My Favorite Foundations – At Every Price Point


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For those that don’t know, I have struggled with bad skin for as long as I can remember. I even recall the exact day in middle school when a boy made fun of me for having a zit on my face. I was traumatized. I’ve spent over half my life trying to prevent and cover my unsightly skin. It took over a decade, but I’ve finally learned how to keep my skin blemish free. The trick: stop using so much junk on my face! I wash my face twice a day using Cetaphil and use an oil-free moisturizer once a day, that’s it. After consulting my dermatologist and working out exactly what was causing my skin to act up, we determined that all the additional product I was putting on my skin was what was clogging my pores.

Poor Little It Girl - Best Foundations At Every Price Point - @poorlilitgirl

So with years of bad skin under my belt, I’d like to think I’m a foundation expert. I’ve tried just about everything to make my skin appear smooth and even. From high end department store makeup to affordable drugstore products – I’ve used them all. So which ones are at the top of my list? I’ve broken down the top three foundations I currently use that I love, at each price point. So no matter your budget, you can hopefully try some of these products and find one that works for you!

I was recently introduced to the Sisley Paris during New York Fashion Week last month. They were hosting a little open-house at their Soho store and we were able to try some out some stuff. They sent each of us home with a bottle of their Anti-Aging foundation and y’all, it’s SO good! It smells like heaven and is the perfect match to my fair skin. I realize it’s a bit on the high end, but if you’re looking to invest – this is what you need to get!

Poor Little It Girl - Best Foundations At Every Price Point - @poorlilitgirl

Photos By Lauren Bailey Photography

But if you’re looking for a foundation that’s a bit more affordable, I’ve got two options for you. First up is it Cosmetics CC+ Cream. Talk about magic makeup! This product provides full coverage in a super lightweight formula. Any discoloration or imperfections seriously just disappear! And then for the drugstore makeup-lover, make sure you check out CoverGirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous foundation. Oil-free and easy to apply, I have been wearing this foundation for at least a year now and swear by it!

Do you have any foundations you use that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below – I’m always looking to try new products!



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  1. Melinda

    I have super fair skin too and wear It Cosmetics everyday. It’s amazing, my friend with rosascea introduced me to it and it works just as well on hers.

  2. Peezy

    I am interested in the It Cosmetics foundation. Tell me, is it a matte finish or a Dewey finish?

    Thanks Cathy, love your blog!

    1. Poor Little It Girl

      Yeah the Sisley is def SUPER high, and I admit it was gifted to me, but I wanted to make sure I shared it because I love it so much! But I agree, the CC Cream and CoverGirl work just as well, too! xoxo Cathy

  3. Jae

    My holy grail foundations lately are NARS ‘All Day’ Luminous Weightless Foundation (I actually bought two shades for cooler/warmer seasons!), Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless, and Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Foundation. I’ve been using these three in heavy rotation, and they work great for my combination/oily skin. I feel the NARS foundation will be more ideal during the cooler season as it gives a luminous glow, making it plump and healthy-looking!

  4. Keating

    I’ve been dying to try It Cosmetics. I’ve heard so many great things about them, but every time I’m needing a new beauty product, I just can’t justify the price. My current makeup routine works great and does exactly what I need it to do, so I just haven’t taken that leap yet.

    xo, Keating | Mimosas and Manicures

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