(Last Updated On: June 3, 2018)

A lot of things look good when shining. Our faces, however, are not among them.

A good cleanser will cleanse oil and dirt off of your skin thus reducing shine; as you can guess, that is geared towards maintaining long term skin health.

When you’re getting ready to go out however, you need something that will quickly cover any flaws (including shine) and give an even tone to your skin.

In other words, you need a foundation for oily skin.

Brownie points if the foundation can act as a moisturizer (yeah, even oily skin needs a healthy dose of moisturization), sunscreen, astringent and so on.

Keeping all that in mind I reviewed 20 of the hottest selling foundations available to round up the 10 best foundations for oily skin.

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At A Glance: The Best Foundations For Oily Skin

COVERGIRL Clean Pressed Powder Foundation is a good light option with an aromatic scent.

SHANY Perfect Canvas Liquid Foundation, Paraben/Talc/Oil Free is a good multivitamin matte foundation.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Mattifying Mousse Matte Foundation offers excellent coverage and limited sun protection (SPF 20).

Sheer Cover Studio  Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation is quite lightweight and good for covering blemishes.

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15 combines being light on your skin with reasonably high coverage.

Changelog of Last 3 Updates
  • June 4, 2018 – Added section – The Best Anti Aging Foundation.
  • May 10, 2018 – Edited section – Switched from Shimarz to SHANY Perfect Canvas Liquid Foundation as the best foundation for oily skin as part of our continuous review process.
  • ….
  • January 1, 2018 – Article written covering the 10 best foundations for oily skin. Shimarz Neutral Liquid Mineral Foundation stood the clear winner.

The Best Foundation For Oily Skin

01. COVERGIRL Clean Pressed Powder Foundation Review

Powder Foundation from COVERGIRL, Foundation for Oily SkinThe first thing you will notice (and like) about this is how light it is.

It does not weigh on your skin at all which is a mark of a good foundation.

You can wear it for hours; it won’t cake making it one of the best compact (powder) foundations for oily skin.

It’s light of tone as well. It will melt into your skin; another hallmark of a good foundation.

If you want strong coverage, though this may fall a little short. In other words, you may have to apply more than one coat for decent coverage.

It has a weak but noticeable scent. If you don’t like a flowery/aromatic scent it may not be for you.

There is a slight risk of it melting under heat. So if you live in a hot area (say, a Nevadan) you may want to consider carrying this and face wipes so you can wipe it off and re-apply.

Talc (used mainly as an absorbent and slip modifier) is also used to control shine (making it a great addition for oily skin foundations).

BHT is a potent antioxidant but it’s mainly used to preserve products by slowing reaction with oxygen (oxidation can degrade the product).

The main ingredients are listed below.

AbsorbentTalc, Kaolin, Oat Kernel Flour
Slip ModifierTalc, Zinc Stearate
ColorantZinc Stearate, Iron Oxides
EmollientZinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone
Anti-cakingZinc Stearate, Kaolin
AntioxidantOat Kernel Flour, BHT
Skin SoothingOat Kernel Flour
PreservativeMethylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylparaben


  • Use the puff to sweep the powder over your face.
  • If you think it’s uneven, use a kabuki brush to even out the tone across your face.
  • To remove apply any good cleanser for oily skin over your face – remember to include the hairline, under the chin and around the ears – and let it stay for 15 seconds.
  • Then use a white cotton washcloth or makeup remover pads to gently cleanse the foundation.

What I Liked

It should even out skin tone quite well.

Gives a great de-oiled matte look.

Doesn’t irritate skin.

What I Didn’t Like

Some users may not appreciate the scent.

May melt under heat.

The Best Drugstore Foundation For Oily Skin

02. SHANY Perfect Canvas Liquid Foundation Review

Liquid Foundation from SHANY, Drugstore Foundation for Oily SkinThe best thing about this is that it’s quite matte/dry. That makes this perfect if you have oily skin.

