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While we may love our sunny and humid weather, sweating can be unbearable especially when your makeup is at risk of melting and fading away. 

In that case, foundations with a matte finish are great for such an issue since they do not add shine and are typically more resistant to sweat. And with the abundant choices of brands, there are plenty of matte foundations which does not cost over RM50!

What is the difference between matte and regular foundation?

Matte foundations gives a no-shine and flatter effect that stays longer on especially oily skin due to their drier formula. Whereas, regular foundation usually refers to one that has a fresh-satin finish, made to look natural as if you’re not wearing anything.

Besides the finish, your skin type plays a key role in which type of foundation suits you best. Matte is best for those with oily and combination skin, as it helps to minimise shine while providing strong coverage. Whereas if you have normal (healthy) skin, regular ones would be good enough for you.

Here are the top matte foundations that will not dig a hole in your wallet.

Non-comedogenic foundation for acne prone skin
1. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
Best cheap matte foundation available at drugstores

High coverage and weightless, this foundation is a favourite drugstore choice for many reasons. With more than 30 shades available, its “fit me” tagline really does hold up, promising to fit a variety of skin shades seamlessly without fading throughout the day. Also formulated to  minimise pores and control shine, it offers a demi-matte finish without looking too cakey.

Best drugstore oil-free airbrush foundation - suitable for oily skin
2. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
Best cheap matte foundation for oily skin

The winning element of this foundation is its texture, which is an airy liquid mousse that feels featherlight on the skin. Being made oil-free, it is not heavy or greasy, making it comfortable to wear even for those with oily skin. Go about your day with little worries as this satin-matte foundation promises to keep shine at bay.

Best cheap matte foundation for dry skin
Silky Girl
3. Silkygirl GEN Matte Cushion Foundation
Best cheap matte foundation for dry skin

Especially formulated for Asian skin, the Silkygirl GEN Matte Cushion Foundation offers 24-hours of hydration with a luminous-matte finish. As it is designed with a cushion applicator that doesn’t clog or overwhelm pores when applying the product, it will not irritate sensitive skin users while soothing dry skin.

Best without SPF
4. Palladio Herbal Liquid Foundation Tube
Best cheap matte foundation for mature skin

Infused with vitamin A and E, Palladio’s Herbal Foundation provides more than just good coverage for mature skin. As it’s made with Ginseng and Gingko extract, the foundation promises to cover while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Its oil free formula also has moisturising benefits thanks to its ingredients consisting of cucumber, aloe vera and chamomile extract.

Best cheap matte foundation with SPF/sunscreen properties
5. C.Code Picture-Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation SPF30
Best cheap matte foundation with SPF/sunscreen properties

Forgo the hassle of heavy layering foundation on your sunscreen; Here’s a product that minimises effort while giving maximum results. C.CODE’s Picture-Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation gives you a flawless finish armed with SPF 30 that is suitable for daily use.

Best cheap matte foundation for sensitive skin
6. Maybelline Fit Me! Powder Foundation
Best cheap matte foundation for sensitive skin

The wonders of the popular Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid Foundation is now available in powder form. This foundation is great for those with sensitive skin as it won’t clog pores and look cakey while staying lightweight on the skin. Moreover, it has SPF 32 PA+++ for some protection when you’re out and about.

Best cheap matte foundation for light coverage
7. Essence Soft Touch Mousse Foundation
Best cheap matte foundation for light coverage

Apply as light or as much as you want with the Essence Soft Touch Mousse to let you build on your coverage. Made to last all day, the formula itself is airy and light while looking smooth to the touch. Given its powder matte finish, there’s no need to cake on a finishing powder too!

Best cheap matte for acne prone skin
L'oreal Paris
8. L'oreal Paris True Match Two-Way Powder Foundation
Best cheap matte for acne prone skin

To lessen irritation on your acne prone skin, use this ultra-fine powder formula which gives you coverage without clogging your pores. As it utilises oil-control minerals, enjoy a poreless shine-free coverage for up to 12 hours!

Best overall cheap matte foundation
9. Mistine Brilliant Face Blur Foundation SPF 15
Best overall cheap matte foundation

This multi-functional product is not only a foundation, but a primer cream as well as a sunscreen. The foundation is made to blur out imperfections while brightening the complexion with its smooth texture that covers large pores and blemishes. Although formulated with a broad spectrum SPF 15, the foundation promises a lightweight wear all day.

L'oreal Paris
10. L'oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
Best cheap matte foundation with full coverage

This matte foundation promises to cover up all that imperfections with its long lasting formula from day to night. While providing a pigmented, high coverage formula, the foundation is a comfortable one to wear thanks to its oil free and air-light texture.

Best cheap matte for combination skin
11. Cezanne UV Liquid Foundation
Best cheap matte for combination skin

With four times more water resisting agents than regular foundations, Cezanne’s UV Liquid Foundation ensures that it neither dries nor leave the skin oily. Besides being made with minerals that are oil-free, the formula is also free of fragrance and contains hyaluronic acid to provide you with ample moisture. What’s amazing is that the foundation also waterproof, preventing makeup from easily coming off.

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!


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