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If you're looking for that perfect full-coverage face, look no further than Walmart. The retailer has a large selection of beauty products with price tags that won't make you sweat.
When seeking the new formula of your dreams, testing multiple affordable options often comes with less pressure than splurging at a higher-end store and hoping the formula works for you. With super affordable foundation options for all skin types, your new go-to product may in fact be a scroll away.
We’re sharing some of our favorite full coverage foundations you can find at Walmart, along with suggestions from makeup artist Monika Blunder. For the best full coverage foundations—from matte to dewy, power to liquid—look no further.
Ahead, the best full-coverage foundations that are available at Walmart.
Best Overall: L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation
Because of its excellent coverage and wide range of shades, this foundation comes out on top time and time again. “I really love the True Match foundation by L’Oreal. It’s very full coverage but still looks like skin,” says Blunder. It has a natural finish and some SPF to protect the skin.
Best Budget: e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation
Most of our picks here are affordable, but for a truly budget option go with e.l.f. The semi-matte foundation looks like healthy skin and only costs around $6. There’s a wide range of shade options to choose from for the perfect match.
Best Stick: BLK/OPL Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation
Stick foundations are easy to apply, and this one offers full, velvety coverage. The formula blurs pores and blends into the skin seamlessly, leaving a matte finish while SPF 15 provides modest sun protection.
Best Powder: Iman Cosmetics Luminous Powder Foundation
This powder will just about erase dark spots and dark circles but won’t leave skin looking flat. Use a wet sponge to apply it to its fullest coverage, and a dry sponge wherever you want to sheer it out.
Best Liquid: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer
This Milani foundation doubles as a concealer so you can pare down your routine. The long-wearing formula stays on through sweat and humid days and is oil-free. It even has a good range of shades with several undertones for a perfect match.
Best Longwear: L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation
Blunder recommends this liquid option, and it’s perfect for times you need to look fresh all day. The formula is transfer-resistant and lasts through sweat and water, but despite its longwear, it remains breathable and light.
Best Matte: NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Full Coverage Foundation
If you prefer a matte formula, this NYX foundation provides long-wearing full coverage and is completely waterproof. There are 45 shades to choose from and it’s suitable for almost all skin types (although very dry skin may need something more hydrating).
Best Dewy: wet n wild Photo Focus Dewy Foundation
For a dewy look, try this foundation for coverage and glow. The formula is lightweight and buildable from medium to full. It’s super affordable too, at only around $5, and is vegan and cruelty-free.
Best for Dry Skin: Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Normal/Dry Skin
Dry skin can look flaky under some foundations, but a formula specifically designed for your skin type can downplay these issues. This one remains smooth and long-wearing on dry skin for up to 24 hours of healthy-looking skin.
Best for Oily Skin: Maybelline Super Stay Foundation Stick For Normal to Oily Skin
This foundation stick acts as a multitasker, so it can be used to conceal dark circles or carried around for touch-ups during the day. Try it in colors lighter and darker than your skin tone to highlight and contour. Either way, it stays on all day even on oily skin.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Flawless Coverage Foundation Makeup
As someone with acne, I know that even so-called full coverage doesn’t always cover spots you want to hide. And while you may need to top up with concealer in hard-to-cover areas, this foundation is still a great option for those with acne. The reason? The skin benefiting ingredients in this like antioxidants can help your skin thrive, and the included SPF 50 means you don’t have to load up your skin with extra products (just make sure to apply enough for full protection!).
Best for Mature Skin: COVERGIRL Simply Ageless + Olay Liquid Foundation
Mature skin can be picky about the foundations it works well with, but this product not only looks good on mature skin, it actually has skin benefiting ingredients in it, too. Vitamin C and hyaluronic complex hydrate and firm skin, while the formula blurs imperfections and creates a flawless base.
Our number one pick for a full coverage foundation at Walmart is L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation. It offers a wide range of shades in different undertones and still looks like skin despite the full coverage. If you’re looking for a foundation that will stay fresh all day through sweat or humidity, try L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation. And for a truly budget option that doesn’t feel like one, we recommend e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation.
What to Look For in a Full-Coverage Foundation
When purchasing any foundation from any store, you'll want to understand the finish. A radiant finish will leave your skin looking dewier and more hydrated, while a matte foundation creates a smooth, sheen-free base. A natural finish is usually somewhere in between the two.
Step two in finding the right foundation for yourself is choosing a formula that you enjoy and are comfortable with. For dryer skin, you'll likely want to avoid powder formulas and lean towards a hydrating liquid or stick foundation. For oily skin, a powder foundation or an oil-free foundation combined with setting powder might be the best choice.
You've read it a million times, but we'll remind you again: SPF is the most important step in any routine. And finding a foundation with SPF is a major bonus, like the L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation ($5). Of course, even if your foundation offers additional SPF, it's crucial you guard yourself with an SPF 30 sunscreen underneath.
What is full coverage foundation?
Full coverage foundation is formulated to hide any and all skin blemishes, breakouts, dark spots, and unevenness and create a blank canvas out of the face.
How do you shade match foundation?
Shade matching stems from understanding your skin color and undertones. Once you've found a range of colors that are close to your skin base, begin to choose shades within that range that also match your undertones. Don't be afraid to mix and match foundations, as there may be a combination of two shades that gets you to the perfect match.
How do I prep my skin for foundation?
“Skincare is so important when it comes to makeup, and it’s always necessary to start with a good moisturizer,” says Blunder. She recommends giving skin hydration before applying foundations and suggests applying a serum and moisturizer to add glow. Your skin will not only be healthier, but it will look better with foundation, too.
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Why Trust Byrdie?
Joline Buscemi is a Byrdie contributor and beauty writer for numerous publications. She’s tried more foundations than she can count, including many on this list.