However if you have dry or even normal skin I’d suggest you use a dewy primer/foundation alongwith this to balance things out.

This is very easy on the skin with virtually no chances of irritation. If you have sensitive skin I’d suggest going for it.

Coming to the shade, maybe you should spend some time deciding which one to apply (there are 8 different shades available).

As I’ll explain below, shade isn’t something I can say is best or worst. It depends on your skin tone and personal choice.

One tip I can give you for shade and coverage is – be patient. Let one coat dry and see how you look and feel before applying another.

If you choose too quickly you may find the one you’ve chosen has a tint you don’t like. I’d say do a patch test (apply the foundation on a small patch of skin) and see which shade suits you before making a permanent choice.

Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) is especially good at resisting environmental damage.

BHT is a potent antioxidant but it’s mainly used to preserve products by slowing reaction with oxygen (oxidation can degrade the product).

In addition to dry skin, this liquid foundation from SHANY is one of the best anti-aging foundations as well. Let me explain

  • Retinol (Vitamin A; present here as Retinyl Palmitate) can stimulate collagen synthesis which keeps your skin taut.
  • Vitamins C and E protect collagen and resist environmental stress which is crucial to keeping your skin young.

The main ingredients are listed below.

SolventWater (Aqua), Butylene Glycol
EmollientDimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin
Skin ConditioningPhenyl Trimethicone, Polydecene, Vitamin E*, Vitamin A**
Anti-foamingPhenyl Trimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol
HumectantButylene Glycol
PreservativeCaprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol
EmulsifierStearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum
Film FormerPolymethyl Methacrylate, Cellulose Gum, Galactoarabinan
CleanserPEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-21, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
AbsorbentKaolin, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Viscosity IncreasingXanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum
AntioxidantVitamin E*, Vitamin A**, Vitamin C***, BHT
ChelatingDisodium EDTA
* As Tocopheryl Acetate.

** As Retinyl Palmitate.

*** As Ascorbyl Palmitate.


  • First clean and dry your skin.
  • Then apply the foundation preferably using a puff or brush. Use the puff for initial application and the brush to even it out.
  • You may be able to wash it off with water. Use a good cleanser for oily skin if you need.

What I Liked

 Quite dry/matte.

 Lightweight on the skin.

 Good coverage.

 Covers blemishes well.

 Cruelty free (no animal testing).

What I Didn’t Like

You may need to do a patch test to decide on which shade to use.

Be careful and patient with the dispenser/pump. It tends to squirt product sometimes!

The Best Full Coverage Foundation For Oily Skin

03. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Mattifying Mousse Matte Foundation Review

Mattifying Mousse Foundation from La Roche-Posay, Full Coverage Foundation for Oily SkinThe first thing to note about this is that it offers limited protection from the sun – SPF 20.

While this is OK for, say a shopping trip, any serious sun protection involves at least SPF 30.

So if you’re likely to spend some time in direct sunlight, you should apply an SPF sunscreen as well.

The next big thing is its coverage which is great.

I would say this provides good coverage under a wide spectrum of situations – from atop a theatrical stage (with the various hot lights glaring on you) to a walk in the fields.

One thing which amused me about this product is that it looks cakey (mousse-like) and may start to cake say 2-3 hours after application.

However I must warn you this one is strictly for oily skin. If you have dry skin avoid this else your skin will dry up even more.

The main ingredients are listed below.

EmollientDimethicone, Undecane, Silica Silylate
Viscosity IncreasingDimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica Silylate
AntioxidantVitamin E*
Skin ConditioningVitamin E*, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Vitamin A**
CleansingDisodium Stearoyl Glutamate
Opacifying AgentAluminum Hydroxide
* As Tocopheryl Acetate.

** As Retinyl Linoleate.


  • Clean and dry your skin.
  • You can apply it over moisturizer.
  • Apply on your face and neck, taking care to avoid the eyes.
  • Use a kabuki brush to even out the tone.
  • Use a good cleanser for oily skin to wash it off.

