The Top-Rated Foundations That Actually Stay Put

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Every woman knows that creating a flawless complexion isn’t really the hardest part of applying foundation. It’s having that flawless complexion last throughout the day (or even just through our commute). Since the numbers don’t lie, here are the most well-reviewed foundations around—both budget-friendly and splurge-worthy—that all boast incredibly long-lasting results.

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bareminerals foundation

Best Powder: Bareminerals Foundation Broad Spectrum Spf 15

A whopping 12,200 reviewers have declared this formula the best of the best. It looks like a powder, feels like a cream and buffs on like silk—giving skin natural coverage while feeling as if you aren’t wearing any makeup at all.

benefit foundation

Best For Travel: Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation

This convenient compact comes with both a sponge and a brush, so you can apply as little or as much coverage as you want. Plus, reviewers swear that once you build up your desired amount, you rarely have to reapply.

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illuminare foundation

Best For Acne: Illuminare Concealing Mineral Foundation

A buildable option to that can go from natural to full coverage, depending on your needs. Reviewers comment that while fairly thick, ingredients like zinc help to heal trouble spots without clogging pores.

tarte amazonian foundation

Best For Oily Skin: Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Full Coverage

Amazonian clay goes to work to simultaneously even your skin tone while drawing out impurities for a full 12 hours of coverage. Hundreds of users claim that their shiny complexions stay totally matte all day long. Forewarning: It’s been known to cling to dry patches, so be sure to moisturize.

urban decay naked palette foundation

Best For Light Coverage: Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done

For a no-makeup makeup look that won’t fade into an actual no-makeup look. Nearly 1,000 positive reviewers swear by this “Naked” formula. Still skeptical? A clinical study showed that a majority of users reported that it lasts at least eight hours.

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maybelline dream mousse foundation

Best Drugstore Find: Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

When it comes to lasting coverage on a budget, you really can’t go wrong with this creamy formula. Over 900 reviewers rave about it, with many commenting that they often forget they are even wearing it. 

fenty beauty foundation

Best For All Skin Tones: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

The foundation that practically broke the internet. Yes, its range of colors is the true standout, but reviewers also swear by its acne-, pore- and even scar-covering powers. Besides, if it's good enough for Rihanna to wear during a concert, then it's good enough for us to wear while dancing to Rihanna on the weekends.

it cosmetics cc cream foundation

Best For Dry Skin: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Cc Cream

After learning about the so-called “instantaneous” camouflaging magic, we were intrigued. After one use, we were hooked. Ladies with dry skin find that it has the perfect amount of sheer coverage to last and hydrate all day.

koh gen do foundation

Best For Hydration: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

This Japanese beauty brand knows its way around a hydrating formula (try the Spa Water if you don’t believe us). Users love that this adds a layer of moisture without making skin look cakey. 

giorgio armani foundation

Best Liquid: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Makeup artists and celebs alike swear that this formula is well worth the investment. Reviewers emphasize that this gives a luminous look when on skin alone but becomes matte and longer-lasting when topped with a translucent powder.

covergirl olay foundation

Best For Fine Lines: Covergirl Advanced Radiance Age Defying Foundation

A full-coverage option that doesn’t crack into fine lines and wrinkles can be hard to come by. Luckily, this guy (that can be found at your drugstore!) is formulated with an exclusive amino-peptide complex and works to help correct signs of aging while providing a flawless glow. 

lnacome 24 hour foundation

Best Cult Favorite: Lancome Teint Idole 24h Longwear Foundation

Throwing 24-hour coverage into the name is a risky move, but life-long fans and beauty buffs confirm that it truly lives up to the claim.

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