THE LIST: MORNING BEAUTY’S TOP 10 BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR COMBINATION AND OILY SKIN
Carla Valois Lobo
If you have combination or oily skin you definitely know that finding the right foundation can be a bit of a challenge. Even though staying fresh and matte – which means no undesirable shine at your T-zone – may seem almost impossible, we’ve tested over 10 oil-free foundations to bring you the best currently available in the United Kingdom. We guarantee that neither of them will clog your pores or look cakey as these are main concerns for us as well.
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Check out on the gallery below Morning Beauty’s Top 10 best foundations for combination and oily skin – please do not worry if your budget is already tight as next week we’re also going to bring you high-street options under £15.
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- The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20 (£26), by bareMinerals, is literally barely-there as it's so light is hard to believe its formula is more than coloured water. But in fact it's enriched with ingredients such as vitamin C and lilac plant stem cells, which has high levels of antioxidants. It balances complexion's texture and covers up its blemishes. We recommend to follow it with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil. Available in 20 shades at bareminerals.co.uk/ ©bareMinerals
- Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (£26.50) offers sheer to medium coverage and it sets to a matte but healthy looking finish. Its formula is oil and fragrance-free and it includes SPF 25 (full-spectrum protection with 2.37% titanium dioxide), which is higher than what we usually find in the market. Texture-wise, it's velvety, yet lightweight. The Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow is available in 9 shades at benefitcosmetics.co.uk ©Benefit
- The Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15 (£27.50), by Clarins, smells oddly good -- perhaps it's the bamboo powder or the organic quinoa, which are included in its oil-free formula. Although its texture is lightweight and silky, it offers a medium to full coverage and a matte, yet natural and luminous finish. It easily blurs blemishes and dark spots. Available in 16 shades at clarins.co.uk ©Clarins
- The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15 (£70), by Crème de la Mer, sinks and blends efforttlessly. It has a slightly silky, gel-like texture that provides a light to medium coverage and a gorgeous, natural-looking finish. Its prolonged use help to improve skin's firmness and brightness, and it contains SPF 15 (broad-spectrum protection with titanium dioxide). It's available in 10 shades at cremedelamer.co.uk/ ©Crème de la Mer
- Diorskin Star (£32), by Dior, blends beautifully. Texture-wise, it's creamy, yet lightweight and its coverage is amazingly buildable as it goes from sheer to almost full. It delivers a dewy, glowing finish that lasts for hours and it really lightens the complexion, plus it provides SPF 30 with full-spectrum protection (with 3.50% titanium dioxide). The Diorskin Star is produced in 16 shades and it's available at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Boots, Debenhams and Fenwick ©Dior
- Lancôme's Teint Miracle (£29.50) is outsanding. It's like your skin but better, flawless. It's fluid, yet slightly creamy, and its finish is demi-matte but really natural-looking. It easily covers up darks spots, blemishes and redness and it lasts for hours and hours. It has a sheer to medium coverage, and SPF 15 although it does not provide full-spectrum protection. Available in 20 shades at lancome.co.uk/ ©Lancôme
- The Studio Face & Body Foundation (£28.50), by M.A.C Cosmetics, is very fluid, quite watery. That means it's almost weightless and it gives you a natural, satin finish. Its water-resistant coverage is light but enough to blur blemishes and redness. As it does not contain SPF it has to be used with sunscreen, especially during summer. It can perfectly be used onto arms and legs as well, and it's available in 13 shades at maccosmetics.co.uk ©MAC
- Smashbox's Liquid Halo (£28) is wonderfully silky and moisturising. It evens the skin and gives a natural, glowy finish. Its oil and fragrance-free formula contains SPF 15 (with broad-spectrum protection with almost 3% titanium dioxide) and it delivers a long-lasting light to medium coverage. Available in 10 shades at smashbox.co.uk ©Smashbox
- Urban Decay's Naked Skin (£27) blends smoothly and it definitely doesn't cake. It's lightweight, yet its coverage is easily buildable and it goes from medium to full. Although it gives you a demi-matte finish, complexion looks really natural but brighter, flawless. Its fragrance-free formula is enriched with peptides (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7), vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) and plant extracts, such as camellia leaf and litchi pericarp extracts. The Naked Skin comes in 18 shades and it's available at urbandecay.co.uk ©Urban Decay
- Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Éclat Foundation (£31.50) was inspired by the brand's eponymous best-seller highlighter, also commonly used as a concealer. Its texture is really smooth and it blends exquisitely well, while it has a demi-matte, bright finish. It contains SPF 19 but we recommend applying it with sunscreen as it does not provide full-spectrum protection. Available in 17 shades at http://www.yslbeauty.co.uk/ ©Yves Saint Laurent