It used to be the case that the very best foundations came with a luxury price tag, but the past few years have seen the arrival of some amazing bases that often leave the pricier products standing. You also don’t have to spend a fortune to find good coverage anymore, and I find myself reaching for the three foundations below more regularly than any others. I’ve picked these three because they give great coverage alongside a natural coverage without breaking the bank.
The Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation is the most expensive on my list at £14.50, but for that you get a really good, mattifying coverage that doesn’t go flat nor look chalky. It’s also part of the fantastic No7 Match Made service which means you can get your perfect shade from the 14 available; mine is Calico which is a really great match. Find the foundation here – link.
The Revlon Colorstay Makeup was a big surprise for me as I didn’t expect it be quite as good as it actually is. It has a lot going for it as there are two different types – Normal/Dry or Combination/Oily – and I’ve been using the Normal/Dry which works really well with my skin, leaving a slightly dewy finish that’s incredibly natural and flattering. Another impressive thing to mention is the shade range; I’m almost always the palest in every foundation – sometimes there aren’t even shades pale enough for me – but in the COlorStay make-up range I’m actually shade 150 which is the second palest, so if you’re really pale, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good match. Find the Normal/Dry here – link – and the Combination/Oily here – link and each are £12.99.
I continually rave about the Gosh Foundation Drops as it’s my absolute, all-time favourite foundation and the fact that it’s a high street brand makes it even better. This gives skin the most amazing, glowy finish whilst providing really good coverage – it’s just such a lovely product that I cannot get enough of! The huge downside is that the shade range is limited to a very measly five, which is a real shame; I use Ivory 002 which is a tad dark for me, but nothing that a little bit of foundation whitener doesn’t fix – and often I even give that a miss and just wing it. It’s £12.99 here – link – and GOSH have just launched their Autumn releases, which is particularly well timed since Superdrug have GOSH on a 3for2.