It is never easy finding a perfect foundation because it takes a lot of trial and error, sometimes even across different brands. You have to match your skin tone and type with the foundation and also consider some other factors such as skin concerns.
For those who have dry skin but yet have to combat with the hot climate of Singapore that can be unfriendly to overly-dewy makeup, it is always challenging to find the foundation that offers the right balance.
We have curated a list of foundation that is perfect for those who have dry skin here in Singapore, backed up by rave reviews from beauty bloggers, YouTubers and beauty gurus out there!
1. Laura Mercier Cream Smooth Foundation
Cream foundation may not be as well-used as compared to other types of foundation but for those who are willing to give it a try, you are going to love how well it blends with your skin.
The consistency is just like a moisturising cream – you can apply it with your fingers easily. The Laura Mercier Cream Smooth Foundation is described as a smooth, lightweight, and hydrating foundation loved by beauty YouTubers like Korean makeup guru, Bambigirl.
It also gives light to medium coverage which is perfect for those who need to hide away those dark eye circles or acne scars.
Available from Lazada at SGD65.80 excluding shipping fees.
2. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation
This stick foundation is one of those most raved about by many beauty lovers out there because of how long lasting and hydrating it is.
The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation t does not overly dry the skin as you might expect from a stick foundation. It can be easily applied and blends out smoothly with either a brush or a sponge.
3. Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Foundation
There is a reason why this award-winning foundation has had so many makeup artists rave about it. The foundation is renowned for its skin-loving and vegan-friendly formula, packed with natural ingredients and anti-oxidants.
Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Kristen Stewart are known to have used this foundation too!
With its newly opened physical store in Takashimaya Beauty Hall recently in mid-April, you can purchase it directly there or on LookFantastic at SGD98 (shipping fees apply).
4. Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance
This liquid foundation isn’t new, but it says something about a product when it is still being raved about by many bloggers and YouTubers all the way till now.
The reason for that is because the Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance has combined coverage, hydration, and longevity all together in one all-you-need product.
Online reviews say that not only is it not drying, but it also provides medium to full coverage – perfect for concealing blemishes! If you are someone who has dry skin and want a good high-coverage foundation, this may just be the one for you.
Available from Estee Lauder outlets and Tangs for SGD68.
5. Lancome Ultra Wear Foundation
This foundation is highly recommended for people with dry and sensitive skin. It dries down to a “matte but not flat” texture, which is perfect for those who have dry skin but want something that’s not going to slip and slide around.
Since we have tried it for a review a couple of months back, this foundation has become the holy grail of many beauty junkies on the Vanity Squad. You better believe the hype!
6. Espoir Pro Tailor Liquid Foundation EX
Make way for Espoir Pro Tailor Liquid Foundation! This amazing product made its name when it won the award for best foundation in the 2016 K-Beauty Awards from Korean magazine Ceci.
Unlike base makeup from other Korean brands, this foundation also features an additional plus point of coming in 11 different shades!
Not only is it hydrating, it also gives a light and medium coverage with just one layer of application. The end result? A healthy dewy glow that is such a hit in Korean beauty right now.
Available from Qoo10 at SGD44 excluding shipping fees.
7. Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup
If you are someone with dry skin but prefers a matte finish rather than a dewy one, this Dior Skin Forever foundation may be the right one for you.
People with dry skin may tend to shy away from matte finish foundations because of the common conception that mattifying formulas dry your skin out. This is usually true, but Diorskin has formulated this baby to blend beautifully with your skin while also giving you the moisture you need for a shine-free finish.
It has buildable medium coverage which is also perfect for many beauty junkies in Singapore.
Available from Dior outlets in Singapore for SGD74.
8. Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint
This foundation from Hourglass may be on the pricey side for some people but it contains Hyaluronic Acid which is super hydrating and awesome for dry skin.
Not only that, it also has a powerful anti-ageing ingredient to give your skin some nourishment too! It’s no wonder that beauty guru Susan Yara believes this is the foundation which your dry skin will thank you for.
Available from all Sephora outlets and online at SGD92.
9. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Off-shooting from their iconic Naked Eye Shadow palettes, Urban Decay has created a new line of Naked Skin products that have been a huge hit with beauty junkies all over the world.
The Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ensures that the moisture is locked to your skin, thanks to the nourishing ingredients used when formulating this foundation. It includes green tea, sodium hyaluronate litchiderm, and many more.
The foundation dries down to a natural-looking finish that is not too matte and not too shiny – no wonder that people with dry skin love this foundation.
Available from all Sephora outlets retailing at SGD62.
10. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
You’ve got to give it to Bourjois for having foundations to suit all kinds of skin types. In the Mix Serum Gel Foundation, it is developed with a vitamin-rich fruit formula aims to nourish your skin and get rid of dullness.
This affordable drugstore foundation has received over 600 positive reviews on Influenster with average of 4.5/5 ratings.
11. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation
Serum foundations may be messy during application at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be splashing it on perfectly in no time.
The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation is a light weight formula with a super natural finish that makes you look like you didn’t put on makeup at all!
Beauty YouTuber Serein Wu highly recommended this as a daily foundation as it has ingredients that protect your skin from the sun as well as lychee, bamboo grass, and cordycep mushroom extracts that provide dry skin with essential nourishment.
Available from all Bobbi Brown outlets for SGD92.
12. Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation
This foundation by Tarte is well-known for its skin-friendly formula which doesn’t use parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, phtahlates, and so on – an important consideration particularly for dry skin!
