15 Best High-End Foundations for Oily Skin June 20, 2017

A good foundation can make or break your makeup. Your blush, bronzer, concealer even lipstick tends to fall flat if the foundation is not good enough. The search for a good foundation is almost like searching for the right life partner, thus, not easy. It has to match and complement you perfectly and last long. This quest for the perfect foundation is particularly difficult if you have an oily skin. Most foundations on oily skin slide off minutes after wearing it and make the face look shiny, no, not the right kind of shiny, but greasy sandwich kind of shiny. However, if you are ready to shell out good bucks, these high-end foundations from some of the hottest and most prestigious brands in the world, actually works.

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

Description: This heavy duty foundation comes in one of the widest variety of colors. The foundation claims to stay put for 16 hours and has quite a cult following among makeup lovers across the world


  • Long lasting
  • Sets very quickly and easily
  • Super Blendable
  • Gives Heavy coverage
  • Does not look cakey
  • Excellent oil control
  • Available in a huge variety of shades
  • Transfer Proof


  • The container does not have a pump for easy access
  • Can be a little too drying

Review: When it comes to coverage and lasting power, this is a real deal. The texture is light and a little runny. The foundation sets very quickly and lasts forever, and is non-transferable. In fact, it requires a powerful makeup remover to get rid of it completely. It gives a heavy coverage, covering all marks, blemishes or pigmentations, even when used without a concealer. But, even then, the finish looks silky smooth and not cakey.  It is also extremely efficient in controlling oil. However, because of its oil controlling properties, it tends to dry out the skin, thus hydrating and moisturizing the skin before an application is recommended even for people with oily skin. The SPF 10 provides satisfactory sun protection.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: Rs. 5,803

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Description: You know something is special about a product when Kim K raves about it personally. A favorite of professional MUAs, this foundation provides a satin matte finish without being oily or greasy.


  • Creamy, lightweight texture
  • Non-greasy, so controls oil expertly
  • Blends easily
  • Buildable coverage
  • Provides a subtle radiant glow
  • Comes in a great variety of shades
  • Hydrating


  • Not as long lasting as it promises
  • The perfumed formula may irritate sensitive skin

Review:  This one comes with a pump as well, which is ideal for measuring out the right quantity and ensures value for money. The creamy, almost weightless formula blends in really well. The coverage it provides is highly versatile and can be used for sheer, medium and high coverage by altering the blending techniques. The product promises to last 15 hours but does a good job only for 8 hours, which by no way is less. Although it is oil free, it’s hydrating and gives a healthy glow with a radiant, dewy finish that photographs beautifully.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: Rs. 7,750

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

3. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Description: Another luminous formula on the list, it claims to go a long way with a little amount. A favorite among many beauty gurus, it has a loyal fan base that swears by its beautiful finish and heavy duty longevity.


  • It really requires a minimum amount for decent coverage, thus excellent value for money
  • Covers redness, discoloration, and evens out skin tone
  • Natural finish
  • Truly long lasting
  • Wide range of shades
  • Fragrance-free formula


  • Can be a little too drying
  • Not very buildable

Review: The container comes with a pump, but it can be a little tricky to use. The formula is on the runny side, but not exactly watery. It gives a natural finish which falls exactly between matte and dewy. The longevity of the product is heavy duty, and the 15-hour claim is not highly exagerrated. It remains put and shine-free for at least 12 hours, and with a little setting powder can easily touch the 15-hour mark. However, it tends to go a little overboard with the oil control, as it dries out the skin too much for comfort and can accentuate dry patches. It provides a sheer to medium coverage, but building it for full coverage might end up in a cakey appearance. Though it’s available in a wide variety of shades, yellow undertones dominate the choices.


Price: Rs. 6,418

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

4. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Description: Another top favorite of many beauty enthusiasts, this foundation has a powdery finish to it that is oil-free, velvety matte finish for long hours.


  • Excellent coverage
  • Matte finish lasts for really long
  • Water resistant formula
  • Can wear without primer or setting powder
  • Safe on sensitive skin


  • Not available in a wide variety of shades
  • Color tends to oxidize on some skin types

Review: Enriched with cashmere kaolinite clay, this liquid foundation turns into a powdery formula once applied. It truly remains oil-free for long hours. The coverage provided is exceptional, as it covers all blemishes and imperfection for a flawless and glowing matte finish. Though there are fans, who rave about the excellent coverage and finish, on some skin types the color seem to oxidize into a darker shade after few hours of application. The foundation comes in a very limited variety of shades, thus finding the perfect match for every skin tone can be a challenge.

