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Drugstore Hits: Three affordable (but good) liquid foundations to try

Powder foundations are convenient and easy to use, but liquid foundations give a finish that's closer to how skin naturally looks. The formula covers the little creases and dips on our faces so it appears more realistic versus freshly applied powder, which tends to look flat until we oil up. There's also something to be said about the excellent coverage of liquid foundies. They are often buildable without the danger of looking caked on!

Now, the best liquid foundations are from high-end brands which cost over P2,000 a bottle. If you don't have that kind of money - or if you do but aren't willing to spend it! - then there are pretty good drugstore alternatives. They're getting better and better every year! Here are three liquid foundations that live up to my expectations. ^_^

L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup (P899). I didn't give a favorable review of this last July, but you know, once I've gotten to use it more, I realized that it ain't so bad. In fact, it's quite good! I like how it does match my skin perfectly and how the dewy finish makes it look like I'm not wearing foundation at all. I just make sure to set it properly with a translucent loose powder to make it stay on.

It still transfers on any surface, but I suppose that is the trade-off for such a wet formula. Try this if you have dry to combi skin!

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse (P599). According to Maybelline, this is their number one foundation. For a brand that has quite a few foundations in the permanent line, that's a fine endorsement. I like the demi-matte, airbrushed finish of this one. It makes skin look so luminous! Coverage is build able so layer if you need to.

As with the True Match, this would suit dry to, at most, combination skin. Liquid foundations that are good for oily skin are harder to come by.

ZA True White Liquid Foundation (P599). LFs for oily skin are hard to come by yes, but not impossible! That's where this ZA gem excels. This thing sticks. It has mid to heavy coverage and is especially useful for troubled, oily skin. The dewy finish is also beautiful (did you spot the trend here? *wink*) without it looking greasy. It's pretty awesome for P599!

This should have been in the photos but I don't have the bottle anymore: the L'Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation (P899). This is a dead ringer for the much more expensive Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation, which was my HG for a while! If you ask me, this is better than L'Oreal's True Match in terms of packaging (it has a pump what can I say) and staying power.

So those are my personal top picks. I swatched the three above so you can see the shades I use. If you're NC35 (medium yellow), then these will perfectly match your skin!

What are your favorite drugstore liquid foundations?

Reader question: Is it okay to ask high-end brands for samples?

Reader question: Is it okay to ask high-end brands for samples?

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