My Favourite Drugstore Foundations | Maybelline, LA Girl etc

My Favourite Drugstore Foundations | Maybelline, LA Girl etc

It’s really easy to get sucked into the idea that makeup has to be expensive to be good. Also, as a woman of colour, I don’t know about you but I got very used to the idea that I have to spend money on foundation in order to get my shade. I was just used to walking around UK drugstores and not seeing shades my colour.

Lately, I have been spending my time scouring the UK high street and drugstores to try and find good, affordable foundations, and here is a list of my favourite ones. These foundations are all under a tenner. Yup, all under £10. For some context, I am a MAC NW 44/45, my chest is lighter than my face, so my foundation is slightly lighter to ensure that my face and chest match.


Maybelline Fit Me Foundation


Shade: 55 Coconut

I picked up this when I went to LA because they didn’t have this shade to test in UK drugstores. What I like about this foundation is that they come in two types for different skin types. Dewy and Smooth which hydrates and evens skin tone, perfect for dry skin types, and Matte and Poreless which mattifies and blurs pores for combination/oily skin types.

This foundation is great. I love the coverage, it is not cakey at all, and blends out well. It is medium to full coverage foundation and it is amazing for all skin tones especially medium – dark skin tones. It had a great matte finish with I loved, and I stay matte all day when I wear it. It is a great foundation.


L’Oreal True Match


Shade: 8N Cappucino

What I love most about this foundation is that it is illuminating. You know the effect you would get if you mixed your foundation with an illuminator? This foundation is like that. You can actually see the gold in the foundation, while it is in the bottle. I love using this foundation when my skin looks dull and needs some life. It leaves your skin looking radiant and glowy. This foundation is hydrating and blends out well. I would say that this foundation is semi-matte, so if you are oily you would need a primer underneath and a setting powder on top. This foundation is great for dry to combination skin types. It has medium coverage but you could definitely build it up to full coverage, which I do quite often.


New Look No Shine Mattifying Foundation


Shade: Caramel Brown

I found this foundation by chance, just casually walking around window shopping as you do. This was the only dark shade available, and it happened to match my skin tone, so be mindful that there are limited shades available. I love this foundation because it blends out so well, it has the hydrating and non-cakiness that you get with the NARS Luminous foundation on my skin, but it has a matte finish. It really does control shine, and my skin stayed matte and oil free after 8 hours. This is a good foundation.


LA Girl PRO.Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation


Shade: Warm Caramel (I should have bought Rich Cocoa)

This foundation is great. It is medium to full coverage which is fab. It is affordable and easy to blend. One thing I have to say is that you should be wary of the shade descriptions, I found them to be a little misleading. However, LA Girl’s formula doesn’t disappoint as usual, the formula of this foundation is great. It does what it promises at an affordable price.


Black Opal Stick Foundation


Shade: Black Walnut (contour)

I use this foundation as my contour shade, there are many medium to dark shades available. It has a creamy formula which is great for blending out and giving that natural, skin-like finish. However, this can be abit oily so if you have oily skin, I would set it with powder, and use a primer.

What is your favourite drugstore foundation?



  1. Chioma
    December 22, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Just bumped into your blog and am so happy. I have always been afraid of makeup and I have no idea where to start from.
    Just got some few to break the jinx. I am a MAC NW45 studio fix foundation don’t know if it’s same as you stated here. But I got the Maybelline fit me matte + poreless in shade 352 truffle. I was surprised when you mentioned shade 55. I stay in the UK.
    Don’t know if I picked the right shade.

  2. thatredl
    December 23, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Welcome to the fam! I know what you mean about being afraid of makeup! I was the same. I am a MAC NW45 as well, I found that 55 Coconut (Maybelline fit me) was a better match for my undertones. Be careful though, most black girls i know have been matched to MAC’s NW45, which is not correct because it doesn’t take into account the different undertones. Search for ‘undertones’ on the blog and I go into detail. Some girls have ‘red’ undertones, some have ‘yellow’ undertones, which is why the same foundation may not work on different people.
    The way to test if the foundation is the right shade, test it on your jawline, in natural light. If it blends perfectly then it is your right shade. It shouldn’t be too dark, or ashy or too light.

    Hope that helps x

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