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Over a year ago I introduced you to my favorite, full coverage foundations for oily skin throughout the drugstore and high-end places like Sephora or Nordstrom. It’s been some time now and the budget beauty brands have really been upping their game. For this post I’m featuring four of the BEST Full Coverage Drugstore Foundations!
L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation ($12.99 // ULTA Beauty). This foundation claims to provide up to 24 hours of full coverage. Their Infallible Pro-Matte is one of my favorites from the drugstore so of course I was over the moon to try another new formula for us oily, full coverage needing beauties.
When applied with a makeup sponge (see recs below) I found that this did provide full coverage wear for the day. Obviously I didn’t go the entire 24 hours but i didn’t notice any blemishes or marks creeping through. It didn’t keep me matte all day, but nothing does. However I wasn’t my gross, oil-slick of a mess either. You need to make sure you’re using an excellent primer (my fave combo) & setting powder (my faves) to increase longevity.
It’s very rare I say that application is best with what a brand recommends (I find it’s usually just to sell more of their own product line) but this really is best applied with the L’Oreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty). This sponge actually reminds me of the beautyblender Pro (which is a fave of mine) in it’s firmness and the fact that it blends nicely while not sheering out the opacity in a foundation – necessary when you’re looking for full coverage.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24hr Foundation ($12.99 // ULTA Beauty). The coverage is excellent and wear time is all day. It’s very similar to the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint which retails for $31 more! (original review)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty). I apply this one using a damp beautyblender and find that it does help mask my pores the best. I get a bit more oily throughout the day than with the other ones, but pick your battles. It’s full coverage and buildable without fading or looking cakey. (original review)
Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation ($5.99 // Target). I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am with this foundation. It’s easily the closest dupe to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation that retails for over $30 more. I’ve seen quite a few people apply and say to use the beautyblender but I personally prefer the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush with this foundation (which I also use with the Estee Lauder). It wore well all day using my usual primers and setting powder. When using the Sigma brush I got the perfect coverage and wear. You can use the beautyblender, but if you’re like me and need more coverage than what that would provide the Sigma brush is the way to go.
Note about the WnW display: Only 4 shades total were available for me locally at Rite Aid, all very light. I bought the darkest shade available and the employees told me that’s all they got to put out. There is a card on the back of the display for $1 off as well as a sample of 4 of the darker shades on the card. I recommend picking up that card and ordering online unless your skin tone is pale-to-light.
There are several others from the drugstore that I’ve found are great for oily skin too (check them out here along with a few high-end brands), the foundations listed above are just my current top 4!
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