could adjust other foundations that are too dark.  NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
Best for: All skin types, normal
Coverage: Varies, sheer to full depending on application
Finish: Satin, semi-matte
Shade Range: 24 with nice mix of pink and yellow undertones. From very light to very dark. I have ‘Natural’.
Best Application Method: I like to use a buffing brush. It’s fluid-like texture is too easily absorbed by sponges.

Pros: Blends great, customizable coverage (can add to moisturizer, oils, primers, etc.), works best for most skin types
Cons: Priciest option, could stick to dry patch if skin isn’t well-hydrated due to it’s thin consistency.

There’s likely a great option in here for anyone’s skin type and desired coverage. I hope it’s been helpful! All products were purchased by me with my own money.

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