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The Best Drugstore Powder Foundations: 114K Reviews
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The Best Drugstore Powder Foundations: 114K Reviews

Based on 114,327 Influenster Reviews

Powder foundations are great if you have normal or slightly oily skin or if you just want something light. You can use them to touch up or "powder your nose." And guess what? You can find amazing powder foundations at the drugstore for less than $10!

Here's our list of Influensters' favorite powder foundations under $10. Which powder foundation is your go-to?

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L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Powder
BY L'ORÉAL PARIS
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star1%
4.3 / 5 (3,867 reviews)
Buy on Target for $7.89
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Becca H.Becca H. said...
I bought this based on reviews by other people, looking for coverage and lightness without flakiness and that scaliness look that some other powders end up with at the end of the day. I was so impressed with the amount of coverage I get from the powder alone that some days I only use this and skip foundation! It's very silky, covers any minor imperfections very well, and matches my very pale complexion to a T. I am a 33 year old woman who is just starting to get the first signs of shallow wrinkles around my eyes, and powders tend to cake up in them and make them look much deeper than they actually are. This powder doesn't do that as bad as others I've tried. It lasts through most of the day, too. I would absolutely recommend buying this and trying it out, especially if you have a hard time finding the right shade for your skin. My skin tone is very pale with pink undertones, and it's very hard to find something that doesn't look orange on me. This has exactly the right shade for me, I tried the shade Porcelain and it was absolutely perfect. I will use this as my go-to powder from now on! ...read more
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Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin® Powder
BY MAYBELLINE
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars57%
  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (2,949 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $8.99
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Kirby F.Kirby F. said...
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge makeup snob. I’m mostly exclusive to shopping at Sephora, so when I was sent a makeup product by Maybelline I was a little nervous. I usually use bare minerals liquid foundation, which is around $30 and I truly believed I could only love a foundation that came with a high sticker price. BUT this little compact product has officially changed my life. This foundation is just three swipes of applying away to looking flawless. I’m being totally serious I have a total airbrushed look with in a matter of seconds and because of how fast and easy it is to complete and perfect my foundation I have been actually getting to places on time or even early.I encourage everyone to try this foundation. Its perfect for people on the go, traveling, mothers who have no time to perfect their makeup, ladies who want a flawless light weight makeup alternative in the summer, if you’re in a rush and have no time to spend 15 minutes on just foundation, or simply if you are just that lazy lady.Once I finish with this foundation I’m not sure if I will go back to my bare minerals. Honestly, I might for the winter but this just might be my easy makeup staple for my summer days or days when I’m running late! ...read more
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Milani Even-Touch Powder Foundation
BY MILANI
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (459 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $7.47
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Krystin R.Krystin R. said...
I really love this product from milani! Honestly it reminds me of a lot of high end powder foundations. It gives really nice coverage and it's super smooth. Not cakey at all. I use it over my liquid foundation to get that flawless look and I loooooveeee it. I usually use Laura mercier or mac studio fix but I'm not going back after trying this!!!! I would say the only downside is that you'd have to reapply if you wanted to wear it all day considering it's a powder. ...read more
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Neutrogena® SkinClearing Mineral Powder
BY NEUTROGENA
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars48%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars15%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.1 / 5 (1,761 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $11.97
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Norbeliss M.Norbeliss M. said...
My face is the clearest it has been in years! I didn't really expect this to work, but I couldn't afford the normal expensive loose mineral powder I normally use, so I just picked something randomly to tide me over until I could. I'm never going back! I've only been using this for a week and my face is so clear! I mean, there are still some blemishes, probably mostly acne scars. However, I used to wake up every day with at least one or two new pimples, and now I've had maybe one this whole week. I use it along with Proactiv (which honestly by itself doesn't do very much). Neutrogena scrubs and cleansers never really helped either. However, I think using Proactiv (benzoyl peroxide) along with this mineral powder (which contains salicylic acid) together probably did the job. I'd definitely recommend this product, but if you have acne problems, try combining 2 or more active ingredient acne-fighting chemicals in any form (cleansers, masks, scrubs, toners, concealer, etc) and see if it helps! ...read more
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COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Pressed Powder Foundation
BY COVERGIRL
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars47%
  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star3%
4.1 / 5 (1,311 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $17.50
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Karen R.Karen R. said...
CoverGirl actually Surprised me with the new Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation which is designed to be a one-step to gorgeous primer, foundation & powder all in one.

