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The Best Drugstore Matte Foundations in 2020

The Best Drugstore Matte Foundations in 2020

article by MIRA BEAUTY
MIRA BEAUTY
September 30, 2020

Beat the oily skin struggle with these drugstore matte foundations

Sure, dewy skin is nice... but sometimes you’re just in the mood for matte. This formula is sleek and sophisticated, and works wonders on those who have more oily skin or are prone to a shiny T-zone. Believe it or not, you absolutely can get through an entire day of school without your face makeup fading or sweating off, all you need is the right drugstore matte foundation to create your most flawless, foolproof complexion.

When done right, matte foundation can be a miracle. The right product will absorb oil and shine while keeping your skin hydrated and creating a natural, smooth finish. Sadly, that’s not always the case, and many matte foundations can end up drying out your skin… which definitely shouldn’t happen when you just paid $30 for it. Luckily, there’s a great selection of drugstore matte foundations that will banish shiny spots and keep your skin looking radiant - and they’re all under $20! Read on to learn more about the top rated drugstore matte foundations on Mira.

PRO Matte Foundation by LA Girl, $9

PRO Matte Foundation by LA Girl
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Goodbye pores, hello perfect skin. *Hair flip emoji.* The PRO Matte Foundation is LA in the best way, giving you that youthful, pixel-perfect complexion without the filters. The suede-like finish feels lightweight on your skin and won’t make your face too shiny, even when you’re hanging out in the warm LA weather. In fact, it’s one of the best drugstore matte foundations to take with you on vacation, as the buildable coverage lets you create a more subtle look for daytime or an airbrushed effect to go with your evening glam makeup. Book your plane ticket after you buy this top drugstore foundation, you deserve it.

Can't Stop Won't Stop Powder Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup, $15

Can't Stop Won't Stop Powder Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup
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Let’s be real here, few brands can truly compete with NYX when it comes to high quality beauty products at affordable prices. And even if you’re a longtime fan of liquid foundation, we’re willing to bet that the Can't Stop Won't Stop Powder Foundation will turn you into a powder person. This drugstore matte foundation applies evenly to your skin and removes shine and oil, without looking too cakey or dry. It’s truly one of the best affordable drugstore matte foundations for those with oily skin.

Dream Velvet Foundation by Maybelline, $11

Dream Velvet Foundation by Maybelline New York
Source: Maybelline

Soft-matte? Yes please. Maybelline knows how to make an incredible drugstore foundation, and this one has a whipped gel formula that feels refreshing as it touches your skin, and creates a radiant glow on all skin types. Dream Velvet Foundation is an especially great choice for dry skin, as it hydrates all throughout the day and won’t emphasize fine lines as you blend it out.

Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation by Rimmel, $6

Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation by Rimmel
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It’s not always easy to find the right drugstore foundation for oily skin, as you need one that provides full coverage without clogging your pores. The struggle is real.  But Mira is here to tell you that there are plenty of incredible drugstore matte foundations to banish oil without causing breakouts, like the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation by Rimmel. It blends flawlessly, creates a matte finish and keeps you from looking too shiny after a few hours. Wear it at work or school for a smooth, long-lasting finish that won’t make skin look greasy at the end of the day.

Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup, $7

Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup
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Yes, we’re back with more NYX. The brand makes some of the best drugstore matte foundations, and we ain’t matte about it. Pun intended. The liquid version of the Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation is a major overachiever, providing up to 24 hours of ultra-matte, waterproof coverage that’s no match for sweat or shine. Pair it with your favorite primer and enjoy a flawless complexion all day for under $20.

Acne Fighting Foundation by e.l.f., $6

Acne Fighting Foundation by e.l.f.
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As always, e.l.f delivers drugstore flawlessness in a bottle. And that isn’t an exaggeration, because their Acne Fighting Foundation is a cult favorite with nearly perfect ratings on Mira. One guest explains how this high-coverage, matte foundation stayed put for hours on prom night, while countless others express how it helped them zap zits and achieve the flawless complexion they’ve always wanted. This $6 drugstore matte foundation is infused with salicylic acid, witch-hazel, camphor, tea tree, and soothing aloe to fight blemishes and reduce redness, ensuring that it doesn’t just cover your skin... but nourishes it to put your best face forward.