What I Liked

 Very good mattifying finish for oily skin.

 Limited sun protection SPF 20.

 Strong coverage.

 No irritation.

 Lightweight on your skin.

What I Didn’t Like

 Avoid if you don’t have oily skin.

May cake a little after long wear.

The Best Powder Foundation For Oily Skin

04. Sheer Cover Studio Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation Review

Mineral Foundation from sheer cover, Powder Foundation for Oily SkinIt’s quite lightweight on your skin. You may not even feel like you’re wearing foundation.

That alone makes it a good foundation for oily skin; excess oil can make your skin and anything on it feel ‘heavy’ and uncomfortable.

Continuing on the ‘light’ theme, shade/tone may be a bit of a problem for those with darker skin.

They have 4 different shades – Light, Dark, Medium and Tan.

While the lighter side should not yield problems, those with darker skin may find the appropriate shade to be too light for them.

The company seems to have recently revamped the line, and the shades may be a little different from what you expect.

I would advise a patch test to check for shade.

If you don’t get your shade, pity, because it’s very good at covering blemishes.

Lauroyl Lysine is quite good at softening the skin which may prove soothing.

The main ingredients are listed below.

AbsorbentBoron Nitride
Opacifying AgentBoron Nitride
Skin BrighteningBisabolol
Skin SoothingBisabolol
Skin ConditioningRooibos* Leaf Extract, Lauroyl Lysine
Viscosity ControllingLauroyl Lysine
Aspalathus linearis.


  • Clean and dry your skin.
  • Take some foundation in the lid.
  • Swirl the brush around in the lid to collect the foundation and sweep it onto your face.
  • Use a good cleanser for oily skin to wash it off

What I Liked

Good at covering blemishes.

Lightweight on your skin.

Perfect for taking the shine off of oily skin.

Caking should not be a problem.

What I Didn’t Like

This is another one that may not be suitable for users with dry skin.

Choosing a shade may take time, especially if you have darker skin.

 The Best Liquid Foundation For Oily Skin

 05. Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15 Review

SPF 15 Foundation from Clinique, Liquid Foundation for Oily SkinI would recommend using this with a primer to get the best effect.

This is another of those foundations that people with even slightly dry skin may consider avoiding. You could get breakouts and what not.

If your skin isn’t oily I’d recommend doing a patch test before making this your go-to foundation.

You will appreciate how light this is on the skin. It won’t even feel like you’re wearing anything.

As I explained before, that alone makes it one of the best foundations for oily skin.

Even better, the light consistency is paired with nice coverage. It ensures that your blemishes do not stand out.

If you want additional coverage, use a concealer.

There isn’t any cakiness either. Once this has gone on, you can trust it to hold without flaking or cracking.

Application is a breeze. All you need to do is squeeze out a moderate amount and massage that over your face.

Once you’ve done the initial massaging, use a brush to even it out.

With its staying power, good coverage, light consistency and well-chosen and extensive range of shades, there’s no need to limit it to a foundation.

You can go ahead and use this as good makeup for oily skin.

However I should warn you that as you start to run low the bottle will start to squirt more than squeeze.

So you may end up with stray squirts on your clothes or elsewhere. Be careful about that.

Another thing you will need to be careful about is that it may start to fade and melt after about 3-4 hours or if you keep sweating.

For such situations my advice would be to carry wet wipes, some remover and the foundation so you can quickly touch up. Or avoid close-ups with people because from afar you will look fine.


  • Clean and dry your skin.
  • Squeeze out a moderate amount and massage onto your face with the sponge applicator.
  • Be careful when you’re running low; the bottle sometimes squirts out the product.
  • Use a good remover to wash it off.

What I Liked

 Light on the skin.

 Good coverage, especially given how light it is on the skin.

 Easy to apply.

