Mark my words: A price tag means nothing when it comes to how good a beauty product is. That old-school way of thinking holds no truth anymore thanks to the booming business of drugstore retailers. The latest and greatest in beauty products featuring innovative, next-level formulas are available in drugstores worldwide. We particularly love the shiny bottles of full-coverage foundations stacked on the shelves.
Gorgeous glam starts with good base makeup, and there’s an array of top-notch drugstore foundations that were created with all skin types and skin tones in mind—foundations that give you the desirable coverage you’re looking for. Many of these products have gained major recognition, awards, and praise from consumers because they’re that good. Celebrity makeup artists, Byrdie editors, and real women everywhere agree that these are the 15 best full-coverage drugstore foundations on the market. Oh, and how could I forget to mention they’re all under $20?
This little gem was voted the number one drugstore foundation, so yeah, it’s good. You should believe the hype because this hardworking formula will give your skin a filter-like finish that promises not to budge. It’s loved by so many celebrity makeup artists and often used backstage during fashion week because its saturated pigment lays a flawless veil of coverage that works on all skin tones.
Byrdie’s managing editor, Lindsey, is faithful to this foundation and has been for a while. That says a lot considering how many new, luxe foundations land on her desk every day. For $7, this formula will give your skin a poreless, matte finish. If you tend to get a little shiny throughout the day, this is made with salicylic acid, which keeps your skin’s texture smooth and oil-free. It claims to last up to 24 hours and is voted America’s number one long-wear foundation.
We’ll never not acknowledge an inclusive line of foundations. Equipped with 33 shades, you’ll surely find a shade well-suited for you. Plus, there’s a patented color-match technology in each bottle that works to adjust to your unique complexion. It will cover all blemishes, and you won’t have to worry about it breaking your skin out because of its impressive ingredient list: wheat germ, grapefruit extract, vitamin A, vitamin C, and more.
This one stays on my desk at all times because the applicator is genius. It comes with a thick doe applicator that allows you to strike and dot up your face wherever you feel is necessary, without all the mess. It’s super buildable and blendable. What’s even better is its made with my all-time-favorite ingredient, hyaluronic acid. On the days your skin is feeling a tad dull, this foundation will moisturize and add a gorgeous radiance to your complexion.
You can never go wrong when choosing mineral-based makeup. This ethically sourced foundation is full of natural ingredients so your skin will look and feel happy. It brings on the glow with meadowfoam seed oil, which works to moisturize and smooth the texture of your skin.
Recommended by Byrdie’s senior editor, Hallie, this full-coverage foundation has a serum-like feel to it. It’s branded as having a second-skin effect, so you’ll have a lit-from-within look with this formula that dries to a soft matte.
In the age of the selfie, a foundation made specially for camera-ready skin sounds too good to be true. However, this particular formula is made with a light-diffusing complex. In other words, you’ll be able to skip photo editing, or spend less time on it at least, once you apply this no-filter foundation.
First thing’s first: This line of foundation comes in 45 shades. That’s major. Its noncomedogenic ingredients will glide right on to your skin, quickly mattifying for an all-day wear. It’s super breathable, though, so you’ll probably forget that it’s there.
I’ve always been a fan of Covergirl’s Queen collection because it was one of the very first makeup brand’s to create makeup made with dark skin tones in mind. Walking the line between a liquid foundation, powder foundation, and concealer, this do-it-all foundation doesn’t disappoint in the coverage category. It feels light as air too.
Cruelty-free foundations are always good in our book. Free of all the bad stuff, this natural, rose-quartz, and jasmine-infused foundation guarantees the ultimate skin luminosity. The brand boasts its staying power of a matte foundation, so its hefty dose of coverage will stick with your skin for hours on end.
It’s a beautiful thing when makeup and skincare collide. This foundation conceals and treats acne spots at the same time. It’s made of skin-saving ingredients like salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, and aloe, which is a combination you can’t beat. It’s rare to find a foundation that calms inflammation and works to fade acne scars. In terms of texture, it settles into your skin with a comfortable matte finish.
Another multitasking foundation FTW. This doubles as a concealer and foundation, which is all you can ask for when you’re looking for full coverage. Milani has always been one of my fave drugstore brands because the products overdeliver, which inevitably makes you forget its surprisingly cheap price tag.
If you’re into silky and satin finishes, this one’s for you. Healthy skin is always the end goal, right? You can trust that this exclusive SPF 20 blend will preserve your skin’s glow at all times and protect it from environmental stressors.
Sometimes, full-coverage foundations can be difficult to wash off. Keeping that in mind, this brand formulated a weightless feel that allows you to build the amount of coverage you’re looking for. Its diverse line of shades is also worth calling out.