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15 Best Foundations For Sensitive Skin

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15 Best Foundations For Sensitive Skin March 30, 2018

Finding the perfect foundation is tricky. On top of that, if your skin is sensitive and reactive, the process can be all the more complicated. There’s an abundance of formulas out there designed to protect your skin if it’s prone to redness, breakouts, and irritation. We have compiled a list of 15 foundations for sensitive skin that are most likely to work for you if you have sensitive skin. You can choose from light, medium to full coverage formulas and various finishes depending on your preference. Here’s what’s hot!

Best Selling Foundations For Sensitive Skin

Liquid Foundations

  1. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
  2. Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation
  3. M.A.C Next To Nothing Face Color Foundation
  4. The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation
  5. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Powder Foundations

  1. M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
  2. Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation
  3. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer
  4. Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation
  5. The Balm PhotoBalm Powder Foundation

Cream Foundations

  1. Deborah BB Cream 5 In 1 Foundation
  2. Rimmel Match Perfect Cream Compact Foundation
  3. Inglot Cream Foundation
  4. Bharat & Dorris Cream Foundation
  5. L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Liquid Foundations For Sensitive Skin

1. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Lightweight
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Oil-free
  • Dermatologist and allergy tested

Cons

  • It does not come with a pump dispenser

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review

If you’re looking for a matte finish foundation that is incredibly weightless and easy to use – Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is a wonderful option. It minimizes the appearance of pores and contains blurring micro-powders that help absorb oil all day long. It applies smoothly and evenly and has decent staying power. It does not dry too fast so you can take your time to achieve that seamless blend. The coverage is buildable, ranging from sheer to medium. Also, if you have combination to oily skin, this would work very well. It comes in 14 different shades to match your skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

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2. Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Gives the skin a healthy glow
  • Medium coverage
  • Lightweight
  • Good packaging

Cons

  • Limited shade range

Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation Review

This foundation by Lakme comes in their ‘Absolute’ range’s signature packaging with a handy pump. It has a very creamy consistency that blends flawlessly. It helps even out uneven skin tone, and conceal redness and pigmentation to a certain extent. If you prefer a dewy finish to a matte one – this foundation is a must-try! This would make a good fit for those with normal to dry skin and is available in four shades to choose from.

Rating: 5/5

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3. M.A.C Next To Nothing Face Color Foundation

Pros

  • Refines skin texture
  • Lightweight
  • Provides hydration and instant radiance
  • Smoothes and softens skin
  • Comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Clings to dry patches

M.A.C Next To Nothing Face Color Foundation Review

If you’re looking for a natural and light coverage foundation for your sensitive skin – this one by M.A.C is enough to blur out imperfections, yet look natural. It’s perfect to give you a polished look for work. Its consistency is balmy and fluid-like, and it has a smooth texture that glides easily over the skin. It also helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves you with a nice, dewy finish. This foundation comes in eight different shades and is suitable for normal to combination and oily skin. If you have dry skin, you need to thoroughly moisturize before going in with this product.

Rating: 4.9/5

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4. The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear
  • Infused with aloe vera and English rose water
  • Highly hydrating
  • Comes with SPF 15
  • Cruelty-free

Cons

  • Limited shade range available

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation Review

As its name suggests, the Fresh Nude Foundation from The Body Shop is formulated to leave your skin feeling fresh and comfortable all day long. This one gives you the most natural and dewy finish. Besides, it comes with added sun protection. Its texture is slightly runny, yet it’s easy to blend into the skin. If you’re prone to acne and breakouts – this one is a safe option as it does not clog pores or feel heavy on the skin. Like it claims, this foundation gives you a semi-matte finish, but it slightly leans more towards the dewy side.

