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The Best Foundations for Oily Skin
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The Best Foundations for Oily Skin

Based on 4,588 Influenster Reviews

Finding a foundation for oily skin is difficult. Finding one for oily skin that lasts is even tougher. You have to be mindful of the formula and for what skin type it's addressing. Don't select one meant for dry skin. Matte is always a safe bet.

Influensters have these same questions and they've left thousands of reviews on which foundation is the best for your skin type. Check out this roundup of the best foundations for oily skin, based on Influenster reviews.

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Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
BY CLINIQUE
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (1,465 reviews)
Buy on Clinique for $28.00
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Rachel M.Rachel M. said...
This has been the only foundation I use for the past two years. What I love most about this foundation is that I can use it both for every day wear as well as when I'm performing (I do musicals and stage plays). It gives me amazing coverage and evens out my skin tone without looking or feeling too heavy or cake-y. What I love best about this product is that I can confidently wear it without worrying that my foundation clog up my pores and cause me to break out. Since using this product, my skin has improved exponentially. I apply it using a MAC stippling brush. Yes, it is a little more on the expensive side, but I firmly believe that when it comes to face products, quality is extremely important. I believe this will be a solid investment to anyone who deals with any sort of acne or breakouts. I give this my full recommendation. ...read more
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Foundation
BY E.L.F. COSMETICS
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars50%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (672 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $5.18
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Kelsey G.Kelsey G. said...
This is my holy grail of foundations. I tried this after hearing good reviews of it for oily skin.I have super oily skin, as well as acne, and it is hard for me to find a foundation that lasts and looks good on my skin. I thought why not try because it's only around $6. I thought this was a great price, very affordable. It goes on great with my beauty blender! The color was a little dark on my skin, so I would recommend going lighter than your usual colors. There are not a lot of color options as well, which is somewhat of a downfall. The foundation went on smooth, covered my imperfections and looked great! It lasted through the day and I noticed that my face did not get as oily as usual. It is build-able if you like more of a full coverage. I also noticed when I took of the foundation that my skin was brighter and smoother! I am seriously so happy I tried this foundation!! It is definitely worth it for all, I mean who can beat $6!! This will be my go to drug store foundation. I never thought E.LF. could make such an amazing product at an affordable price. ...read more
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Almay Clear Complexion Makeup
BY ALMAY
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars52%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars20%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.3 / 5 (101 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $13.97
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Tawny D.Tawny D. said...
I started using this foundation years ago. Before I was using covergirl and my face was breaking out like crazy. My mom recommended this product to me and it definitely helped my face. It didn't make me break out, it feels nice on the skin and it helps fight acne. I actually just moved away from this foundation. Now that I'm older it seems to be drying my skin out especially on my nose and on my cheeks. I think my skin is kinda changing, it doesn't seem as oily as it used to be. I recommend this product for people who have oily skin and acne. ...read more
COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive Skin Liquid Foundation
BY COVERGIRL
3.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars34%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars21%
  • 2 Stars12%
  • 1 Star6%
3.7 / 5 (971 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.29
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Natalee C.Natalee C. said...
I struggled with acne for years before finally trying the Covergirl Clean line. I rarely have breakouts with this foundation. The line has 3 colors/types the bue for oil control, the brown for normal skin, and the green for sensitive skin. Out of all three the Sensitive skin/fragrance free green one is the best. The brown one has a very distinct Noxema smell. So strong that my husband can smell it on me. The oil control one broke me out more often, so I steer away from that one as well. Not a heavy or thick coverage, although it is a foundation you want to make sure to shake very well daily. I find it blends best with a flat top brush, rather than fingers or sponge. This is one of the more affordable foundations. It would also be a great foundation for a young girl just learning how to do her makeup. ...read more
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Estée Lauder Fresh Air Makeup Base
BY ESTÉE LAUDER
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars74%
  • 4 Stars16%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star0%
4.6 / 5 (230 reviews)
Buy on Nordstrom for $24.50
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Allison M.Allison M. said...
Shameless admission: the Beauty Awards inspired (and reminded me) to complete this review. I feel like this product doesn't get the love it deserves! Seriously! Oily gals listen up...

I tried this product in a last-ditch attempt to find a foundation that my oily and very acne-prone skin would tolerate. EL has had this product for quite awhile, IIRC, but I hadn't thought to give it a try - I have struggled through using other brands that completely break up on my skin...

The shade "Linen Beige" matches my NW/NC 20 complexion perfectly. There are only four shades available, so those with darker than a "medium" complexion will be out of luck.

I dot this foundation on with my fingertips and I smooth it out with a sponge. Because it doesn't contain silicone, a foundation brush really isn't helpful or necessary. It offers medium coverage that nicely covers my capillaries and helps smooth out my pores a little. I'd say it has a satin-matte finish and there is no glow which I am ok with as radiant formulas just make me look like an oil slick. I remove it with either Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm or Boscia oil.

As you can see from the ingredients list, this does contain some "fatty" ingredients that might not help the very, very acne prone. However, it doesn't break me out and really does last all day long. Lost a star from me as it has a strong fragrance (ick) but it goes away quickly. ...read more
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Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35
BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star2%
4.6 / 5 (1,182 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $45.00
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Pita L.Pita L. said...
Amazing product! I always know I'm going to have a great day when I use them.
Cost and packaging: I paid $50 for the full sized product, which is on the high end side. I was wary of trying it but decided to take the plunge, if I didn't like it I would just return it. The foundation came in a metallic a simple box, no gimmick, no free gift, no fancy posters. I figured since it didn't come with any special tag along, the ingredients were the reason it was so expensive *aside from the brand name*.I usually don't like Dior makeup since it's shiny silver packaging makes it look tacky but the foundation really looks expensive and tasteful. It has a blue cap with the silver "forever" and a white pump.The bottle is frosted glass with black print, I've been careful to store it perfectly every time it, though I doubt it would break since the glass is actually quite strong.

Consistency and coverage: coverage is AMAZING. I have large porgies and some scaring but this foundation smooths over my skin and makes it look fresh and dewy.I tend to use 2 pumps since it squirts out very little. I like using a duo fibre brush and go all mover my face, since the foundation is light it doesn't leave streaks or clumps of makeup. The product is very liquidy, it runs a little when it's on the back of my hand, but I like it since it's easier to blend.

Product overall: the coverage it gives is amazing, it really covers all the imperfections on the skin with a single layer, the consistency it has is great since it works well with a sponge, a brush * foundation or duo fibre*,even your hands if your in a rush. I've had this product for about 1year I used to use it every day, but now save it for special occasions so I can feel great when I step out. Amazing product, if you have the spare money or want to invest in something high end this product is a MUST!(: ...read more
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