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Best Drugstore Matte Foundations: 27K Reviews
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Best Drugstore Matte Foundations: 27K Reviews

Based on 27,457 Influenster Reviews

Sometimes you don't want a dewy look from your foundation; you want a matte finish. Matte foundations are great for photos because you don't run the risk of looking too shiny or oily. It can be the perfect foundation for oily or normal skin, with its shine controlling and pore shrinking effects.

We've rounded up a list of the best drugstore matte foundations out there, based on tens of thousands of Influenster reviews.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
BY RIMMEL LONDON
3.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars43%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars15%
  • 2 Stars9%
  • 1 Star7%
3.9 / 5 (4,133 reviews)
Buy on Target for $2.49
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Britany P.Britany P. said...
I've been using this foundation as my main base in my daily routine for almost a year now. I switch between light ivory and ivory depending on how much sun I've been in, but I don't really tan too much so ivory is the best shade and sometimes I use the light ivory around my eyes for a brighter look. I really love the tube packaging because it keeps the product from coming in contact with germs & bacteria that could degrade the ingredients. The consistency is really thick, but still kind of bouncy like the whipped name suggests. A little goes a long way and I find this applies best with a beauty blender type sponge, dry for heavier coverage, damp for more sheer look. This stuff is great also because it pretty much eliminates my need for concealer, and doubles as one if I do need it. Using the pointy end of a blender sponge, you can dab this stuff onto blemishes or dark spots and it blends right in. It stays matte for a decent amount of time depending on how hot/humid it is, or how sweaty I get. I typically set it with a light dusting of the Stay Matte powder and use that throughout the day for touchups if I find my T-zone oilyness peaking through. ...read more
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Maybelline Dream Liquid® Mousse Foundation
BY MAYBELLINE
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars41%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star3%
4.0 / 5 (2,681 reviews)
Buy on Target for $6.29
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Sarah H.Sarah H. said...
I switched to this foundation from my Make Up Forever HD about 4 months ago. I have no regrets. It gives great coverage and its buildable so I use a sponge and apply a thin layer first then if I need more coverage I go back and add more. I find it to be long lasting although I do get shiny after a few hours so I have to apply powder on top. But overall great product and only a fraction of the price of the MUFE HD! I probably would get a bottle of the MUFE again sometime later though just to get that flawless, matte look for parties or longer events but this is perfect as a regular use foundation. ...read more
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COVERGIRL Clean Matte Liquid Foundation
BY COVERGIRL
3.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars31%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars22%
  • 2 Stars11%
  • 1 Star7%
3.6 / 5 (2,123 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.69
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Lexi L.Lexi L. said...
This foundarion has been a staple in my collection ever since it came out. (5-6 years maybe?) It's a light coverage foundation with a semi matte finish. It's not super long lasting, but it really does a great job keeping the oil off of your skin for a couple of hours and it has never made me break out. I love it for "no makeup" looks because it evens out my skin tone, is very light, and looks natural. I apply it with a sponge because it looks cakey when I apply it with a brush. I don't like the packaging because it doesn't have a pump. also, most of the colots it comes in are more pink toned. I highly recommend this product for those who have oily skin as well as those whol like more natural looks; it's perfect for younger girls. I don't recommend it for those with dry skin. It cost me about $6. ...read more
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Maybelline Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Powder
BY MAYBELLINE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (6,220 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $5.94
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Anna H.Anna H. said...
For me personally, this is one of the absolute best powder fountations I have ever used. i have an absolute love/hate relationship with foundation. Once I find I brand I like (after failing with some brands miserably), i stick with it. ive stuck with a Maybelline loose powder since high school and utterly adored its results... but once it has come up to around $11 in price, I decided to start shopping around. stayed with the Maybelline brand and came across this little pocket powder.

Not only does it fit my skin color quite well, it does just what it says - it creates a poreless finish on the skin and surprisingly keeps me totally matte and shine free ALL day. not even joking. ALL day. yes there is a little oil, but somehow the powder keeps it matte and at bay, not letting my skin turn into an absolute oil slick and I just love it! i recommend this powder to anyone who struggles greatly with finding a powder that will keep their skin matte and almost doll like all day. ...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 (2,260 reviews)
Buy on Walgreens for $9.50
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Maria V.Maria V. said...
This is currently my favorite powder foundation. I grabbed one a long time ago at Nordstrom Rack just to try and I fell in love. I do not use a liquid foundation. I only moisturize then with a powder brush I apply this powder as a base. I find the coverage to be exactly what I need. It evens out my skin tone without looking like I have caked on any make-up. It takes away any shine as the name would imply. I only apply make-up in the morning or before I go out so I imagine others would feel the need to apply more than once a day but that is not my habit. One other reason this is one of my favorite make-ups and I have not strayed from it is that I have developed very sensitive eyes as the years have gone by. I have noticed many products seriously irritate my eyes causing redness, tearing and itchiness. I have never had that issue with NYX Stay Matte Powder. ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible® Pro-Matte Foundation
BY L'ORÉAL PARIS
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (10,192 reviews)
Buy on Target for $9.79
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2017
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LipstickAndFiction ..LipstickAndFiction .. said...
This is my holy grail foundation. The first time I tried it I wasn’t quite sure what to think. The formula is not super watery and thin, but it is also not thick either. It has a nice middle ground consistency that is entirely easy to blend. Despite this, it is definitely a foundation where you cannot TELL you're wearing foundation. It pretty much feels like I am wearing no makeup. My personal favorite way to apply it is with a flat to kabuki brush, then further blending it with a damp beauty blender. I find that this helps blend this foundation beautifully as well as thinning out the product without compromising the coverage.

The coverage is a good medium to full, not quite full but more than medium. Not only is the coverage impeccable upon application, but it stays that way longer than any other foundation I have tried. Being a recent grad out of University, as well as going to work, I need products that last an exceptionally long time, especially when I have a school day and then work later on. This is the only foundation that stays put and looks good without having to touch up or put on setting spray. Needless to say, adding setting spray amps up the wear time as well. I have noticed a few times where my foundation has separated in certain areas at the end of the day, but not enough for it to be wholly noticeable. And that is after 10 hours of working in which I was running around and perspiring. I cannot say that it has lasted a full 24 hours because I have never worn my makeup for 24 hours, but I can go starting my mornings when I put my makeup on at 8:30am to 11pm when the day is done (I have literally gone to school for 7 hours and then to a concert that night and my makeup still looked good).

I highly recommend this foundation for oily skinned gals and guys. This foundation has never made me oily, shiny, and I truly stand by their claim of having "micro-sponge technology [that] absorbs excess oil and shine.”


Now, even with all of this being said, I do have some cons about this foundation. I find that this foundation can definitely cling to dry patches, so I would not recommend this foundation for the dry skinned people. As well, this foundation can look a bit caked on if you are not careful with application. A small dollop of it can fill my entire face, not be cakey, and last the best and longest (the amount in the picture above is what I typically do). Putting too much on can over do it in my opinion with this foundation, but hey, you do you.
Despite these minor problems I have with this foundation, it is not overpowering enough to make me write it off or not recommend it to anyone. I have fairly normal, sometimes combination skin, and I absolutely love this foundation. Again, holy grail status for me. ...read more
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