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The Best Drugstore Liquid Foundations: 355K Reviews
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The Best Drugstore Liquid Foundations: 355K Reviews

Based on 355,265 Influenster Reviews

Liquid foundations offer sheer, medium, or full coverage, for oily, dry, combination, and normal skin. They can have a matte finish. They can make you look dewy. Some contain SPF. Some are great for hydrating your skin. You can blend them with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge. Finding the best liquid foundation can be difficult, especially on a budget. We've rounded up the best drugstore liquid foundations in the game, based on hundreds of thousands of Influenster reviews.

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Revlon ColorStay Makeup
BY REVLON
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars58%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (8,608 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $9.74
Revlon's ColorStay Foundation has options for those with combination/oily or normal/dry skin. As an added bonus, this provides SPF protection!
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Shelly W.Shelly W. said...
This is my first and only liquid foundation that I have ever purchased, tried or owned. I never had the inclination to try a liquid foundation before but I was looking for something that would provide me with a little bit more coverage than my usual BB cream with mineral foundation routine. I was interested to try this because it is supposed to be the ‘M.A.C. Studio Fix Foundation’ drugstore duplicate. I first tried this product during my previous November 2010 acne outbreak and I am currently on my second bottle.

The texture is quite runny but it dries quickly on the skin. I should warn you that this foundation can be quite drying and will look cakey if you apply too much.

I use the “Combination/Oily Skin” formula in Golden Beige. The shade is a near perfect match for my skin since it has just the right amount of yellow undertones. I would have to say that this foundation provides medium to full coverage, especially for those of you who may have no blemishes (or only a few blemishes). This foundation will do a good job covering most (up to 90%) of hyperpigmentation scars that are about 1 week old. I would warn you that it won’t do much to cover new areas of hyperpigmentation and hypertrophic (raised) or atrophic (depressed/indented) scars. It does a pretty good job covering up pores and giving a smooth, matte finish because of it’s silicon-infused formula.

I was surprised that this liquid foundation actually felt very light on my skin – it didn’t feel like I had any foundation on at all. If you set it with a good finishing powder (I use the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder), the oil control of this foundation is actually pretty good. My skin will last up to 6-8 hours without getting oily if it is also set with powder. I don’t even need to blot!

This foundation doesn’t oxidize on my skin at all. Coverage doesn’t fade throughout the day like my BB creams do, so rarely do I ever even need to touch-up and re-cover blemishes. However, I generally still don’t like using a liquid foundation all the time so I use this as a concealer more than an all-over the face foundation.

A plus about this foundation is that it does have a little bit of SPF (I believe it has an SPF of 6) and uses titanium dioxide, which is a plus for me because I definitely prefer physical sunscreens over chemical sunscreens. ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible® Pro Glow Foundation
BY L'ORÉAL PARIS
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (3,016 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $10.97
L'Oréal's Infallible Face Pro-Glow Foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin. This foundation is long lasting up to 24 hours, delivering a healthy, medium coverage glow, while hiding imperfections. 
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Karen T.Karen T. said...
I love this foundation because it has a nice finish. It is dewy on the skin but it does not make me look oily.This foundation is my favorite to use on a daily basis because it makes my skin look radiant and it feels so comfortable, I can hardly feel like I am wearing anything on my face. It is very light on the skin, the coverage is light to medium but it is buildable. It is not a thick foundation, it comes out of the tube very runny. I am a fan of the packaging, it is not messy and easy to travel with. The only con to this is that theere are only 12 shades and most of them have pink undertones. There aren't many options for those with olive and yellow undertones. I recommend checking it out if you are looking for a dewy foundation. ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible® Pro Glow Foundation uploaded by Heather T.
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Maybelline Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation
BY MAYBELLINE
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars57%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (37,383 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $5.29
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2017
Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation specifically focuses on shine control and pore minimization. This formula is best for normal to oily skin and leaves a natural, seamless finish. 
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Alex R.Alex R. said...
I was so excited to try this Fit Me foundation because of the youtube reviews I watched. The price is amazing, it's around $6-$7 per bottle (depending on what store you purchase from). This was my first time using a Maybelline foundation, and I'm in love.
I will definitely repurchase. Why? Because of the color choices!
I have a darker skin tone. Most drug store foundation brands give you a choice between Beyonce or Lupita. I remember in the past, when I was younger and first trying to use makeup, I would buy two foundations and mix them just to get near my skin tone. I always thought, what do you do when you have yellow undertones and medium-dark skin? Then I did some more research and I figured out I had to purchase a $40 (at the least) Department store foundation.
Then I found this.
Maybelline has outdone themselves this go around.
They offer dry-normal skin/ oily-normal skin options and about 8 different shades for brown girls! I am so excited! All together I think there's around 14 shades.
I purchased the oily-normal skin foundation in the color Toffee 330. The consistency is nice. It's definitely a medium coverage foundation. It's not heavy at all, and the oily-normal foundation is so good for girls with oily skin. My skin looks just as good in this, as it does a foundation I payed $60 for. My mom even said the Maybelline looked better. I can't believe it took me so long to discover this. This foundation is perfect for me.
thank you Maybelline! ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup
BY L'ORÉAL PARIS
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars50%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (3,359 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $8.31
Containing SPF and patented color technology, L'Oréal's True Match Super Blendable Foundation focuses on matching your skin's tone and texture as accurately as possible. This simple formula excludes oils, fragrances, and pore clogging fillers. Additionally, this product coordinates with L'Oréal's True Match Powder, Blush, and Concealer. 
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Kathryn L.Kathryn L. said...
As a beauty blogger, I cannot tell you how many foundations I own without becoming more than a little ashamed. Seriously, it's disturbing, even to myself. What I can tell you is that every time one of those foundations falls short of my expectations or needs, I always have a backup, a steady go-to foundation that never lets me down. This is it!

