10 Matte Foundations to Help You Live Your Best Shine-Free Life
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.