 Initially there should be no cracking or flaking.

What I Didn’t Like

 You may need to use a concealer for coverage.

 When you run low the bottle starts to squirt out the product.

 You may face some fading and flaking after some time or after moderate exercise.

 The Best Foundation For Oily Acne Prone Skin

 06. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup Review

Liquid Makeup from Clinique, best foundation for oily acne prone skinIn addition to being on my list of foundations for oily skin, this liquid makeup by Clinique has also been selected by Elle as a good foundation for oily skin.

We can call this a good ‘all day wear’ foundation for oily skin.

You can apply this in the morning and you’re good to go till late in the evening (by when your workday hopefully has ended and you’re home).

If you need to touch up, there’s more good news. You can wash it off with soap and water after which you can apply a fresh coat.

It gives you a reasonably matte finish which is useful for most cases of acne-prone skin.

On the other hand it’s well-stacked with moisturizers so people with drier skin types may use this.

However as always I’d recommend testing it before adopting it for regular use.

It offers reasonably good coverage and should not cake or flake within most reasonable periods of application.

Talc, in addition to its other uses, can control shine effectively which is necessary for oily skin.

Caffeine when used topically (on the skin) can improve redness of the skin but (a bit ironically) that can sensitize your skin a bit.

The main ingredients are listed below.

The ‘Active Ingredient’ is 0.5% Salicylic Acid which exfoliates your pores preventing build-up of sebum and thus acne.

SolventMethyl Trimethicone, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Denatured Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate
Skin ConditioningMethyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Vitamin E*
Viscosity ControllingDipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Quaternium-90 Bentonite
AstringentDenatured Alcohol
Bulking AgentNylon-12, Hydroxyapatite
Opacifying AgentNylon-12, Silica
AbsorbentTalc, Silica, Alumina
Slip ModifierTalc
EmollientDimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Lecithin
Anti-foamingDimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate
EmulsifierCalcium Stearate, Hydroxyapatite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lecithin
AntioxidantCaffeine, Vitamin E*
Skin ProtectingSugar Kelp (Laminaria saccharina) Extract
Film FormingDimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate
ThickeningSodium Chloride, Alumina
BufferTromethamine, Sodium Citrate
ChelatingDisodium EDTA
* As Tocopherol.


  • Clean and dry your skin.
  • Cover the area you want to cover with one application.
  • You should be able to wash it off with soap and water.

What I Liked

 Soap and water should suffice to remove which is good for a quick touch-up.

 A single application should last for reasonable wearing times.

 Reasonably good coverage.

 Nice semi-matte finish.

What I Didn’t Like

 May feel a trifle heavy on the skin.

 Don’t add coats just for the sake of it.

 This is not a medical formulation but you may consider consulting your doctor before using it.

 The Best Matte Foundation For Oily Skin

 07. Mary Kay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation Review

TimeWise Liquid Foundation from Mary Kay, Best Matte Foundation for Oily SkinIt’s easy to apply and feels light on your skin.

There’s a nice balance between providing a matte finish and moisturizing.

That means both oily and dry skin types may use it so long as they’re not excessively oily. Or excessively dry.

It definitely won’t irritate you so go for it if you have sensitive skin.

First coat coverage may not satisfy some users but this is very buildable and an extra layer or two should enhance coverage well.

You may face some melting and/or fading but you should be fine if you can avoid close-ups. Otherwise you may need to carry wipes, a cleanser and the foundation.

Talc in addition to being an absorbent also controls shine which is critical if you have oily skin.

Diazolidinyl Urea is said to release formaldehyde, but within legal limits. If that bothers you regardless, consider looking for a different foundation for your oily skin.

Titanium Dioxide has sunscreen properties. Although it is likely not present at such a concentration as to offer you UV protection by itself you may get some incremental UV protection from this.

The main ingredients are listed below.

