I love seeing awesome reviews on new drugstore foundations I can score for a fraction of the price I typically pay at Sephora! Most of the time my excitement is short lived and the foundations don’t live up to my expectations.
I wanted to review three different drugstore foundations I have picked up after seeing amazing reviews. Just so you know, I have combo skin, and don’t tend to be very dry, even in the winter months. I am NC25 in MAC as well, in case you wanted to use me as a color reference. I use a site called Temptalia to get a color idea when buying from the drug store. The foundation matrix is pretty accurate, and I like to check it out before buying a particular shade.
The first drugstore foundation I’m going to tell you all about is CoverGirl’s Ready, Set, Gorgeous. I picked up shade 120 Nude Beige and it matches me perfectly. I actually have four bottles of this gem because it’s my favorite right now. It has a matte finish with medium, but build able coverage, and is oil free. I use different primers depending on the day, but this foundation works with just about every primer I own. I’ve been seeing this discounted at several store, and am crossing my fingers they don’t discontinue this product.
The second foundation I picked up is Rimmel London’s Match Perfection in color 102 Light Nude. It claims to have 24 hour moisture and a pore blurring effect, and is also broad spectrum 20. I’ve used this foundation several times and can’t seem to get past the awful perfume smell. I’m not sensitive when it comes to smells either, so I know it’s strong if it bothers me. The product itself is ok, and I’ll use it in a pinch. It has less coverage than the CoverGirl, and has a more dewy finish. It blends well, but tends to mud up around my nose and make it’s way into lines. It’s an amazing buy, especially for someone on a tight budget, but I don’t recommend running out to grab this any time soon.
The last foundation I wanted to mention is Maybelline’s Fit Me Dewy + Smooth in color 220 Natural Beige. It contains octinoxate sunscreen with spf of 18. It also states it’s for normal to dry skin. This gem has amazing reviews from what I’ve seen, but it just doesn’t do it for me. The colors are way off, and it’s really hard to find a shade that matches my skin tone. I love Maybelline products, but their foundations don’t seem to match me at all. This has a very dewy finish, and has a more runny constancy than I like out of my foundations. I can say that it is very easy to blend, and the coverage is fantastic. It’s well worth the price if you can find your shade, and an amazing setting powder.
Top: Maybelline Fit Me in 220
Middle: Rimmel London in 102
Bottom: Cover Girl in 120
All three of these foundations I would recommend for someone on a budget. They are all under $10, so you really have nothing to loose by picking one up. My favorite is obviously the CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous and my second choice would be the Rimmel London Match Perfection. I’m still on the search for my honey grail foundation that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!!