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The Best Drugstore Foundations for Oily Skin in 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Nov 30, 2020
The Best Drugstore Foundations for Oily Skin in 2020

Top rated foundations to combat oily skin, all under $20

When it comes to foundation, if you have oily skin, or even if it fluctuates to a more greasy glow here and there, you need a formula that won't turn too slick after a few hours of wear. The secret to makeup that stays grease-free throughout the day starts with the best foundation for your oily skin type. There's nothing like the panic of having to blot your forehead with a tissue to soak up melting makeup, mid-day, right? Don't worry, we have been there, too.

Scooping up the ideal shade of foundation (whether a liquid, creamy stick, or powder palette) when you have oily skin is no easy task. In fact, it can be really intimidating. We get it, you crave a healthy, dewy complexion, but that vibe can turn into a greaseball mess - fast - if your skin is oily to begin with. Remember, the T-zone and the chin can look like reflective surfaces in seconds if you apply the wrong formula. What your skin craves - is a foundation that contains pigments to help balance oil and leave your face with a blurred matte look, that also won't disappear throughout the day.

Don't sweat it! Ahead are the best drugstore foundations for oily skin available on MIRA - that will keep you looking matte and creaseless.

Covergirl, Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation, $11.99

Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation by CoverGirl
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This triple-duty primer-concealer-foundation hybrid, produces a silky, medium-coverage base that is proven to perfect skin and stay in place - no worries, no slip n slide, here. The blendable formula provides coverage, that lasts all day. We know what you're thinking, but what does it feel like? We tested it out and can positively say, it's light-weight, plus it does not look cakey, or flakey. It combats shine with its strategic grease-absorbing ingredients that balance out oil levels throughout the day. Customers say this foundation will stay in place under pressure, even on the sweatiest and hottest days. It's available in 13 diverse shades and contains SPF 20 so your face gets TLC protection, too. Pro tip: Use a Beauty Blender to buff it into the skin for seamless full coverage.

Maybelline, Fit Me Shine Free + Balance Stick Foundation, $8.97

Fit Me Shine Free+Balance Stick Foundation by Maybelline
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We love a good foundation stick, don't you? Well, if you have oily skin, you might be weary. Aren't they all really creamy and dewy? Kind of. This foundation stick goes on creamy and blends into a natural matte finish. The Fit Me Shine Free + Balance Stick by Maybelline is actually a gel foundation with an exclusive anti-shine powder core, that instantly dissolves excess oil, like a magic sponge. Seriously, this product is superhero material - it banishes shine and blends away uneven skin tone. “Micropowders” are the secret weapon in this foundation, because they absorb oil and smooth out the texture of your skin, so pores disappear. Your oil-prone skin will stay gleam-free for up to ten hours. The tube design is compact and cute, making it great for fuss-free, quick application on the go.

L'Oreal, Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation, $12.99

Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation by L'Oreal

This long-wear formula covers well, with even a light-hand application. It hides imperfections and blends uneven skin tone for a clear, smooth complexion, and provides a matte finish. Plus, it feels light on your skin. MIRA community members say, "I use this and I don’t even have to set it with powder. Plus it’s super affordable," and "I’m in love with this foundation!" I guess there's a reason L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation tops every "best of" list in the formulas designed for the "oily skin" category. The lightweight and creamy foundation is available in 22 shades and lasts up to 24 hours. So, yeah, you can actually say, I woke up like this, and mean it.

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, $14

Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX
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From pale to deep espresso, and every shade in between, NYX's matte-finish drops provide the perfect level of coverage you desire. Use the convenient dropper to pop a few drops on a fave makeup brush, blender, or even your fingertips. Work it in and add drops until you're feeling the coverage. We are obsessed with this waste-free way of applying liquid foundation - the dropper applicator is genius. The water-based formula is an ideal option for oily skin complexions, because it still offers a full-coverage finish that looks natural. Another perk is the feel, or should we say, lack there of. This makeup not only gives off that effortless, no-makeup-makeup look, your skin will feel naked, too.

