This Brand Has the Best Affordable Foundations for Every Skin Type

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I'm always on the hunt for new foundations that can give skin a flawless look. Thing is, there's a common misconception that when it comes to foundation, you should go high-end as standard. And yes, luxury foundations can be brilliant, but you shouldn't necessarily discount the drugstore options right off the bat. You see, there's one brand that delivers for me (and the rest of team Byrdie UK) every time: Rimmel.

The London-based brand offers a range of different complexion boosters, but there are five foundations that I'm particularly keen on. Not only do I repeat-buy them (because, well, they're so affordable), but they're also great because they fit different skin and lifestyle needs. Keep scrolling for the five Rimmel foundations that you should try and I'll never stop buying.

Match Perfection
Rimmel foundation: Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation $8

What It's Best For: Unlike many of the other foundations, this one is great for a range of skin tones, with 12 shades on offer, ranging from light to dark. Not only does it keep skin hyrdrated, but it also protects with an SPF of 20.

Stay Matte
Rimmel foundation: Rimmel Stay Matte
Rimmel Stay Matte $5

What It's Best For: I originally bought this foundation as a panicked, last-minute purchase when I forgot my foundation for a weekend away. I knew I needed something to stay in place, and this delivered exactly what I needed. It's ideal for those who want to get rid of shine or who want long wear, but be warned that it doesn't move much after you've applied it.

Lasting Finish
Rimmel foundation: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation With Comfort Serum
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation With Comfort Serum $9

What It's Best For: Do you really want a lot of coverage? Then try this one. Ideal for big nights out and for anyone who likes a heavier look but doesn't want their makeup to look caked on. If you're struggling to find the right consistency for you, try mixing your foundation with your moisturiser.

Wake Me Up
Rimmel foundation: Rimmel Wake Me Up
Rimmel Wake Me Up $8

What It's Best For: Brilliantly, this foundation mixes anti-ageing technology with full-on coverage. The peptides in the product help the elasticity in the skin, and the vitamin C also gives your complexion a glow. I'm a big fan of the concealer, and the foundation brightens my face in the same way.

Fresher Skin
Rimmel foundation: Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation
Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation $7

What It's Best For: For those who want a product that's between a foundation and a BB cream, try this one, which is best for oily skin.

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