Foundation is one of my most favorite makeup products to use. For me, all great makeup starts with a great base. I have dry skin and as I’ve gotten older, I have noticed that I really only like the look of certain foundations on my skin.
These are the top foundations that I find myself reaching for regularly and also repurchasing, which is the biggest compliment you can give to a product, in my opinion! With so many options, repurchasing a foundation says a lot to me.
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Here are the foundations that I reach for the most, in order from lowest price to highest.
I also share my personal shades, in case you are close to my skin tone and undertone. I am fair-to-light skin tone, with a peach undertone.
You can figure out your undertone here in this post and video.
This foundation has such a gorgeous satin, matte finish! It retails for $10 and comes in 40 shades, with an impressive range of undertones. I wear shade 02A2 – Warm Natural when I’m “tan” and shade 00 Light Natural when I don’t have a faux tan.
The 2 +1 formula provides a ton of coverage, but still looks natural and doesn’t accentuate fine lines the way some more matte finish foundations can.
I also love that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It’s very gentle on and does last all day. I usually pair it with the Milani Prime Light primer for a glowing skin combo.
I do recommend making sure your skin is very well moisturized with this foundation, as the formula is on the thicker side and this will help it spread and blend more easily.
I had been searching for a foundation in the $40 range for what like ages before the Dior Backstage foundation came along.
This foundation retails exactly at $40, contains 1.6 oz of product and comes in 40 shades. I am currently wearing shade 1N, which does oxidize to a peach tone, but am curious to try mixing shades 0N and 2WP next.
Overall, I love the skin-like finish that feels light and wears well thought out the day. This foundation is scented, which doesn’t bother me, but is something to note if you are sensitive to that.
The Backstage foundation really works on such a broad range of skin tones and skin types. The price point is great, especially for a luxury brand! I can definitely see why it became an instant hit.
This Shisheido foundation is a great full-coverage foundation for dry + mature skin! It has a unique self-refreshing formula that keeps itself dewy all day, it never settles into dry patches. It retails for $47 for 1 oz and comes in 30 shades.
I wear shade 240 with a faux tan and shade 220 when my skin is lighter.
Synchro Skin foundation has the most beautiful, radiant finish. For a full coverage foundation, this is rare! I really love that it’s not super matte or flat. Also, this looks absolutely stunning in photos.
I find that it can sometimes get a little shiny on it’s own after a few hours, so I wear it with the Tatcha Liquid Silk Primer underneath and then set with Oil Control setting spray, to keep the finish looking fresh. It’s a perfect combo for this foundation!
This is my favorite full coverage foundation for mature skin. It looks so flawless and really provides great coverage.
The Radiant Longwear Foundation retails for $49 for 1 oz and comes in 40 shades and an excellent range of undertones. I wear shade Vienna with a faux tan and shade Yukon without a tan.
I love Nars range of shades and undertones. There is truly something to match everyone.
This Radiant Longwear foudation really does last all day and it also looks excellent in photos. This is a very concentrated formula, start out with one pump and blend!
Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation is iconic for a reason. It gives your skin full coverage without looking cakey, creates radiance, and lasts. Once you try Luminous silk, it’s game over. This is one of my favorite foundations of all time.
It retails for $69 for 1 oz and comes in 40 shades. I wear shade 4.25 most of the time, but sometimes mix it with shade 2 if I am getting very fair.
There is truly no other foundation like Luminous Silk. Shade 4.25 is also the best shade match I have out of all my foundations.
This foundation photographs beautifully and is a perfect bridal foundation. You can wear one layer for a light, skin like finish or build it up for full coverage that never settles into or accentuates fine lines.
There truly is no other foundation like the Moisture Foundation. It continuously plumps up my skin and looks the same 12 hours later as when I first applied the foundation.
This foundation retails for $99 and contains .71 oz of a cream/liquid hybrid foundation.
There are 12 shades available. I wear shade 002 in winter and 113 with a faux tan.
It’s just a truly unique foundation, to me there is nothing else like it, it never gets patchy at any point, no matter how dry my skin feels. It’s a dry and mature skin miracle foundation.
I also wore this in Miami for a friend’s wedding during an August heat wave (or is that just Florida weather!?) and was nervous that my skin would be too oily for this to work, but somehow it worked just as well as when I wear it in freezing cold temps with dry skin.
I used this foundation on a model who was on the medication accutane for acne, this medication really dries the skin out. I had tried a few different foundations and nothing would stick on her face. Finally, the Moisture foundation sank in and became one with her skin, for a flawless finish.
This is a liquid-cream hybrid, so I do shake and lightly massage the tube before I take the cap off, to mix up the product inside.
This is a concentrated formula, so start with a very small amount and build as needed.
Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog! – Molly