Choosing to spend big bucks on foundation can be a very big decision. For some, it's akin to splashing out on skincare—a priority in their beauty and anti-ageing kit. For others, it's not something that's ever really crossed their minds. Because, why would you hit triple digits when drugstore options have come such a long way? As someone who falls into the former camp, I understand both points of view. For me, I find that using a top-notch foundation means I spend less on concealer, powder, and even my ride-or-die blotting sponges. Plus, the vast majority of base formulas over $200 contain souped-up skincare ingredients, which means you're effectively getting a treatment and cover-up in one. Even better, superior pigments and blendability often allow you use less. (Have I convinced you yet?). Wherever you stand in the drugstore vs luxury foundation debate, it's good to know there are stellar options on either side. However, if you are going to blow your budget on something special, you'll want to know which tried-and-true products are worth your coin. That's where we come in. Ahead you'll find four foundations over $150 that are actually worth it, including one $290 favourite this editor can't get enough of.
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I talked up this skin-perfecting formula last year, and unsurprisingly it's still top of my list when I want a radiant complexion. (Always.) The coverage is buildable, making it incredibly versatile, and it's made with skin-loving antioxidants and SPF20. What's not to love?
When I first tried this foundation, I was blown away. Honestly? I haven't moved on since. It has a magical ability to conceal imperfections without looking heavy, and delivers the kind of dewiness you only see on French models. Oh, and the matching concealer housed in the lid is plenty handy, too.
Aimed at improving mature skin, this silky formula also works well for drier types. (If you're oily or combo give it a miss—and keep scrolling for a better option for you.) Containing 14 anti-ageing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, it helps even skin tone and lessen the appearance of fine lines. The finish is phenomenal, think soft-focus meets real skin.
This toxin-free pick was created especially for blemish-prone skin, and contains 30-plus acne-fighting and anti-ageing ingredients. Offering light-to-full coverage, the formula is buildable enough to be used as concealer. (Two products in one? Yes please.) It's also lightweight and hydrating to use year-round, and a little goes a long way.