Rating: 4.6/5

Price: Rs. 10,281

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

5. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24 Hours Makeup

Description: This foundation has been specially formulated to adjust the oil level on the skin according to the temperature outside. The company claims it provides shine-free coverage for 24 hours.



  • Adjust the oil level depending upon the weather outside
  • Soft Matte finish
  • Truly Long lasting
  • Blends Easily
  • Available in a great variety of colors


  • The oil control is not as efficient as expected for the price

Review: The foundation comes with a classic Elizabeth Arden Packaging, with a pump for easy application. The product feels silky smooth on the skin and gives a medium coverage that is buildable for a high coverage. The Time Release technology is quite effective, and the foundation balances out the oiliness well, without drying it out completely. SPF 15 provides satisfactory sunblock. However, the 24 hours long lasting claim is a little exagerrated, as it gets oily after 8-10 hours. But even then a little bit of blotting can prolong the longevity, and 8-10 hours coverage is not bad either.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: Rs. 10,749

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

6. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation

Description: Silky, photo-ready finish with a 12-hour shine-free experience is what this foundation claims. A revamped version of the previous product by the same name, this one promises to take oil-free flawlessness to a new level.


  • Lightweight formula
  • Stays oil-free for long hours
  • Gives a dewy finish
  • Safe on acne-prone skin
  • Excellent coverage
  • Super blendable


  • The variety in shade is limited, so might be a little hard to find a perfect match, especially for darker skin tones
  • Can appear a little flaky and dry due to excessive oil-control

Review: The best part about this foundation is the beautiful flawless coverage it gives with a subtle dewy finish. It actually looks like the second skin, yet does not give a cakey look. It comes with a limited variety of 12 shades and finding a perfect match for darker skin tones can be a little tricky. The oil control though not as long lasting as 12 hours as promised, does a decent job for 6 plus hours. However, with a hefty price tag like this one, 6 hours keeps you a little wanting. The photo-ready claim stands true, as you can notice the beauty for yourself.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: Rs. 5,278

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

7. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Description: This cleverly named product claims to blur the lines between makeup and skincare. It promises to give a naturally flawless finish that would look like you have nothing but enviably gorgeous skin on.


  • Natural finish
  • Hydrating, but not oily
  • Extremely easy to blend
  • Fairly long lasting
  • Fairly buildable
  • Available in a wide range of shades
  • Clean, paraben and sulfate free formula
  • Fragrance-free


  • Does not give a perfectly matte finish
  • No SPF

Review: The packaging is cute and girly like all Too Faced products and the bottle comes with a pump. The formula is neither runny nor thick and the coverage it provides is really natural. It initially provides medium coverage but can be built up for a fuller coverage. The added layer does not look cakey. Although it is not specifically designed keeping oily skin in mind, it holds up really well for 6-7 hours. A little touch-up with a setting powder can prolong the wear in case of a really humid condition.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: Rs. 6,197

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

8. KatVon D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation

Description: With natural polymers and a highly pigmented formula, this foundation promises to provide 24 hours of velvety smooth and flawless skin.


  • Stays all day
  • No need to wear concealer
  • Transfer-proof
  • Creasing-free
  • Fragrance-free


  • Not easy to blend
  • Dries out too quickly to fix mistakes

Review: The packaging is slightly goth-inspired which makes for an interesting appearance. The texture is smooth and creamy, but blending takes a little effort. It provides medium coverage and can be built for higher coverage. Once applied, it really stays put for the day and provides a soft matte finish. In fact, it takes a heavy duty makeup remover to get rid of it. It can feel a little too drying on certain skin types.


Price: Rs. 5,017

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

9. Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-free Foundation

Description: This oil-free foundation is one of the cleanest formulae on the list, which makes it popular among people with sensitive skin. It promises a flawless coverage with long shine-free hours.


