Base is a big player in our makeup routines. It lays the (literal) foundation for everything else we apply, and so it can often be one of the trickiest steps to get right, especially when we all often have a lengthy list of demands depending on our skin type and coverage preferences.
But while our foundation standards may be high, the price tags of the products that meet them can still be low – in fact, some of the most effective foundation formulas are also super affordable – and you can easily track them down on your local drugstore shelves.
So next time you’re strolling the aisles in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse or whatever beauty pharmacy you frequent, keep an eye out for one of these – whatever your budget, your skin type or preferred finish, there’s bound to be one that ticks all your base boxes.
Maybelline New York
If you’re keen to city-proof your base, Maybelline New York’s Dream Urban Cover Foundation features broad-spectrum SPF 40 and antioxidants that work to protect against pollution.
“This feels so comfortable on my skin just like a high-end foundation would be expected to feel.” – clearcrystalwater
$25.95 at Chemist Warehouse
Can’t choose between a glowy finish and a long-wearing formula? Now there’s no need to. Max Factor’s Radiant Lift Foundation earns points for actually being buildable without losing luminosity too.
“The packaging is very attractive and has a pump which is great. you can actually see the luminosity through the bottle. It wears well as long as you dont touch your face this foundation is not transfer proof.” _mariesa22
$6.95 at Cosmeticcapital.com.au
After an on-the-go option? Revlon’s ColorStay Life-Proof™ Foundation Stick smudge-resistant formula makes things so simple you could easily nail your application from the back of an Uber.
“It has a beautiful semi-matte finish with SPF and very ease to use. Its not at all heavy for the skin and does not clog the pores.” – nehatalwar
$24.95 at Chemist Warehouse
Natio Flawless Foundation SPF15
If your lightweight moisturiser had a baby with a full coverage foundation it would produce the Natio Flawless Foundation SPF15. With its complexion-correcting properties and long-lasting hydration, this SPF 15 formula keeps your skin looking velvety and fresh all day.
“It is very smooth and long lasting, the products application is not flaking or caked on the the skin. This foundation is a good edition to Natio’s beauty range. It covers well, has a nice fragrance to it, and is easy to remove.” – Melanie Rose Smith
$19.95 at Chemist Warehouse
Nude by Nature Flawless Liquid Foundation
To complement the satin matte finish, Nude by Nature’s Flawless Liquid Foundation has been enriched with hydrating and brightening antioxidants like Kakadu plum and baobab extract.
“This is my go to foundation. I’ve used many types of liquid foundations in my time, and this one is by far the best and my favourite.” – kifflint
$39.95 at Nude By Nature
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth Luminous Liquid Foundation
This 4-star rated gem ticks three big boxes when it comes to everyday coverage: breathable, natural, and comfortable. The Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth Luminous Liquid Foundation has been formulated with an exclusive translucent primer base and micro-fine pigments to warm and match your skin tone upon application.
“I love this foundation! I feel like it glides on quite smoothly as the foundation is quite a runny formula so I apply it with my fingers as I find it blends better with my fingers than using a brush.” – jessyrahhh
$21.95 at Chemist Warehouse
Main image credit: @i_am_kate_bell
Have you tried any of these foundations? Do you have any other favourites?