Photo Focus Foundation by Wet n Wild Beauty, $6.50

Photo Focus Foundation by Wet n Wild Beauty
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Hashtag: no filter. That’s always the case with the Photo Focus Foundation, which is specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to help you look better on camera. Now that is where beauty and technology collide. Choose your favorite shade and enjoy buildable, long-lasting coverage that won’t fade under the brightness of your camera lights, because we know you’re already thinking about the unboxing video you’ll be doing on YouTube after you’ve applied this fan-favorite drugstore matte foundation.

Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation by L’Oreal, $13

Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation by L’Oreal
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“Holy grail” isn’t a term we use lightly when talking about makeup products, but it just might apply to the Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation by L’Oreal. Countless Mira reviews refer to this drugstore matte foundation using that very phrase, giving it top ratings for being lightweight, high coverage, and long lasting. Just how long does it last, exactly? You’ll have up to 24 hours of this dreamy, demi-matte finish that you’ll never want to take off.

Pressed Powder by Milani, $10

Pressed Powder by Milani
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A fresh, flawless face that fits right into your bag… that’s what you’ll get with the Pressed Powder by Milani. The buildable coverage lets you use it either alone, or as the final touch over your liquid foundation, and it’s perfect for the days you just want a natural, everyday look and don’t feel the need to keep touching up your makeup.

TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation by Covergirl, $9

TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation by Covergirl
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“This product has to be one of the best foundations I’ve ever tried out,” writes one Mira guest. There’s a misconception in the beauty world that a matte finish can be drying on your skin, but it’s definitely not always accurate. Just look at TruBlend! This drugstore matte foundation is developed with flexi-hold technology to create a firm, yet flexible, film on the skin to make wear more comfortable. Meanwhile, the matte powers absorb oil and minimize pores for a soft, stunning finish. Wear it for up to 12 hours in a variety of settings!

ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15 by Revlon, $13

ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15 by Revlon
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When you find a drugstore foundation that’s under $15, contains SPF, and has incredible ratings on Mira for hydration and blendability… you never let it go. The community can’t get enough of ColorStay, the cult drugstore favorite by Revlon that delivers a flawless matte finish and stays on for 24 hours straight - through sweat, shine, tears, anything. With a solid selection of 43 shades to choose from, and built-in SPF 15 to keep you protected at all times, this is a drugstore matte foundation that truly cares about you and the well being of your complexion.

Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick Makeup by Maybelline, $12

Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick Makeup by Maybelline New York
Source: Maybelline

Maybelline’s popular Super Stay collection is available in all forms: liquid, powder, and even stick. The last one is definitely a lot of fun to apply, with a cream-to-matte finish that blends out easily on your skin and creates a naturally beautiful glow. It’s also a great deal at only $12, considering that this multipurpose stick can also be used as a concealer, highlighter, or contour cream. Collect all the Super Stay products and discover which drugstore matte foundation is your favorite!

Mattifying Powder Foundation by Burt’s Bees, $17

Mattifying Powder Foundation by Burt's Bees
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The brand that makes your favorite chapstick also makes an amazing drugstore matte foundation, and the catchphrase is "Shine from within, not on your skin." Come on, who can really argue with that? This powder foundation by Burt’s Bees is vegan and made with 100% natural ingredients, including Bamboo to blur imperfections, and gives your skin full coverage while absorbing oil and shine. Use it alongside other Burt’s Bees products like BB Cream or tinted moisturizer to set your matte look in place for good.  

Shop more matte beauty products, from eyeshadows and lipsticks to bronzer and blushes, on Mira.