  • Offers full coverage
  • Clean formula, safe on sensitive skin
  • Creamy consistency, easy to blend
  • Available in a wide range of shades


  • Not transfer proof
  • Can feel a little heavy on skin

Review: The product comes in a tube and does not have a pump dispenser. The specially created formula is clean and free of parabens, sulfates, and gluten. The foundation has a thicker consistency but does not take a lot of effort to blend in. It offers mostly medium to high coverage. It gives a natural matte finish and stays put for good 8-10 hours. The foundation comes in an excellent array of shades, keeping in mind warm, cool and neutral undertones that allow you to find the perfect match.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: Rs. 8,640

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

10. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation

Description: This foundation promises to provide oil control, even for oiliest of the skins, for long hours. This one also blends into a powdery finish, without giving the face a mask-like appearance.


  • Lightweight texture
  • Powdery finish ensures matte, oil-free results
  • Truly long wear
  • Offers UVA/UVB protection


  • Color tends to oxidize into a darker shade after few hours of wearing
  • Can accentuate rough patches on skin

Review: This one comes in a fancy packaging as you would expect from any Dolce & Gabbana. The liquid foundation blends into a powdery finish to ensure a natural matte look, that does not budge until washed off intentionally. It can be a little drying on the skin and can accentuate dry and rough patches. It has an SPF 20 that provides optimum sun protection. However, the color of the foundation tends to oxidis and get darker after few hours of wearing it, which makes choosing the right color a little tricky. The foundation also does not offer a wide range of colors to choose from as it comes only in 14 shade variants. Although it’s a good foundation for oily skin, when you compare the benefits with the hefty price tag, it offers nothing extra that you would normally expect from something this pricey.


Price: Rs. 16,029

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

11. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup

Description: A favorite among many makeup lovers, this foundation promises a natural finish with a 24 hours oil control.


  • Almost weightless formula
  • Provides good coverage
  • Effective oil protection
  • Dries quickly
  • Really long lasting
  • Gives a flawless finish
  • Smells pleasant
  • Easy to blend
  • Available in a good variety of shades


  • High alcohol content
  • Can cause breakouts on sensitive skin

Review: The product comes in an attractive packaging with a pump for easy access. The smell though pleasant can be overpowering to some. It glides on smoothly and gives a beautiful flawless matte finish. It can be blended easily for a sheer coverage or built up to give medium to high coverage. The shades are designed keeping the warm, cool and neutral undertones in mind, thus finding a perfect match is easy. The oil control is really effective and it actually stays put all day long providing a shine-free experience. The formula is quick drying which is achieved by a high level of alcohol content. However, the high alcohol content apart from rendering the skin dry can cause other skin problems as well.

Rating: 4/5

Price: Rs. 7,628

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

12. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Description: Touted as the ‘magic’ foundation, this one apart from matte, oil-free, medium coverage finish, also claims to have anti-aging properties.


  • Lightweight texture
  • Quick drying properties
  • Buildable Coverage
  • Works even on very oily skin
  • Satisfying range of shades


  • Can be really drying on skin
  • Settles on pores

Review: It comes with a pretty but not very practical packaging. The consistency is that of a moisturizer and blends easily. However, because of the quick drying properties, it needs to be blended quickly, preferably with a beauty blender. It offers medium coverage and can be built for a higher coverage. However, it takes a few layers to achieve total coverage. It easily stays put for 8-10 hours even with high humidity.

Rating: 4/5

Price: Rs. 9,504

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

13. Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish Foundation

Description: One of the most popular products in the market, this foundation comes enriched with shea butter and glycerin and contains Vitamin C and E. The foundation also claims to stay put for 12 hours on oily skin.


  • Available in a wide variety of shades
  • Creamy, lightweight texture blends in easily.
  • Stays shine-free and non-greasy
  • Does not look cakey
  • Not overly drying
  • Hides the marks and blemishes expertly
  • Does not clog pores


  • The packaging is a little heavy and thus difficult to carry around
  • Not as long lasting as it claims

Review: The foundation comes in a 10+ variety of shades, thus everybody can find their perfect match. The container comes with a pump which is hygenic, but the glass bottle is too heavy to be carried around. The texture is easily blendable. It gives medium to high coverage and thus some can skip using concealer depending upon desired coverage. The yellow undertone of the foundation complements the Indian skin tone well. However, the 12-hour claim is exagerrated, as it starts sliding in 3-4 hours. Setting powder or compact powder can prolong it for another 2-3 hours.