It also contains collagen and hyaluronic acid in its formula, which helps to continuously hydrate while helping to plump skin and refine pores without creasing and caking for 12 hours.
With over 500 positive reviews of 4/5 ratings on their website, you better bet your horses that this foundation is going to be worth a shot.
Available from their Tarte.com for SGD60 excluding shipping fees.
13. M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture Foundation
This foundation from M.A.C. is ultra lightweight and looks super natural on the skin, so for those of us with dry skin who have been looking for an everyday foundation, this might just be the one you’re looking for.
Available from all M.A.C. outlets for SGD58.
14. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
Beauty YouTuber Dacey Cash has named this as one of her favourite foundations for dry skin, so we’re not surprised that it has earned a spot on our list.
It is moistursing and nourishing on the skin, and the foundation also provides a buildable medium coverage. Don’t worry about it clinging to dry patches either!
15. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
If you’re one that doesn’t need too much coverage, and instead want a foundation that brings out the best of your natural skin, this could be the right product for you.
This foundation from NARS gives a light to medium coverage, but it evens your skin tone out nicely, and also gives you some luminosity to boot.
This is yet another of beauty YouTuber Dacey Cash’s favourite foundations for dry skin, and reviews from Sephora have also affirmed how popular this one is with users.
Available from all Sephora outlets and online at SGD74.
16. VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation
If you have been following Korean brand VDL, you might know this as the very first cushion foundation from them.
What sets this product apart from other cushion foundations on the market is the LG-patented Metal Plate Technology, which keeps the foundation cool and also maintains its moisture level.
Available from all VDL outlets at SGD52.
17. WakeMake Skin Fit CC Cushion
If you are a skeptic of CC cushions, WakeMake’s new offering may have you thinking twice.
The South Korean online brand has been making waves for its quality and affordability, and recently entered drugstores to make its products more accessible to the public – a big leap for an indie brand!
Even though it’s a CC cushion, it still provides coverage like a foundation. The formula is also moisturising for the skin and provides a dewy finish. However, if you are someone who prefers a matte finish, lightly dust some finishing powder onto your skin.
Available from Koreadepart at USD25 (about SGD33.37) excluding shipping fees.
18. Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion
Here is another Korean foundation cushion that you can put on your to-try list! You can tell from the name of this cushion that it is going to be hydrating since it already includes the word ‘water’.
With reviews from bloggers such as ohfishie, she has complimented on how the cushion allows her to ‘achieve a good balance of moisture’ that kept her skin hydrated throughout the day.
In addition to its cute packaging and light scent that it gives, it is definitely a cushion that can be used daily and on the go!
19. Etude House Any Cushion Cream Filter
You might have already heard beauty influencers like Korean makeup artist Pony rave about this product on her makeup videos. It received a lot of hype for being a foundation cushion that gives off a dewy finish while keeping your skin hydrated.
Although it only has a light coverage, the final glow is what that causes people to fall in love with this product. It gives off a healthy luminosity just like those gorgeous Korean actresses you see on the screen.
Available from all Etude House outlets for SGD32.
20. Swiss Pure Dough Tension CC Balm
You may have heard of big Korean brands like Missha and A’Pieu but did you know that Swiss Pure is under the same umbrella company as they are?
Although it is one of the lesser known Korean brands, this cushion stands out from others because of the mesh dispensing concept it uses. It allows you to save on product, while also allowing you great control over your coverage.
The formula allows your skin to feel hydrated and light after the application. If you are looking for an affordable base that does not burn a hole in your pocket, you can try out this cushion.
Available from Beautyboxkorea for USD18.07 (SGD24.13) excluding shipping.
21. LUNA Essence Water Pact AD SPF 50+ PA+++
As you might have expected from its name, this compact foundation is known for the unique water essence in the formula. When first opened, it gives users a lovely visual surprise of beautiful white swirls in creamy cake-like foundation.
Beauty blogger Oh My Stellar also described how easy and smooth the application onto the skin was. You can also build up the coverage for a more flawless look.
Available from Lazada for SGD36.84 excluding shipping fees.
22. Nakeup Face One Night Cushion
Curious to know why this one is called a “One Night Cushion”? According to the developers behind this cushion, the formula includes ingredients so good for your skin, you don’t even have to worry about sleeping with your foundation on overnight!
Its ingredients are EWG-certified green grade and the formula is also free from anything pernicious to your skin. Besides being so friendly to your skin, this cushion also allows your skin to be hydrated and well-covered.
Available from Lazada for SGD49.50.
23. JUNGSAEMMOOL Essential Skin Nuder Cushion
Jung Saem Mool is one brand that is actually very well-loved by many Koreans. The price tag may be on the heftier side for a cushion foundation, but you’ll find out that it’s money well spent.
The dewy finish it dries down to will replicate the healthy skin you see on Korean celebrities, but it also has very ample hydrating and coverage functions. Best of all? It doesn’t transfer easily, as tested by beauty YouTuber, Soo Beauty!
Available from Qoo10 at SGD67.
24. Clio Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion
Clio has an entire line of cushion foundations for you to choose from but this is the one that suits people with dry skin the best!
It has a slightly thick consistency compared to others because of its high coverage, which will help you really hide all those blemishes and texture. For special occasions and events, this would be the go-to foundation for you. Flawless coverage aside, it dries to a slight dewy finish while keeping your skin moisturised.
This foundation is also recommended by beauty YouTuber meejmuse as one of her best hydrating cushions she has ever tried.
Available from Qoo10.