It may not look that impressive at first glance, but One by Kose Water-Luxe Foundation ($40; qvc.com)—made in Japan, a country that was spinning off high-tech beauty formulas long before Korea launched BB creams—is far from your average base. Once you dip your finger or accompanying sponge into the patented gel-cream formula you'll get it. Just a little bit goes a long way, moisturizing without slicking your face with grease, blending out seamlessly and covering imperfections without caking. The coolest part is that once it settles, it doesn't leave behind any residue: It feels like you've got nothing on your face, but leaves behind the prettiest translucent glow.
Bonus—the compact locks, so you can toss it in your tote and not worry about it randomly bursting open and getting contaminated with Starbucks straw wrappers, pennies, and all the other weird things at the bottom of your bag. Yay!