Foundation is tricky. And by tricky, we mean somewhat overwhelming. Though we're constantly trying new, complexion-enhancing formulas on our T-zones and cheekbones, we still routinely find ourselves in the middle of a makeup aisle, scratching our heads, throwing up our hands, and slowly backing away toward the door.
After all, there are numerous factors that beg careful consideration. From shade to price to formulation, what works for some, won't necessarily work for others—especially if you have oily skin. So to lend a helping hand, we thought we'd narrow down the selection to the very best drugstore foundation formulas if you're prone to oily skin and blemishes. Keep reading for nine outstanding formulas that your skin (and wallet) will be thankful for.
There's a reason this drugstore foundation makes each every "best of" list when it comes to formulas designed for oily skin. Even a light-handed application yields a flattering, demi-matte finish that promises to withstand the test of time—as in a full 24 hours. Plus, skin is left looking remarkably even and healthy.
Heavy, cake-prone foundations don't do skin any favors for those prone to bumps and inflammation. So by incorporating an acne-fighting formula designed especially for oily skin types, you can beat breakouts before they happen in the first place. This drugstore foundation by E.l.f. contains helpful key ingredients like salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, and aloe vera.
Ths cult-favorite drugstore pick is great for banishing shine while somehow managing to keep skin hydrated (i.e., not flaky.) The key: strategic grease-absorbing ingredients that consistently keep oil levels in check throughout the day.
When it comes to foundation, touchups are usually non-negotiable. For easy, shine-free coverage on the fly, try reaching for Sonia Kashuk's handy stick formula, which absorbs shine and delivers even luminosity in one fell swoop.
If heavy, full-coverage foundations aren't your thing, Rimmel's pretty, mousse-like matte formula is a dream come true. It blends immaculately, diminishes the appearance of pores, and is formulated sans oil for a flawless, shine-free finish. In fact, this cute purple tube has been one of our preferred drugstore foundations for oily skin for years now.
Not all matte foundations are formulated to the same caliber, but for such a wallet-friendly find, we're duly impressed by this one from Nyx. It's water-based, which makes it a great option for oily skin types and offers a natural, full-coverage finish that magically feels virtually undetectable on the complexion. In other words, you'll never feel like you're wearing a mask.
Not only is this drugstore foundation filled with the oil-banishing likes of licorice, açai, and a dynamic trio of vitamins A, C, and E, it also comes is an amazing shade range that blends and buffs victoriously into the complexion. It's oil- and paraben-free, and not surprisingly, it's one of our favorites for a radiant—never greasy—glow.
The long-lost (yet equally effective) cousin to its liquid-foundation counterpart, Maybelline's beloved Fit Me foundation now comes in an easy-to-transport stick formulation we can't stop tossing into our purse. Yes, it strategically discourages shine, but the medium-coverage is also great for blending away redness in a soothing manner that never disrupts our skin's homeostasis.
Equipped with special microclear technology, this popular drugstore formula is great for tackling shine, bumps, and redness in a non-irritating manner. The coverage is lightweight, breathable, and ingredients like salicylic acid help improve—and prevent—blemishes for oily, acne-prone skin. Plus, it's designed to never clog pores.
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