5 best foundations for oily skin

Author: Danielle Cauchi   Date Posted: 10 January 2023 

Oily skin can make finding the right foundation a difficult task. But we've taken the guesswork out of it with these picks!


Applying foundation when you struggle with oily skin can be a difficult and worrying task. Not only can it make your skin feel heavy and cakey, but you spend your day checking your mirror or phone camera to see if your makeup has slipped, slid or separated.

There are a few things you can do to keep your makeup looking fresh and intact, such as maintaining a good skincare routine, using a mattifying primer and setting your liquid and cream makeup with a light dusting of translucent powder, but it is also extremely beneficial to be informed on which ingredients and formulas you should be turning towards and turning away from.


Woman applying foundation


What foundation formulas and ingredients are good for oily skin?


You should stay away from any foundations that offer a dewy or satin finish as well as any luminous or radiance-boosting formulas as these reflect light and draw more attention to shine.

If you struggle with breakouts and congestion, you should also look out for foundations that are noncomedogenic as these will not clog your pores.

Be on the look out for mattifying foundations that contain oil-absorbing ingredients such as charcoal, colloidal clay or silica powder, and formulas with salicylic acid and of course, SPF.


Our top 5 best foundations for oily skin


Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Full Coverage Foundation

As one of the 2018 winners of Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards, it’s goes without saying that this foundation deserves a place on our list.

This high impact foundation from Maybelline provides full coverage with a lightweight matte finish for up to 24 hours. Its oil free formula is packed with saturated colour pigments for full coverage and flawless results.

This foundation is also noncomedogenic and dermatologist tested.


Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Full Coverage Foundation


Revlon ColorStay Makeup Combination/Oily Skin

This buildable foundation from Revlon is specifically formulated for combination/oily skin types with the inclusion of oil-controlling salicylic acid and Time Release Technology for long wearing results with a freshly applied appearance. It also includes SPF 15 broad spectrum protection and long-lasting coverage while remaining smooth and lightweight on the skin. 


Revlon Colorstay Makeup Combination/Oily Skin


KleanColor Featherlight Foundation & Concealer Natural Matte Finish

This wonderful product from KleanColor doubles up as a foundation and concealer all in one. This 2-in-1 product provides full coverage with a natural matte finish without the greasy or cakey feel of a heavy foundation.


KleanColor Featherlight Foundation & Concealer Natural Matte Finish


Revlon New Complexion One Step Compact Makeup

This convenient foundation from Revlon compact applies like a smooth foundation and dries like a soft, lightweight powder. It covers everything you need it to cover while feeling weightless on the skin and leaving behind an undetectable, flawless finish. It utilises an oil and irritant free formula with Revlon DermaBreathe science for breathable wear and it will not clog pores.


Revlon Compact Makup New Complexion


L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Powder Foundation

Here is another excellent option for those who prefer a powder foundation.

This L'Oreal powder covers imperfections and evens out the skin tone like a liquid foundation but mattifies like a face powder without looking cakey. It promises up to 24 hours of long-lasting coverage that is transfer-proof, sweat-proof, waterproof and resistant to heat and humidity.


L'Oreal Infallible 24Hr Powder Foundation


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