This is available in five shades and is perfect for normal to combination skin. If you have mature, aging skin – you must try this formula as it does not settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

Rating: 4.9/5

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5. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Smooth, matte texture
  • Looks very natural
  • A little goes a long way
  • Travel-friendly packaging

Cons

  • Poor oil control

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Review

If your skin is prone to acne and redness – this ‘anti-blemish’ liquid makeup from Clinique contains medicated ingredients that help treat existing breakouts and keep them from coming back. Its formula is non-irritating and helps blur out blemishes and neutralize redness. It blends easily and provides sheer to moderate coverage. It does keep your skin looking fresh all day long and is perfect for normal to dry and combination skin types. If you have oily skin, you might want to use a primer before you go in with this product. It’s available in eight shades.

Rating: 4.8/5

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Powder Foundations For Sensitive Skin

6. M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Buildable coverage
  • Does not clog pores
  • Long-wearing
  • Lightweight and velvety texture

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation Review

The Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is your one-step tool to give you that smooth, all-matte and flawless finish. Even if you’re completely new to makeup, you’ll still find this easy to work with. It allows your skin to breathe and does not feel like you’re wearing anything heavy on your skin. The coverage it provides is stunning. If you want to go in with the ‘my skin, but better’ look, simply moisturize well, use a primer and this foundation, and you’re good to go!

This comes in 40 shades and is most suitable for normal to combination and oily skin.

Rating: 5/5

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7. Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Blends easily and evenly
  • Lightweight
  • 3-in-1 benefits of a primer, foundation, and compact
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Contains no SPF

Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation Review

The Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation comes in pretty rose gold packaging and the case has separate sections for the product and the applicator sponge. Its texture is creamy and silky smooth, and blends in effortlessly. It conceals fine lines and pores to an extent but doesn’t do anything major in terms of coverage. This is ideal for normal to combination and oily skin. If you’re someone with dry skin, you will need to moisturize properly before applying this. It’s available in six shades.

Rating: 5/5

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8. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer

Pros

  • Oil-free
  • Skin breathes comfortably
  • True to color
  • Does not clog pores
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • Poor value for money

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer Review

This powder foundation, like it claims, lasts all day through sweat and humidity without clogging your pores. Its coverage is buildable, and it can be built up to medium coverage. It comes with a sponge that can be used to apply and blend out the product. If you’re on the hunt for an all-in-one makeup product for your sensitive skin – this is quite handy and efficient.

It comes in four shades and is ideal for normal to combination and oily skin types.

Rating: 4.9/5

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9. Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

Pros

  • Finely-milled and smooth texture
  • Lightweight
  • Mattifies the skin without looking cakey
  • Functional packaging
  • Does not sink into fine lines and wrinkles

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation Review

This powder foundation from Bobbi Brown comes in a fuss-free, straightforward packaging with a decent-sized mirror. Its texture is super smooth, and it’s oil-free. You get sheer coverage, and it helps give you a smooth canvas to work on. This foundation powder would work well even on dry skinned women as long as they ensure to properly moisturize before going in with this. It leaves you with a natural, matte finish and also stays on for long hours.

This comes in 20 different shades, so it’s easier to find a match for your skin tone.

Rating: 4.9/5

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10. The Balm PhotoBalm Powder Foundation

Pros

  • Super easy to apply
  • Good color range
  • Cute packaging with mirror
  • Controls oil
  • Does not look cakey

Cons

  • To build full coverage, you need to use quite a lot of product

The Balm PhotoBalm Powder Foundation Review

This powder foundation from theBalm cosmetics is housed in a unique, vintage style packaging with a built-in mirror. It’s very easy to blend and buffs effortlessly onto the face. It’s also talc free and can be worn alone or over liquid foundation or a primer. This foundation powder is best suited for oily skin and also for those who love a good old matte finish.

It’s available in 8 different shades.

Rating: 4.8/5

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Cream Foundations For Sensitive Skin

11. Deborah BB Cream 5 In 1 Foundation

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Travel-friendly
  • Comes with SPF 20

Cons

  • Ingredient list isn’t mentioned

Deborah BB Cream 5 In 1 Foundation Review

If you’re into foundations with a creamy consistency, this one by Deborah is 5-in-1 BB and foundation that gives you that flawless yet natural-looking coverage. It does a good job at blurring out pores and neutralizing redness without feeling heavy on the skin. This is also hypoallergenic and claims to moisturize and nourish your skin while protecting it from UV rays and pollution.