Neutrogena, SkinClearing Liquid Makeup, $10.50

Skin Clearing Oil-Free makeup by Neutrogena
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When it comes to oily skin, you'll find that dermatologists tend to recommend  affordable drugstore makeup products like this one, with ‘Microclear’ technology. Why? Because it's a double-duty foundation that acts as a treatment and skin-perfecting fluid in one. The magic is in the ingriedients, including a low dose of salicylic acid to fight blemishes in their early stages. SkinClearing Liquid Makeup by Neutrogena made MIRA'S top multi-tasking product list because it banishes shine, treats bumps, and soothes redness in a non-irritating way. Plus, the coverage is breathable and airy, and won't clog your pores.

Revlon, ColorStay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15, $12.59

Colorstay by Revlon
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It was voted America's #1 long-wearing foundation, because the non-greasy, oil-free formula offers a smooth application and matte finish that hides pores. Revlon is so proud of their cult-favorite product, they dubbed it, "life-tested." It's available in 43 diverse shades and fortified with SPF 15 to help protect your skin. Pro-tip: Apply a small dab to one area at a time and blend quickly with a buffing foundation brush before it sets.

Pacifica, Alight Clean Foundation, $16

Alight Clean Foundation by Pacifica
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Facts: Your oily skin can still look fresh and dewy, not dirty and greasy. Because, yes, everyone deserves to shine. This foundation will tame slick spots, to produce a radiant glow. We love the ingredients in this 100% oil-free, clean, eco-conscious, vegan formula. Hyaluronic acid supports your thirsty skin, while coconut water lends a hand in balancing oily prone complexions. Also, rose and seaweed extracts draw in moisture, offering an anti-shine, natural, satin-like finish. This formula comes in 30 shades to compliment real skin tones.

Rimmel, Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, $5.79

Stay Matte by Rimmel
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Did you know that your oily skin type can actually wage war on your foundation? Well, it can, and that's why you need to be super selective when browsing the drugstore aisles, which, we know, can be a little intimidating. There are so many choices, and at attractive price points. Thankfully, we tested Rimmel's Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and it works wonders on greasy, oiled up skin. The airy, mousse texture dissolves oil, leaving in its wake, a shine-free, natural-looking matte canvas.

Wet n Wild Beauty, PhotoFocus Stick Foundation, $6

PhotoFocus Stick Foundation by Wet n Wild
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We know, we know. Can you trust a product called Wet n Wild if you're trying to tame your already wet n wild oily complexion? We're here to tell you, yes, try it. We describe this finish as semi-matte - and suggest you work it in - with a makeup blender, or your fingers, for the best blending results. The Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation stick is a high-performing, skin-perfecting formula that sops up oil and produces a radiant complexion. It is formulated with a light-diffusing complex to deliver buildable coverage, without that dreaded cakey appearance. This handy stick is infused with argan and sunflower seed oils for intense moisture and seamless blendability. Bonus: It was consumer tested under seven lighting conditions for flawless wear and no-filter Insta-worthy selfies.

e.l.f., Flawless Finish Foundation, $6

Flawless Finish by e.l.f.
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This is e.l.f.'s best-selling liquid foundation - and we're not surprised. The lightweight, oil-free formula comes in 40 shades. The creamy liquid blends effortlessly into skin for a semi-matte finish that lasts all day long. We're also really excited, that this foundation lends a hand in restoring uneven skin textures and tones for visibly brighter skin. While it's good for all skin-types, people with oily skin will win with this oil-free formula, and the price point, at just 6 bucks is pretty sweet, too.

Covergirl, Clean Matte BB Cream, $9.29

BB Cream by CoverGirl
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We're aware that BB creams are usually packed with mega-hydrating oils, and that isn't a great advertisement for someone with oily skin, right? Correct. However, this BB cream from CoverGirl is special, because it boasts an oil-free formula that blurs redness, while it tames shine. The end result: A low-maintenance, clean matte finish we approve of - you will too. Available in 12 colors, buy a tube on MIRA.

Maybelline, SuperStay Full Coverage Powder Foundation Makeup, $11.99

Superstar Full Coverage Powder Foundation by Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

Remember, foundation doesn't have to come in a bottle, stick, or tube, and it certainly doesn't have to be liquid. In fact, a powder foundation palette is an ideal choice for someone prone to oily skin. Don't worry, it's not like you're about to get a dull, dry, finish either. This powdered foundation is on the creamier side - and glides on in seconds to blur your pores and absorb patches of oil.

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