Cheap Foundations 2021 | The Sun UK
SPENDING loads of money to feel your best seems like a crime, so we've taken it upon ourselves to find the best cheap foundations around.
Of course, there are tons of different ways to get a glowing complexion, from BB creams to good old Vitamin D. But the best cheap foundations will always take trumps.
While people often talk about their favourite designer foundations, from brands like Chanel and Armani Beauty, cheap foundations have come a long way.
Their formulas are much more sophisticated and include top ingredients that are good for the skin, and work to combat blemishes, to hydrate or to diminish any signs of ageing.
Foundation has undergone something of a makeover in recent years, embracing inclusivity (thank you, Rihanna). The singer's Fenty Beauty range made history when it launched its now-signature Pro Filt’R foundation in a record 40 shades – there are now 50 available.
Whether you're after the no-makeup look or a drag queen who wants something sturdy, we've found the best cheap foundations around, according to reviews and best-sellers.
1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
- Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, £9.99 at Superdrug – buy here
This long-wear foundation promises to stay put through workouts and muggy weather to last the whole day.
It contains an aqua primer and mineral complex to leave skin looking revitalised and fresh.
Plus, it has an SPF of 20.
2. Avon True Colour Cream-to-Powder Foundation Compact
- Avon True Colour Cream-to-Powder Foundation Compact, £10 at Avon – buy here
For quick and easy coverage, a cream-to-powder foundation is just the ticket (and it's perfect for throwing in your bag for touch-ups).
Avon's True Colour Cream-to-Powder foundation is lightweight, yet it provides medium-to-full coverage, and comes in 22 shades so you can find your perfect match.
A mattifying version is also available for those with oily skin.
3. L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation
- L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation, £9.99 at Look Fantastic – buy here
This best-selling foundation is renowned for its long-wearing, even coverage and works well on different skin types.
Fans like how easily it blends to a matte finish, its staying power and the fact it doesn't crease into lines or get cakey.
The newest formula also wins points for how well it suits various skin tones (it contains three shade enhancers for a more precise skin tone match).
It's available in 28 shades to match 98% of UK skin tones.
4. The Ordinary Serum Foundation
- The Ordinary Serum Foundation, £5.70 at Cult Beauty – buy here
The Ordinary's cult products deliver super high-quality skincare at a fraction of the cost, and the brand's Serum Foundation is sure to impress thanks to its lightweight feel and lasting semi-matte finish.
It comes in 21 shades, classified by undertone (P for pink, R for red, N for neutral and Y for yellow), for an accurate skin tone match, and the formula offers SPF 15 daily protection.
Fans like that it goes on easily and won't clog pores.
5. Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick
- Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick, £5.99 at Superdrug – buy here
2019 is all about the stick foundation: easy to transport on a daily basis or on holiday, easy to apply and easy to touch up.
Revolution's well-rated foundation is creamy and blendable (although reviewers note it doesn't work quite as well on dry skin), leaving a dewy finish.
Choose from 18 shades and blend with a beauty sponge or foundation brush.
6. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation
- Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation, £7.99 at Look Fantastic – buy here
Oily skin types need a mattifying foundation, and fans say Maybelline's Fit Me! Foundation blends really well and lasts just as long as more expensive designer foundations.
It contains micro-powders to minimise shine and the appearance of pores, and to absorb excess sebum.
Bonus: it comes in 40 shades.
7. Wet n Wild Photofocus Stick Foundation
- Wet n Wild Photofocus Stick Foundation, £5.99 from Lookfantastic – buy here
Available in 21 shades, the Wet n Wild Photofocus is a stick foundation which makes for super easy application.
This cruelty-free product gives you a semi-matte finish, also using again and sunflower oils to moisturise your skin.
All for less than £6 – ideal.
8. e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation
- e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation, from £3.15 from FeelUnique – buy here
According to reviews, e.l.f.'s Flawless Finish Foundation is a NARS dupe with flawless coverage and long-lasting staying power. Does it get any better?
On FeelUnique, prices start from just £3.15 for this fabulous full-coverage find.
One customer says that it's the best foundation they've ever used – take with that, what you will.
If you liked our roundup of the best cheap foundations, you might well enjoy our round-up of the best tinted moisturisers.
Planning a shopping spree? Check out Sun Selects' dedicated beauty section.
Or you can find more product recommendations and round-ups on the main Sun Selects page.
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