The Best Foundations Under $15

Hi Prepsters,

I have recently been trying to look for some makeup dupes for my favourite products and stumbled upon one of my favourite foundations that was under $7. After researching and testing out different foundations, I created a lineup of the best ones that are under $15.

1. Coverage Foundation by The Ordinary $6.90 CAD

I love how light-weight this Canadian made product is, and how easily the foundation blends into my skin. The product isn't as full coverage as it claims to be, however, the coverage is buildable. The other downside is the shade range; there should have been a bigger range for darker skin tones. 


2. Fit Me Matte Poreless Foundation by Maybelline New York $8.96 CAD

This foundation sits incredibly well on the skin, and gives an almost flawless, airbrushed appearance. I had used this product for years, and loved how long wearing this foundation was. The only downsides are that this foundation oxidizes on the skin, meaning that it will slowly darken a half shade, and the colour range is not the greatest for darker skin tones. 


3. Photo Focus Foundation By Wet n Wild $7.99 CAD


This medium to full coverage foundations applies and blends beautifully on the skin. The formulation is very simlar to the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation ($50 CAD) but is only a fraction of the cost, and eliminates flashback during photos. The cons of this are the awful applicator that it comes with (it's a small plastic spatula), and the foundation isn't as long wearing and requires touch-ups throughout the day. 


4. Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer by Milani $12.99 CAD

This is one of the foundations that I had heard hyped-up by every beauty blogger and needed to try out to understand the following behind it. I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage, and the flawless finish this foundation created. The foundation set by itself, and left a crease-free look.  I do however recommend using a concealer (unlike its title suggests) if you are looking to completely cover dark circles.


5.Vitalist Elixir Foundation SPF 20 by Covergirl $13.97 CAD

This foundation is infused with skincare ingredients that help correct, protect, and perfect the look of your skin. I liked that it had SPF 20 protection, and how glowy it made my skin look. The coverage can be good, but requires layering of the foundation, and it feels a little bit heavy on the skin.