Best Long-Wear Drugstore Foundations for Summer
Hi, friends! Happy belated 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans. Did you do anything fun? I remember always being really excited to play with fireworks on 4th of July when I was a child, but now I’d rather stay inside in my air-conditioned house away from all of the heat and smoke LOL. This year we had a family barbecue which of course was a lot of fun (and so American right?!).
Since we’re right in the heat of summer, I thought it would be a great idea to put together a little post of my favorite long-wearing drugstore foundations. We’re all looking for a foundation that’ll last all day, especially in the hot summer, and these foundations are definitely my go-to when the heat just won’t quit.
A little disclaimer: Foundations always last longer with a good primer and setting powder and I use both every day with any foundation I use. Although the foundations in this post are long-wearing in their own right, they will no doubt last much longer with primer and setting powder. My opinions of these foundations are with the use of primer and setting powder.
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L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation (~$9-13)
This foundation is SO GOOD. If you’re looking for a full-coverage matte foundation that’ll give you a flawless finish and will last forever, it’s this one. I just wore it yesterday after not wearing it for a while (foundations get lost in my collection when there’s always something new to try!) and I was shocked with how good my foundation looked at the end of the day. It looked almost like I just put it on without a single touch-up throughout the day – no joke. I had just a tad bit of shine on my nose, but that’s totally normal for me and compared to most foundations, this one controls shine like a champ.
I don’t experience much creasing or setting into fine lines with this foundation. And I don’t see a ton of separation around my nose throughout the day, which is a very normal thing that happens to me. I also don’t experience any fading of this foundation at all. It’s still full-coverage AF by the end of the day. This shit stays put!
The only drawback of this foundation is how heavy it feels on the skin. The formula is on the thick side and you can definitely feel it on the skin. By the end of the day, it definitely feels like my makeup is caked on and I can’t wait to get it off. However, the way it looks by the end of the day is still pretty flawless, so I can deal with it feeling a little heavy.
Revlon – Colorstay Foundation (~$10-14)
This is a more recent foundation for me, but I can say that from the very first time I tried it, I loved it. It’s a lightweight natural formula that really glides on smoothly and blends out effortlessly. I’d say it’s medium-coverage, but buildable to full-coverage. You can definitely get more of a natural look with this foundation if you want.
The Colorstay Foundation comes in two formulas – one for Normal/Dry skin and one for Combination/Oily skin. I got the formula for normal/dry skin because my face is pretty normal, but can get dry in some areas.
The normal/dry skin formula has more of a natural finish and is supposed to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. I will say that any foundation becomes pretty matte if you set it with loose powder, though. But, you won’t get that super powdery look that you can sometimes get when you set a really matte foundation with loose powder.
The combination/oily formula has more of a matte finish and is supposed to control shine throughout the day. While I haven’t tried this formula, I’ve heard it works really well for oily skin.
This foundation is definitely a foundation I can be comfortable wearing all-day and even on the longest of days. The lightweight formula really makes it easy to wear and I don’t have to worry about it fading, creasing, settling in lines, or gathering in any area. I might experience a bit of shine on and around my nose by the end of the day, but that’s not anything that a little blot won’t fix! It’s really one of the most comfortable foundations to wear.
Maybelline NY – 24 HR SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation (~$10-13)
This foundation is a fairly new release from Maybelline and is also a more recent foundation for me. Since I bought this foundation, I find myself gravitating to this foundation really often because it gives the most beautiful finish ever.
I’d say it’s a natural matte formula – matte, but definitely not super matte. It’s definitely a full-coverage foundation that will cover any imperfections you may want to hide. (It’s more full-coverage than the FitMe! Foundation.)
I will get a bit shinier with this foundation throughout the day than I will with the other two in this post, but it’s not a gross-looking oily mess with the oil causing it to separate in areas. Definitely not that. It’s more of a really natural, radiant finish and it still looks really good – think “healthy glow.” But if you don’t like that look, you can combat the shine with little touch-ups throughout the day.
With my usual routine of using a primer before application and with setting the foundation with loose powder, this foundation stays in place all day. Similar to the foundations I mentioned above, I don’t have any problems with it fading, creasing, settling into lines, or gathering in areas.
The formula is on the thicker side, but it feels really lightweight on the skin. Even as the day goes on, it doesn’t start to feel heavy or cakey at all. It’s really comfortable to wear all day.
And that’s it for my list of the best long-wearing foundations to get you through the summer! There really are so many solid foundations at the drugstore these days, so it was difficult to narrow it down to just three. But, if you’re like me, sometimes too many options and too much information can make it more difficult to choose one! So for that reason, I narrowed it down the absolute TOP 3 foundations that I use on a regular basis.
I know this is a summer post, but since I live in Hawaii, it’s pretty much summer all year long! These foundations are definitely in my foundation rotation throughout the entire year because there really isn’t a drastic change in seasons here. If you live in a tropical humid place, these would totally work for you all year long, not just in the summer. :)
I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these foundations and if you have, what did you think of them? Do you have any other go-to foundations that you think should be in my top 3? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for different products to try!
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