Best Foundations for Summer by bestofmakeupalley

Merle Norman Ultra Powder Foundation

4.4 /5

240 reviews

"I have oily skin with large pores, redness, and old acne scars...This is my favorite powder foundation...It controls oil, covers my red, does not oxidize, and does not accentuate my pores or scars...With primer, this will stay on for 7-8 hours."

La Prairie Cellular Treatment Foundation Powder

4.4 /5

126 reviews

"I never expect much from a powder foundation, because quite often they get cakey...and enhance the wrinkles. This is absolutely not like that at all! Very forgiving [and] you can use it also around the eye area."

NOTE: good longevity; very $$$

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

4.2 /5

118 reviews

"My holy grail foundation! I live in Asia and the weather here is really hot. This foundation makes my skin flawless all day long without being cakey or oily even when I sweat because of the weather."

NOTE: ymmv

COVERGIRL Queen Collection All Day Flawless 3-in-1 [DISCONTINUED]

4.4 /5

50 reviews

"I...have Super Oily skin and live in GA...this product is Special. Its more mattifying than other high end [mattifying] liquid foundations. [In] low humidity I stay matte for 4 to 6 hrs. In high humidity I'll have to blot after a couple hrs..."

GUERLAIN Lingerie de Peau BB Invisible Skin-Fusion Multi-Perfecting Make-Up SPF 30

4.3 /5

49 reviews

"I'm 58 and I wanted a lighter foundation for summer with an SPF. [This] does the trick [and] gives me just [enough] coverage...I don't look like I'm wearing foundation [and it] doesn't accentuate lines..."

NOTE: ymmv on wear-time; best for dry-normal

CLARINS Everlasting Compact Foundation SPF 15

4.1 /5

17 reviews

"I live in Arizona. It gets HOT. It is DRY...This fits the bill perfectly...good staying power. And vastly minimized the late day t-zone shiny since it is a powder."

Kryolan TV Paint Stick

4.3 /5

46 reviews

"The coverage is photographs flawlessly...last[s] a full night...and resists being sweated off...with setting powders and sprays, [one can] literally submerge themselves in water and not have this stuff budge. It means serious business."

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

4.1 /5

163 reviews

"It just stays and covers nicely. It seems to last enough - I cooked and did gardening in the heat while wearing it, and it still feels and looks perfect."

NOTE: very limited shade selction

Sephora Collection 8 HR Mattifying Compact Foundation

4.1 /5

44 reviews

"I use this on days that I want something on my face (to keep oiliness at bay) but not a heavy foundation...It looks so natural and...Keeps everything not too can't even tell I'm wearing anything!"

NOTE: ymmv re. cakiness

MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Liquid Make Up ] ] ] [DISCONTINUED]

4.1 /5

926 reviews

"it has a weird jelly-like almost bounces lol. It's fairly sheer but it...covers, ... looks like my SKIN...more so than anything I've ever put on my face before. It...has this beautiful finish, with no additional texture to emphasize flaws."

MAC Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation

4 /5

1448 reviews

"...sheer, light coverage but can also build it up if necessary. It evens out skin tone without looking like you're wearing makeup... looks like 'my skin but better.' It lasts all day and wears well, even through the summer heat and humidity!"

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

4 /5

1672 reviews

"Buildable coverage, almost matte finish, lightweight, very natural looking and seriously long lasting! Plus the color range is huge!"

NOTE: application can be tricky (dries quickly); some say buildable, some say cakey.

LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50

3.6 /5

63 reviews

"[with] translucent powder, the BB cream stays in place [except nose; touchup after 4h]...[I used it in] Thailand...where the weather is really humid and sunny. I never got any sunburn or tan, so you can trust the 'SPF50'..."

CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15

3.9 /5

909 reviews

"The finish is not satin, matte or dewy; it really feels like second skin. It is also very light and feels very comfortable."

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

3.8 /5

933 reviews

"Hello, summer foundation! I'm 60 [and this is] not ageing, [gives a] natural finish [with] soft, pretty coverage. Love it! Even on very warm days, it hangs in well. It doesn't evaporate, pool up, or look cakey or masky."

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF20 [DISCONTINUED]

3.9 /5

190 reviews

"applies [thinly] and really holds...doesnt sink to my pores and fine lines...medium coverage...brightens and evens out my skin tone...lasts...7-9 hours on my oily combination time passes [it] mixes with oil on my face [and gets] prettier."

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation

3.8 /5

1299 reviews

"'s long wearing and matte. Didn't smudge or melt in the Rio de Janeiro heat..."

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24h Longwear SPF 15 Foundation

3.8 /5

648 reviews

"Super full coverage, a great range of shades, and everything looks great on top of it...doesn't look cakey...and every time I wear it I get compliments...This will make sure you have an amazing make-up remover."

Almay TLC Truly Lasting Color

3.8 /5

359 reviews

"I loved how this didn't look like I had makeup on and it didn't wear off throughout the day. If you have dry skin, it's a definite try."

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

3.8 /5

1077 reviews

"This seems to be the only foundation drugstore or high end, that doesn't seep into my pores. It lasts all day, and doesn't break me out."

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation

3.7 /5

869 reviews

"It feels very lightweight, it blends like a dream and it stays on me from 4:30 in the morning till I get home from work at 5:00 pm."

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

3.4 /5

56 reviews

"...the finish is perfect...between matte and dewy. Coverage is light but it evens out nicely. The best the lasting power....for a sheer foundation it really stays in place. It hardly transfers and stays put even through sweat."

Maybelline New York FIT Me Foundation (Matte + Poreless)

3.5 /5

940 reviews

"Foundations like this beat high end foundations like Chanel. It stays on which is a huge plus for my oily is matte and does not oxidize. It creates a great canvas for the rest of my makeup and looks natural."

Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Fusion Compact

3.6 /5

36 reviews

"suitable for those with normal to slightly dry skin and provides light coverage that evens out the skin tone. It applies smoothly without becoming heavy or caked. No oxidation so far."

BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation

3.4 /5

56 reviews

"INCREDIBLE, it is my holy grail. It keeps me matte for 7+ hours...the lasting power is amazing, I've accidentally slept in it and it was still there in the morning."

NOTE: not for dry skin

REVLON ColorStay Makeup (24 hour formula)

3.1 /5

355 reviews

"It's [an] affordable and good quality...drugstore foundation. I'm on my 5th bottle...It's definitely full-coverage. DONT apply it with your fingers.PLS. Use it with a sponge or beauty blender. It looks less heavy and [covers better]."

NOTE: love/hate

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