Rating: 3.5/5

Price: Rs. 10,165

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

14. Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup

Description: Lightweight and fragrance-free, this foundation promises to provide perfect coverage with no oiliness all day long, for an oily and sensitive skin.


  • Lightweight formula
  • Fragrance free
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Gives a natural dewy finish


  • Can settle on pores
  • Does not provide a heavy coverage

Review: The product comes in a portable tube packaging. It gives a nice matte finish, though the formula provides fairly medium coverage and is hard to build up for a higher coverage. It is perfect for the ‘no-makeup look’. Also, the oil control claims are not entirely true. On very oily skin types the product is unable to provide proper oil control after 4-5 hours. It also sits on the pores and emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles on some skin types. However, it does not cause allergies or breakouts.

Rating: 3.5/5

Price: Rs. 6,534

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

15. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation

Description: This foundation infused with Amazonian clay is a favorite among many for its flawless finish and clean formula. It claims to provide coverage for 12 hours on oily skin.


  • Clean Formula, thus no problem of breakouts
  • Gives a satin-matte finish
  • Easy to blend
  • Optimal Oil Control
  • Does not dry out the skin


  • Does not provide a heavy coverage
  • Can feel a little heavy on skin
  • Not as long lasting as promised

Review: The foundation has one of the cleanest formulae among foundations available in the market. It’s paraben free, gluten free, not tested on animals and contains natural sunscreens like titanium dioxide, so is safe for the sensitive skin. However, the color options are fairly limited making it a little hard to find a perfect match. The product comes in a tube with a wooden top, thus it is hard to get to the last drop. The texture is a little on the thicker side but blends easily. It gives a nice satin matte finish and provides medium coverage. It controls oil without drying out the skin. However, the product does not hold true to its longwear claim. It starts wearing off within 5-6 hours, even with setting powder. It is a good idea to use a primer before applying the foundation. It comes with SPF 15 which provides adequate sun protection.

Rating: 3/5

Price: Rs. 7,156

Buy it here: www.amazon.in

I know you are thinking if the price tag of the products is worth it. Well, that is entirely left to your discretion. But keep in mind oily skin is especially susceptible to acne and breakouts and thus it becomes all the more necessary to use products that agree with your skin. These foundations have been specially formulated to tackle oily skin and the issues that come with it. Also, with something as essential as a foundation, an occasional splurge is justified, given they also have a relatively long shelf life.

Tell us what is your favorite foundation and do let us know if you have used any foundation on this list and if you liked it, in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sunandhasai/ sunandhasai

    i have Lotus Herbals Natural blend Comfort Liquid Foundation :)

    • vinita

      how it works for u ,frnd can u plz describe here

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/gargisinha/ GARGI SINHA

    nice recommendations……..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

    Nice and useful :) :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/aparajitachattopadhyay/ Aparajita Chattopadhyay

    I had a very bad experience with Maybelline matte mousse as it is a big task to blend it and it has a very cakey finish…the Revlon whipped creme foundation is also a good foundation for oily skin

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/gurleen/ Gurleen

    Nice compilation for us oily skin people.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

    thank you all for liking my article : )

  • Lidya

    I have for a couple of times used the one you have specified about maybelline.. but still it does show the oiliness.. and its a turn off.. im not much into foundations.. but can u sugges me the right one? coz my face is too oily

  • Meena

    I have used a lot of products.. but none came to rescue.. except this MAC Match master Foundation. truly good product.. This product doesnt make my skin look oily… nor does it show out those unwanted cracks that some foundations tend to show..

  • Namrata

    hey!! can you suggest the right one for combination skin? im really confused and unsure of which one to pick up..

  • Nupur

    Hey good post! My cousin has oily skin and it is a nightmare for her to apply foundation as her face looks either patchy or caked up after few hours. She has given up hope completely but, this article has really helped her. Very helpful an informative. Keep up the good work!

  • Preeti

    Really interesting post! Trust me when I say that it’s a tough job finding the right makeup and skincare products for oily skin. And to top it all, foundation literally makes me look as if I have plastered paint on my face. Would love to try MAC Matchmaster Foundation. Thanks for sharing this list. Enjoyed reading the write-up. Keep sharing more :)