10 of the best foundations with the official BEAUTYcrew seal of approval
Trust us, your skin has never looked this good
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 09 2024
Picking the best foundation for you will take more than just a few shade-matching swatches.
Shade selection is really just the tip of the iceberg; from finish to coverage to skin type, we all need something a little bit different.
We’ve done our due diligence as experts over the years and found the best foundations in Australia to suit these varying needs. From the best foundations for dry skin to full coverage foundations, matte foundations, and the best foundations for glowing skin, we’ve got every and any of your foundation requirements sorted.
But as beauty editors, we — the BEAUTYcrew team — also have our own favourites (and the Review Crew® members aren’t shy about sharing their preferences either). So we’ve collectively come together to share what we consider to be the best foundations in Australia overall.
We all have very different skin types and preferences when it comes to makeup so this should be interesting…
10 of the best foundations in Australia
Eye of Horus Second Skin Foundation Light/Medium
Australian beauty brand Eye of Horus offers clean, conscious and considered cosmetics enhancing natural beauty. Enriched with 34% biological ingredients suited to all skin types, the second skin foundation offers all-day wear with medium to full coverage.
Infused with Moringa, Ectoin, Abyssinian, Macadamia and Witch Hazel, your skin will reap the benefits of long lasting hydration with each wear, leaving you feeling confident and ready to take on the day. Oh, and did we mention that it's made with SPF25+ for broad-spectrum sun protection.
$85 at Eye of Horus
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint
Hands up if you’ve ever steered clear of a foundation because it was classified as glowy? This foundation defies all odds and offers radiance minus the grease-factor. In fact, it offers medium coverage that lasts up to 24 hours after application. Plus, it’s infused with botanicals and antioxidants such as marigold, mallow, and vitamin E.
“For glow without grease, this foundation cannot be beat. I’m sure it helps greatly that I was accurately shade matched, but every time I put this foundation on I just love the way my skin looks. It’s a unicorn-like formula that adds radiance without having to be overly dewy or slippery in texture, and can also be built from a medium to full coverage. The finish is natural but oh so luminous. My combination skin thanks whoever created this magic.” – Samantha McMeekin, BEAUTYcrew's Editor
$102 at Myer
Gucci Natural Finish Fluid Foundation
Wish you could wear a blurring filter all day long? This foundation smooths imperfections, unifies your complexion, and still looks natural IRL. The lightweight, buildable and long-wearing formula leaves a velvety veil on the skin that blurs the appearance of pores, blemishes and texture too.
“If you’re willing to spend a little extra in the name of velvety coverage (or you’re simply after a killer special event base to keep in your beauty bag’s back pocket), I cannot sing the praises of this one loud enough. A lightweight, long-wearing liquid that builds up to your desired coverage (but offers impressive blurring and blemish-camouflaging benefits with even the smallest swipe), it’s a skin-polishing natural matte that goes on silky smooth and doesn’t drag, even if you have dry skin like me.” – Delaney Loane, BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor
$110 at Myer
Chanel N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Foundation
Enriched with red camellia, this lightweight pick boasts anti-ageing and texture-perfecting properties. It enhances your complexion, while helping to improve the quality of your skin over time. The result? Plump, glowy skin that somehow looks smoother and softer the more frequently you wear it.
“I’ve always been one to feel claustrophobic in a foundation. Though it’s all very precious of me, applying makeup to my skin (though I need it at the best of times) makes my acne-prone complexion feel like it's on the edge of a breakout as each minute passes by. Chanel’s N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Foundation is the exception. It conceals as well as corrects, softens, blurs and smells so goddamn fresh that if you were to close your eyes, you’d think you were just applying a lightweight lotion.” – Ruby Cotton, BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer
$110 at Myer
Elate Cosmetics Refresh Sheer Tint Foundation Refill
Got dry skin? Infused with hyaluronic acid and bamboo extract, this hydrating foundation helps to plump, balance and ensure optimal hydration levels for the skin. Wear it sheer on no-makeup makeup days or build up the coverage for a poreless, perfected finish that’s lightweight on skin.
"I've found the perfect foundation; Oh so light light weight. Blends in well with my complexion giving my face a natural glow and providing enough coverage from my blemishes. I am in love with this foundation." - Satisfied Elate Beauty customer
$29 at Flora and Fauna
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation
Thanks to a formula that’s enriched with skin-loving ingredients (like hydrating hyaluronic acid and brightening rose complex), you’re guaranteed to get a few compliments on how good your skin looks with this on your face. It provides lightweight, medium coverage, and a healthy-looking glow that smooths and perfects your complexion.
