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11.Jun.2015

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FLAWLESS FOR LESS: THE BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR COMBINATION SKIN UNDER £15

As promised we are bringing the best foundations for combination and oily skin under £15, all tested and tried by Morning Beauty’s Editor, whose own complexion is prone to shine. Neither of them will clog your skin if used correctly, which means removing it at the end of the day, exfoliating once or twice a week and applying a good, effective moisturiser and a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

+ The List: Morning Beauty’s Top 10 Foundations for Combination and Oily Skin

Check below for our favourite budget-friendly foundations for combination and oily skin, and let us know which one would you pick:

  • The Flawless Finish Foundation (£5.99), by Barry M, is creamy and slightly moisturising. It blends superbly well, and it grants a sheer to medium coverage that can be build up but it doesn't cake. It offers a dewy, healthy-looking matte finish, and its formula is oil-free. Available in five shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Barry MThe Flawless Finish Foundation (£5.99), by Barry M, is creamy and slightly moisturising. It blends superbly well, and it grants a sheer to medium coverage that can be build up but it doesn't cake. It offers a dewy, healthy-looking matte finish, and its formula is oil-free. Available in five shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Barry M
  • The Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (£10.99) by Bourjois, blends easily onto the skin. Texture-wise, it's feels like a feathery gel and it's made with litchi, pomegranate and goji berry extracts. Although it contains titanium dioxide in its formula, it does not provide SPF, so we strongly recommend using it with a sunscreen. It gives a silky, natural-looking finish, and a sheer, yet buildable coverage. The Healthy Mix Serum Gel is available in six shades at Boots and Superdrug ©BourjoisThe Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (£10.99) by Bourjois, blends easily onto the skin. Texture-wise, it's feels like a feathery gel and it's made with litchi, pomegranate and goji berry extracts. Although it contains titanium dioxide in its formula, it does not provide SPF, so we strongly recommend using it with a sunscreen. It gives a silky, natural-looking finish, and a sheer, yet buildable coverage. The Healthy Mix Serum Gel is available in six shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Bourjois
  • The Unlimited Foundation (£14.90), by Kiko Milano, is really lightweight, yet its coverage, which goes from sheer to medium, easily blurs blemishes and redness. It blends exquisitely, and it delivers a velvety finish that looks very natural and lasts for hours. Its fragrance-free formula contains SPF 15 (full-spectrum with titanium dioxide) and is enriched with sea lavender extract, vitamin E and gardenia flower. Available in 14 shades at kikocosmetics.co.uk ©Kiko MilanoThe Unlimited Foundation (£14.90), by Kiko Milano, is really lightweight, yet its coverage, which goes from sheer to medium, easily blurs blemishes and redness. It blends exquisitely, and it delivers a velvety finish that looks very natural and lasts for hours. Its fragrance-free formula contains SPF 15 (full-spectrum with titanium dioxide) and is enriched with sea lavender extract, vitamin E and gardenia flower. Available in 14 shades at kikocosmetics.co.uk ©Kiko Milano
  • The True Match Foundation (£9.99), by L'Oréal Paris, is outstanding: it blends perfectly and it provides a natural, gorgeous matte finish. It offers a light to medium coverage that does not cake but conceals redness and dark spots. Its fragrance-free formula contains SPF 17 (with 3.1% titanium dioxide). The True Match Foundation is produced in 23 shades, and it's available at Boots and Superdrug ©L'OréalThe True Match Foundation (£9.99), by L'Oréal Paris, is outstanding: it blends perfectly and it provides a natural, gorgeous matte finish. It offers a light to medium coverage that does not cake but conceals redness and dark spots. Its fragrance-free formula contains SPF 17 (with 3.1% titanium dioxide). The True Match Foundation is produced in 23 shades, and it's available at Boots and Superdrug ©L'Oréal
