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Top 6 Affordable and Lightweight Foundations for Women of Colour

6 Best and Most Affordable-ish Lightweight Foundations for Women of Colour 

We all know this struggle a little too well, no? You know? Having to explain to your Caucasian friends that you are not being bougie or difficult, you cannot buy foundation at the drugstore because your shade is literally not available. Up until very recently, bigger and even more cult beauty brands made it clear that women of colour were not their target market and as such, not included in the general conversation around product releases, and this was very clearly reflected in the two “dark” shades lost in the sea of beige. However, this all changed when Robyn Rihanna Fenty disrupted the beauty space by releasing 40 shades of foundation with various undertones under her beauty line, Fenty Beauty. And while this is lovely, it’s still very much slim pickings and there’s definitely still miles to go, in terms of getting to a comfortable place for EVERYBODY. However, fear not, if you are on the hunt for the perfect formula, you know? The one that’s so perfect and light, it feels like skin, but it also covers your dark spots and acne scars, then this is the list for you, here’s 6 perfectly suitable options that work with you got and make you pop… 

**all prices in Canadian Dollars (CAD)**

  1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte LongwearFoundation ($42) 

Review : This foundation is formulated to feel light on the skin, but rich enough to cover redness and acne scars and I mean, it comes in forty shades, which is almost unheard of, because, you know? Rihanna.

Pros : super lightweight, suitable for oily skin, good value for money, Rihanna

Cons : Potentially oxidizes after a full day of wear

  1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation ($50)

Review : My incredibly fussy sisters will touch nothing else and are endlessly loyal to this foundation, and that is all you need to know. But I guess it helps that it is available in over 55 different shades, evens out skin tones and covers imperfections. It applies comfortably matte but the coverage is buildable.

Pros : Perfect for oily/combination skin, covers hyperpigmentation

Cons : None in terms of the product itself but the price point is potentially steep.

  1. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation ($60)

Review : First of all, this is MY favourite foundation, period. This foundation works surprisingly well on all skin types, but it works especially well on girls who have relentlessly oily skin like me. It is effortlessly lightweight and lasts up to 16 hours of wear. This is the first foundation that hasn’t budged with my excessively oily skin, and I am completely loyal.

Pros : Works for all skin types, sulfate, paragon, gluten and fragrance-free

Cons : None sis.

  1. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24Hr Foundation ($58) 

Review : This is the only foundation on this list that I have found on every list of “best lightweight foundations” and “best foundations for women of colour,” which I think speaks volumes to how rich the formula is and how wide the shade range is. According to the Sephora website, it is an oil-free, long-wearing, liquid foundation that delivers buildable coverage and leaves a natural-looking, velvet-matte finish for up to 24 hours.

Pros : fragrance-free, 24-hour staying power, wide shade range, oil free

Cons : may not work as well for dryer skin types

  1. L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation ($21)  

Review : The picture on the left is what the original packaging looked like and it is still available on Amazon, for girls who prefer a pump, the one on the right is the most recent packaging but it still stays true to the original formula. I have used this foundation as well and the first thing that caught my attention was how surprisingly affordable it is. However, it also does have an amazing formula, which according to the L’Oreal website is a super bendable, lightweight formula, that allows you to build up to full coverage with a gorgeous, dewy finish. 

Pros : affordable, super lightweight, contains SPF 17

Cons : The bottle with the pump is only available on Amazon

  1. Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily skin ($17.48) 

Review : According to ULTA beauty, this oil-free foundation gives off a gorgeous, matte finish for up to 24 hours. It offers buildable to full coverage and contains hyaluronic acid the hydrate beneath the surface of the skin and SPF 15 for sun protection.

Pros : oil-free but still sufficiently hydrating, available in 40 shades, contains SPF 17

Cons : old packaging with the pumps only available on Amazon