The perfect canvas for makeup can be a glowing dewy base for some, but for those of you who have to brave the tropical weather, you may prefer a shine-free, matte look that promises to stay on despite the sweat and humidity. However, you may also think that a matte foundation is only suitable for those with oily skin – which is certainly not the case. Depending on the formula and texture, matte foundations can suit a number of skin types.

To make things easier for you, we sourced some of the best matte foundations that have gotten great reviews below!

1. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation

Best drugstore matte foundation

Price from SGD22.00

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Get a matte coverage that stays on all day long with this long wear foundation. The light and creamy formula is relatively quick-drying, giving you smooth, medium to high coverage that will not fade easily. It provides oil control, but also promises to give you a flawless complexion without you looking too flat.

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

Best for oily skin

Price from SGD71.00

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Touted to stay shine-free even in sweaty and humid conditions, this award-winning foundation from Estee Lauder is still one of the best on the market. Its oil-free formula is ideal for oily skin types, providing you with buildable coverage that stays in place, obviously.

3. Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

Best for combination skin

Price from SGD90.00

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The highlight of this full coverage foundation is its lightweight and fluid texture that blends well and does not look or feel heavy on the skin. The velvety formula works well to give you a long-wearing, soft matte finish without causing dryness or clinging to flaky patches.

4. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Best with SPF - suitable for dry skin

Price from SGD70.00

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This lightweight and oil-free foundation will give you medium coverage with a soft-matte finish that does not feel too drying on the skin. It comes with SPF 30 sun protection along with vitamin C, vitamin E and rose fruit extract to protect and nourish your skin. With a creamy texture similar to tinted moisturizers, this foundation will keep you shine-free without looking dry.

5. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF 15

Best for aging and mature skin

Price from SGD68.00

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For those concerned with textured skin, it is best to apply foundation in thinner layers, and this foundation is ideal for building up coverage. It can be applied thinly for sheer coverage, and layered on for areas that require more. You will get a soft, airbrushed look with a velvet-matte finish that requires minimal touch-ups. 

6. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

Best for sensitive skin

Price from SGD64.00

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It is tricky to know which exact ingredient in a foundation triggers your skin, but those with sensitive skin types can give this Tarte foundation a try. Apart from being alcohol-free, it is formulated with skin-friendly ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and kaolin, to give you a natural-looking matte finish.

7. FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Best shade range - suitable for tanned and darker skin tones

Price from SGD52.00

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With 50 shades to choose from, Fenty Beauty’s foundation line is arguably the most versatile on the market. The soft matte formula is also highly praise-worthy, giving buildable medium to high coverage that is long-wearing and non-cakey on the skin. It is also an oil-free formula that is resistant to sweat and humidity.

8. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

Best with light coverage

Price from SGD62.00

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While this definitely can provide decent coverage, it is still a CC cream formula and can be applied thinly for a natural matte finish that conceals pigmentation and dark spots. For those who want light coverage that will simply even out the skin tone, this is a great option – especially since it also comes with SPF 40 and skin-healing ingredients such as green tea extract, tea tree extract and more. 

9. Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Liquid Foundation

Best with full coverage

Price from SGD58.00

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Whatever your coverage needs are, this foundation can probably mask it all. Marketed as a pigment-rich formula that will even cover tattoos, this highly buildable foundation will give you a perfectly matte complexion that is fade and transfer-resistant as well.

10. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Best without flashback

Price from SGD72.00

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Not only does this foundation give you a satin-matte finish that looks flawless in pictures, it also does not cause harsh flashbacks. The formula blurs imperfections and smoothens the skin beautifully with long-lasting medium to high coverage. An added bonus is its shade range, with a total of 36 shades for you to choose from. 

11. Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Best to use with dewy setting spray

Price from SGD76.00

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If you want something that works for both matte and dewy looks, this lightweight foundation with medium to full coverage might be good for you. It applies matte and can be powdered to stay matte, but can also be paired with a setting spray for a natural dewy finish. 

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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