The Best Cheap Foundation For Dry Skin

By Elle.

My dry, dehydrated skin hates foundation. I’ve tried (probably) hundreds of products, with very few able to leave my skin looking glowy and smooth, rather than cakey and flakey. High-end foundations definitely cater to dry skins better, but I just can’t justify dropping £30+ every time I buy a new one.

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Well-used, well-loved, well good.

Enter Rimmel Match Perfection. The first time I tried it, I also owned the YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation (original formulation, which I loved) – they’re almost identical in texture and results. DUPE ALERT.  A colleague commented on my glowy skin one day and I said it must be the YSL foundation, only later remembering that I’d applied the Rimmel one that morning. I’ve been committed to it ever since.

Bonus round application tips…

If my skin is particularly dry, I add a few drops of facial oil (this is a good tip that works with most foundations – Wayne Goss did a great video on it here). I then slap it on with the flat foundation brush from the Real Techniques Core Collection set, before blending with my Real Techniques sponge. This provides medium coverage which works perfectly for me as my skin’s in pretty good nick. If you have a lot of blemishes or discolouration, adding concealer over the top should be enough to boost it to high coverage.