I’ve recently been on a quest to find a new budget foundation. I currently use Tarte Amazonian Clay but at an average cost of £30, it’s really quite a pricey item to repurchase time and time again. Hence my quest to find something a bit more friendly on the old purse strings.

So I scoured the internet and the high street, and I’ve found a bunch of foundations to try. They range in price from £5.75 to £8.99 which in comparison to £30 is a BIG difference. I’ve steered clear of the obvious high street purchases because I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how well they will perform on my skin from the countless reviews I’ve read.

I tested the comfort of the formula, the lasting power and the look of each one during the course of the day and these are my findings:


The Ordinary Serum Foundation £5.75 Beauty Bay

I’m a big fan of The Abnormal Beauty company. I already use several of their skincare products and couldn’t rate them any higher than I already do. So I was really keen to give their foundations a try to see whether they deliver the same results as the skincare range. I was curious about the Serum Foundation because sometimes I’m more inclined to go for a light makeup look and this seemed to be the best option for those days.


It’s such a lightweight formula that it just feels like skincare as opposed to actual coverage.


It’s lightweight to medium coverage lasts a lot longer than I expected and wears quite well too.

LOOK: 5/5

I tried this foundation for the first time last weekend for my birthday. I was just looking for a light coverage because I was wearing fake tan and so this was the perfect formula . I was delighted with how it looked on my skin. Light enough that it didn’t feel heavy on my skin, but just enough coverage for my red and blemished skin.


Maybelline Fit Me Foundation £6.99 Boots

This is a foundation I’d wanted to try for such a long time but always forgot to put it in my basket when I was out shopping. It was recommended to me by my sister who is a Makeup Artist and so I had high hopes that it would like up to the hype.


Its quite a thick formula (which I like) so it takes a bit of blending and buffing into the skin. In saying that though, it doesn’t feel heavy in the slightest. I use quite heavy moisturisers and so this just felt like I was applying one of those to my face. It drys into a comfortable matte finish and I can honestly say I didn’t even feel it on my skin.


I wore this to a family party where it was VERY warm with all the people, lights and dancing. It stayed put the entire time and even at the end of the night after all the sweaty dancing came to an end it hadn’t budged!

LOOK: 5/5

This is one of my favourite makeup looks ever. It was obviously applied by a professional (my MUA sister ), but it was simple and light. The perfect combo and the perfect foundation.


The Ordinary Coverage Foundation £5.95 Beauty Bay

This was a bit of a surprise in terms of how heavy I expected the formula to be. It was in fact quite wet and not at all like any other high coverage foundations I’ve tried. But like everything else in the range, I expected good things from this product.


Much like the Serum, this is still quite a lightweight formula on the skin. It’s much more matte than the serum which I did expect , but it’s not too drying for my skin which is a plus.


I was really pleased with how long this lasted. It was at least 8 hours before I felt like I needed to remove it.

LOOK: 4/5

Again, much like the serum foundation, I was really happy with how this looked on my skin. Particularly because I was having quite a bad skin day and it covered up everything really well. It’s possibly just a bit too dry for my type of skin.


Sleek Life Proof Foundation £8.99 Boots

This is the strangest consistency I’ve ever encountered with a foundation. It’s a high coverage but very wet formula. Because of this it’s quite hard to work into the skin, but with perseverance it will go on.


As previously mentioned, the consistency of this foundation is quite wet and takes a bit of time to work into the skin. That being said, once it’s on it’s not too uncomfortable. It’s just the actual process of blending that’s quite tedious and uncomfortable.


This lasted pretty well, however it did begin to oxidise towards the end of the day which was quite unfortunate.

LOOK: 3/5

It’s not my favourite look. It’s very heavy looking and is very obvious that you’re wearing a high coverage foundation. It photographs well however and despite feeling heavy on the skin, it doesn’t look cakey which was a real fear when I applied it.



So it’s fairly obvious from my reviews of each product that there was one in particular that stood out from the rest… the “Maybelline Fit Me Foundation”!!! It ticked all the boxes and more, as well as being right bang in the middle price wise. I’ve since purchased a few refills and have made this my go-to foundation for all occasions.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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