If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll probably be aware that I’ve been on a foundation pilgrimage for many years. Finding good foundations for my dry skin was somewhat of a challenge considering my makeup knowledge wasn’t that great when I was younger, but with the rise of social media I was able to learn more about skin types, skin concerns and figure out what too look for in foundations.
This post is for anyone not wanting to break the bank at department stores and learn about some fabulous cheap high-street foundations perfect for dry or mature skin. Even if you have an oilier skin type a few of these products may work well for you with a little powder over the top.
Starting off with a recent find from Boots No7. Their Stay Perfect Foundation is a beautiful option if you like a touch of luminosity and a radiant looking face. This is available in 20 shades ranging from fair to deep making this available for a wide variety of skin tones and No7 is cruelty free which is lovely. On their website, No7 claims that this foundation is suitable for both oily and dry skin, I can’t speak on behalf of people with oily skin but I do think this will work because it isn’t overly dewy. Luckily Boot’s offer foundation samples so do thoroughly test this before you buy. After checking the ingredients, and trying this myself, it’s definitely a good option for dry skin because it contains quite a few moisturising agents as well as emollients. This also contains an SPF of 15 so it may flash back but protecting against the suns rays is vital so I prefer to have the protection in my foundation. Stay Perfect is medium coverage foundation that looks beautifully natural, feels hydrating on the skin and can be built to a fuller coverage, however if you prefer a sheer coverage foundation, I’d give this one a miss. I love it because I have a little more to cover. Just a side note, this is a water based foundation so if like me, you like to mix oil into your foundations you may want to give this a miss, but honestly it doesn’t need the oil! Overall, this a beautiful foundation that looks freshly applied all day, I highly recommend giving this a try. This foundation retails for £15.
Another beautiful foundation from No7 is their Instant Radiance. I love this foundation and was using it religiously before purchasing my current favourite, Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra. This is far more dewy than Stay Perfect which leads me to believe it’s not as ideal for oilier skins, although No7 claims it’s a natural finish. It’s definitely more on the luminous side. Unlike Stay Perfect, Instant Radiance is only available in 9 shades which may make it sightly harder to find the right match. I had to go with the lightest shade which has a pink undertone so it doesn’t match perfectly due to my neutral undertones, but nevertheless, I make it work. I love this formula so much, it contains more emollients than Stay Perfect which makes it very comfortable and hydrating on my dry skin. This will also look beautiful on mature skin. However, it is water based so not ideal for oil mixing. No 7 claims this is another medium coverage foundation, which I agree with to a certain extent. I’d say it’s more of a light to medium coverage but it builds beautifully. If like me you have a lot to cover this will work amazingly but it also looks natural if you prefer a sheer coverage, just use a beauty blender to apply it. I really recommend this for tired, dry skin. You’ll love it! This retails for £13.
The next foundation that works wonders on dry skin is Maybelline’s Dream Satin Liquid foundation. I remember using this years ago when I was about 15 years old and I hated it. It was drying and far too matte for my preference so ended up giving it away. Fast forward 7 years and I decided it was time to give it another go and I’m so glad I did. I don’t know 100% if this has been re-formulated but it works beautifully this time round. It gives a very dewy finish, feels incredibly comfortable on the skin and leaves you feeling hydrated. I’d say this gives a solid medium coverage, you can tell I’m wearing foundation when I have this on so I prefer to reserve this for special occasions when I want a very made up face. However it still looks beautiful on the skin and won’t leave you looking cakey. This foundation contains a good amount of moisturisers and emollients which aids in the luminosity and hydration this product gives but if you have oily skin, stay away from this. It’ll slip and slide everywhere! I can’t wear this too much in the summer months because it’s so moisturising, but love it during the autumn and winter months. The shade range is brilliant offering 22 versatile shades, so there’s something for everyone! But bare in mind, Maybelline isn’t cruelty free so if that’s a problem for you, skip this one. This retails for £7.99
The final foundation I have to share with you is L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. This is another amazing foundation that dry skins are going to love! Inspired by Korean Beauty, the cushion technology offers a beautifully even, radiant, hydrated looking face. This is one of my favourites of the four I’ve mentioned today and I love wearing this on no makeup or good skin days. I say good skin days because this is a very sheer foundation, as most cushions are. But if you have problem areas you’ll definitely need to use a little concealer with this, I know I have too! This foundation contains a nice amount of moisturisers, emollients, antioxidant’s and sun protection, it really is amazing and your skin will love this due to the skin care ingredients incorporated in this product. I think this could work for oily skin too if a little powder was applied after but I’d still ask for a tester before buying just in case. Whenever I wear this my skin feels good. It looks and feels like I have nothing on but my skin still feels moisturised and hydrated which makes this an absolute must for the winter months! One negative side to this is the applicator it comes with, it isn’t that great and soaks up a lot of the product before you can even get it on your face. I prefer to use my beauty blender in it’s place and I’ve found I’m not using as much product with this applicator. Unfortunately this is only available in 7 shades so if you can find a match, give it a go, you’ll love it! And like Maybelline, L’Oreal isn’t cruelty free, that’s something to bare in mind before purchasing. This retails for £14.99
I hope you enjoyed today’s post all about affordable foundations for dry skin and hopefully you were able to learn about some new products that will end up as one of your beauty staples. I’d love to see you back in my next post and let me know what are some of your favourite foundations on the high-street?