When your standards for beauty are first class, searching for the perfect foundation can be a struggle. We don’t know what’s tougher: finding your perfect shade among handfuls of swatches or matching the price tag to your wallet. Luckily, achieving that Hollywood look no longer requires an A-list bank account, thanks to some of our best-loved drugstore brands!
We’ve lined up 6 copycat formulas that look and feel just like the indulgent, pricier solutions. We swear you’ll be camera-ready from street to red carpet, and not even the sneakiest paparazzi can spot the difference!
If you’re looking for the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation… TRY: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, P550
A favorite among celebrity stylists, the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation has been worn by the most glamorous of stars (including Queen B herself!) With its all-day, anti-humidity, shine-free formula, it leaves a smooth, silky feeling anywhere but your bank account. Yay, but also yikes.
Instead, try the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. It’s an ultra-blendable formula that glides smoothly over the skin. Crafted with perlite technology, it’s especially designed to withstand warmer temperatures, absorb excess oil, and give you that weightless feeling for up to 24 hours! If makeup had a place in the Golden Globes, this would champion every category.
If you’re looking for the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation… TRY: Maybelline Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation, P499
Makeup artists are obsessed with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation, but they’re not the only ones. It’s Kendall’s go-to complexion corrector, and when you know that a product is Kardashian-approved, you know that it can put up a fight.
A strong contender against the luxury brand is Maybelline’s Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation. It’s highly pigmented and delivers full, concentrated coverage. Beauty bloggers have claimed that it “puts its costly counterparts to shame,” since it covers up dark spots and blemishes in a single sweep. We’ve got a knockout!
If you’re looking for the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation… TRY: iMagic HD Foundation, now on sale at P489 (limited time only)
Created especially for high-definition technologies of film and TV, the Makeup Forever HD Foundation has a seamless blend that conceals imperfections, unifies the skin’s texture, and looks totally invisible on camera. But being the precious gem of the showbiz industry, it’s often rare to get your hands on a bottle.
To steal that supermodel glow, use the iMagic HD Foundation. This liquid, creamy base is designed with advanced light-diffusing technology, so you can obtain that automatic airbrushed appearance. It’s infused with amino acids, which help plump up your skin and give you a natural radiance. You’ll be topping the A-List in no time!
If you’re looking for the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation… TRY: Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation, P432
Harsher mixtures can trigger acne, but the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation doubles as a pore purifier. Powered with vegan ingredients and organic clay, it easily sucks out dirt from the surface and banishes blemishes. But the best of both worlds comes with a price, and this one could be way out of budget.
For a rosy complexion that’s healthy as it looks, opt for the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. It has an airy consistency that feels light as a feather. Similar to its expensive equivalent, it contains kaolin, a natural soft clay that gently lifts off dirt and debris. If you’ve got oily, pimple-prone skin, this nourishing mousse is just for you!
If you’re looking for the Becca Aqua Luminous Liquid Foundation… TRY: The Ordinary Serum Foundation, P770
Can’t seem to find the precise shade for your natural morena tan? Find your swatch-made-in-heaven with Becca Aqua Luminous Liquid Foundation. It’s a water-infused liquid that caters to a broad range on the skin tone spectrum, plus it also acts as an effective concealer. But when there’s a low-cost alternative that delivers identical results, why not go for that instead?
Don’t be deceived by its name, because The Ordinary Serum Foundation has an absolutely extraordinary spreadability system. It features a medium-coverage formulation that’s light and breathable as a serum. Plus, it’s available in 7 unique shades, giving you that natural, true-to-skin finish you deserve.
If you’re looking for the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation… TRY: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, P599
In the rankings of luxury makeup brands, Kat Von D is a definitely a chart topper. The Lock It Foundation is a waterproof, fade-proof, and full-coverage performer. In just a pea-sized drop, you’ll get everything you need to work that matte-not-flat canvas. Is it actually possible for another brand to best the ultimate fave of rockstars? Believe it or not, the answer is yes.
Presenting the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, the multitasking base that can transform a dry, fatigued appearance into a fierce, fabulous look. It balances the skin tone, spot-corrects imperfections, and soothes signs of stress and redness. With an elixir so functional and favorable, you get way beyond your money’s worth. Let’s give it a round of applause!
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