Foundations for Oily/Combination Skin

Today I thought I’d share four foundations, two high-end, and two drugstore, that are perfect for those of you that suffer with oily/combination skin. I am a huge victim of uncontrollable oily skin, but these four foundations help me from looking like a greasy mess for the most part of the day. Of course I pair them with a primer as that helps them to last longer on my skin and also helps to control my oil, but certain foundations just bring out my oils and make me look like a disco ball, these four however, don’t. So keep reading to hear my thoughts on each one 🙂

NARS Sheer Glow // £31.00 // Gobi 

I’m sure most of you have heard about this foundation by now, it’s in 98% of every beauty bloggers foundation collections. I did a review on it when I first bought it but that was quite a while back so I’m going to write my thoughts on it again. It’s not a foundation that you would think to pair with oily skin considering it makes your skin glowy, but it’s honestly my favourite foundation that I own, despite how oily my skin gets. I use this with a primer, usually the Too Faced Primed & Poreless, and it gives my skin a gorgeous healthy glow without making me look super shiny and gross. I do have to touch up with powder throughout the day, but that goes for pretty much every single foundation out there with me, so it’s nothing new. It’s just a really great foundation that blends beautifully into your skin, lasts all day, gives amazing coverage, and gives your skin a dewy finish without bringing out all of your oils. I also favourite this foundation because it’s the only foundation that I own, that matches my skin perfectly. Thumbs up for NARS! You can also buy a pump for this foundation from Space NK for £3 🙂

Estee Lauder Double Wear // £30.00 // 1N1 Ivory Nude


So this is actually the most recent foundation to join my collection, and of course the reason that I bought it was because of all of the reviews on how great it is for oily/combination skin. I have to say that I put my NARS foundation above this one, but it is still up there with the best foundations for oily skin. I did find that I needed to use a primer with this, but a lot of people say they don’t, I guess it just comes down to how bad your oiliness is. It lasted all day on my skin, it gives fantastic coverage without having to use a lot of product, and it keeps oiliness under control for a good few hours. I can’t fault it at all! I would purchase the NARS one over this, but that’s mainly because the colour match is way better. I’ve tried three different shades of DW and this is the closest I can get, it’s just a tad too orange, but as I don’t need to use a lot of product, it blends out easily and you can’t tell once all my makeup is done! You can use the Mac foundation pump for this, I got mine from eBay with free delivery.

L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte // £7.99 // Porcelain

On to the drugstore foundations! So there is no doubt that L’oreal’s infallible matte foundation is a miracle worker for oiliness, it will cling to dry patches so make sure you moisturise well beforehand, but it’s just fantastic really. It has really good coverage and keeps oiliness at bay for probably longer than any other foundation, I just find it slightly too thick and it doesn’t cling to my skin all that well, even with a primer. I’d probably reach for this a lot more if they had a porcelain shade that had yellow undertones rather than pink ones, as it doesn’t match my skin well at all, which I find so annoying because of how great the formula is!

L’oreal True Match // £9.99 // N1 Ivory

I’ve had this foundation for as long as I can remember, it’s my absolute favourite go-to drugstore foundation and I wear this on a daily basis if I’m not doing anything special. It works really well with the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer which makes for a really affordable combo if you don’t want to splurge on the high end stuff. I find that those two together control oiliness for a pretty decent amount of time, and last all day on the face. It’s quite a light foundation so I always find I need to use concealer with it, but honestly, for a day to day foundation, that doesn’t bother me. I don’t want really high coverage everyday anyway, as that would just encourage so many break outs. I will continue to buy this for a long time to come, it’s such a good foundation for the price!

And those are my four picks, hope this post helped you out if you’re looking for the right foundation 🙂 Let me know what your favourite foundation is!

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