SolventWater/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane
EmollientCyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone
HumectantButylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lactic Acid
Skin ConditioningPEG-9 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Vitamin E*, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Tristearin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
Anti-foamingTrimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone
Film FormingLauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer
AbsorbentTalc, Aluminum Hydroxide
EmulsifierPEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Laurate, Acetylated Glycol Stearate
Opacifying AgentPolymethylsilsesquioxane, Absorbent, Nylon-12, Aluminum Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide
Viscosity ControllingMagnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tristearin
AntioxidantVitamin E*
CleansingDisodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
BindingAcrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Xanthan Gum
PreservativeDiazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
ThickenerXanthan Gum
Chelating AgentDisodium EDTA
ColorantAluminum Hydroxide, Iron Oxides
ExfoliantLactic Acid
BufferLactic Acid
* As Tocopheryl Acetate.


  • Wash and dry your face.
  • Squeeze some foundation onto your hand.
  • You can use your fingers but I’d suggest dipping a brush into the foundation and spreading it across your face.
  • You can try to remove using soap and water. If that doesn’t work use a good cleanser.

What I Liked

 Good for moderately oily or moderately dry skin.

 Light on your skin.

 Reasonably good coverage.

 Not irritating.

What I Didn’t Like

 Includes 2 parabens.

 May melt and/or fade after some time.

 The Best Light Foundation For Oily Skin

 08. Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum Spf15 Evens & Correct Foundation Review

Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation from Clinique, Best Light Foundation for Oily SkinThe SPF is a nice combination of chemical sunscreen (Octinoxate) and physical (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide).

Chemical sunscreens tend to be lighter on the skin (sometimes doubling as primers) and not to leave white marks.

Physical sunscreens offer more comprehensive protection (against nearly the entire UV spectrum) and are more stable.

Having lectured you I must stress that serious sun protection requires at least SPF 30. If that’s what you’re looking for, you should search for a good sunscreen for your face.

The foundation itself is quite creamy which I found quite adorable.

It doesn’t seem to include an astringent so as such it doesn’t counter pores. That in some cases may lead to the foundation sinking in and accentuating your pores.

However that should not be a problem for short wears.

If you’re going to be wearing it long I would suggest carrying the foundation, remover wipes and a cleanser.

Which segues neatly into my next point – it’s quite easy to remove and apply. So touching up should not be a problem.

The main ingredients are listed below.

Active Ingredients – 5.9% Octinoxate, 3.5% Titanium Dioxide, 2.8% Zinc Oxide.

SolventWater/Aqua, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol
Skin ConditioningMethyl Trimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG-9 Polidimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Grapefruit* Peel Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Vitamin E***
Anti-foamingPhenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate
EmollientDimethicone, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Methicone, Polyglycerin-6 Polyricinoleate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol
HumectantButylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Glycerin
Viscosity ControllingButylene Glycol, Sodium Myristoil Sarcosinate, Dipropylene Glycol
AntioxidantYeast Extract, Vitamin E***, Vitamin C****
ThickeningAlumina, Sodium Chloride
FragranceBirch** Bark Extract
CleansingSodium Myristoil Sarcosinate
EmulsifierPolyglycerin-6 Polyricinoleate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Lecithin, Laureth-7
Suspending AgentDisteardimonium Hectorite
Film FormingDimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer
PreservativeCaprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide
Chelating AgentDisodium EDTA
Citrus grandi.

** Betula alba.

*** As Tocopheryl Acetate.

**** As Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (also as Tetrahexyldecyl Phosphate).


  • Clean and dry your face.
  • Use the brush to apply the product over your face.
  • Spread the product out evenly to achieve a smooth finish. Sweep it in small circles to achieve the best coverage.
  • Use wipes/a cotton cloth and a good cleanser to remove it.

What I Liked

 SPF 15 is always an advantage.

 Light on your skin.

 Good coverage.

 There should not be flaking.

