We took a vote and these are our favourite foundations
Ace your base with any of these amazing, tried-and-tested foundations
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / October 05 2018
If you’re an indecisive person by nature who can’t handle too many options, then finding a foundation would be pure hell for you. Even those of us who know what we want struggle to navigate the thousands of different foundations out there in search of ‘The One’. Trialling them all will cost you a bomb, and probably won’t do your skin any favours. Really, the only way to narrow the search is through some friendly recommendations. So we reached out to our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members and asked them to share their pick for THE best foundation. Here's our list of the best foundations in Australia.
#13 / Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation
Clay may sound like an odd addition to your foundation formula, but it’s what makes this one of our top picks for acne-prone skin. It’s oil-free with a matte finish, and while it delivers the full coverage you’re looking for to mask acne and imperfections, it still allows your skin to breathe and won’t clog pores so you don’t have to worry about making matters worse every time you cover up.
Number of shades: 40
The review: “My favourite foundation is Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. I love the shade in medium tan honey because it is not only is the perfect colour - a warm light tan shade without any hint of orange -, but every time I wear it, I instantly look healthier, like I’ve had more sleep and my face doesn’t even look like I have a lot of makeup on. It must do the same for a lot of people as every time I go to buy it, it’s sold out.” Dorota, SUPERcrew member
#12 / Priori Mineral Skincare Broad Spectrum SPF15 Foundation
It’s hard to imagine a powder foundation can look after the health of your skin while it delivers a natural-looking coverage, but this one can. It’s our pick for the best mineral foundation as well as the best powder foundation for its three-in-one approach to flawless skin. The 100 per cent natural formula is enriched with anti-ageing CoffeeBerry extract and skin-loving botanical extracts to improve skin; it contains a broad-spectrum zinc oxide sunscreen to protect against sun damage; and its tinted mineral powders buff effortlessly into the complexion to smooth out skin tone and conceal imperfections.
Number of shades: 5
The review: “I’ve always considered myself pro-liquid foundation and anti-powders because I’m all about dewiness, not a lacklustre matte finish (which is what I’ve always associated powders with). But this powder foundation changed my mind. It’s the first time I’ve ever found my perfect shade match, it covers up my dark circles like no liquid foundation has ever been able to, and you can’t even tell I’m wearing it (except for the fact that you can no longer see my imperfections!). I’ve tried a lot of foundations and while I still have my liquid favourites for when I want to up the dewiness on my complexion, this is the one I reach for if I want an undetectable ‘no makeup’ makeup finish." Chelsea Tromans, Beauty Crew's Contributing Editor
#11 / La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation
La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane range is made for sensitive skin, but really any skin type will reap the rewards of this high-coverage, inflammation-soothing formula, especially if the summer heat has your skin feeling a bit temperamental. It acts a bit like a CC cream, too, correcting redness and imperfections for an effortlessly flawless finish.
Number of shades: 6
The review: “I’m obsessed with the versatility of this product - the formula is usually medium to high-coverage without feeling heavy or sticky, and it can easily be sheered out with some primer or a few sprizes of face mist. On top of that, it’s loaded with sun protection, which makes it a real time-saver when I’m applying it in the morning (and running late for work!).” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
#10 / Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
An excellent choice for oily skin, but equally beautiful on normal skin types, this affordable buy smooths skin texture, blurs pores and mops up excess oil with the help of micro-powders, to give you a seamless matte base. Our Review Crew® also praised it for its long-lasting wear and ultra-extensive shade range, and awarded it a 4-star rating.
Number of shades: 40
The review: “This is the only liquid foundation I have found that I can use on my combination skin. Doesn't feel clogging or end up all oily-looking after a few hours wear. Just leaves my skin looking radiant, evened out and feels very lightweight.” Mandy, SUPERcrew member
#9 / Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Oil-free, radiance-enhancing and with ‘I woke up like this’ skin in mind, there’s a lot to love about this foundation. All the skin-loving goodness in the formula is definitely a big bonus: there’s coconut water to replenish moisture, hyaluronic acid to plump and rehydrate, and alpine rose, which improves skin barrier function. When international beauty vlogger Huda Kuttan reviewed the foundation back in 2015 when it first launched, she praised it for how natural it looked and said “it literally covers eeeeeeverything”. Anna Heinrich is a fan, too, sharing with us in an exclusive interview that “I take it everywhere!”
Number of shades: 35
The review: “My favourite foundation would have to be Too Faced's Born This Way! I love its medium but buildable coverage, how it smooths over any dryness around my nose, and its gorgeous satin finish. I also find that the longer I wear it, the better it looks! I didn't even think that was possible!” Alex, SUPERcrew member
#8 / Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15
This foundation has been developed by dermatologists, which is always good news for your skin. It’s a top pick for mature skin as it fades age spots and improves clarity the more you use it. Then there’s the coverage factor, that can be built to what you like.
Number of shades: 10
The review: “This is a great all-round base. The formula helps cover redness and dark spots for a your-skin-but-better finish. I also love that it's more than just a foundation. It offers broad-spectrum sun protection combined with active skin care to diminish existing sun spots (not just mask them).” Alex Noonan, Beauty Crew’s Content Director
#7 / NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
If radiance is your goal, this cult-favourite foundation delivers. Both on the look it gives your complexion (who doesn’t love a healthy glow?!), and the hydrating benefits it delivers to your skin. It has brightening properties, too, thanks to vitamin C and turmeric, which works to improve your skin while it dresses it in a gorgeous, natural-looking coverage.
