The Best Drugstore Foundations Acne-Prone Skin

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The Best Drugstore Foundations Acne-Prone Skin

It’s hard enough dealing with acne, but finding a foundation that covers your pimples AND won’t break you out further can feel impossible. Choose the wrong formula and a few spots can quickly turn into a cluster of painful pimples. But how do you choose a formula that won’t make acne-prone skin worse?

Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up three of the best drugstore foundations for acne-prone skin. And the best part? They’re all under $35!

Flower Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

We say:

This medium coverage foundation from Drew Barrymore’s makeup line, Flower Beauty, leaves the skin looking soft and airbrushed without triggering flareups or breakouts.

$13.99, Chemist Warehouse

Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation

We say:

Built with skin-loving natural Australian ingredients like Kakadu plum paired with vitamins and antioxidants, this sheer formula will keep acne-prone skin glowing, dewy and clear.

You say:

“The foundation is in a stylish tinted glass bottle with a rose gold top and using a pump. The foundation is liquid and is a good consistency when i pumped it out onto the back of my hand for application. Using my finger, i dabbed the foundation around my face after using primer and used the nude by nature buffing brush to blend it in.” – Ashmaree93

Read Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation reviews here…

$36.39, Chemist Warehouse

Maybelline New York FITme Matte + Poreless Foundation


We say: A mattifying foundation that reduces the appearance of pores and controls excess shine. It’s formulated with micro-powders to absorb oil and blur technology for an airbrushed finish.

You say: “This foundation is so easy to apply. It is a medium coverage foundation that is able to be built to fuller coverage. The formula is great and my face does not break out or becomes irritated. I find that it lasts all day. I personally find that it applies best with a damp beauty blender. It does not streak or end up blotchy. For what you pay this I a great everyday foundation.” – Jamz

Read more Maybelline New York FIT me! Matte + Poreless Foundation reviews here…

$14.99, Chemist Warehouse

Revlon ColorStay™ Makeup with Time Release – Combination/Oily

We say: This long-wear foundation is designed with time release technology to help minimise touch-ups for 24-hours. It contains SPF 15 and comes with a pump dispense for easy application.

You say: “I can not believe how much I enjoy this foundation. It lasts so well and has a beautiful coverage. I would describe it as medium to full, rather than full, but I’m sure you could build it up to full coverage if that was your preference. I have been choosing this foundation over all of my high end foundations and I plan on buying this is more shades, to match when I’m tanned.” – AJ00001

Read more Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Longwear Makeup reviews here…

$28, Chemist Warehouse

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

We say: A sweat-proof, water-proof and steam-proof foundation that delivers full, matte coverage for up to 24 hours. The formula contains Amphiphobic Star-shaped polymers to product skin from oil and sweat while maintaining coverage.

You say: “This is one of the best foundations I have ever used, I use it over a pore filling primer and it does NOT budge all day and all night. At first when recommended to me by a friend I was hesitant as I usually love using my M.A.C Studio Fix foundation and I wasn’t convinced something at the drugstore could rival that, but I was wrong for sure. This foundation costs half the price and has better coverage, doesn’t crease and eliminates the need for me to blot oil and do touch ups throughout the day.” – em_k

Read more L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation reviews here…

$29.95, Adore Beauty

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Have you tried any of these drugstore foundations? What’s your favourite foundation?

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  1. I love the Maybelline Fit Me foundation from drugstore makeup, but I like the dewy version as I have dry skin. I recently tried the Milani Conceal and Perfect and its quite good as well.

  2. If you’re an adult and you’ve suffered from “adult acne” you know how annoying it is. I’ve struggled with acne most of my adult life and the best way to treat and maintain a “acne free” face is by following a consistent regimen with great products! I’ve been using DermalMD Acne Serum in my PM routine and the results are amazing! After each use my skin feels so smooth and clean and the best part is that my acne is under control!

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