Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin

I have always had oily skin.  Anyone with oily skin knows it’s especially a struggle when wearing makeup because no one wants to look like a grease ball.

Luckily there are foundations that cater to oily skin.  I love a foundation that will keep my skin matte.  Once I do my makeup in the morning that’s it; I don’t like or want to do touch ups through out the day.  The most I’m willing to do is blot so I carry a pressed powder in my purse.

But I’ve found some awesome foundations that stay on all day, are matte, and when set with a powder don’t even need touching up.


1.  Kat Von D’s Lock It Foundation

I love this foundation.  It’s super full coverage, which I like, and super matte.  A little goes a long way.  They just revamped the packaging and added darker colors so the range in colors are very good for all skin tones.  I’ve had mine for a while so it’s in the old packaging.  The picture to the right is the new packaging.  I love it!
It’s sold exclusively at Sephora and retails for $35 for 1oz.  The formula is pretty thick but blends very well.

2.  Estee Lauder’s Double Wear

This is the OG of foundation.  It’s been around for a lot longer that I’ve been alive.  Women in their 60s and 70s love it because it came out when they were in their 20s.  It’s actually not the best for mature skin because older skin is typically dry.  This foundation is great for people with combination oily and oily skin.  The formula is mildly thin, much thinner than the Kat Von D.  A little goes a long way and it is very full coverage.
The only thing I don’t like is that it does not come with a pump.  I purchase my pump separately.  Other than that this is a great option for an every day foundation.  It can be found at just about any department store and retails for $39.50.
el-double-wearThere are also other versions of double wear.  There is Double Wear Light; the formula gives a lighter coverage.  And there is Double Wear Max, which is heavy duty super full coverage.  That formula is for someone who wants to cover a scar or even a tattoo.  It’s serious.  Both those formulas come in a squeeze tube so the packaging is much better at dispensing the product.

3.  Clinique’s Stay Matte

This formula is not runny at all, but it’s not too thick.  This foundation gives more of a medium coverage, meaning it does a good job of covering blemishes.  It is buildable so if you want it to be more full coverage you can add an additional layer.
I like the packaging; it comes in a squeeze tube and can be found in most department stores, Ulta, and wherever else there is a Clinique counter.  Retail price is $27 so it’s more affordable than most department store foundations.

4.  L’Oreal True Match

 This is a foundation that will always be in my collection.  I love it; it’s full coverage and gives a natural looking matte finish.  The consistency is thinner than the rest on my list but the color range is awesome.  There are a total of 32 shades.
My color is N8 (n is for neutral).  The colors are separated by N (neutral), C (cool), and W (warm) which makes it easier to search for your foundation based on your skin’s undertone.  Retail price is $10.95, which is very affordable and it’s often on sale at drug stores and Ulta.

5.  MAC’s Waterproof Foundation

This one may be my favorite simply because it’s waterproof.  I sweat a lot and in the summer this foundation was my go to.  The sweat would literally roll right off my face and not disturb the foundation at all.  It’s definitely worth the $34 price tag.  It claims to be 24-hour wear.  I haven’t tested that claim but I wouldn’t doubt it.  I’ve worn this in the rain, to a funeral, and to an outdoor concert in the summer.  I can tell you it certainly is waterproof.  It can be found anywhere MAC is sold, department stores and online.
The consistency is a little thick.  Coverage is medium but can be built up to full. I love the packaging;  the squeeze tube makes it easy to dispense the foundation and makes it easy to travel with.  I will always keep this in my collection and will use even in the colder months.
What are some of your favorite foundations?  Let me know!
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