If You’re In The Market For A New Foundation, Here’s Your Answer

Stevi Incremona
Stevi graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. When she's not auditioning and running around New York, she's escaping to her original home at the Jersey Shore and most definitely lying on a beach somewhere equidistant between the ocean and tiki bar. She's a coffee snob, craft beer enthusiast, technology nerd, and obviously (most importantly) has a very real addiction to buying and trying affordable beauty products.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation – $13

This foundation is my holy-grail, fix-everything, never-stress-about, wear-it-forever foundation that I always default to when I know I have a long shift at the restaurant, or an important audition to go to.

Once applied and set, it. will. not. budge. The product claims it wears for up to 24 hours. While I wish I fully practiced what I preach about skincare, thanks to a certain demon (bestie) named alcohol, I’ve tested this claim before. Waking up hungover as hell but with perfect looking skin leaves you with such mixed emotions. It’s like “oooofh I messed up” but “yesss right now that looks baller I wonder how long this will last.”

I find this liquid foundation applies best with a sponge — like the beauty blender — because the dampness of the sponge allows you more time to work with the product. Otherwise, it sets pretty immediately and becomes a little bit difficult to blend. It works to keep your face matte all day, and I find I only need to powder my t-zone once or twice throughout the day when I’m wearing this.

The foundation can easily be built on from a medium to full coverage base, but it settles into the skin beautifully, so you never look like you’re wearing makeup. No cake face, plz.

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Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation – $8

This foundation is not only the cheapest, but it is also the most natural looking foundation I own. The foundation is oil-free, so it’s great for the lassies who tend to get a bit over-shiny with normal hydrating bases. I’d say the product has a medium coverage and works best when it’s put on in thin layers with a buffing brush (try the Real Techniques’ Buffing Brush for a super affordable, awesome option).

This product dries to a demi-matte finish, which helps you avoid that dreaded “flat-face” look. It doesn’t feel or look like you’re wearing makeup, in my opinion, but it layers nicely with powder products like a blusher or bronzer. While this doesn’t necessarily have the lasting power of the L’Oreal foundation, if I set this with a loose powder it will look flawless all day, and that’s fabulous.

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