“I fell in love with the Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation as soon as I first tried it, and it hasn't left my makeup bag since. I find the medium coverage perfect for both day and night, as I can sheer it out for a more natural look, or build it up where needed. My favourite way to apply this foundation is with a damp makeup sponge, which leaves a streak-free, smooth finish. The formulation includes a rose complex, hyaluronic acid and coconut extract for hydrating and brightening, leaving my skin with a healthy-looking glow that lasts all day. There are also 30 shades available in the range (I wear 3 Neutral), which means there’s plenty of choice for all skin tones.” – Aja Walter, BEAUTYDIRECTORY's Editor
$65 from Charlotte Tilbury
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
As far as foundations go, Luminous Silk’s reputation precedes it. It imparts a blurring swathe of velvet-matte, medium coverage radiance. It diminishes blemishes, pigmentation and texture with ease too. No wonder it’s a crowd favourite.
“The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a long-time favourite of mine. I find the coverage to be better than any other foundation I’ve tried and it lasts the entire day, no matter what I’m doing. I was recommended this by my dermatologist, who said it’s great for acne-prone skin as it’s lightweight and doesn’t clog pores. It feels very soft and silky (hence the name I suppose!) and applies super easily. I recommend using a brush when applying, as it seems to blend the foundation better than a sponge.” – Tiarne Blackwell, BEAUTYDIRECTORY's Listings Producer
$105 from Sephora
PAT MCGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation
Into a foundation that makes your skin look its best without being detectable? This foundation features a moisturising vita-serum complex that works to minimise the formation of wrinkles. Plus, it’s infused with diamond core powder technology (yep, seriously) which helps to perfect skin texture, while smoothing and blurring the appearance of fine lines, pores and imperfections. Ultimately, it provides skin with a luminous, lightweight, soft-focus filter *chefs kiss*.
“The day I ran out of this foundation was the saddest day of my dry-skinned little life. I’ve tried countless formulas that I’ve liked a lot since then but they've never hit the mark the same way this one did – Alexa, cue Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One”. It’s a devastating realisation because it’s one of the most expensive foundations I’ve ever used. But if $111 is the price I have to pay for perfection – I’m handing over the cash. Why do I love it so much? Maybe it’s the lightweight, almost water-like feel of the formula, or perhaps it’s the way it seamlessly blends into my skin. It could be the fact that its radiant finish makes me look like I’ve been getting regular hydrofacials (goals). Plus, it also smooths and blurs imperfections like dark spots, fine lines, texture and uneven skin tone without masking my complexion, which I love.” – Briar Clark, BEAUTYcrew’s Content Producer
$115.88 at Revolve
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation somehow manages to impart a soft-matte finish for up to 24 hours without leaving your skin looking like an arid desert. Lancôme spent eight years developing the Eternal Soft technology so you can enjoy a shine-free, flawlessly retouched complexion without a ‘Photoshop For Dummies’ guidebook.
“Second skin and never looks cakey. I love the formula and how buildable it is. I use one layer for daily use and can build it up when I am going out. It comes in a glass pump top bottle and though pricey, is worth the money. I love the extensive shade range and how it looks so perfectly close to my natural skin color (shade 03 beige diaphane). It is oil-free and has a matte finish and doesn't make my acne worse. It applies well with so many different types of applicators. It does have fragrance so those who are sensitive may not like it but I will buy this for as long as they make this!!” – Ati S, REVIEWcrew® Member
$79 at Lancome
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Foundation
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Foundation is a drugstore foundation that can play with the big dogs (AKA high-end foundation). It provides long-lasting, lightweight full coverage that doesn’t get cakey or dry throughout the day. Infused with a hyaluronic rich complex, the formula works to hydrate skin as well as perfect it, so you can minimise shine without compromising on moisture.
“I have purchased the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Foundation to try because all my friends recommended it and they didn't lie. This foundation is amazing because it delivers everything it claims. The foundation has a lightweight texture with high coverage without looking thick or cakey. I have dry skin and this foundation doesn't crease or crack on my skin (I did apply a hydrating primer as a base). Very good quality foundation at a very affordable price.” – Helen T, REVIEWcrew® Member
was $37 at Big W
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.