To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of using drugstore foundations.


One, I never found my shade. Because I'm very intentional about where I spend my money and who I support, if a brand didn't carry my shade, I assumed I'm not the customer they had in mind and I'll keep it moving. Two, shopping for makeup is enough work in itself. Although I save a lot of money shopping at the drugstore, I didn't want the hassle of finding the closest shades to my complexion and then have to mix it every time I want to use it.

I'm glad to say the beauty industry is making progress and my last drugstore visit was different from all the others. I'm also happy to see more black-owned beauty brands in the drugstore. They understand the struggle and they're consistently looking for change beyond financial motives. So, if you're thinking about picking up a few drugstore foundations, here are my thoughts based on my four selections.

BLK OPL True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation

BLK OPL's True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation is a medium coverage foundation that minimizes the appearance of your pores with a matte finish.

Shade:

520 Hazelnut

Price:

$10.93+

My Thoughts:

This foundation is a perfect match for my skin complexion! Although this is just a light to medium coverage foundation, the pore perfecting element makes it seem like your face has more coverage. I also have combination/normal skin, but this foundation is perfect for all skin types. It gives the right amount of hydration for those with dry skin and its oil-free ingredients caters to those with oily skin. Lastly, the application is pretty easy — just pump and blend.

Yay or Nay:

Yay!

Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Filter Foundation

The Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Filter foundation is a medium buildable foundation with a built-in beauty blender so you can easily apply your makeup with everything you need in one product.

Shade:

450 Mocha

Price:

$13.97+

My Thoughts:

This was the most expensive from my foundation haul and the one I liked the least. Revlon's Insta-Filter foundation only came in three dark shades: caramel, cappuccino, and mocha — the range is not enough. The sponge was not as soft as I hoped, in fact, my face felt irritated from all the blending. I also thought the foundation was a bit ashy on my skin and had a few creases around my eyes.

Yay or Nay:

Nay.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation Makeup

L'Oreal's True Match foundation is a light to medium coverage foundation with SPF (select shades) that gives you a natural finish.

Shade:

Deep golden (warm)

Price:

$8.86+

My Thoughts:

This foundation is supposed to match your skin's undertone and I think it did a pretty good job with that. My skin looked more vibrant and polished. The only thing I didn't like about this foundation is the wide opening. So you have to be really careful when applying it to your Beautyblender or foundation brush.

Yay or Nay:

Yay!

Black Radiance Color Perfect Liquid Makeup

The Black Radiance Color Perfect liquid makeup is a full coverage foundation with a satin finish to enhance your natural skin tone.

Shade:

Brownie

Price:

$3.87+

My Thoughts:

This is pretty good foundation, especially for the price point! I never spent less than $5 on a foundation. It is a buildable full coverage foundation with a satin finish. When I used it on my dark spots, it didn't cover it completely, but you'd have to be pretty close to see it. I know if I used a color corrector, it will be completely hidden. I love that the foundation doesn't feel heavy or look caked up on my face. Lastly, the application is pretty easy — it comes with a spatula so that I can easily apply the product to my face!

Yay or Nay:

Yay! Girl, it works and it's less than $5!

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