FACE | My affordable foundation collection


I wrote about my high-end foundation collection fairly recently (okay maybe not that recently), but given some of those foundations are pushing $100 NZD, I figured I better write about some more affordable foundations too. A lot of these I’ve written about individually, so I’ll link to those reviews where I can.

Truthfully, I never have good luck with cheaper foundations, which is why I do tend to pay for more expensive ones. Because foundation goes all over your face, it’s more visible when it’s either the wrong colour or a bad texture, so in my mind it’s worth spending the money to get it right.

Maybelline Better Skin foundation* in 020 Cameo, $36.49

It’s been a while since I used this foundation, but reading back over my review of it, I loved it.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation* in 115 Ivory, $26.99

This sure is matte! Super matte. And sits on top of the skin. It’s fine for an affordable foundation, but like I said in my original review, it’s got nothing on higher-end foundations.

NYX Mineral Foundation Stick in 04 Light Medium, $20.45

A cheap foundation that actually ticks the ‘cheap’ box—not as cheap as LA Girl which, at $19 is possibly the only foundation you can buy in New Zealand under twenty dollars, but it’s close. The range runs very light which is awesome, but the formula is a little dry. Read more about it in my stick foundation crush post.

Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in 150 Nude, $??

I’m still heartbroken that this seems to be discontinued, or at least unavailable in New Zealand, because it’s actually my favourite of the bunch here. I keep catching myself before I recommend it to people. It’s natural-looking on the skin and builds to a lovely coverage without looking heavy. Revlon, why??

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Magique foundation in Neutral, $46.49

The classic L’Oreal True Match is, well, classic, but I’ve never had an opportunity to use it because way back when I was getting into makeup I bought a shade that was like 8 times too dark and then sold it. Plus, it’s almost fifty dollars, which is painful to spend on a “drugstore” foundation. Anyway. This one is not that. It’s more “dewy” and “luminous” but still gives good coverage.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick* in 115, $25.49

I don’t think brands have quite got stick foundation right yet at the lower end of the price scale—too often cheaper stick foundations are stiff. This one isn’t 100% there, but it’s the best of the affordable ones, I think. Plus, the colour range this comes in makes it suitable for some quick pseudo-drag stick foundation highlighting and contouring.

The Body Shop Moisture Foundation* in 06, $42.95

This is a low-medium coverage foundation and most suitable for dry skin types, and yet. And yet. It still looks good on my skin. So just imagine how good it would look on yours! Go read the full review from when I tried it the first time.

The Body Shop Shade Adjustment Drops in Lightening, $41.75

An incredible useful product, whether you’re a makeup artist or not, but it usually lives in my kit. It’s not technically a foundation but this product is foundation-related so it’s in here anyway. You put a drop or two of this into any foundation (seriously, I haven’t found one that this doesn’t work with) and it brings the shade down a notch. These drops are slightly pink-toned so that’s something to keep in mind (or useful for me where a lot of my foundations are yellow-toned).

Next on my list is the LA Girl foundation I mentioned further up—it’s cheap and meant to be super full coverage, which I’m keen on.

P.S. I had swatch photos of these foundations but I guess I deleted them so sorry!

What’s your favourite affordable foundation?

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  • Would you say the L’Oreal one is similar to NARS Sheer Glow? I LOVE the Sheer Glow but I’m trying to save money. But in saying that I’ll probably end up buying it because it just makes my skin look so good….

    • They are quite similar, although Sheer Glow is less sheer (hah!) and has a touch more coverage. In consistency and finish, though, they’re not too different. That being said, I think there’s only about $20 in it!

  • ???? I know that NZ prices are really high, but seeing these prices really drives it home!

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    I’ve never tried these but would give one or two a shot. For the cheaper ones I stick with Revlon Colorstay Liquid and the Black Opal stick. Haven’t used them in some time but I usually keep them as back up. They took me through my early twenties when it was all I could afford. Nice comprehensive list!

    • You know, everyone always recommends Revlon Colourstay and I’ve still never tried it!

  • I have been obsessed with Fit Me Matte and Poreless lately, such a great foundation! Thank you for sharing, I followed you on Bloglovin’. Really want to try the stick version of the Maybelline foundation, hope you have a great week! Xx

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  • LA Girl is quite dewy and gives me more of a medium coverage. I love the Revlon Colourstay for combination skin but my current favourite is the Serum foundation from the Ordinary. 🙂 xx

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    • I’m so keen to try The Ordinary foundations! There are so many shades, it’s quite impressive but makes it hard to know which will be right!