Number of shades: 19
The review: “My all-time fave foundation is Nars Sheer Glow. I’ve repurchased this so many times I’ve lost count, and any other foundation I’ve tried since just doesn’t compare. It has medium to full buildable coverage, and leaves my skin looking luminous. I get so many compliments when I wear this foundation.” Bree, SUPERcrew member
#6 / Yves Saint Laurent Beauté All Hours Foundation
We sent this foundation to our Review Crew® and asked them to share their honest thoughts on the product. What did they have to say? Besides awarding it 4.5 stars, they just adored the full coverage, long-lasting, flawless matte finish it provided. The formula is oil-free, which is a winner for combination skin and oil-prone complexions. The addition of a black tea antioxidant complex that visibly improves signs of fatigue and a dull appearance, as well as protects skin from pollution, is a big plus for *every* skin type.
Number of shades: 22
The review: “My favourite foundation is the YSL All Hours Foundation. The formula is lightweight, blends easily and gives a smooth, flawless satin finish. It holds up well during the summer months, plus the packaging is gorgeous!” Rosalind, SUPERcrew member
#5 / IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+
Not technically a ‘foundation’, although CC creams are a great alternative if you need that little something extra out of your base makeup, what we love about this product is the unbelievable coverage it dishes up, hiding all imperfections you’d rather the rest of the world didn’t see. And, it doesn’t look cakey in the process. The formula was developed with leading plastic surgeons, with the goal of treating skin long-term (such a post-cosmetic procedure) while perfecting the look of it instantly. The fact that is contains a SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum non-chemical sunscreen just makes us love it even more.
Number of shades: 5
The review: “This medium coverage CC cream is the perfect radiant and long-lasting base product. While it can be applied with a brush or beautyblender, I love blending one small pump out with my fingers for a seamless finish that covers imperfections without making me look too ‘done.’ I couldn’t recommend this highly enough!” Kate Niven, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Writer
#4 / Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
In case you missed it, this foundation in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty range was a game-changer for inclusive beauty, paving the way for other brands to extend their shade offerings to 40 hues, minimum. But it’s more than just a range that has every skin tone covered. It’s humidity-resistant, sweatproof and boasts a dreamy soft-matte finish that makes your skin look so good.
Number of shades: 40
The review: “There was so much hype around this foundation – more so for the diverse and inclusive shade range than the long-wear formula – and after trying it just a few times, I can say it’s lived up to its reputation and has found itself a permanent spot in my foundation rotation (yes, I have a foundation wardrobe). I mainly reach for this one when I need fuller coverage and long-lasting wear (big events like weddings etc), and I love how it doesn’t look like it’s caked on. It gives a really natural-looking finish, and even though it mattifies, the finish isn’t chalky or flat. My skin still looks radiant and like my own. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#3 / Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
This foundation makes your skin look all healthy and radiant for 16 hours straight. Major plus. But it’s also what it does for your skin that makes it one of our faves. The anti-fatigue formula contains vitamin-rich litchi, goji berries and pomegranate to make your skin glow from within. Finally, it’s gel texture brings it all home, ensuring you get a well-blended seamless finish.
Number of shades: 4
The review: “The shade range is laughable, but if you're lucky enough to find a match, this foundation is remarkably beautiful in its texture, blendability, finish, as well as wear. It doesn't streak along the oily parts of my face or get cakey around the drier patches when I have them; it just looks like my skin - but evened out with added luminosity. The best part, though, is that it doubles as skin care as it is packed with antioxidants.” Bhavna, SUPERcrew member
#2 / Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF25
The entire Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation range (there’s the original, Nude Water Fresh, Maximum Coverage and Light variants) received many, many votes from our SUPERcrew members. Our Review Crew® were big fans of the Double Wear Nude formulation when we sent it to them to trial, gushing over its water-light feel (your summer skin will LOVE it) and fresh satin finish. It’s also a great choice for dry skin because of its moisture complex of red fruit extracts, and for cityslickers exposed to polluted air (the antioxidants in it provide an invisible defense against environmental damage).
Number of shades: 21
The review: “I am loving the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh as it has a high SPF of 25 that is broad-spectrum too, so it's a good SPF. I love that it has a colour that really suits me. It's a lightweight feel but a good medium coverage that lasts the day.” Vanessa, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
We hate to play favourites but this is our pick for the best liquid foundation. It’s hard to argue with the glowing foundation reviews it received when we sent it to our Review Crew® members (it’s our first ever product to receive a full five stars from our trial team), or the celebrity following its earned (Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle are among its famous fans). The words ‘airbrushed’, ‘luminous’ and ‘silky’ were thrown around a lot. It may not come cheap, but when it delivers on its promise of a flawless, luminous base, we’d say it’s money well spent.
Number of shades: 28
The reviews: “I LOOOVE Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.It is seriously luxe, it gives a buildable coverage with a silky, dewy finish that makes your skin feel and look photoshopped-smooth....without feeling like a mask.It feels divine on, wears for hours and a tiny amount goes a long way (a good thing at the price).” Jacqui, SUPERcrew member
“I am a professional bridal makeup artist, and I have an exceptional high standard when it comes to the base. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is my top pick - it provides a flawless and luminous coverage all day without feeling heavy. Although it is a sheer to medium coverage foundation, I found that it is very good at covering most imperfections, especially uneven skin tone. It has been my staple in my professional and also personal makeup kit.” Bella, SUPERcrew member
Ok, foundation formula found. Unfortunately that’s just step one done. Now you need to find the perfect shade - here’s how. After that, it’s time to nail the application (take your pick from these three methods).
Did your favourite foundation make the list? Do you have your own top pick to share?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.