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Foundation shade ranges often are, well, very beige. There’s quite often not enough deeper shades or paler shades, especially in affordable foundations. I’ve taken one for the team and tried 35 different foundations under £15 to find the very best formulas and shades for us Casper the Ghosts out there!

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1. Milani Conceal & Perfect in 00a
affordable foundations - milani conceal & perfect

This is my all-time favourite foundation, so it’s great that it’s only £13 (from BeautyBay). If you’re in the US, Milani is a drugstore brand, but for us in the UK we have to buy online. I was a little worried about colour-matching, so I just went for the palest shade. I’m so glad I did, because this is my exact match. This is probably the closest match I’ve ever found. It’s a thick, full coverage foundation, so if you’re more into a natural finish, perhaps not the one to go for.

2. L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Freshwear in Porcelaine
affordable foundations - loreal 24hr freshwear

This is a new-ish foundation on the market that a lot of beauty gurus are talking about. It’s £9.99 from Superdrug and Boots, meaning it’s more accessible than the Milani one. The coverage isn’t full; it’s more light-to-medium, but it looks very skin-like rather than makeup-y! It definitely looks ‘fresh’ on the skin and feels more lightweight.

3. L’Oreal True Match in 0.5N
affordable foundations - l'oreal true match

Another L’Oreal foundation! There’s no denying that the brand does great foundations. True Match is also £9.99 from Superdrug and Boots, and has recently upgraded their shade range to introduce some paler shades. I started out with 1N, but now I think a better match is 0.5N. There’s also cool and warm undertone shades to choose from. This foundation is medium coverage and has a more dewy finish. You can see some golden shimmer in the bottle, but this doesn’t transfer to the face – there’s just a glowy effect on the skin.

4. Revolution Conceal & Define in F0.7
affordable foundations - conceal and define

I couldn’t do a foundation list without mentioning Revolution! There’s a few to choose from (honestly, my personal favourite is the Revolution Pro drops or the Matte Base), but I went for Conceal & Define as they recently upped their shade range to 50 shades! I started with the shade F1 but now would suit the shade F0.7 as it’s slightly lighter but still neutral. This is a demi-matte formula with medium-full coverage that suits most skin types. It’s only £9 from Superdrug and RevolutionBeauty.

5. Maybelline 24hr Superstay in 03
affordable foundations - 24hr superstay

This one does slightly oxidise and become a little too dark, but not so much that it’s unwearable. I’m remaining optimisitic that they’ll release a couple of lighter shades – 02 and 01 – in the future to match me better. This is also £9.99 from Boots and Superdrug. This foundation is matte and high coverage, so great if you want to really cancel out anything on your skin, but it also doesn’t look cakey, which is a notable feat!

See more good (and bad) foundations on my YouTube channel!


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