Three affordable foundations perfect for every day use

When it comes to make-up, everyone has certain products that they choose to invest in and others that come and go depending on the season. For most of us, the investment pieces are centred on skin – be it foundation, concealer or powder – which as we know, can add up to a fair chunk of change.

Today, I’m trying to find the middle ground for foundations where quality meets affordability, so you don’t have to wince when handing over your hard earned cash.

A lot of people ask me if there are decent, not too expensive products out there that they can wear to work every day, and the answer is yes, certainly! Of course, it will always depend on your skin type and what sort of finish you like to your makeup, but here are a few that I’ve found to be good over the years.

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum €16.29

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It’s hard to find fault with this foundation as it delivers in so many ways for the price. I love the texture, which feels fresh and blends evenly for a natural “my skin, but better” finish. The gel formula is hydrating without being too heavy or greasy and works well on most skin types.

  • NYX High Definition Foundation €17.50

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This is a great option if you want full coverage foundation without looking like you’re wearing a mask. The formula is creamy, so I find fingers are best for application, followed by a little buffing with a duo fibre brush or a sponge for a smooth finish.

The shade selection is good, but I’d recommend testing out before buying as some of the shades have a slight orange undertone that may, or may not work.

  • L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hr Matte €14

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I first heard about this when rave reports came back from the artists at Fashion Week, where it was being tested out for the shows. It can be hard to find a decent matte foundation that doesn’t look flat, or dull the skin, which is why I like it so much.


Application is smooth, it lasts all day, and the shade range is good – eight in total, with Porcelain being perfect for pale girls like me.

Are you a fan of any of these? Do you have any favourites to add to the list?

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