It’s a common problem we fair-skinned girls often run into when looking for the perfect foundation: we want good quality, affordable options that match our skin tone, don’t oxidize (turn orange after a few hours) and aren’t too pricey. Unfortunately, there just aren’t a whole lot of options out there that fit that description.
I have been searching for a good drugstore foundation that is light enough for my very fair skin for a good few months now, and although I haven’t found my “perfect” foundation (if such a thing even exists), I have found several good foundation options that I think actually work quite well for pale skin, and I’m here to share them with you today, in the hopes that this article will help save someone in a similar boat some time and money in their search for a good pale drugstore foundation.
So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are my top 3 drugstore foundations for pale skin:
1. L’Oreal True Match (shade: w1 Porcelain)
L’Oreal’s True Match foundation is probably the lightest drugstore foundation I was able to find. In fact, the lightest shade (w1 Porcelain) is, if anything, a bit too light for my fair skin. It provides medium to full coverage, and blends quite nicely into the skin. It lasted a good 8 hours before I noticed it beginning to smudge. My only complaint is that this foundation has a bit of a yellow tint to it. Now, if you have yellow undertones, this may be perfect for you, but unfortunately, I have pink undertones, and this foundation was just too yellow for my skin. I do, however, recommend it to anyone looking or a full-coverage foundation for pale skin with yellow undertones. I give this foundation an 8 out of 10.
2. Maybelline New York Fit Me (shade: Porcelain 110)
When I first applied the Maybelline New York Fit Me foundation (in the lightest shade, Porcelain 110) I thought “This is it!” It was the perfect consistency, the perfect coverage, and the perfect shade. I was overjoyed. Unfortunately, like many pale drugstore foundations I’ve tried, this foundation oxidizes after only a few hours of wear, giving it a slight orange tint. Thankfully, it doesn’t oxidize as much as many of the other foundations I’ve tried, and I still find myself reaching this foundation quite a bit. It is a great option if, for example, you’re going out to dinner and only plan on having it on for a few hours. It makes your skin look flawless, gives it a nice glow, and really is great for fair skin…at least for the first 3 or 4 hours. I give this foundation a 9 out of 10.
Tip: If you apply a good-quality foundation primer before applying your foundation, it is less likely to oxidize and will last longer. Rimmel makes a great foundation primer that is available at most drugstores.
3. Revlon PhotoReady (shade: 001 Ivory)
Of all the pale drugstore foundations I’ve ever tried (and believe me, I’ve tried many) Revlon’s PhotoReady foundation (in the shade 001 Ivory) is my favorite. Revlon has always been great about providing a good range of shade/color options in both their foundations and concealers, and this foundation is no exception. Revlon PhotoReady provides medium coverage, blends seamlessly into the skin, is a very light, neutral shade, and the best thing about it: it doesn’t oxidize; not on my skin anyway. It lasts several hours before beginning to wear off, and it looks completely natural, yet flawless on my very fair skin. I give this foundation a 9.5 out of 10. The only reason I wouldn’t give this foundation a 10 is because it doesn’t photograph well (not a big deal for me, since I don’t tend to take a lot of photos). It will wash out your skin a little bit in photographs; nothing too noticeable, but if you’re the kind of person who takes lots of photographs, you may want to try one of the other foundations first. But for someone like me, who doesn’t take photographs very often, Revlon PhotoReady foundation is a great option.
So there you have it, my top 3 drugstore foundations for pale skin. I hope you found this article helpful, and I hope you find your perfect foundation! Good luck ladies, and don’t forget: just because there aren’t a whole lot of foundation options available for pale skin, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful. Happy shopping!