What I Didn’t Like

 Grapefruit Peel Extract may be sensitizing to your skin.

 Will not suffice if you want serious sun protection.

 May sink in and amplify pores. In such a situation avoid close-ups.

 The Best Foundation For Oily Skin With Large Pores

 09. Shimarz Neutral Liquid Mineral Foundation Review

Liquid Mineral Foundation from Shimarz, Best Foundation for Oily Skin with Large PoresThis has a noticeable scent. I like it; however some users may be averse to scents in their foundation.

It has a wide range of shades; I think you will definitely find one (or a combination) that suits you.

That brings me to the next point – its light texture. It doesn’t feel heavy on your skin at all which is critical if you’re going to combine foundation and/or apply multiple coats.

It’s got terrific staying power.

Under difficult circumstances, like if you sweat constantly, you can expect it to stay on for 10 hours.

Under less trying circumstances it should last much longer.

Overall it’s a very good all natural foundation for oily skin.

One little thing about this is the pump. It sometimes tends to squirt out excessive product. If you’re not careful some of it is going to be wasted.

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice can be very soothing on the skin.

The main ingredients are listed below.

Skin ConditioningAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Chamomile Hydrosol*, Shea Butter, Rice Powder, Vitamin E**, Grapefruit*** Seed Extract, Japanese Honeysuckle
AntioxidantAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Squalane, Vitamin E**
SolventWater (Aqua)
Viscosity ControllingShea Butter
CleansingStearic Acid
EmulsifierStearic Acid, Lecithin
EmollientLecithin, Squalane
AbsorbentBoron Nitride
Opacifying AgentBoron Nitride
ThickenerCarnauba Wax
Film FormingGlyceryl Polymethacrylate
* A hydrosol, also known as ‘floral water’ is a suspension of the various components obtained by distilling a flower.

** As Tocopherol Acetate.

*** Citrus grandi.


  • Clean and dry your face.
  • Take some foundation (typically people prefer to take it on the back of their palms).
  • Use a puff or brush to apply it across your face.
  • Use a good cleanser or micellar water to remove it.

What I Liked

 Lightweight on the skin. Suitable for multiple layers or combinations.

 You should not face fading or melting.

 Good coverage. Pores should not be a problem.

 Good matte finish.

 One of the best best all natural foundations for oily skin.

What I Didn’t Like

 Grapefruit (Citrus grandi) Seed Extract may sensitize your skin.

 Noticeable scent that some users may not like.

 Pump sometimes releases excessive product.

 The Best Long Lasting Foundation For Oily Skin

 10. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation Review

Matte Plus Poreless Foundation from Maybelline New York, Best Long Lasting Foundation For Oily SkinGuess which foundation won a place in a selection of the top 10 foundations for oily skin by Instyle?

Granted, our Maybelline Matte Plus doesn’t occupy First Rank.

But when you consider that it’s way more affordable than the first foundation on the list, it’s a pretty good deal.

Then of course there’s the fact that it was also judged one of the best foundations for women with combination skin by Women’s Health Mag.

If you worry about foundation feeling heavy on your skin, there’s no need! This goes on like a breeze and stays that way.

Which is also good news if you intend to combine shades or apply more than one coat.

A common problem with foundations is the caked look many tend to give you. This one happily avoids such shenanigans.

That takes the cake, doesn’t it?

This contains the well-known astringent Denatured Alcohol and so we don’t expect pores to be a problem.

Nevertheless there may be the teensiest chance of foundation settling into your pores or accentuating them otherwise.

The main ingredients are listed below.

SolventWater/Aqua, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Denatured Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-20
EmollientCyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate
Bulking AgentNylon-12
Opacifying AgentNylon-12, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica
AstringentDenatured Alcohol
Skin ConditioningPEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Vitamin E*
EmulsifierCetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate
HumectantPEG-20, Glycerin
SuspenderDisteardimonium Hectorite
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben
Viscosity ControllingMagnesium Sulfate
CleansingDisodium Stearoyl Glutamate
Anti-cakingHDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer
Film FormingAcrylates Copolymer
AntioxidantVitamin E*
AbsorbentAlumina, Silica
* As Tocopherol.


