On the lookout for a HG foundation? Then you might just want to check out our local drugstores! Many beauty brands are now coming up with affordable foundations that are great for everyday wear. Even though they are a fraction of the cost of high-end foundations, their quality is nothing short of amazing. Plus, there are also a variety of textures and finishes to choose from depending on your skin type. To help you on your search, here are 15 of our favourite drugstore foundations for a flawless complexion.


Top 15 Drugstore Foundations For A Flawless Base

1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation


First up, we have this Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation by French beauty brand Bourjois. Besides giving your skin a flawless luminous finish, it also contains an energizing blend of Vitamins B5, C and E to nourish and hydrate your skin. Because of its non-comedogenic formula, you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores either. Celebrity makeup artists like Lisa Eldridge swear by this foundation and it is said to be a close dupe for Chanel’s Vita Lumiere Aqua Foundation.

Why we love it:

  • Rich with Vitamins B5, C and E
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Flawless semi-matte finish

Price: RM51.21, available at Watsons

2. Mamonde All Stay Foundation Glow


Recently, Mamonde added this new star to their makeup collection. The All Stay Foundation Glow boasts buildable “my skin but better” coverage with a dewy and radiant finish. Although it only comes in 3 shades that are suitable for lighter skin tones, the texture is absolutely incredible. Because it’s so lightweight, we like applying it with fingers and it absorbs beautifully into the skin.

Why we love it:

  • Contains sun protection SPF50+
  • Gives the skin a healthy glow
  • Hydrating formula that melts seamlessly into the skin

Price: RM99, available at Watsons

3. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation


Well known for their affordable lipsticks and makeup palettes, Wet N Wild features a liquid foundation that will have you looking camera-ready all day long. Plus, it has even been tested under 7 different photo lighting conditions to ensure that it will have you looking flawless at every angle.

Why we love it:

  • Gives you a flawless #nofilter finish
  • Contains a matte light-diffusing complex
  • No flashback or white cast

Price: RM30.08, available at Watsons

4. L’Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Cover Foundation


Who hasn’t heard of L’Oréal and their Infallible foundations? Because of its ultra-matte finish, this one is great for our hot and humid climate. Besides its lightweight and fluid texture, the L’Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Cover offers 24 hour coverage and is even waterproof and steam-proof.

Why we love it:

  • Long-lasting
  • Waterproof and steam-proof
  • Matte finish with a subtle pearlescent glow

Price: RM51.92, available at Watsons

5. L’Oréal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation


Another winner from the L’Oréal range, this one gives more of a fresh and glowy finish. In spite of its creamy texture, it is surprisingly long-lasting and is even sweatproof and waterproof. Additionally, it comes in 10 shades to suit a variety of skin tones.

Why we love it:

  • Comes in 10 shades
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Long-lasting with a radiant finish

Price: RM62.91, available at Watsons

6. Revlon ColorStay Makeup

Now, this is one of those drugstore foundations that professional makeup artists absolutely love! In addition to its wide range of shades, the Revlon ColorStay also comes in various finishes to suit different skin types. Also, they give the skin a flawless finish that’s perfect for studio photography.

Why we love it:

  • Good variety of shades for different skin tones
  • Contains sun protection SPF15
  • High coverage and long-wearing

Price: RM68.31, available at Watsons

7. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation


Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation has been around for a long time and is also a favourite amongst makeup artists. With a whopping 25 shades to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a shade that fits you best. Additionally, it contains micro-powders for a smooth and air-brushed effect. It also comes in both warm and cool undertones to suit different skin undertones.

Why we love it:

  • Comes in 25 shades
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Lightweight texture with oil control

Price: RM39.92, available at Guardian

8. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation


Next, we have another drugstore favourite that also comes in 25 shades to suit a variety of skin tones. Rimmel London’s Match Perfection Foundation is quite similar to Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation but with a natural dewy finish. Plus, we like that it wears off quite gracefully throughout the day with no streaky patches.

Why we love it:

  • Contains sun protection SPF20
  • Fine and flawless coverage
  • Comes in 25 shades

Price: RM26.32, available at Watsons

9. Rimmel Lasting Radiance Foundation


Looking for a lightweight foundation that combats pollution, UV damage and provides a healthy glow? Then this Lasting Radiance one by Rimmel London ticks all the boxes! It provides buildable medium coverage and even contains peptides to improve skin elasticity.

Why we love it:

  • Anti-pollution
  • Has sun protection SPF25
  • Long-wearing with a radiant finish

Price: RM35.91, available at Watsons

10. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum


If you love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation as much as we do, then you’re going to love their Serum version as well! A lighter version of the Bourjois Healthy Mix, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is a gel foundation that melts beautifully into the skin. Because the texture is so fine, you won’t even be able to see it through a magnifying mirror.

Why we love it:

  • Great option if you prefer lighter textures
  • Enriched with Vitamins
  • Contains antioxidants from goji and pomegranate to revitalize the skin

Price: RM53.91, available at Watsons

11. L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation


With an impressive 40 shades to choose from, L’Oréal True Match comes in a variety of undertones to suit just about everyone. Besides being super easy to blend, this foundation also contains a pearlescent sheen to give the skin a lit-from-within glow.

Why we love it:

  • Contains Vitamins B5 and E for 24-hour hydration
  • Skin precision technology to suit different skin tones
  • Buildable medium to high coverage

Price: RM56.61, available at Watsons

12. Palladio Powder Finish Foundation


If you like herbal and botanical formulations, then you might want to check out Palladio’s Power Finish Foundation. In addition to botanical extracts like soothing chamomile, it also contains a nourishing blend of vitamins A and E to soothe and hydrate the skin. Because it’s oil-free, it’s a good option for those with oily to combination skin.

Why we love it:

  • Infused with herbs, plant extracts and vitamins
  • Oil-free and doesn’t clog the pores
  • Great for oily to combination skin

Price: RM31.62, available at Guardian

13. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation


This one’s for you vegan beauty lovers out there! Aside from their affordable lipsticks, eyeshadows and nail polishes, we also love Catrice Cosmetics’ HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. Although it gives high coverage and a matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours, it doesn’t look cakey on the skin. Best of all, it looks amazing on camera too!

Why we love it:

  • Flawless HD coverage
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Long-wearing with a matte finish

Price: RM37.92, available at Guardian

14. Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation


Want your skin to look healthy with minimal effort? Then check out The Healthy Foundation by Physicians Formula! Available in 5 shades, this foundation gives a satin finish and is suitable for Asian skin tones. Additionally, it contains a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid, Vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and nourish the skin.

Why we love it:

  • Gives the skin a fresh and healthy glow
  • Contains sun protection SPF20
  • Great for all skin types

Price: RM39.95, available at physicianformula.my

15. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation


Joining the ranks of our favourite drugstore foundations is this 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer by Milani. Besides offering amazing buildable coverage, this foundation-concealer duo is water-resistant and comes in 15 skin-perfecting shades. On top of that, it lasts up to 12 hours and is great for brightening the under-eye area and evening out any skin discolorations.

Why we love it:

  • Comes in 15 shades with various undertones
  • Doubles up as a concealer
  • Long-wearing high coverage with a brightening effect

Price: RM55.25, available at Watsons

Author: Clara Siew | Date: 29th Dec 2020