What Drugstore-Brand Foundations Are Good?


There's so many brands in drugstores today and I'm not too keen on buying expensive name-brand foundations like MAC and Bobbi Brown. So can anyone recommend to me any drugstore brands they may be using currently that they find are easy-to-apply and have a wide range of shades of skin tones?

I bought the L'Oreal True Match because it seemed promising and L'Oreal is normally a brand I trust, but I found it didn't do much coverage for the occasional zit or flaw that would pop up the day before an event or outing. The bottle was also really messy and it has been leaking out a bit from the top which is extremely annoying as it leaves random ivory spots on the insides of my purse and my fingers randomly!

Finding a good foundation has been long overdue for me and I don't wanna make the same mistake again : (
Any suggestions would be helpful!
Dec 13, 2008 @ 01:00 am

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Mineral powder makeup

I like the mineral powder foundations from L'Oreal. It takes a little practice to get just the right amount on without it looking cakey, but I find it blends better and doesn't transfer as easily onto clothing or your fingers. The brush is attached to the lid and has its own cover, so it's very convenient.

Skin can get a little oily after a few hours with it on, but in my case the makeup stays put and still provides decent coverage. I just gently blot with a tissue and that's good enough.

I don't find that it completely covers blemishes - but it does look more natural than the heavy cover cream foundations in my opinion. It is also supposed to be better for your skin's overall health, although you might find that you break out a little just from switching brands.

What I don't like about it is that it's messy to work with, so taking it along on an evening is not really practical. I would apply it before leaving and keep a basic pressed powder compact in my purse for touchups later on.
Dec 13, 2008 @ 03:01 pm

I was going to suggest both of those

I used to use L'Oreal and have tried both of those.

I liked the L'Oreal True Match because it exactly matched my skin tone
which was pretty awesome. I didn't have quite the mess you did with the
liquid foundation but I didn't like how it felt very heavy.

I then moved on to L'Oreal Mineral Powder because I was able to get
good coverage but felt way lighter on my skin. The colour didn't match
as well though. I found it a little cakey and then moved to Bare
Minerals which is only available online or from Sephora and is much
more expensive than the drugstore brands.

I think finding a good foundation for you is a trial and error thing. I
know at Shoppers they let you return items you don't like as long as is
it's within a month. I'd suggest going to get one from there and trying
it out for a week or 2 to see if you like it. If you don't then return
it and try another one. Maybe try a Covergirl one? I haven't tried it myself but I think they have a similar true match line that's like L'Oreal.
Dec 14, 2008 @ 09:08 am
Ali de Bold

Maybelline Mineral Power

I have not tried this personally but they did perform well here on the site when we did a Product Review Club with them in the summer so it's worth checking out. And great tip tigerlilly about Shoppers Drug Mart.
Dec 14, 2008 @ 10:11 am

thanks for your suggestions and advice! =)

I will def. be looking into a mineral powders from Maybelline and L'Oreal and I agree, it is a trial and error thing so i'll have to be patient with it and see what I can find. And thanks for the tip tigerlily! I never knew Shoppers allowed such things but I'll be hunting for foundations there next time i go out : )
Dec 14, 2008 @ 09:50 pm


I used to use L'Oreal True Match, but I really didn't like it. I am
always the lightest shade of any makeup, so I bought one of their light
shades. It looked great on my skin when I first put it on! But as they
day went on, it actually turned into a lighter, pastier color which
made me look ghostly and chalky. And I didn't even put much on!

I much prefer Biotherm's foundations. They're a little pricier, but I find they do the job great and last long!
Dec 14, 2008 @ 11:52 pm


I have had a really pleasant experience with Revlon's Colorstay. Good MAC SFF dupe if you ask me. You should give it a try! Recently I've had my eye on the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, it's gonna be my next experiment :)
Dec 16, 2008 @ 05:28 pm

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