7 Best Sweat-Proof Drugstore Foundations

by Jessica Willingham

There's a lot to love about summertime, but sweaty, melty makeup is not on the top of my list. If you want to maintain face this summer without dripping foundation all over the floor, here are seven sweat-proof drugstore foundations to keep your face flawless all season long.

Drugstore foundation used to get a bad reputation, but the days of cheap ingredients, bad packaging, and breakout-inducing formulations is practically gone. The quality gap between drugstore and department store makeup is closing, and you can find fabulous foundations at your local pharmacy or drugstore.

The key is finding one that works for you and your skin type is reading the labels. When it comes to choosing sweat-proof foundation, gravitate away from anything labeled dewy, luminous, moisturizing, satin, or highlighting. Those products will likely add moisture and shine instead of wicking it away. Instead, choose matte or liquid-to-powder formulas, and look for anything with wax, oils, or fats in the first five ingredients. Additionally, it's always good to use a matte primer before or mixed in with your foundation for added staying power.

Below are some of my favorite matte foundations that will keep sweat at bay during those hot summer days and nights. These foundations are all at the drugstore, so you won't break the bank trying to stay dry. Happy summer!

1. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte, $9-$11, Amazon

This foundation is one of my all-time favorite mattes. It claims 24-hour wear and won't break up or feel cake-y.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, $6, Amazon

This formula has micro-powders to absorb oil, so it dries to a complete matte finish and stays matte no matter what the humidity throws your way.

3. Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse

Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse, $7, Amazon

If you hate the dry feeling of matte foundations but want a powdery finish, this is the best of both worlds.

4. Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation, $18, Target

This brand is a bit pricey for the drugstore, but certainly is worth it. It's a great brand for skincare and comes with built-in SPF, so you can get some sun without worrying about burning.

5. NYX Cosmetics Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

NYX Cosmetics Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation, $7, Ulta

One of the biggest complaints many people have about matte formulas is that it can create a dull looking complexion. This foundation looks natural and satin, but stays dry.

6. IMAN Cream To Powder Foundation

IMAN Cream To Powder Foundation, $14, Amazon

If you have medium to dark skin, this makeup line was made for you. Not only does it come in a complete color range for deeper skin tones, it also tackles your skin type's biggest complaints, like texture and excess oil.

7. Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup

Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup, $10-$12, Amazon

Extra sweat, oil, and summertime humidity can boost your acne, so fight back with this foundation with a built-in acne fighting ingredients.

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