As someone whose circle is composed of mostly oily-skinned people, I know the struggle you guys have when looking for the best foundations for your oily skin. They have to keep excess shine at bay but not make you look extra matte. They also have to stay on and not budge, especially during this time where we’re wearing masks when we head out.
While it may be challenging to find base products that offer decent coverage, a matte but not flat finish, and hours-long stay, it’s not impossible! In fact, I’ve found quite a few of them. So end your search now. Here are the best foundations for oily skin that you can get in the Philippines (with drugstore and high-end picks)!
What to look for in foundations for oily skin
Since you’re already here, it means you’ve already taken the first step on the right track when it comes to looking for a foundation. You need to start with your skin type. This is so you can avoid disappointments in places where there shouldn’t have been any!
The next thing is finding the one with the finish and coverage you want. And then the dreaded but one of the most important criteria: finding the right shade.
Armed with the info you have, it’s time to take your pick. Here are the best ones to start with.
8 best foundations for oily skin in the Philippines
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
This foundation has been a fan-favorite since it was launched in 2014. It has a liquid mousse formula that’s easy to blend. This promises to keep your skin free from excess oil while staying natural-looking. It claims to be able to make you look poreless too.
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
As you may have guessed, the keyword we’re looking at here is ‘waterproof’. Second to its lipsticks, MAC is known for its complexion products. So you can definitely place your bet on this one that promises to not only nourish the skin and give you a medium-to-full buildable coverage but also stay on for up to 36 hours — no matter how much you sweat or even if you go swimming.
Make Up For Ever Watertone Skin-Perfecting Tint
Don’t be misled, this foundation packs a punch despite its sheer coverage. It promises to effectively minimise your imperfections while keeping your skin hydrated. On top of that, it’s transfer-proof. Lightweight and stays on no matter what? Sounds like the perfect base to wear under masks.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation
This award-winning foundation is a holy grail for so many makeup enthusiasts because of its ability to make the skin look flawless. It also has been proven to keep oil at bay and stay on for as long as you’d like it to. An all-around good foundation for oily skin? This one’s it.
Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Foundation
Full coverage, long-lasting (up to 24 hours!), matte — and affordable? Yes, this foundation Maybelline ticks all those boxes. If you liked the performance of Fit Me but are looking for something that’s even ‘stronger’, this one’s definitely worth a try.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation
Looking for a foundation that offers full coverage — conceals dark spots and blemishes, evens out the skin tone, and more — but still makes the skin look natural? Try this cult-favorite product from Lancome. It’s transfer- and humidity-proof too and lasts for up to 24 hours.
Revlon Colorstay Makeup
Yes, it was the most popular foundation during the peak of beauty YouTubers (circa 2015 – 2016) but it still deserves your attention today! This oil-free foundation gives a matte, flawless finish that stays on for hours. The best part? It’s affordable and is said to work just like high-end foundations.
L’Oreal Infallible Matte Cover Foundation
Another fan-favorite from the drugstore, this foundation promises to keep oil and shine away with its ‘maximum’ matte coverage. It also promises to be water-, heat-, sweat-, and transfer-proof — all while being lightweight and breathable.
Which of these foundations for oily skin will you give a try?
Jorj is an editor by profession, a b/vlogger on weekends, and a wife to Yop and mom to Cadence always. She's powered by curiosity and is in the process of becoming her best self.