10 Best High-End Foundations for Oily Skin 2020

Many makeup junkies create tutorials centered on products that cost less, but what about the high-end brands?

We love a good bargain just as much as the next MUA, but sometimes, you get what you pay for, and foundation is definitely a product worthy of the splurge.

Here, we highlight the best high-end foundation for oily skin types and offer you some tips when it comes to selecting the right one. Read on to see which brands made the cut and see what our experts thought of the top three products.

Top 10 High-End Foundations for Oily Skins Comparison

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1. Estee Lauder/Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup 4w1 Honey BronzeMedium to Full$$$4.6
2. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF 15Sheer$$$$4.5
3. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Wear and Comfort SPF 15 04 Beige Nature for WomenMedium to Full$$4.4
4. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation StickFull$$$4.4
5. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15Full$$$4.4
6. Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation Light 45Full$$4.2
7. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation+ConcealerLight to Medium$4.1
8. MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation No. 40Full$$$4.1
9. Surratt Surreal Skin Foundation WandMedium to Full$$$4.1
10. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15Medium to Full$$$4.0

The Key to Finding a Successful Foundation

Regardless of how much you spend, use these helpful tips when shopping for a foundation to avoid shining like the sun just a few hours into your day.

  • Matte Finish – Foundations that are formulated with a matte finish are best for oily skin since they contain ingredients that will help you combat the shine.
  • Primer – None of the products we suggest will work as well if you do not use a primer before applying them, so if you do not yet prime, now is the time!

A good primer is the key to keeping your skin smooth and helping keep the shine minimal throughout the day.

Try Before You Buy

If you are hesitant to dive into a purchase this important without knowing how it will look on your skin, visit a local department store or retailer who carries the brand and have a professional do your makeup.

Not only will this give you a chance to see how the products look and how they feel on your skin, but the artist will also help you select the right color, which is something that is rather difficult to do when you are looking at a screen full of products!

3 Best High-End Foundation for Oily Skin Reviews

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Estee Lauder is definitely considered one of the best high-end foundations for oily skin, and if you are looking for a long-wear product that offers medium to full coverage, we highly recommend that you try it.

As an oil-free formula that is also designed to help control excess oil production from your skin, it is ideal for those with an oily T-zone or oil all over the face. The finish is matte – ideal for oily skin – and it will not clog your pores. Those who have sensitive skin will also appreciate that it is fragrance-free.

Whether you are 25 or 55, this liquid foundation is looks great and feels great when you wear it. Blending is easy, and the coverage is buildable, so it works great as a daily foundation or one that you use for a full coverage evening look, as well.

The shade range is impressive, so with 38 different colors to choose from, you are bound to find a match. They offer everything across the board, from light to deep shades.

2. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup

Giorgio Armani offers an elite foundation that is worth splurging for if you haven’t had much luck with the other products on this list.

Many are fans of the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation, and while we agree that it is a wonderful product, the Maestro foundation is specifically formulated for those with normal, combination and/or oily skin. It is one of very few that we tried that goes on sheer, so anyone who wants to obtain a nude, natural makeup look will love having this on the makeup shelf. The finish is semi-matte, so don’t confuse it for their Maestro Glow formula that will give you more of a glow!

As a sheer foundation, it is quite thin and watery, which is surprising to some users since most creams are denser and thicker. The great thing about it, however, is that a little product goes a long way, so this bottle will last a while if you use it sparingly.

They offer it in 16 different shades, most of which are medium. If you have an in-between skin tone, you might find a good match.

3. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear

Lancôme is very popular in department stores, and their shade range is huge. There are 40 different shades to choose from, so whether you are porcelain white or beautiful chocolate brown, they have a shade for you.

It is comparable to Estee Lauder since both are long-lasting and transfer-resistant, and since this is more affordable than the Giorgio Armani foundation, you won’t feel so guilty about using it on a daily basis. The formula is also free of oil and fragrance, and it is non-comedogenic.

Expect a natural matte finish from a formula that is easy to apply yet incredibly lightweight. Users with acne-prone or oily skin will do well with this formula, especially if you are looking for fuller coverage.

The balance in quality and price is ideal, so if you haven’t had any luck with other foundations that are in the same price range, Lancôme just might be a winner for you.

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