Cheap Foundations That Are Secretly Awesome

Nowadays, when it comes to drugstore beauty shopping, there are tons of options that allow shoppers to reap the benefits of high-end cosmetics. From mascara to body lotion to the perfect red lipstick, we're always fans of finding quality primpers for a tiny price. The one area we have trouble skimping on? Foundation.
It's true that as recently as a few years ago, it was almost impossible for most women to find a good-quality foundation at the drugstore. Many lower-end options had a cakey, obvious finish (not to mention such a limited shade range that only a fraction of ladies could actually find their right match). As a result, most beauty-savvy customers headed to department stores, where they'd be willing to shell out extra cash to find ones with more quality finishes and a larger shade range.
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Well, if it's been awhile since you gave drugstore foundations a try, I'd like to encourage you to take one for a spin. Just recently, I tried out CoverGirl's Clean Whipped Creme foundation, and believe me when I tell you that applying this moisturizing yet light mousse has become one of the best parts of my morning routine. (Is it weird to say that it feels like rubbing dessert onto my face — in the best possible way?) Click through to learn about the inexpensive cover-ups that our beauty department is loving now!
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The makeup that renewed my interest in cheapie foundations: This creamy, dreamy pick from CoverGirl.
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Another one of my drugstore favorites, this organic tinted moisturizer is crazy light in texture, but surprisingly gives great coverage. (Major bonus for stressful mornings: It smells like lavender.)
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Senior editor Sharon Yi digs this simple compact for easy on-the-go coverage (perfect to stash at your desk for emergency touch-ups!).
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Full disclosure: She's not in our beauty department (darnit!), but we tend to jump on any beauty secrets that Olivia Wilde sends our way. We're similarly enamored with the smooth texture of Revlon's SPF 30-packed CC cream.
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This was one of the first drugstore foundations I tried that really worked for me. I have a truly neutral skin tone — neither warm nor cool — and most foundations are too yellow or too pink for my complexion. I loved that with the second-lightest neutral shade, I found my perfect match! (The perfectly blendable, light texture didn't hurt, either.)
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Dianna Mazzone, our beauty department intern, found this surprising drugstore to be a great alternative to pricey BB's.
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Beauty writer Kristin Booker digs Maybelline's easy-to-blend formula for its ability to adapt to different skin tones — and types — without a hitch.
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