It’s suitable for all skin types and is available in five shades.

Rating: 5/5

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12. Rimmel Match Perfect Cream Compact Foundation

Pros

  • Blends easily
  • Contains SPF 15
  • Light-weight
  • Leaves you with a dewy finish
  • Compact and travel-friendly packaging

Cons

  • Staying power isn’t great

Rimmel Match Perfect Cream Compact Foundation Review

This cream foundation comes in a square plastic case with a slim tray, a mirror, and a perforated compartment that houses a square sponge applicator. It’s best to apply this thick, creamy formula with a damp sponge over a primer. If you have dry skin, do moisturize well before going in with this formula as it tends to enhance dry patches. This gives you sheer coverage, and if you want a natural look, this does a great job.

It comes in six shades and is suitable for normal to combination skin types.

Rating: 4.9/5

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13. Inglot Cream Foundation

Pros

  • Long-staying
  • Paraben-free
  • Conceals dark spots
  • Natural finish

Cons

  • Does not have a nozzle, making it hard to dispense the product

Inglot Cream Foundation Review

This foundation by Inglot has a very smooth and creamy consistency, and it glides onto the skin easily without feeling cakey. It leaves you with a semi-dewy finish, and its coverage falls between light to medium. It’s got an impressive staying power and does not require a lot of touch-ups. It also photographs well and does not cause your skin to break out.

This is great for normal to combination and dry skin. It’s available in a total of 8 shades.

Rating: 4.8/5

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14. Bharat & Dorris Cream Foundation

Pros

  • Compact and travel-friendly packaging
  • Buildable coverage
  • Good shade options
  • Suitable for all skin types

Cons

  • It can feel slightly heavy as it’s a full coverage foundation

Bharat & Dorris Cream Foundation Review

Been on the hunt for a full coverage foundation? This one by B&D gives a full, velvety coverage. Its formula is very creamy, and a little goes a long way. Blending this out is a bit tricky as it takes time for it to look flawless. You also need to set this with a powder to prevent shine. This foundation can also be used as a spot concealer if you’d rather stay away from full coverage makeup. However, it makes for a good special occasion foundation.

It comes in 14 shades.

Rating: 4.7/5

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15. L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Pros

  • Buildable and customizable coverage
  • Leaves you with a fresh finish
  • Goes on smoothly
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Very little product

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Review

This cushion foundation comes in a classy, compact packaging with a convenient mirror and an applicator sponge. However, it’s easier to apply this using a damp beauty sponge. The coverage is buildable from sheer to medium. It leaves you with a radiant, healthy, and dewy finish and makes for a great everyday foundation. If you have oily skin, you can use a primer before going in with this product. It’s most suitable for normal to combination and dry skin and is available in six shades.

Rating: 4.7/5

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Quick Tips To Choose The Perfect Foundation For Your Delicate Skin

Now that you have some amazing formulas to choose from – here’s a quick guide to choosing one that would work for your sensitive skin type – be it dry, oily or combination.

Oily Skin

If you’re someone with oily skin, it tends to have an overall shine accompanied by breakouts and acne scars. We recommend using either a mineral powder foundation or a water-based liquid foundation. Also, make sure that the foundation label reads non-comedogenic.

Dry Skin

Dry skin, on the other hand, tends to feel tight. A cream-based liquid to stick foundation will work best for you and will also help in keeping your skin hydrated.

Combination Skin

Cream-to-powder foundations or mineral powder foundations work well for combination skin.

Mature Skin

If you have mature, aging skin – you need to give it some extra care. Choose a formula that fits your skin type and look out for ones that come with anti-aging properties and SPF.

The wrong foundation formula can lead to irritation and redness. In the process of finding your holy grail foundation, don’t play trial-and-error and aggravate your skin problems. Instead, be more conscious and mindful of the ingredients that it contains. Choosing hypoallergenic products is so essential as it helps to maintain your skin’s balance. That was our roundup of the best foundations for sensitive skin. Do you have a go-to foundation that you worship? Share with us in the comments section below.

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