1. Sleek Crème To Powder, £7.99
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Considering most high-street brands have five shades, six if you’re lucky, this offering of 15 shades from Sleek is pretty good going.
The Crème To Powder does what it says on the tin: It comes in a crème texture and sits on the skin like powder. It gives really good coverage, but the texture makes it a real pain to apply. The only thing that works is a wet beauty blender; anything else leaves your face streaky and cakey. Trust me, I’ve been there.
2. Kiko Unlimited Foundation, £14.90
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It’s paraben-free and fragrance-free, meaning it’s kind to the skin, and it comes in 14 shades. It’s a very reasonable price, gives full coverage, and leaves your skin looking dewy and flawless.
And if you are lucky and you get the foundation when Kiko is on sale (which is VERY often) it will only cost you seven quid.
3. L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation, £9.99
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The L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation comes in 23 shades and it doesn’t cost a ton of money: We may have found a winner. The foundation has a silky, fine texture that blends on the skin SO well.
Have a look at this YouTube review if you still need convincing.
4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £7.99
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Not so much the perfect match, but close enough. The range comes in 12 different shades, but doesn’t have much on offer when it comes to darker skin tones.
The foundation blends on to the skin nicely, but if you are after full coverage give this foundation a miss. Also if you have oily skin, keep moving – this is not for you. It leaves a shine on the skin, and will probably slide off within a couple of hours.
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If you’re anything like me you’ve steered clear of Fashion Fair because it’s the kind of brand your mum wears, but it is actually really good. This foundation comes in 22 shades so it’s possible to find your match and it gives a lovely finish – although if you wear foundation often, the stick won’t last you very long.
Have a look at these Makeup Alley reviews if you want to know more.
6. Clinique Even Better Foundation, £25
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Proof that higher-end makeup brands have more shade options, the Clinique Even Better Makeup comes in 26 different varieties. This foundation stays put all day, literally all day, and covers every blemish on the skin.
It does need to be built up a little to get full coverage, but aside from that, this product is great, especially for my oily skin. It doesn’t give a matte finish, but the skin is not left looking shiny either.
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This foundation will leave your skin looking matte, like seriously MATTE. It comes in 20 different shades and it gives a fresh look to the skin, plus it won’t slide off your face.
Having used this foundation I would say it works best over liquid foundation. Used on its own, it doesn’t really give much coverage, but as a matting powder, it works WONDERS.
Have a look at this review.
8. Urban Decay Naked Skin, £27
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The Naked Skin foundation aims to leave your skin looking like you were born flaw-free. It comes in 18 different shades, and leaves a smooth finish.
It’s so good for covering your flaws and with just two layers, acne scars and dark circles are no longer visible. It gives an airbrushed look and it stays put.
9. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £29.50
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The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is actually magic, and it comes in 15 shades of perfection. It is possibly the best foundation I have ever used and definitely worth the money. Charlotte Tilbury can have all my monies with this foundation.
The shades consider your undertones, making it easier to colour match, and the coverage is perfect. What makes it even better is that it doesn’t transfer. So we dark skin girls can touch white surfaces without the fear of leaving our mark.
10. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H £30
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The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra included the lightest and the darkest shade in our search; round of applause for Lancome. It comes in 23 shades and gives an amazing finish that you don’t really need to touch up, unless you have oily skin.
11. Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation, £31
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With 32 shades on offer, Cover FX beats all the other brands when it comes to options. It allows buildable coverage and soaks up any shine and oil. It’s free from gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens, and talc, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
And if this Sephora review and demo is anything to go by, it’s worth a try.
12. Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation, £31
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If you can find your shade in the 13 that Illamasqua have to offer, then you are in for a treat. The foundation gives maximum coverage, and gives a semi-matte finish. The brand offers a good range for pale skin, not so much for darker skin tones.
Bear in mind that the foundation is very rich, so if you are into a more natural look, this is not for you. Have a look at this review.
13. Nars All Day Luminous Foundation, £32
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Offering 20 shades of weightless, long-wear foundation, Nars did a real good job with the All Day Luminous range. The coverage is full, yet natural. Although the texture is a fine, almost watery, so be careful when using it.
It does stay on the whole day, and it’s a beauty blogger’s favourite for a reason. It’s really good – like, REALLY good. Have a look at this review.
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The most expensive of the bunch, the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation comes in 24 shades and blends so well on the skin. What’s great about this foundation is that it doesn’t set into fine lines, wrinkles, or pores and just sits on the face beautifully.
It is a good foundation if you’ve got the budget. Have a look at this review.