9 magical matte-finish foundations ideal for oily skin
Is that midday shine ruining your makeup game? We’ve got you covered
By Team BeautyCrew
June 02 2022
There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror at midday and realising your makeup has pretty much slipped right off your face.
You started the day with your complexion looking pretty damn flawless, and now all of a sudden you’re showing off a shiny T-zone with a side of enlarged pores. Nice, huh? What’s worse is, you probably feel like you’ve tried every translucent powder and oil-free/matte/long-lasting foundation combo that exists to no avail.
And we feel you. Trying to find a full coverage foundation that lasts all day long on an oily skin type but doesn't clog your pores or go cakey as hell can be a serious task. Foundations can come with steep price tags, too , so it hurts when you spend your hard-earned pennies on one that does *nothing* for your complexion.
So, what’s the solution? There must be an easier (and cheaper) way than this whole trial and error thing, right? Good news: there is – we've done the trialling for you and found the oil-friendly formulas bound for success...
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup
If you struggle with oily skin that’s also acne-prone, you won't find a better fit than this. It's a blemish-busting base that contains salicylic acid, meaning it actually works to treat (and prevent) breakouts while neutralising redness and controlling oil production at the same time.
$57 at Clinique
Fenty Beauty Pro’Filtr Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
You've no doubt heard the hype around Rihanna’s famous Fenty offering but we promise it somehow still exceeds expectations. Totally buildable, its super silky formula glides onto the skin and keeps oil well and truly under control without leaving your skin looking lifeless.
$56 at Sephora
M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
You can finally forget about your relentless blotting paper schedule, because this full coverage foundation will last the whole day while controlling shine the entire time. It gives your skin the most glorious flawless satin finish that both feels and looks natural, plus, it also doubles down as a concealer. Full marks.
$62 at M.A.C
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
We don't mean to be dramatic, but this foundation is *destined* to aid your oily skin. It’s oil-free and non-comedogenic to keep your pores in the clear, and it transforms from a liquid into powder upon application. How cool is that?! P.S. They really weren't kidding with the name; immaculate sums up its finish well.
$90 at MECCA
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Matte Cover Foundation
This brilliant budget buy ticks all the boxes when it comes to nabbing smooth, flawless-looking skin that truly lasts. The unique long-wearing formula *actually* sticks around (it’s waterproof, sweat-proof and steam-proof) but doesn't result in a cakey-looking complexion.
$32.99 at Priceline
BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation
Prefer power? This lightweight mineral foundation provides the most flawless coverage, while still legitimately letting your skin breathe (almost unheard of). It'll stay strong for up to eight hours and works to even skin tone, blur redness and blemishes, and camouflage the appearance of oil, fine lines and wrinkles.
$48 at MECCA
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Makeup
Promising up to 15 hours of shine-free wear, this long-loved mattifying foundation is oil-free, oil-controlling, waterproof and transfer-resistant (a blessing as we head into spring and summer). The coverage is buildable and stays matte with minimal (if any) touch-ups needed throughout the day.
$62 at Estée Lauder
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream + Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40
Okay, it's not technically a foundation, but we swear it’s not far off the mark. This oil-free base sure had some big shoes to fill (its luminous predecessor has a pretty serious following), but its mattifying yet not drying formula definitely delivers, and a little goes a long way, so it's a top notch investment.
$65 at Sephora