Wearing matte foundation can be a catch-22: There's a lot of formulas that stop your complexion from looking as shiny as a late-night slice of pizza, but not without getting cakey or dehydrating your skin as they wear. However, there are exceptions, and after a lot of trial and error, we've found a set of matte foundations that will keep overactive sebaceous glands under control without drying complexions out, and have a smooth, natural finish.
Here, we've rounded up the 10 best matte foundations that are shine-free—and stay that way.
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1. TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15
Clay is an ingredient that often gets a bad rap for drying out skin, but Tarte’s foundation is the exception. The Amazonian Clay keeps overactive oil glands in check, while vitamins A and C simultaneously keep your complexion hydrated. The full-coverage formula also offers SPF 15 board spectrum protection and stays in place for up to 12 hours. Can you say overachiever?
Tarte | $39
2. Burt’s Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation
Powered by bamboo, this all-natural mineral powder absorbs excess oil, smooths over imperfections, and evens out your skin tone.
Burt's Bees | $17
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
Stick foundation has recently made a comeback, and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ cream formula was the leader of the format’s swan song. The foundation has a buildable demi-matte finish that doesn’t oxidize or feel heavy on your face when it’s layered.
Anastasia Beverly Hills | $25
4. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation
The Proof that a flawless complexion doesn’t come with a huge price is in this L’Oreal tube. Its creamy liquid formula melts into skin without settling into fine lines or blemishes, and its full-coverage, matte finish stays fresh for up to 24 hours.
L'Oreal Paris | $10
5. MILK Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation
MILK’s foundation is packed with tiny microspheres that blurs imperfections and diffuses light for a soft focus finish that transforms you into the real-life version of your favorite Instagram filter.
Milk Makeup | $40
6. Maybelline FIT Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation
The micro-powders in this drugstore-favorite formula keeps shine and excess grease under control, while minimizing one of the biggest everyday skin struggles: oversized pores.
Maybelline | $6
7. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation
This foundation is the makeup equivalent of that one friend who can always keep the party going. The full-coverage formula blurs imperfections, pores, and fine lines, and holds up for 24 hours all while looking like you just finished applying it.
Yves Saint Laurent | $58
8. Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
The only thing more impressive than Fenty Beauty’s range of 40 shades is the foundation’s soft, natural shine-free finish that’s also sweat and humidity resistant.
Fenty Puma by Rihanna | $34
9. Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
This high-pigment, full-coverage tube promises up to 24 hours of wear so you can live your life without having to worry about touching up your foundation.
Kat Von D | $35
10. NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick
The name says it all: Once it’s applied, this vitamin-rich foundation leaves skin soft and smooth like velvet. Although the finish is matte, the sheer, medium-coverage formula feels weightless on your complexion. Bonus: One end is a handy blender sponge for stress-free touch-ups and application.
Nars | $45