Story by Amanda Elizabeth Smith

Illustration by Madison van Rijn

Some beauty products can be expensive – if you’re going to splurge on any cosmetic, make it a high-quality foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Unlike some beauty products that should be changed more frequently, a good quality foundation can last up to 12 months. Plaid picked out our favorite foundations that are worth the splurge! 


MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 is a creamy, smooth, gel-based foundation that provides “buildable” coverage with a satiny finish. This hydrating, long-lasting foundation is great because it has SPF 15 in its formula, and it’s also water-resistant. That means amazing coverage all Summer long! Studio Sculpt comes in 20 different shades to ensure you’ll find the perfect match to your skin tone.

Chanel Vitalumière Foundation

Chanel Vitalumière is Chanel’s best-selling foundation. It instantly revitalizes the complexion while targeting dry, dull and uneven skin. The moisturizing agents in the formula provide hydration, and it also contains an SPF 15.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Ever wonder how to achieve that perfect glow to your skin? Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is just the solution. Featuring an exclusive Micro-fil technology, this hydrating fluid glides on, giving your skin a silky smooth texture. With a range of shades from very fair to medium and dark, this foundation provides buildable coverage and is suitable for all skin types.

If you are hoping to achieve a natural, fresh look with your foundation, Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation is a must-use. This yellow-based foundation is very sheer because of its lightweight formula, but can be layered for more coverage as needed. The oil-free, non-drying formula contains Vitamins A, C, and E that will protect the skin from harmful environmental effects. Even better, this foundation is ideal for all skin types.

Chantecaille’s Future Skin is an oil-free gel foundation that has a lightweight texture. The formula contains 60% charged water and seaweed, as well as light-reflective circular pigment that provide buildable coverage. This product comes in a range of shades from Porcelain to Sand to Suntan, and is suitable for skin of all types.

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