Finding the best foundation can feel a bit like winning the lottery. More so than any other beauty product, foundation can make or break your entire look—and the trial and error process to find the right formula can be difficult. Got oily skin? You need matte coverage that stays put all day. Mature skin requires something lightweight and dewy that won’t cake or settle into fine lines.
So, what are the best foundations that rose to our lofty standards? Whether they were drugstore brands or high-end splurges, these five top-performing foundations transform even the blotchiest and oiliest among us into women with flawless, radiant complexions.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $46
This foundation effortlessly evens your complexion, smoothing and perfecting the skin’s appearance. It instantly reduces shine, evens your skin tone, hydrates, and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and pores. Created to move with your skin, the comfortable, water-resistant formula flexes easily without settling into fine lines, blurring the distinction between real skin and makeup.
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation SPF 20, $67
A high performance, modern fluid foundation for a timeless beautiful face. Breakthrough formula features the innovative Matte Adapt Complex that self corrects signs of imperfections to uphold an impeccable complexion. Seamlessly tailoring to the skin, Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation imparts a velvety matte look that is soft to touch. The special formula with SPF 20 stays perfect all day long.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, $12.99
L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation has an air-light texture with a demi-matte finish. This super gliding mattifying formula has a high-water content for maximum comfort that lasts!
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $55
This superior foundation employs advanced technology to promote the appearance of a smoother, firmer and more youthful complexion. Fortified with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion® plumps fine lines and wrinkles, tightens the appearance of sagging skin, and delivers an unbelievably luminous glow. UVA/UVB SPF 15 helps protect skin from the sun. Available in 12 shades.
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $48
Get full-coverage, lightweight foundation coverage with All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This foundation is highly pigmented and leaves a natural-looking finish. Perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Sweat- and humidity-proof, it instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.