I bought this foundation when I first started using makeup, which was kind of surreal to me, that I was spending some serious moolah ($8 at the time was a lot of money for me, because I'm cheap) on something that sits on my face, only for me to take it off in a few hours. What I didn't know was that I'd go back and buy this again and again because it has amazing coverage that can be built up or sheered out, looks natural, and doesn't break me out. That's one of the biggest things with this makeup, is that it doesn't break me out at all. Not one bit. I have pretty sensitive skin, so that's important to me.

I'd absolutely recommend this makeup to anyone, there's a huge shade range to choose from too. ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup uploaded by Natasha S.
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COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
BY COVERGIRL
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars50%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star2%
4.2 / 5 (2,191 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $3.99
COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous contains a built in powder system that fights against shine and thus eliminates appearances of oil or sweat. This oil-free formula offers medium coverage. 
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Shengyeng Y.Shengyeng Y. said...
I think this might be a Holy Grail product for me. I have oily, acne prone skin with large pores. My problem was that foundation was melting into my pores and looking horrible. By the afternoon, it was almost better to have NO Makeup on than the terrible melty foundation I had going on. Enter Ready, Set Gorgeous. This product is AMAZING for oily skin. It is matte, long lasting, and doesn't sink into my pores. I find that I get the best application by using a flat top kabuki brush (I like the flat top face brush from ELF) And I use a stippling motion to apply it to my nose and cheeks, where my large pores are most apparent. I then use a lighter hand on the rest of my face. I then use concealer (I like Hard Candy Glamoflage) and set with a powder (I like Rimmels' Stay Matte powder) I really like the thin consistency of this - doesn't feel heavy at all. It dries relatively quickly so I work quickly so it dries down where I want it. It's a medium coverage foundation. I think this would be best for normal, combo and oily skin. Because it is such a matte finish, I find that I need to use a bronzer/highlight to add some dimension back to my face. I've been using a shimmer-brick style bronzer from Maybelline (I think) And it adds just the right amount of luminescence to keep my skin from looking flat and lifeless. Love this product! The price is so affordable (About $7) and the packaging, while not fancy, gets the job done! Love it! ...read more
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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation
BY RIMMEL LONDON
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars49%
  • 4 Stars32%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (1,234 reviews)
The Rimmel Lasting Finishing 25H Foundation formula focuses on a long lasting performance that fends off humidity, sweat, and heat. 
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S. S. said...
This is my favorite drugstore foundation! It smooths out easily and blends to looks like skin. It has a natural satin finish, but when paired with a mattifying powder, like Rimmel's Stay Matte powder, it dries down to a natural non-cakey demi-matte finish. Like the name suggests, it does last! Natural T-zone oils can show up throughout the day and are easily blotted off without even needing more powder, but even those areas don't break up or slide off. It has a medium coverage, but can be built up to just under full coverage. It does not hide pores and texture, but doesn't accentuate it either. For a flawless poreless look I will pair this with a pore minimizing product (primer or finishing powder), or even mix it with a pore minimizing(but not as long-wearing) foundation in my T-zone for the best of both. This looks like skin in natural and artificial lights, in daylight, and in photos, so when I have to look my best, this is my default. ...read more
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Wet N Wild Photo Focus™ Foundation
BY WET N WILD
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars58%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star3%
4.3 / 5 (4,280 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $4.68
Wet N Wild's Photo Focus Foundation uses light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photo shoots. This flawless matte concealer will protect your skin in all flashes and angles of photography. 
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Kimberly W.Kimberly W. said...
Wow. This is a great foundation. The shade I used, which is the lightest, is almost a perfect match for me. It just melted into my skin and looked awesome. For those with combinaton/oily skin but don't like wearing matte formulas all the time, this is a winner. It has a beautiful satin matte finish and looks natural with a little healthy glow. My other face products blended beautifully on top and I'm sure I could have gone without setting it with powder. Definitely a winner. ...read more
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Wet N Wild Photo Focus™ Foundation uploaded by Jessica M.
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