5 Affordable yet Amazing Foundations We Love at Byrdie HQ
Finding the best foundation for your skin tone and type can be overwhelming, to say the least. With a plethora of options: full-coverage, matte, tinted (the list goes on), it's nearly impossible to know which formula to choose. And as for colour-matching, don't even get us started on that doozy of a task. Since we are all too familiar with the trials and tribulations of finding a good foundation, let alone one that's reasonably priced, we thought we'd help you out by exposing our personal favourite foundations under $41.
Here at Byrdie HQ, we've tried just about every foundation under the sun, and still, finding a quadruple-threat formula—right shade, coverage, finish, and price—is difficult. But nonetheless, after months, years even, of exploring the best foundations on the market, we have finally found our tried-and-trusted bases. For the under-$41 foundations our editors reach for time and time again, keep on reading.
"My usual makeup look is all about skin, so I expect my foundation to do a lot of heavy lifting. It's one of those products that, in my opinion, is worth a splurge. Luckily, one of my favourites won't make quite as huge a dent in your budget. Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer ($52) is lightweight and moisturising but full-coverage enough to camouflage any blemishes or redness that may pop up. Plus, it comes with a wand, so I can spot-conceal in a pinch."
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation ($57)
"This was my foundation du jour for an entire year, which, in beauty editor terms, is a lifetime. What I'm trying to say is that it's really, really good and better than most of its more expensive counterparts. The formula is creamy and hydrating (it's infused with coconut water), and it blends beautifully whether you apply with your fingers or a damp Beautyblender. It's also buildable, so if you want a more full-coverage finish, you can layer without it looking cakey. Plus, it never left my oily skin looking greasy."
Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick ($53)
"Most foundation sticks end up creasing and caking just a few hours later or are difficult to blend—not true of this wonder from Wander Beauty. The formula glides on almost like a tinted moisturiser. You just swipe it across your forehead, down your nose, on your cheeks and chin, then all you have to do is blend it in. It makes you feel like you're actually hydrating your skin when you apply it. Plus, you can even use it as a concealer to spot-treat specific areas."
Revlon ColorStay Foundation ($35)
"I've talked about this foundation exhaustively, but I sing its praises because it's the only formula that truly works for my combination skin and actually stays put all day long. I've used it since high school (really), and although I've tested more prestigious brands and 'model-approved' picks, nothing works quite like my favourite drugstore option. It's so long-lasting, in fact, that I used to go an entire swim practice with it on, and it would still be intact. It's no joke."
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($54)
"I'm not a huge fan of foundation—I prefer to let my skin breathe. However, on the off chance that I wake up with a breakout, I feel it necessary to have some sort of tint on hand. Cue Tarte's full-coverage base. Not only does this foundation have enough coverage to smooth over redness and blemishes, but thanks to its star ingredient, Amazonian clay, it also simultaneously helps my skin heal. And if I don't need the full coverage that this foundation offers, I just mix a bit of the formula in with my moisturiser for a sheer yet flawless finish."