The Best Drugstore Foundations for Oily Skin

If you watch my YouTube channel you'll know I have a series called ‘Holy Grail for Oily Skin’ where I test foundations to see if they actually last on oily skin. I have obscenely oily skin and find it really difficult to get foundations to last, and I know a lot of you guys can relate. The foundations I’ve focused on aren’t ranked in any particular order because they all have different qualities. Some I’ve featured on my First Impressions Reviews and others are just foundations I've loved for many, many years.


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Revlon Colorstay

Revlon Colorstay is an all-time favourite of mine. I have used this foundation for many, many years and think it's one of the best long-wearing foundations, full-stop - drugstore or high-end. This foundation doesn't budge, so if you’re looking for a base that has a lot of coverage and really sets, this is the one for you. It's semi-matte and has very strong film formers, giving it an almost sticky finish, which can be troublesome to apply if you use too little or aren't quick enough to blend it in. Also, it can become a little bit cakey so for best results, apply with a damp sponge which loosens it up and gives you a little more play time. Revlon Colorstay is a really excellent choice if you like a inc long-wearing foundation.


L’Oréal True Match Mineral Foundation

This is a mineral powder and poles apart from the Revlon Colorstay. I first used this foundation around ten years ago and bought it in bulk. I loved it then and I still love it now. As it's a mineral powder, it's really quick and easy to buff on and provides a medium coverage. If you prefer a fuller coverage you can build it up, and surprisingly it actually devclops quite a dewy finish so don't worry about it looking dry or powdery. The L’Oréal True Match Mineral Foundation has an in-built sifter and a weird, scratchy little brush, which although can be convenient for traveling, I prefer to use a softer kabuki. If you prefer powder or mineral foundations, the L’Oréal True Match Mineral Foundation is well worth a look.


Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous

If you’ve watched my YouTube channel, you would have seen me use this foundation many, many times! As one of the least expensive drugstore options, it's a great affordable choice. Although not quite as long wearing as the Revlon Colorstay, it still does hold up well and is much easier to blend; it has that slightly looser, more silicone feel to it, resulting in a very smoothing effect to the skin. It’s great for blurring the look of pores and is a really easy foundation to apply. 

The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is a great no-brainer everyday makeup. My Mac foundation shade is between NW10 and NW15, and the Covergirl 810 is exactly that.  It has that slightly porcelain beige undertone without being too pink or peach, so it’s a great colour match for me.


Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous

Honestly, the only difference I can see between the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous and the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is the slightly creamier, thicker texture of the Ready Set Gorgeous. In saying that, it melts in and doesn’t feel thicker on the skin. This foundation is also very smoothing and a little blurry. In my experience it’s also very long wearing - I would estimate around 6 hours before needing to powder or blot. 

As in the previous Covergirl foundation, the colour is really good – I use 105. I think this foundation has a slight advantage in that it's a squeezy tube, which I love. This kind of packaging is so lightweight, great for travel, and you can cut them open to retrieve every last drop!


L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Matte

I only recently discovered this foundation as part of a recent first impression review video I uploaded. It makes the skin look smooth, plumped, and cushiony, with a beautiful velvety texture. I think it looks like a much more expensive product very comparable to Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra. For initial application at least, the two look very similar, with the same blurring effect, but with L'Oreal's is around a third of the price!

The L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Matte is probably not as long wearing as some of the other foundations I've mentioned – I get around 5 hours of wear before needing to blot and powder. It has a matte finish with a soft, silicone texture rather than the sticky-like film forming texture of Revlon Colorstay. 


Bourjois Healthy Mix

This foundation choice is a bit of a curve-ball as it’s not necessarily aimed at oily skin. Again, this seems much more expensive on the skin with a very refined finish, somewhat comparable to Mac Studio Fix fluid, but with even finer pigments. It has a lovely satin, verging on dewy finish, which usually isn't great for oily skin but once it's powdered lasts surprisingly well. This is a great choice if you have combination/oily skin but prefer a fresher look.

On the downside, I find shade selection always a bit tricky with Bourjois. They don’t cater to a broad range of skin colours at all, which is quite disappointing. If you are lucky enough to fit into their shade selection, this is a really gorgeous foundation.


So there you have it, my favourite Drugstore foundations for oily skin. If you have any questions about any of those foundations or if there are any other drugstore foundations you think work well on oily skin, I’d love to hear from you. I'm always looking for new foundations to review so I'd love to get your recommendations!