Have you ever looked at another woman and thought, wow her skin is flawless?! Yeah, me too. All the time. Unfortunately, I am not one of those women with a clean and clear complexion. Instead, I was blessed with blotchy, uneven, oily, and apparently now – adult acne, skin. (Thanks a lot skin Gods above!) BUT, thankfully for us less than perfect gals, there are affordable drugstore foundations designed to combat these specific issues. Fake it till you make it, right? Below are foundations that I not only keep on a consistent rotation, but ones that I have found work best on my skin type.
My Top 3 Foundations:
1. Revlon ColorStay for Combo/Oily Skin
Pros: This foundation is super blendable and applies consistently with almost any tool! I can use a sponge, brush, or when I’m in a pinch – my fingers (lets be honest, we’ve all done it), without compromising its appearance. Noteworthy is that it comes with a pump too! I LOVE a good pump. *Finger snap* Also, this bad boy comes in 22 shades! A godsend for someone like me, who never truly matches one shade across all brands. This foundation stays on all day and really helps to absorb any excess oils. Hands down, my favorite foundation at the moment and the one I am wearing in the image above!
Cons: For the sake of not wanting this foundation to sound like absolute perfection, i’ll say coverage. Now, I’m not one for a full mask like coverage, but rather really enjoy a light to medium coverage. Yes, I know I’ve got blemishes and acne scars to cover up, but I also don’t want to look chunky peanut butter either. (Yikes!)
2. Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup
Pros: Two words – salicylic acid! This foundation not only helps in treating any current breakouts, but it also helps in preventing future ones (a double face punch to your acne)! And, because it’s oil free, it doesn’t have that shiny, oily look when applied to the skin or worn for a few hours. Of course for any foundation to make the top three it has to come with all the other great attributes as well: easy to apply and blend, build-able, and long wearing. Check, check, and check!
Cons: As weird as it may sound coming from someone with oily skin, I have (on rare occasion) experienced a little over-drying on certain areas of my face when wearing this foundation. It has happened so few times though, that I’m still willing to risk a dry spot in exchange for the acne fighting benefits! Also, no pump.(Womp womp).
3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Pros: This foundation is also oil free, duh, and is specifically designed to fill in pores and give that ‘smooth as a baby’s bottom’ appearance. Plus, as highlighted in its name, its MATTE-ifying! Goodbye greasy pizza face, hello porcelain doll face. And at less than $8 a bottle, you won’t feel guilty about adding this foundation to your ever-growing collection. Not that that happens anyways!
Cons: This foundation is more on the watery/liquidy side so it will POUR out. A pump would be SO helpful is preventing product loss; get it together drugstore foundations! And since i’m being honest, this foundation is not as build-able as my two faves above. I was a walking cake-face after layer two. However, still a good contender for a quick slap-on and go foundation.
Whatever your skin problems may be, there is a solution out there for you. Play around. Try different products. *Insiders tip – buy from stores that allow makeup returns when at least 80% of the product is unused – makes the whole experimental phase a lot less hard on your heart AND your wallet.