Foundation Perfection: 5 Best Foundations Under $20

If you had to live with just one type of foundation, what would it be? What type of finish would you prefer? Full coverage or fresh-faced? No matter what type of formula you are pursuing, check out our top 5 foundations for the dream complexion. The jackpot? They are all under USD$20!

1) Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, USD$5.92 from 

Coverage: ★★★☆☆
Skin type: Normal to oily
Finish: Matte and poreless

While some foundations exaggerate pores and cause oily skin, Fit Me! Foundation’s blurring unique micro-powder erases pores and absorbs sebum for a whole-day matte and poreless finish. “My skin becomes really oily and sticky through the day and the foundations I previously used always felt heavy and looked cakey,” says Jess, 23 year old university student. “This foundation feels feather-light on my skin and gives me a really beautiful natural coverage. My face is undoubtedly less oily by the end of the day. Definitely repurchasing it!”

2) L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Foundation, USD$11.29 from

Coverage: ★★★★★
Skin type: Dry or mature skin
Finish: Natural and Radiant

L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Foundation is the world’s first lifting and anti-wrinkle foundation enriched with serum and corrective pigments that do not settle into lines, giving noticeably smoother and natural-looking radiant complexion. “I get pretty good coverage with just one pump, and it does not conceals my wrinkles and dry patches,” says Miranda, 47 year old Accounts Manager. “I’ve been using it for a few months and my skin feels and looks younger.”

3) NYX Professional Makeup Define & Refine Powder Foundation, USD$11.99 from 
Coverage: ★★★★☆
Skin type: Normal
Finish: Natural or slight shimmer

This ingenious powder compact from NYX comes in two shades for a year-round customisation. The bigger chunk of the compact is your usual shade, and the deeper shade features a hint of pearl which is perfect for a glowing look in spring and summer. A little goes a long way for this medium to almost full coverage foundation. “The great consistency of the powder erases pores and covers light acne marks effortlessly but does not turn patchy or cakey after a full day,” says Sammie, 30 year old hair stylist. “When I want maximum coverage, I simply swirl the 2 shades together. I’ll use the deeper shade for minor contouring too.”

  4) Revlon's ColorStay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin, USD$13.49 from

Coverage: ★★★☆☆
Skin type: Combination or oily
Finish: Satin

This buildable foundation for combination/ oily skin features Revlon’s SoftFlex Technology which provides lightweight comfort and shine control for a long-lasting flawless complexion. The oil-free foundation blends easily on the face, evening out pores and fine lines for a smooth and fresh look. Forget about the blotting paper that you use 2-3 times a day as you will notice the remarkable difference with this foundation. “I love how it does not oxidise much throughout the day and keeps my usually oily T-zone free from shine-free for up to 10 hours!” remarks Bella, 27 year old Beautician.

5) Sephora Collection Make no Mistake Foundation & Concealer Stick, USD$20 from

Coverage: ★★★★☆
Skin type: Normal, dry, combination or oily
Finish: Matte

Firstly, this can be used as both a foundation and a concealer. Secondly, this hassle-free stick does not require a puff or a brush for blending. “All I need is my fingertips!” exclaims Diana, 33 years old Air Stewardess. “This is my perfect travel partner and excellent for easy touch up. I love how the creamy texture softens my complexion while giving my oily skin a long-lasting matte look. ” Available in an extensive range of 16 colours and coupled with a super affordable price tag, this is a definite winner in THESKINRADAR’s Holy Grail.