We Tested The TOP 8 Foundations, So You Don’t Have To

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For the last week, our Founder and I have been testing foundations from 6 leading brands, including Lancôme, Chantecaille and Illamasqua, in the quest to answer the most common of beauty questions - which foundation is the best?

As people have different skin tones, skin types, skin concerns and want to achieve different things from their foundation, it’s hard to say which foundation is generically the best, although after trying some of these, we sure have our favourite. As a rule of thumb, those with oily skin should avoid using oil based foundations as the added oils could make the skin overly shiny and even cause imperfections to be exaggerated or made worse. Those with dry skin should stick to liquid, water-based foundations to bring back the look of moisture. It’s also important to look at the tone of your skin shade, whether it’s slightly more pink or yellow (cool or neutral)as foundations aren’t just singular shades, but offer a range of tones in every shade to match your skin perfectly.

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If you have oily skin, dry skin, want sheer or full coverage, we’ve tested out 6 of the best foundations to help you choose which one may be right for you.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation with SPF 25

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With a few pumps and an effortless sweep across the cheek, the Hello Flawless foundation from Benefit blends into the skin seamlessly and feels very light and airy, almost like a tinted moisturiser - but with more coverage. The packaging is simplistic and the formula is an easily spreadable liquid that evens and brightens your skin. Use a setting spray such as the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray to keep it in place all day.

Best For: Normal to Dry skin

Features: Lightweight, SPF 25, Brightening

Coverage: Medium - buildable

Range of Shades: 9

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Our Score : 7 /10

Verdict: A lightweight foundation with sun protection - a great foundation for the warmer months. Permeable by both water and oxygen, this foundation still allows your skin to breathe and you can achieve any level of coverage you wish by mixing with your favourite moisturiser or layering on for a full, even spread. Leaving a nice finish and easy to apply, and lasted around 6 hours.

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[Read more: How To Apply Foundation So That It Lasts Longer]

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer

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With an incredibly useful applicator, this 2-in-1 foundation and concealer is a thick, creamy formula that’s easily applied and blended leaving a smooth, even finish. The anti-spill lid and applicator ensure ease of use and prevention of those dreaded accidents.

Best For: Normal to Combination skin

Features: Creamy, Easy Applicator, 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer

Coverage: Full

Range of Shades: 20

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Our Score : 8.5 /10

Verdict: Ultra smooth and creamy, perfectly blended and beautiful matte finish. Lasting the whole day without the need for setting spray or powder, this skin perfecting ‘second skin’ has earnt it’s place in our makeup bag for full faces and last minute touch ups.

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BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

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This dewy serum foundation is made with the bare minimum of ingredients to create an ultra lightweight foundation that’s suitable for all skin types. It’s weightlessness is combined with jojoba oil coated mineral pigment in a coconut base to be kind to skin whilst creating an even skin tone.

Best For: All skin types

Features: Tone Correcting, Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to Brighten Skin, SPF 20

Coverage: Sheer - Buildable to Full

Range of Shades: 20

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Our Score : 7.5 /10

Verdict: With your shade-coloured bottles, it’s easy to find your perfect shade. The dewy finish would be perfect for normal to dry skin. With oilier skin, Lin & Lo Mineral Loose Powder may be needed for a matte finish. Tone correcting and lightweight, it feels more like a tinted facial serum than a foundation - perfect for those ‘no-makeup’ days.

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Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

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An oil-free gel foundation with an ultra lightweight, refreshing texture. The buildable formula provides adjustable coverage while light-reflecting pigments eases the appearance of imperfections for a naturally flawless finish.

Best For: All Skin Types

Features: 60% Water-Based, Oil-Free Gel for Lightweight Texture, Moisturising and Soothing with Plant Extracts

Coverage: Medium to Full

Range of Shades: 14

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Our Score : 8 /10

Verdict: The pot packaging ensures no product wastage, whilst the texture is smooth like double cream and covers imperfections perfectly. Long-lasting and medium to full coverage, we were pleasantly surprised by our first try of Chantecaille makeup.

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Lancôme Tient Idole Ultra 24h Foundation

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Stylist Best Beauty Winner 2016, this 24h flawless finish foundation is fully blendable, leaving a smooth, matte finish and had the perfect coverage for your needs. Even out skin tones, cover imperfections and look flawless with this lightweight liquid foundation.

Best For: Oily Skin / All Skin Types

Features: Long-Lasting (24h Wear), Flawless Finish, Smooth Liquid Texture

Coverage: Medium to Full

Range of Shades: 22

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Our Score : 9 /10

Verdict: Needing just a few pumps of product, this foundation is easily spreadable, blendable and buildable to achieve the perfect, flawless finish. It lasted all day, as promised and left a lovely, silky matte texture to the skin. This is the type of foundation we’d pick time and time again.

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Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

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Easily blendable, this foundation is like no other, vitamin C infused makes it a perfect primer, foundation and concealer due to its high pigmentation. Creating the perfect complexion with just a few drops, it’s suitable for all skin types and can cover any skin imperfection whilst smoothing, softening and conditioning your skin all day.

Best For: All Skin Types

Features: Water & Silicone Based, Skin Care Elements, Multi-use as a Primer, Concealer or Foundation, Contains Vitamin C

Coverage: Full (Buildable)

Range of Shades: 26

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Our Score : 9 /10

Verdict: A little really does go a long way with this smooth, full coverage product. This 3-in-1 miracle is its own primer and concealer and leaves skin looking effortlessly even and smooth. It lasted the longest we’ve ever experienced. We’re thoroughly impressed.

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LIN & LO Moisturising Liquid Foundation

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This hypoallergenic mineral-based liquid foundation is thick, paraben free and provides a perfectly flawless base for your makeup. Containing UV filters, it can also protect you from the sun to prevent early signs of ageing.

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Best For: Dry/Mature Skin

Features: Bees Wax, Wheat Germ Oil and Vegetable Extracts to regulate hydration.

Coverage: Buildable

Range of Shades: 19

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Our Score : 7 /10

Verdict: A creamy liquid foundation that blended easily and was effortless to mix to achieve the perfect shade. Wear with a pore-filling primer like this Benefit Porefessional to create a seamless base for application. Long-wearing and smooth to the touch. Finish with Lin & Lo Loose Mineral Powder for a beautiful matte finish.

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EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation

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This lightweight creamy foundation glides on effortlessly with skin-like pigments to even out the complexion with a perfect seamless coverage. Water based and long-lasting, it'll feel like you're not wearing any!

Best For: All Skin Types

Features: Oil and Fragrance Free, Non-pore clogging & Dermatologically tested

Coverage: Medium (Buildable)

Range of Shades: 13

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Our Score : 8.5 /10

Verdict: This liquid foundation is really easy to apply and blend. The coverage is buildable and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin as it has been dermatalogically tested, is oil and fragrance free. The matte finish is perfect for those with oily skin and feels incredibly light weight. With a range of different shades and tones, it was really easy to find the right shade.

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All of these foundations were tested for a 9 hour day and worn without the use of primer underneath. To make these foundations last even longer, we recommend the use of Rodial’s Instaglam Airbrush Primer to smooth out large pores and give you a flawless base on which to apply makeup as well as Daniel Sandler Invisible Veil and NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray to keep it in place for longer.

For help finding a foundation that’s right for your skin type, take our beauty quiz to receive unbiased, personalised recommendations!