  • Wash and dry your face.
  • Apply the foundation using your fingers or an applicator.
  • Even it out.
  • Use soap and water to remove.

What I Liked

 Light on your skin.

 You should not face fading or melting.

 Good coverage.

 Easy to apply.

 No caking.

 Very low chance of melting.

 One of the best drugstore (cheap) foundations for oily skin.

What I Didn’t Like

 Make sure to not pour out too much.

 May settle into pores.

What Should You Look For To Choose A Foundation For Oily Skin?

Shade is an important criterion. A foundation is supposed to even out skin tone, cover blemishes and give you a matte or dewy look.

In general a foundation that is too garish is not ideal.

Apart from that the choice of shade is completely unique to the user and there is no general ‘good shade’ or ‘bad shade’.

Coverage is another important criterion. Is your foundation

  • Sheer Cover meaning its pigment content is between 8% to 13%.
  • Light Cover implying pigment content between 13% to 18%.
  • Medium Cover covers foundations with 18% to 23% pigment content.
  • Full Cover are those foundations which have pigment content up to 35%. In certain cases it may go up to 50%.

There are some practical aspects like whether the foundation melts, cakes, fades and so on.

Moisturizers (Humectants, Emollients and other Skin Conditioners) are necessary to keep your skin soft and supple.

Opacifying Agents help reduce the visibility of blemishes.

For the purpose of making and maintaining the foundation the ingredients need to have certain properties like

Suspenders to stop particles from falling out of solution.

Emulsifiers to form and stabilize emulsions which are mixtures of normally immiscible liquids.

Binders to help other ingredients bind to your skin.

Absorbents to soak up stray liquids.

And so on.

Speaking very, very strictly, there are differences between a foundation and a BB Cream or a Concealer.If you’re inquisitive about that, ask and thou shalt be answered!


While I can certainly help you select a good foundation 50% of the success lies in application.

You can either buff (sweep in small circles) or stipple (dab in small spots) it.

Each has its own features. Choose wisely.


A word on matte foundations
As we were saying earlier, while reviewing the ‘Teint’ matte foundation from La Roche-Posay, tint is something you should look out for in a matte foundation.Why is that?

You see, a matte foundation can sometimes give your skin a dull look.

There are two ways out of that.

One, if the foundation has a tint, it will impart a reasonable glow to your skin. From that POV you can say a tinted matte foundation is a good matte foundation.

Two, you can use a highlighter (like this one from e.l.f.) on top of your foundation to get a good glow.



While you certainly are equipped to select a foundation for oily skin by yourself there’s a clear winner I think you should check out.

SHANY Perfect Canvas Liquid Foundation, Paraben/Talc/Oil Free.

The good matte finish makes it suitable for users with very oily skin.

It’s non-irritating and lacks a scent making it a good foundation for oily and sensitive skin.

It’s also a good anti aging foundation.

There are 8 different shades for you to choose from.

It’s light on the skin and covers blemishes well.


The Best Anti Aging Foundation

As we already discussed, the foundation from SHANY is a good option if you’re concerned about skin aging.

However if your chief concern is aging, you may try out Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector Spf 20.

  • It’s got retinol, stimulating collagen synthesis.
  • SPF 20 offers some sun protection which is crucial for resisting skin aging.
  • The finish is neither too dewy nor matte which ensures your skin is well-lubricated.

Just one more thing – SPF 20 won’t suffice for meaningful sun exposure. Pair the skin protector with an SPF 30 sunscreen if you expect to be in the sun for long.


Well, that’s about it!

If you think there’s a foundation that’s better for oily skin than the ones I’ve listed, tell me!

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