What was life before foundation? Don't know and don't care. It's a beautiful invention we'll forever be thankful for. One of the biggest misconceptions of makeup is that you need to spend a hefty amount on foundation. Thankfully, beauty evolves with time, and 2018 has welcomed some of the most game-changing formulas to date. If you think otherwise, let us be the ones to tell you that amazing formulas exist outside of luxury lines. A high price tag on a bottle doesn't mean a foundation will work for your unique skin.
Powerhouse makeup brand Maybelline has been leading the way with innovative formulas that do the skin right, not to mention its makeup team creates some of the dreamiest, most outrageously beautiful looks during fashion week with all drugstore products. Its foundations cover a lot of ground: shade-inclusive with skin benefits that have been tested by dermatologists.
If you're not sure where to start, scroll through our definitive guide for the best Maybelline foundations, broken down by skin type. What's even better is that these are all under $15, so cop a few and get to testing.
If you deal with dry skin (same), you'll especially love this extra-moisturizing foundation that'll cloak your skin with its star ingredient: hyaluronic acid. Because of its hydrating benefits, it has a silky finish so you'll be able to trick your skin into looking radiant even when you're tired.
A real review: "This is my absolute favorite foundation and I cant go a day without!! Texture is just perfect and glides to the skin like silk and evenly. This gives phenomenal coverage as I have very large pores. This creates the perfect canvas to start your look. I love the packaging in the bottle with the perfect pump. This foundation matches my skin tone perfectly and I just love how my face looks with the end result. Please please never discontinue this one. Maybelline did a great job on this product!!" — larizzle
Nip shine in the bud with this mattifying foundation fit for all skin tones. It's made with micro-powders, which magically diminish the look of large pores and give your skin a seamless, your-skin-but-better look. It's available in 40 shades, so two snaps for inclusivity.
A real review: "It's always been tough finding a foundation that matches my complexion that is affordable and lives up to its name. I rarely wear foundation because oftentimes I wear bronzer. I have combination to oily skin in and my t-zone area seems to be the oiliest. But this foundation is amazing at keeping my skin at bay with the oil and it provides a matte finish all day long. Love it." — TaraM
When time slips away from you and you need a product that gets multiple jobs done fast, this is the one. You can cover, conceal, contour, and highlight your skin with this multitasking product that makes life feel a little simpler. And it gets better: This dual-sided stick comes with a precise makeup sponge so you can ditch a brush. It has a creamy texture so blending is easy.
A real review: "It's creamy without all the residue that most foundations leave because of the powder. It's great to use as foundation on-the-go. It has the best consistency, coverage, and feel I've tried so I keep coming back to it. I like that it's a stick and it doesn't dry out my skin the way other stick versions do." — ambikad
Looking dewy all year round is my thing. Just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to let go of your glow. This luminous formula is perfect for getting out of a funk on those dreary, cloudy days. It glides right onto your skin and is perfect for smoothing any testy areas on your face. It's also infused with SPF 18, so those sunrays have a lower chance of getting you.
A real review: "I've been using Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Number 11 for years. They discontinued that shade and I've been searching for a similar shade and foundation for the last two years. A makeup artist at a department store referred me to Fit Me Dewy Coconut number 355 and it's a perfect match! I love the color and consistency of this product and it's fragrance free so it's perfect for my sensitive skin. Love this foundation!" — NY Designer
This formula promises the perfect marriage of skincare and foundation. Mixed with titanium dioxide sunscreen and skin-perfecting ingredients, this foundation promotes better skin in three weeks, according to the brand, and works to reduce the look of blemishes.
A real review: "I have combination, acne-prone skin. This foundation was a lifesaver. It helped with my skin tone from post-acne marks, it didn’t make me look oily or dry, it had SPF that didn’t irritate my skin, and the vitamin C really made my skin look all over better." — Nihility
A "fresh face" equals skin goals in our book. Keep this gem in your purse when your skin is stressed out and you need a quick re-up. It packs lots of pigment, so a little goes a long way in each pot. Simply tap this onto your skin and blend until you achieve the coverage you're looking for.
A real review: "I have to say I am amused by the coverage! Plus, it doesn't fade or cake throughout the day and stays in place all night long. I would definitely recommend this to those girls with dry skin or those in really cold weather. It gives the skin a dewy finish and looks very very nice in pictures." — laurafernandez5
A foundation that takes preventative measures for fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging is hard to come by. You can depend on the goji berry and caffeine to give this liquid formula a youthful kick while working together to keep your skin supple and firm. It also contains SPF 18 to lower the risk of skin cancer in mature skin.
A real review: "I'm 55 and I have a very uneven skin tone. I have struggled finding good coverage. The instant rewind line gives me amazing coverage and evens out my skin tone . I truly love all the products in your instant rewind line." — 4everjayne
No need to search for your dream hybrid between a powder, liquid, and matte foundation anymore. This velvety texture is a winning combo. It sets instantly once it hits the skin and has a soft-matte feel. If you have dry skin, these skin-quenching ingredients will amp up your hydration levels.
A real review: "I bought this product about a year ago and it has been my go-to foundation. It sets without coming off but gives me all the coverage I need to cover acne scars and I literally look like a flawless baby." — katmakeup
I mean, doesn't this look like such an appetizing foundation? Besides the fact that it's visually delectable, this whipped foundation will give your skin a gorgeous filter. It's made to feel light as air on the skin and control shine with matte powder spheres.
A real review: "I get so many compliments while wearing this foundation. It always leaves a fresh, clean look that helps me look flawless. I have very oily skin but this foundation keeps it under control. Very proud I tried this foundation, this will always be my go-to." — Ni3c3y
This foundation stick is made for those blessed with extra-shiny skin. The compact style of this gel-based foundation makes swiping it on any problem areas easy. It tones down extra oil with its anti-shine powder and has a comfortable matte finish.
A real review: "It's super easy to use and covers well. It does what it says: it keeps the shine down all day. I love that it comes in porcelain, which is a shade so hard to find. Most of my life I've had to settle for foundation that was too dark, but this is perfect." — Beth28
This is Maybelline's best-selling BB cream for a reason. Leave cakey finishes behind and try this sheer, glowy veil of goodness that works to put your skin first. Plus, it has loads of SPF.
A real review: "As an African American woman, I love the deep shade and I have gotten all my friends and family on it too because it's lightweight, has SPF, and provides a decent coverage since we really don't have bad skin, its also perfect for southern heat. I use it all the time." — Candy7000
This no-BS foundation is for those who don't shy away from full coverage. A few pumps will cloak your skin with a flawless veil of pigment that claims to last a full day. Essentially it's an Instagram filter in a bottle so imagine the future selfies.
A real review: "I absolutely love this foundation. The long-wear coverage is superb. I have combo to dry skin and for a matte foundation it doesn't show any of my dry texture or flakiness. Another perk about this foundation is it doesn't transfer when I have my glasses on." — Dani0309