LIFESTYLE By: Attiqah Mohd September 18, 2018 @ 5:19pm

5 Local Drugstore Foundation Dupes for Oily Skin

Those with oily skin know too well the inconvenience that comes with finding the right foundation to keep your shine at bay all day every day!

The wrong formula for your skin type can lead you having to blot your face or touching up your make up every hour just to keep your face flawless and oil free *sigh*

Admittedly, there is a plethora of suggested foundation products offered by beauty gurus and bloggers online.

And most of them would surely share with you their cult-favourites that 99% of the time happen to be high-end and can only be purchased either in Sephora or sleek department stores.

The local drugstores are beauty treasures ready to be explored for their unique gems.

And that includes their vast array of foundation choices. Not everything is worth trying but there are a few that are almost exact dupes to the cult-favourites and some that are so excellent they might give the premium choices a run!

Here are 5 drugstore foundation dupes for your oily skin that can be found at your local drugstores that they might just be your new favourite beauty swaps! *smirks* And did we tell you that they all retail for less than RM100?! Oh yeah!


1.Maybelline Fit Me Matte vs. Mac’s Studio Fix Liquid

Many beauty gurus have sworn by this amazing foundation dupe to many high-end cult-favourites. And we just can’t resist to jump on the bandwagon! This drugstore favourite comes in a vast range of shades, and your acne-prone skin will love the medium coverage that is buildable thanks to its creamy formula.

And just like its premium counterpart, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, the Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid Foundation leaves a matte, smooth, flawless base without leaving it cakey upon hours of wear! Plus, your purse will thank your beauty swap alternative as this dupe rarely hits above the RM40 price mark due to it being selected as a usual drugstore sales item! Nice!


2. L’oreal Infallible Liquid Foundation vs. Cover FX Power Play

This drugstore alternative to banish sebum in your base has been put side by side to many excellent oil-free high-end choices. Not only the foundation provides excellent coverage but true to its name it instantly absorbs any excess oil on your face, leaving a mattified poreless finish.

Deemed to be the foundation that broke the internet, this foundation is also very comfortable to wear and you can bet your money on its long-wearing guarantee. Perfect coverage, shine-free game on!


3. Wet n’ Wild Photofocus Foundation vs. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

If you’re looking for a medium to high or even HD coverage, then look no further than this infamous Wet n’ Wild Photofocus foundation! Apart from its paint-like smell (awesome if you can stand it!) this foundation stands on par with its high-end beauty junkies cult favourite, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place for its heavenly pigmentation, shine-free airbrushed finish!  Totally your ringgit-to-go! 

And although it hasn’t got the added bonus of SPF like the Estee Lauder, you can sure rock your selfies shine-free for a fraction of the price with this drugstore steal!


4. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation vs. Fenty Foundation

Looking for an oil-free base that won’t budge? Then, this Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is your drugstore answer to the high-end bestseller Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Matte Longwear Foundation. Staying true to its name, this foundation has a potential to give your Fenty Beauty foundation a run for its HD coverage, perfect for long wear keeping shine at bay throughout the day.

The only downside that makes this foundation lose to the Fenty Beauty is its poor shade range with only 4 fair shades available. Other than that, this is a budget-friendly oily-free foundation option that definitely flies off the shelves!


5. Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation vs. Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

If you’ve been on the hunt for a velvety matte finish for your base then you can probably say hi to this Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation. We had a bit of a dilemma whether to categorize Nyx as drugstore brand or not as it is widely available in most Sephoras here in Malaysia. But, since its price tag fall below the RM100 mark, it may well be a drugstore brand, right?

Most beauty influencers and vloggers shared the sentiment that this Nyx foundation does a great job at providing your face full coverage with a blurring soft semi matte finish, similar to the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation. Retailing at RM65.10 for 13ml of product, it can be quite pricey compared to other drugstore options. But, if you’re looking for a product that feels light on the skin, hydrating yet mattifying, full coverage and long lasting, then why not give this a go?  


Disclaimer: The prices stated above are taken at their normal prices. The pricing may slightly differ during sales/promotional periods. 


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