Hi guys, today I’m going to be sharing my favourite foundations for dry skin. Obviously, these are just my personal favourites and I haven’t tried every foundation on the planet. Most of these aren’t a perfect match for my skin (pale problems) but they’re all close enough to be wearable. Actually, I don’t think any are a perfect match for me. There’s a range of prices and coverage here so hopefully, there’s an option for everyone. Surprisingly, some of them are matte.
As I’m very pale and have extremely sensitive skin, there are a lot of foundations out there that I can’t use. My skin has some sort of reaction to about 60% of the products I try, so a lot of great formulas get excluded to the fault of my own face. If anyone knows of any others that I haven’t mentioned please let me know in the comments!
This list is in no particular order. Number one isn’t necessarily better than number five. All of the products listed are still available. I have a couple that should be included here but they’ve now been discontinued and it seemed cruel to rave about something you can’t buy.
Shade: Swan, fairest skin with neutral to yellow undertones. This foundation is definitely yellow, not neutral and it isn’t the fairest of fair foundations.
Claims: medium to full coverage with a natural finish
I mentioned that I picked this one up for my birthday this year and I love it! I did do a full review on this product if you’d like more detail, I’ll leave that here. The colour is less than fantastic but the review explains that in more detail.
This foundation is pretty much as the claims describe it. It has a medium coverage although it is buildable and feels weightless on the skin. On my dry skin, it has a natural to soft matte finish when applied with a brush and a natural to slightly dewy finish when applied with a beauty blender.
Shade: Crème, 1N. Fair skin with neutral undertones. So, I have another Laura Mercier foundation in this shade that I could have sworn was my exact colour. But this one is too dark. This one also has more coverage than the other one so maybe the other one isn’t actually my colour but blends with my skin better because it has less coverage. If this is 1N, I could do with a 0N. It isn’t orange on my skin, I can make it work, but I feel way more comfortable wearing this with something high necked. There is a C0 for those with pinker undertones.
Claims: Medium to full weightless coverage, 15-hour wear. High-performance wear that’s sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant.
I don’t know what this sorcery is but those claims sound like a dry skin nightmare. Yet this foundation is probably my favourite. I wear it despite the not so perfect shade because it looks absolutely flawless on my face. It isn’t the fullest of coverage, but it’s a heavy medium and I have pretty good skin anyway so I don’t need full full coverage. I don’t know about 15 hours, but it is long wearing. It’s never broken up or gone sliding off my face, even with the really hot summer we had. I’ve never had dry patches after a day of wearing this. There’s never any visible flaking on my face.
In case you can’t already tell, I love this stuff. It applies well with a brush and beauty blender, although I prefer it with a brush. It gives a soft matte finish with both but still leaves skin looking healthy and not flat.
(I think this is my favourite foundation but I have so many and the word favourite is too big of a commitment, but it’s my favourite. But I don’t want to say something is 100% my favourite. Do you see my problem?!)
Shade: Light Porcelain. Light, cool. Straight up, this foundation has an awful shade range. It has 8 shades at present. For years, I think it only had 5 and they were all some sort of beige. Light Porcelain for me is a good level of paleness but it’s extremely pink. As the coverage is light, the undertone is less of an issue as it’s only really visible in very bright lighting.
Claims: reduces signs of fatigue from your hectic life. For a brighter, poreless, flawless looking skin.
There are no coverage claims with this foundation but I’d say it was a light/ light-medium.
The claim that this is an anti-fatigue foundation is true, it’s light coverage but a nice glow booster. It makes my skin look really healthy. I find this one perfect for no-makeup makeup looks or those days where you want to wear something but can’t really be bothered with a full face. This one doesn’t have the greatest longevity in the heat and certainly isn’t transfer proof without setting, but it’s a good winter option.
I’m not that keen on this one with a brush, as the formula is thin I think it looks streaky easily. I love it with a beauty blender though.
Shade: Alabaster. Bobbi Brown doesn’t include colour descriptions, which is super helpful. But, I’d say this is an off-white with a tiny hint of pink but it’s neutral enough to work for most undertones.
Claims: Looks and feels like skin, for all skin tones and types. Formulated with a blend of emollients like olive extract and shea butter, the formula intensely moisturises wherever skin is dry. Light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals perfect the appearance of skin while offering target oil and shine control.
I can’t imagine this looking good on very oily skin types so I’m not sure about the claim that it works for all skin types. I’d say this foundation has an average wear time, it doesn’t last forever but it holds up well throughout the day. As this is a cream, I think it blends best with a beauty blender. Again, I think this more of a medium than a full coverage. It’s very moisturising. As it’s a stick, it can drag on the skin a little if it hasn’t been prepped. This works best with a more silicone based primer.
5….. has now been discontinued.
I took my photos for this post a while ago now, it’s been on my to-do list for about two months. But I wanted to wait until the seasons changed so it could help the most people. In that time, it would appear the fifth one has been discontinued. It’s still listed on some department stores websites’ but is no longer available from the brand. I’m not going to mention it as it’s no longer available in every shade. Sorry!
I want to include a sentence or two on a couple that nearly made the cut but didn’t and a quick mention why.:
These ones are great. Definitely one of my favourite cheaper foundations. It ends up very dewy, but on my skin, it can look slightly dry on application. It needs a while to settle into my skin if it’s drier when I start. Not sure how much use I’ll get out of this in the colder months which is why it didn’t make the top 4/5. The lightest shade is also too dark. You can read my full review here.
UPDATE: It now comes in a lighter shade (0.5) which may work for me. Although, it says that’s pink, so maybe not.
When I first tried that foundation, I thought it was one of the best ever. My skin looked incredible. Then I got a sensitivity reaction and a huge rash appeared that took about a week to go away. 100% my skin’s fault for being so sensitive, but this one is definitely worth a try. Although, if you’re pale, this was also too dark in the lightest shade.
Have you tried any of these foundations? Let me know your favourite foundations for dry skin in the comments. As I said in my intro, I can’t use a lot of products because of my skin so this is only my pick of the ones I don’t react to, but your skin could be totally different!
Until next time,
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