I was expecting a typical pinky-beige shade range and all of the usual caveats associated with CoverGirl foundations, but I was surprised with my findings...




Available in 12 shades ranging from light-deep (no fair shades), Ready Set Gorgeous is part of their new Spring 2014 lineup. (also included are a new concealer and pressed powder.) The idea is that Ready Set Gorgeous is supposed to be "one step to beautiful", even though they included three products!

Snarkiness sarcasm aside, they did do a fairly decent job with the foundation to make your morning routine easy, breezy, & leaving you beautiful with covergirl. (I'm sorry I had to do that.)

Seriously though, I rarely find a product which is truly unique in a big way. for the most part, this is standard; however, it does have one thing which is majorly different- the finish.



In many ways its a typical long-lasting/transfer resistant formula which is perfect for summer. It has a matte finish which is standard. Its also standard for a matte finish long-wearing formula to have a very distict feel to it once it sets, its almost a rubbery sort of feel. It may not be noticeable to those who have only applied a sheer layer, but I always swatch a glob. I want to see how it sets and how it performs, if the color changes, etc.



instead of the very common texture which I can't describe, this feels smooth. Silky smooth. It feels like it would have a powdery finish but its totally transfer proof (prob not on oily skin.) I actually was amazed at how it felt.

Even on my arm with the swatches below, if I closed my eyes it felt like nothing was there despite the VERY thick, uneven swatches. Very impressive CoverGirl. I would say that the finish is almost as lightweight, as, and in some ways surpasses, Estee Lauder Double Wear Long Wearing Makeup.



Oxidation was less impressive. It wasn't as bad as most CoverGirl products, but it wasn't great either. Unfortunately this will limit the options for lighter skin tones. I Highly recommend testing and waiting a while before leaving the house and purchasing from a store with a lenient return policy if you're fair skinned!



To sum it up, Ready Set Foundation is certainly a decent release from CoverGirl. Its nice they alternate undertones of shades between pink & yellow. I don't see this being a mind blowing sensation for many people, but its got a solid formula and performance which will likely keep it in drugstores for some time ...read more
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Maybelline Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Powder
BY MAYBELLINE
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars58%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (8,048 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.79
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Kim R.Kim R. said...
Just like the Maybelline fit me matte poreless foundation I completely love the Maybelline fit me matte poreless pressed powder! It provides a great finishing coverage especially when used in combination with the Maybelline fit me foundation. The end result is completely flawless it is very light and really completes the look. My client's response when they turn around and look in the mirror at their completed look is always "oh my gosh what powder is that?" Love that feeling of making my clients so happy! Thanks Maybelline!❤ Maybelline Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Powder...read more
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NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
BY NYX
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars51%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.2 / 5 (3,005 reviews)
Buy on Walgreens for $9.50
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Ashley D.Ashley D. said...
I use this powder daily to set my foundation. I like to buff and tap it into my skin using a damp beauty blender or flat powder brush. It wears well and adds a bit of coverage and color. It doesn’t cake and it’s promise of a matte finish holds true. This is comparable to high end powders I’ve used. I know I didn’t pay over ten dollars for this at Ulta. It’s even great to throw on alone over primer or with a tinted moisturizer/B.B. cream/ cc cream. The packaging is decently made and trustworthy to throw in your purse or makeup bag with worrying about breaking it.NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation...read more
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