Glowy, glass skin has been the hype for a while now. But maybe, just maybe, it’s time for this trend to hibernate. Foundations with a luminous finish do look cute but they tend to wear off way quicker than matte ones. Therefore, there are occasions where matte foundations are still your best bet for long-hour wear and a picture-perfect finish. Here are some of the best matte foundations that cater to not only oily skin but all skin types and concerns too!

1. FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Best for dark skin - suitable for oily skin

Price from RM145.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM145.00

You clearly saw this coming, didn’t you? This highly raved foundation has an impressive shade range—50 shades in total—and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is truly the game changer in the beauty scene. With this humidity-proof foundation, you can ditch your blotting powders or papers in this dampening weather, yet still have your makeup last throughout the day whilst being shine-free.     

2. Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless

Best for acne - suitable for combination skin

Price from RM39.92

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM49.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM49.90 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM39.92

Maybelline has been creating wonderful products at amazing price points like this ‘Fit Me!’ range, in particular. It has been all the rage in the beauty blogger/vlogger circle until this day that even Youtuber, Desi Perkins, swears by this foundation! 

If your major concern is acne, this will be your foundation match as it’s non-comedogenic and you’d most likely be able to find your shade too - which is pretty unusual for a drugstore brand.    

3. SMASHBOX Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Best hydrating foundation - suitable for dry skin

Price from RM168.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM168.00

Matte foundation for dry skin types… Sounds quite oxymoronic, yes? But Smashbox has killed it with this lightweight foundation that dries down to a matte finish while leaving your skin hydrated for as long as 15 hours. It also contains light diffusing properties that helps to blur pores and imperfections. 

4. Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation

Best oil-free foundation - suitable for sensitive skin

Price from RM193.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM193.00

As a general rule of thumb, you should always avoid ingredients like fragrances and alcohols as they are prone to irritate the skin. This oil-free foundation by Cover Fx is formulated with some skin-loving properties and even has Vitamin C & E for a brightening effect along with barring you from free radicals. This also leaves your skin looking velvety smooth.  

5. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10

Best with SPF - suitable for mature skin

Price from RM180.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM180.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM180.00

This classic OG foundation is one that you can always rely on if you need to look your best for the day or night. It’s a perennial fave of all ages due to its immaculate formulation. Double Wear has a nice matte finish but it’s not overly drying on the skin to the point that it would potentially emphasize any fine lines. It even contains a light SPF 10, which is good to wear in the A.M., but it’s definitely not sufficient.  

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6. Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage

Best with full coverage - suitable for oily/combination skin

Price from RM188.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM188.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM188.00

Thick, creamy, and extremely pigmented. If these are what you look for in a foundation, check this one out! Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD foundation may be popular but this version doesn’t lose out either. With just 1 application, you’ll see acne scars and blemishes no more—it’s that full coverage! Meanwhile, your skin is still allowed to breathe even under such a “heavy” cream.      

7. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation

Best without flashbacks - suitable for oily skin

Price from RM58.00

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM72.55 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM58.00 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM72.60

Flash photography? Not a problem with this foundation. In fact, you can party all night without worrying that your makeup will slide off before quarter past midnight. The price is slightly on the higher end for a drugstore brand, but it’s totally worth it if you’re not ready to splurge on foundations that cost 200 bucks.   

8. Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation

Best with light coverage - suitable for all skin types

Price from RM155.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM155.00

Think of watercolor, but for your face… This foundation by Dior has an ultra-buildable coverage that starts off sheer in the initial application to give you a second-skin look, and you can slowly build it up to a really flawless canvas for the rest of your makeup. Add a couple drops of your favorite serum for a glowy finish if you feel like taking a break from matte.  

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About Cheryl Law

A 21-year-old makeup and everything beauty-related fanatic.

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