Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin

As someone who suffers with oily skin, I know how hard it is to find a foundation that lasts more than a few hours on the skin. After years of hunting, i’ve finally found my top 5 foundations for oily skin, so I thought id share them with you guys to help some of you out!

Ive found a range of high end and drug store foundations that work brilliantly on my oily skin, so there should be something here to suit everyones budgets! I’m going to start from number 5 and work my way down, there may be a few surprises in here!

5) Too Faced Born This Way Foundation 

I had very high hopes for this foundation as i’ve seen numerous beauty gurus rave about how good it is, and when I saw it was oil free, I just knew I had to try it. I personally did not buy this foundation, as I like to test whether a foundation is going to work with my skin before I invest, so I only got a tester of this. This foundation however, retails for £29 from Debenhams or Selfridges. This is the most expensive foundation out of the 5 I’m talking about today, and it’s my least favourite of the 5. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good foundation. The coverage is medium to full which is my preference in a foundation, and it applies beautifully to the skin, almost looking as though you aren’t wearing any at all. This does work well with oily skin, it doesn’t break up at all which happens with 90% of the foundations i’ve ever tried. However, it does get shiny in my oily areas, which isn’t a problem for me as I always carry a translucent powder to remattify. After applying translucent powder to the shiny areas, this foundation goes back to looking flawless. The reason why I have placed this foundation at number 5 is because it gets shiny a lot quicker than the other 4 foundations I’m going to talk about today. I am wearing this foundation as I write this review, and i’ve only had it on for 2 and a half hours and its already looking shiny. This is a good foundation for anyone who has oily skin and doesn’t mind having to apply powder every 2-3 hours.

4) Jordana Complete Cover Maximum Coverage 2 in 1 Foundation

Im not going to say a lot about this foundation as I posted my full review last week- if you’re interested go check it out. This foundation surprised me a lot. At only £5 from beauty bay, this foundation is great for oily skinned humans like me. This foundation has good coverage, more of a medium coverage, and a nice matte finish. Again this foundation gets shiny in my t-zone, but I have placed this foundation above the Too Faced one as it takes longer to get shiny. I wore this for a whole day and noticed it getting oily around the 3 hour mark. Again this is a good medium coverage foundation for oily skin, especially for people on a budget or for people who don’t want to spend a fortune on makeup. Bare in mind that you do have to reapply powder every 3 or so hours with this foundation.

3) No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

This foundation retails for £15 from Boots. It claims to be a medium to full coverage foundation, and its not lying. I’d say this leans more towards a full coverage foundation. Another great thing about this, is that No7 offer a colour matching service which makes choosing your perfect shade 1000000x easier than it normally is. This foundation contains oil absorbing powders which helps to maintain a flawless finish all day. Again this foundation does get a little oily but not to the extent of the other two previously mentioned and after 4 hours, so lasts a little longer on the skin than the others. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who suffers from oily, blemish prone skin as it is full coverage and holds up well against oil. Again, you do have to apply powder over the top of this foundation during the day to maintain its matte finish, but it doesnt break up at all.

2) Mac Studio Fix Foundation

I have no idea why, but id never tried a Mac foundation until last week. I’d heard that they weren’t good for oily skin at all so id always avoided them but after speaking to a lovely lady at the Mac store last week, I decided to grab a tester of the studio fix foundation, and I’m so glad I did. This foundation retails for £23.50 from Mac itself. For such a thin foundation, this has insane coverage, a little goes a very long way. I’d say this is a medium to full coverage foundation. It has a nice matte finish, and looks flawless when applied all over the face with a beauty blender. I wore this foundation to work last week and worked a 9 hour shift, so had it on my face for around 10 hours and only had to reapply powder once to combat the shine. This was such a surprise for me as I’m used to having to reapply powder 3-4 times a day! This pairs amazingly with the Mac prolong wear concealer which is also an incredible concealer for oily skin. This foundation is great for anyone with oily skin looking for a high coverage foundation, that they can wear all day with minimal touch ups required.

1) Inglot HD Perfect Coverup Foundation 

I’d never ever tried an Inglot product in my life until yesterday, and its safe to say I am well and truly converted. This foundation retails for £23 from Inglot. I didn’t buy a full size foundation, I again got a sample, but I will be purchasing in the near future! This foundation has amazing coverage. They weren’t lying when they said perfect coverup, this is a very full coverage foundation. It also has a very matte finish which is great for people with oily skin. I wore this foundation yesterday for around 7 hours and was absolutely gob smacked to find that I didnt have to reapply powder at all. This foundation stayed completely matte, even on my very oily t-zone, all day. I have never ever tried a foundation that works or lasts this well on my oily skin. I would definitely definitely recommend this foundation to anyone who suffers from oily skin, and is looking for a foundation that will work for them. This has been the best makeup find I have found all year. Honestly, anyone with oily skin will know how much of a big deal it is to find a foundation that works for them, and this is it! I know its a little pricey but its definitely worth the money. I would recommend getting colour matched in store if possible as the shades are a little difficult to figure out as the number corresponds with under tones rather than shades.

So, they’re my top 5 favourite foundations for oily skin! Let me know if any of you have tried any of these and how you got on with them. Also let me know in the comments if you have any other recommendations for foundations that work well with oily skin so I can try them out!

-T xx





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