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The Best Drugstore Foundations for Mature Skin in 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 18, 2020
The Best Drugstore Foundations for Mature Skin in 2020

Give your mature skin a lift with these drugstore foundations

Finding the right foundation is no easy task, especially for those with mature skin. Just as you’re required to switch out your moisturizers and cleansers as you grow older, due to the changing needs of your skin, you also need to find the best foundations that won’t settle into fine lines, accentuate rough patches and dark spots, or dull your natural radiance. Which is already diminishing, due to lower levels of cell regeneration and collagen production. Ah, aging. The good news?

Those in their 40’s and beyond have plenty of options for hydrating, brightening, and anti-aging foundations that fight the effects of sun exposure and gravity - and most of them are under $20. Step away from the luxury makeup that makes grand anti-aging claims for an even grander sum of money, as you can get the same results with your favorite drugstore foundations for mature skin. They’re packed with youth-reviving ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C, and SPF to protect and perfect (your new fave from no7!), while providing natural coverage that hides fine lines and age spots while making you look instantly more vibrant.

Your most radiant and youthful complexion awaits with the best drugstore foundations for mature skin below!

Advanced Radiance Age Defying Foundation by Covergirl, $9

Advanced Radiance Age Defying Foundation by Covergirl
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There’s a lot of things to love about Advanced Radiance. The first is that it promises to “take 5 years off the look of your skin,” which let’s be honest, is an appealing offer even if you’re only in your late 20’s or early 30’s. Another reason to be obsessed with this foundation for mature skin? It’s the result of a collaboration between two of your favorite drugstore brands, Covergirl and Olay, to deliver youthful and Advanced Radiance (get it?) on a budget. It features an exclusive Olay Amino-Peptide Complex to not only provide buildable and lightweight coverage, but reduce the appearance of fine lines and strengthen collagen production within the body. This creates a firmer and fresher canvas to complete your makeup looks, without accentuating fine lines and other not-so-fun aspects of aging. 93% of MIRA guests say that Advanced Radiance feels smooth and lightweight on the skin, and 100% agree that it leaves your complexion looking glowy!

Healthy Skin Enhancer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 by Neutrogena, $13

Healthy Skin Enhancer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 by Neutrogena
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“Turn back the clock.” It’s not just a cliche saying, but a way of life - thanks to this drugstore foundation for mature skin by Neutrogena. Healthy Skin Enhancer contains vitamin-rich Retinol, the highly acclaimed anti-aging ingredient that smooths out fine lines, evens out skin tone, and fades discoloration for your most young-looking complexion. And that’s not all... as any skin care enthusiast knows that no anti-aging routine is complete without SPF. Protect against UV rays and environmental damage with SPF 20, as this moisturizing foundation nourishes your skin while providing blendable, lightweight, and pore-minimizing coverage. Healthy Skin works for both everyday and dramatic makeup effects, and creates a natural finish that conceals some of the most noticeable effects of aging - such as age spots and dullness. 100% of our community approves of this drugstore foundation for mature skin, while 94% say it’s pore minimizing and blends well.

Age Defying 3X Firming + Lifting Makeup by Revlon, $14

Age Defying 3X Firming + Lifting Makeup by Revlon
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Is there anything better than hybrid makeup and skincare products? Especially when they’re under $20 and make your mature skin look instantly younger and more glowy? Didn’t think so. Age Defying 3X Firming + Lifting Makeup is an anti-aging powerhouse - working as a moisturizer, serum, and primer to nourish and adorn your mature skin. It’s packed with Tri-Shield Technology for firming and anti-aging benefits, along with SPF 20 to protect against sun rays - the #1 cause of skin aging. And since we’ve told you all about how this drugstore foundation cares for your skin, let’s talk about how it keeps you looking young. The medium, buildable coverage feels divine on your complexion and lasts all day, keeping the wrinkles and loose skin away with this powerful formula. Age Defying has developed a bit of a cult status as a drugstore foundation for mature skin, with countless reviews saying that they’ve used it for years and will never pick up another foundation again. What a compliment! Whether you’re 29 and just starting to see a few wrinkles, or in your 50’s wanting to emulate Jennifer Lopez’s youthful glow… there’s very little that this Revlon drugstore foundation can’t do.

Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup by Maybelline, $10

Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup by Maybelline
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If you’ve tried Maybelline’s influencer-approved Age Rewind concealer, which many have compared to cult favorites like tarte’s Shape Tape concealer, you know that the drugstore brand doesn’t mess around when it comes to anti-aging. And you’ll get the same refreshed, recharged, and radiant look with this drugstore foundation for mature skin. Dullness is an unfortunate side effect of getting older, and Instant Age Rewind helps energize your complexion with goji berry and caffeine. That’s right, caffeine… as there’s no better way to jumpstart your morning than with a cup of coffee in one hand, and a fluffy brush in the other to blend out this creamy, long lasting foundation. It’s not just firmer, brighter, and more balanced skin you’ll get, either - as Instant Age Rewind also contains SPF 18 to prime and protect, and is top rated on MIRA for being smooth, brightening, pore-minimizing, and non-creasing!

Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup by L’Oreal, $16

Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup by L’Oreal
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Meet Visible Lift Serum - one of the best drugstore foundations that combines our three favorite things: serums, face makeup, and anti-aging benefits. If you’re as obsessed with serums as we are, you know that these skincare saviors feel practically weightless on the skin while delivering a beautiful boost of brightness, hydration, and wrinkle reduction… and you’ll get all of the above with this L’Oreal foundation. It features age-reversing ingredients like Retinol and Vitamin C for a major skin transformation - brighter, smoother, firmer, and more even. And as your skin is nourished beneath this medium coverage foundation, you won’t stop collecting compliments on the natural finish that makes you look instantly more radiant and lifted - both in skin and spirits. Try this L’Oreal favorite that our community loves for mature and sensitive skin types!  

Fast Base Foundation Stick by Revolution Beauty, $9

Fast Base Foundation Stick by Revolution Beauty
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If the wrinkles and loss of elasticity wasn’t annoying enough, dryness can be another side effect of the mature skin struggle. That’s why you need a drugstore foundation with moisturizing properties, that won’t cling to or accentuate the dry patches on your face - like the Fast Base Foundation Stick! Take a break from the liquids and powders and try this revolutionary stick formula, which melts into the skin and blends flawlessly to produce a natural, dewy finish - all while keeping your skin healthy and hydrated! Available in a range of skin tone and undertone combinations, you’ll never have to worry about choosing the wrong color that makes you look overly red or orange. In fact, Fast Base can even double as a highlighter or contour stick to add definition to your face. Just choose shades one to two times deeper than your natural skin tone, and blend into your cheekbones or jawline for sculpted features to enhance your flawless foundation look. 100% of our community loves this drugstore foundation for mature skin, and 98% say it’s extremely buildable!

Protect & Perfect Advanced All In One Foundation by no7, $16

Protect & Perfect Advanced All In One Foundation by no7
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Antioxidant protection, SPF, and 24 hours of hydration? That’s the dream for mature skin - and you’ll find it all in the Protect & Perfect foundation by no7. This mult-tasking foundation reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pores with anti-aging ingredients - like no7’s exclusive Matrixyl 3000 anti-wrinkle peptide technology. Trust us, it’s as fancy as ultra-effective as it sounds. And then there’s Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, plus Rice Protein and Alfalfa Complex for even more skin-smoothing, anti-aging benefits. As you protect your skin from environmental damage and future fine lines with SPF 50 (!), you’ll also enjoy sheer, natural coverage that does exactly what the name suggests - Protect & Perfect. This $16 drugstore foundation delivers all the best skin and beauty benefits of your favorite luxury makeup products, and MIRA guests have left incredible ratings for blendability, hydration, and pore minimizing for mature or dry skin.

Healthy Mix Serum Foundation by Bourjois, $13

Healthy Mix Serum Foundation by Bourjois
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“I swear by this foundation, it leaves your base dewy but not oily, your skin looks hydrated and even younger.” Healthy Mix Serum is a hybrid makeup-skincare product with natural ingredients that won’t irritate your mature and/or dry skin, like vitamin-rich litchi, pomegranate and goji extracts! These provide a boost of brightness, hydration, and skin balancing power - leaving you with a natural finish that lasts for 16 hours. The gel texture feels soothing on all skin types, and Healthy Mix is the ideal drugstore foundation for those who love to glow. Because you’re never too old to get down with a dewy finish, are we right? Shop one of the best drugstore foundations for mature skin with top reviews for brightening, staying power, smoothness, and pore minimizing.

HD Liquid Coverage Foundation by Catrice Cosmetics, $11

HD Liquid Coverage Foundation by Catrice Cosmetics
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“I love this foundation! I usually use light coverage foundations and BB creams, but this is my go to for heavier makeup days! This foundation has high coverage but doesn’t feel heavy on your skin.” Let us introduce you to Catrice Cosmetics, the affordable German brand that’s about to revolutionize your beauty routine. You may not find the HD Liquid Coverage Foundation next to Maybelline or e.l.f in the drugstore makeup aisle, but it’s recommended on MIRA for all skin types and has top ratings for hydration, non-creasing, pore-minimizing and creating lightweight, demi-matte coverage. The natural finish is smooth and won’t settle into fine lines, or cling to dry patches that often come with mature skin. And you’ll never have to worry about this drugstore foundation looking cakey or fading throughout the day, as coverage lasts for an entire 24 hours to keep your complexion looking naturally radiant. This 100% cruelty-free product isn’t just for mature skin, either - as it’s also loved by beauty influencers like Patrick Starr!

Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Pressed Powder by Covergirl, $11

Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Pressed Powder by Covergirl
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Listen, we know what our mature-skinned MIRA guests may be thinking when they read this. “A powder, really?” “Won’t that just accentuate my dry patches and settle into fine lines, making me look even older?” And while we totally understand the worry, we promise that it’s just a myth. Powder foundation can work beautifully on aged skin to create natural coverage for everyday makeup looks, you just need to find your fit… like this one by Covergirl! As the powder version of the Advanced Radiance liquid makeup we told you about earlier, this drugstore foundation delivers the same wrinkle-hiding and skin-balancing powers… with a silky-smooth texture that leaves a natural, radiant finish. Wear it alone for a sheer and subtle look, that still hides fine lines and dark spots, or apply over your liquid foundation for a more glamorous vibe that makes you look instantly younger!  

Shop all the best drugstore foundations for mature skin on MIRA.