  • Max Factor's Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation (£12.99) delivers an amazing sheer to medium coverage. It has a lovely velvety finish that lasts for hours, and it corrects blemishes, dark spots and redness. Although it's formulated with SPF 20 it does not provide full-spectrum protection. Max Factor's Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 is available in nine shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Max FactorMax Factor's Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation (£12.99) delivers an amazing sheer to medium coverage. It has a lovely velvety finish that lasts for hours, and it corrects blemishes, dark spots and redness. Although it's formulated with SPF 20 it does not provide full-spectrum protection. Max Factor's Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 is available in nine shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Max Factor
  • Maybelline's Dream Flawless Nude (£8.99) is watery, yet highly-pigmented. It has a light coverage, and its finish is rather silky. It evens out the skin fairly well (not completely though) but it does not provide SPF. In fact Maybelline's Dream Flawless Nude is perfectly suitable for those looking for a barely-there foundation that illuminates the complexion. Available in seven shades at Boots and Superdrug ©MaybellineMaybelline's Dream Flawless Nude (£8.99) is watery, yet highly-pigmented. It has a light coverage, and its finish is rather silky. It evens out the skin fairly well (not completely though) but it does not provide SPF. In fact Maybelline's Dream Flawless Nude is perfectly suitable for those looking for a barely-there foundation that illuminates the complexion. Available in seven shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Maybelline
  • Revlon's ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin (£12.49) provides a long-lasting silky, matte finish that effectively controls shine. It blends naturally and its coverage goes easily from medium to full. It's made with salicylic acid plant extracts, such as mallow, Madonna lilies bulb and orchid flower, and it does not include oil in its formula. It contains SPF 6, which is almost irrelevant so please use it with sunscreen. Revlon's ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin is available in 13 shades at Boots and Superdrug ©RevlonRevlon's ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin (£12.49) provides a long-lasting silky, matte finish that effectively controls shine. It blends naturally and its coverage goes easily from medium to full. It's made with salicylic acid plant extracts, such as mallow, Madonna lilies bulb and orchid flower, and it does not include oil in its formula. It contains SPF 6, which is almost irrelevant so please use it with sunscreen. Revlon's ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin is available in 13 shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Revlon
  • The Lasting Finish 25-Hour Foundation (£7.99), by Rimmel London, offers a luminous medium to full coverage. It has matte finish, yet natural-looking, and its texture is thickly creamy. It ihas SPF 20, and it provides full-spectrum protection but during summer we would always suggest using sunscreen as well. Fortunately it sticks well on the skin so you won't need to reapply at midday or anytime really. Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish 25-Hour Foundation is available in seven shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Rimmel LondonThe Lasting Finish 25-Hour Foundation (£7.99), by Rimmel London, offers a luminous medium to full coverage. It has matte finish, yet natural-looking, and its texture is thickly creamy. It ihas SPF 20, and it provides full-spectrum protection but during summer we would always suggest using sunscreen as well. Fortunately it sticks well on the skin so you won't need to reapply at midday or anytime really. Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish 25-Hour Foundation is available in seven shades at Boots and Superdrug ©Rimmel London
  • Seventeen's Stay Time (£4.99) grants a full, long-lasting coverage that conceals completely any dark spots, blemishes and redness you may have. It's has a beyond thick texture, and its finish is really matte. It contains SPF 25, which is above the average if compared to other high street brand's foundations, but it does not offers full-spectrum protection. It suits best those with paler skin tones as it's manufactured in only seven shades, all of them pretty fair undertones. Seventeen's Stay Time is available at Boots ©SeventeenSeventeen's Stay Time (£4.99) grants a full, long-lasting coverage that conceals completely any dark spots, blemishes and redness you may have. It's has a beyond thick texture, and its finish is really matte. It contains SPF 25, which is above the average if compared to other high street brand's foundations, but it does not offers full-spectrum protection. It suits best those with paler skin tones as it's manufactured in only seven shades, all of them pretty fair undertones. Seventeen's Stay Time is available at Boots ©Seventeen