My Favourite Long Lasting Foundations (Mainly Drugstore)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to speak to you about a few foundations I've been loving lately. As someone with oily/combination skin, I'm constantly on the hunt for a long-lasting foundation. I'm really not one for touching up my make up so for me it's essential and anything that can last well on my oily nose goes down very well for me. I've tried a lot of foundations, both high end (such as EL Doublewear, MAC Studio Fix) and drugstore. I'd given up a lot of hope on ever finding any but this year, so many amazing foundations were released and now, I struggle to choose a favourite. The best part is, almost all of them are drugstore and I can honestly say I find the quality and lasting power is 10x better than any high end foundation I've used.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation £9.99 - I was pretty aprhensive about this foundation as the only similar foundation I've used was the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, which didn't work out too well. But this foundation is so lovely. The texture is really unique, but it makes it blend so effortlessly into the skin. It provides a medium matte coverage which can be built up but remains looking pretty natural and not at all cakey on the skin at all. You also don't need to use a lot of it because of it's blend-ability and it lasts about 6-7 hours on my skin without powdering. If you've been scared to try it, I would definitely suggest giving it a go. 

& Other Stories All Day Perfecting Foundation £15 - This foundation is a really nice, long lasting option for those of you who prefer more of a satin/dewy finish. Of the four I have to say this is probably the only one I wouldn't repurchase as it is a lot more expensive and isn't quite the finish I like the best. However, it's got a really good medium coverage with a wear time of around 6 hours and definitely my favourite of the high ends foundations I've tried.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation £4.80 - I absolutely adore this stuff. This is one of my all time favourite everyday foundations now alongside the last offering. It lasts amazingly well, we're talking around 8-9 hours without repowdering and is such a beautiful finish. It's more of a light matte finish but looks pretty natural, just like your skin but perfected. It's not avaliable in the UK but you can order it on ebay (for 3x the price, annoyingly). I'm definitely going to be picking up a few if I ever go back to America!

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Oil-Free Foundation £5.99 - This is an equally amazing foundation that I really didn't expect to love as much as I do. I'd also definitely repurchase this foundation, I use it really regularly as I know I can rely on it to last me all day. The weartime is also around 8-9 hours on my skin and applies really evenly and easily. It offers a good medium, buildable coverage that remains natural on the skin.

So the two cheapest foundations are my favourite, who would have guessed! I'd definitely advice trying these before forking out double or triple the price for something that in my experience doesn't work or last nowhere near as well. I hope this helped some of you struggling to find something that works and those of you on a budget! Just for reference, I tend to use Benefit Porefessional or MAC Refined Zone Primer under them. Please let me know any posts you'd like to see :)


  1. Great post! Alot of these aren't available in Australia but that Covergirl one I'm really interested in trying after all the hype surrounding it! I don't think I've heard a bad thing about it :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  2. The outlast foundation is my current favorite! It truly has great coverage and really does work like a primer too!

  3. Thankyou so much for this post - I have exactly the same problem with my combination skin so I think I will definitely be giving some of these a try! x

  4. Nice picks! I usually opt for a long-wearing foundation as well. Revlon ColourStay (both the liquid and Whipped Creme versions) is my all-time favourite :)


  5. The covergirl foundation is the exact same as the maxfactor one in the UK! its the same company :)

  6. nice products:) great post