With the plethora of foundations available, we know that choosing one could be quite daunting. But fret not! We’ve rounded the best foundations for oily skin and prepared some tips and recommendations to help you find that that long-lasting, weather-proof foundation to keep your face shine-free. Also check out what dermatologist, Dr. Meg Sison has to say on how you can get the best product for you!
Maria Elinor Grace "Meg" Sison, MD, MPM, FPDS, is a board-certified dermatologist who practices in the Philippines and sees both medical and cosmetic dermatological cases on the skin, hair, and nails.
Disclaimer: These products are recommendations made by our team at mybest Philippines. Our expert, Dr. Meg Sison, is not affiliated with, nor is she endorsing any of the brands we mention below.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and campaign period**
The products we introduce below were carefully curated by the mybest team using the points mentioned in our detailed and thoroughly researched buying guide. For ranks 1 to 3, in addition to the buying guide, we also referred to more than 100 reviews in Lazada to come up with their respective rankings.
|Coverage||Medium to Full|
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
True Match Even Perfecting Powder Foundation
Effective Oil Control With Superior Staying Power
A Budget-Friendly and Long-Lasting Liquid Foundation
A Versatile Foundation That Can Prime, Conceal, and Control Oil
|Price Starts at||₱2,500||₱399||₱500|
|Coverage||Medium to Full||Medium||Full|
We have more product recommendations in store for you! Listed in no particular order, here are seven more of our recommended products carefully chosen by the mybest team.
|Formulation||Powder - 2-Way|
|Coverage||Medium to Full|
|Coverage||Medium to Full|
|Coverage||Light to Medium|
Make Up Forever
Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
ColorStay 2-Way Powder Foundation
Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Studio Skin 24 Hour Full Coverage Foundation
Airspun Loose Powder 2.3oz
Matte Velvet Skin Compact - Full Coverage Foundation
Sweat-Resistant and Has a Wide Shade Range
For a Poreless Airbrushed Look
Stay Oil-Free for 24 Hours
Instant Flawless Finish With Great Coverage and Oil-Control
A Transfer-Proof Foundation That Boosts Hydration
Super-Fine Powder for Absorbing Excess Oil
Lightweight and Full Coverage Foundation for Everyday Wear
|Price Starts at||₱2,200||₱995||₱799||₱1,900||₱2,100||₱498||₱2,700|
|Finish||Shine-free||Soft Matte||Matte||Ultra-matte||Natural Matte||Velvety||Matte|
|Formulation||Liquid||Powder - 2-Way||Liquid||Powder||Liquid||Powder||Powder|
|Coverage||Medium to Full||Full||Medium||Medium to Full||Full||Light to Medium||Full|
Here are some key points to consider:
For more detailed information, read through our buying guide below.
A foundation with a matte finish is a great choice for oily skin as it can get rid of excess shine, making the face less oily. These types of foundation are also known for their long-lasting wearability on the skin, giving you a flawless finish that helps you put your best face forward.
Not a fan of the flat finish that matte foundations offer? Go for a semi-matte foundation that allows your skin to breathe. If you want your skin to look like it's glowingーnot shinyーtry a dewy or satin finish for a more natural look. Do you want to achieve a 'woke up like this' type of makeup? Try foundations with a sheer finish for that barely-there coverage.
The three most common coverage levels for foundations are light, medium, and full. If you want to even out your skin tone without fully covering it up, choose a light coverage foundation. These don't clog up your pores and usually have a sheer finish. This works best for those who don't like the heavy feeling of makeup against their face.
If you want an even canvas with a natural skin finish, choose a medium coverage foundation. You can easily build on medium coverage foundations, from thin layers that can still show your freckles to adding another layer that can cover them completely. To achieve completely even-toned skin, go for a full coverage foundation. This is best for those who want to be stage or camera-ready
You are not limited to just getting a liquid type or powder type foundation for your oily skin. There are many different options out there that are worth a try. It is also helpful to have different types that you can use, depending on the amount of coverage you want.
If you want something that gives fuller coverage, try a dual application powder foundation. These foundations go on just like liquid foundations when applied with a wet sponge. For the sheerest coverage, try loose foundations. Take note to avoid mineral oil foundations as these have been found to be non-comedogenic.
Face powders are convenient because they can be brought anytime for touch-ups, especially for people on the go. They also provide coverage, oil control, a matte finish, and tactile smoothness, especially for oily skin.
If you want to use face powder as a foundation, look for those that are labeled as two-way cake. This means that the product can be applied using either a wet or dry sponge. Because it contains a foundation formula, two-way cake foundations provide medium coverage that can be used to cover blemishes and dark spots.
If you have dehydrated skin, you can try liquid foundationsーeven better, essence liquid foundations which contain moisturizing ingredients. Depending on the formula, liquid foundations can generally be used by all skin types. These are also highly favored as they are buildable and can provide the coverage you need.
Cream foundations adhere well to the skin and can provide high coverage and a smooth finish. But, since they’re mostly oil-based, the tendency is that they will combine with the sebum on your skin and slide right off. Depending on the formula, cream foundations could also clog pores, which may cause acne. If you’re prone to breakouts, avoid this type of foundation.
Cream foundations contain moisturizing ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to name a few. They do not necessarily clog the pores but they may tend to slide off for those with oily skin.
We've always been told to pick the shade closest to our skin. But when it comes to oily skin, the foundation tends to darken over time due to sebum secretion. Check for non-oxidizing formulas that remain true to the shade from the box to your skin. It is best to choose a color that is one shade lighter than your neck. Be careful not to choose a foundation that is too light as this will look too unnatural.
Another thing you should consider is your undertone. If you have a warm undertone and use a cool-toned foundation, your face might look ashy as the shade won't naturally blend with your skin tone. Warm undertones are those with hints of yellow or gold on their skin. Those with cool undertones have reds, blues, and purple shades on their skin. If you have a mix of both, your undertone is neutral.
Choose a foundation shade based on your undertone. This can be determined by looking at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue, you have cool undertones, but if they appear green, you have warm undertones.
Filipinos usually have warm undertones. If you have a chance to go to a physical store, you can swatch the shades and see if which one is a perfect match for you. If you cannot go to a physical store, you can ask the brand for assistance on their social media pages to help you find the shade that matches you perfectly.
There are two things you should keep an eye out for in looking for a foundation for your oily skin: first, make sure it's oil-free, and second, check if it's non-comedogenic. Oil-free foundations are more lightweight than oil-based foundations, which helps prevent breakouts caused by your makeup.
Non-comedogenic means the product will not block or clog your pores. Choosing these types of foundations can give you full coverage while at the same time allowing your skin to breathe.
Oil-free facial foundations do not have animal, vegetable, or mineral oils. They contain other oily substances, such as dimethicone or cyclomethicone. These foundations are usually designed for oily-skinned individuals since they leave the skin with a matte finish. Dimethicone is non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and hypoallergenic, which makes it a popular ingredient in foundations.
If you want your foundation to have additional benefits to your skin, why not get one with SPF? It is important to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun as this can cause wrinkles and make your skin age faster. Additionally, this can help simplify your makeup routine by not needing to put a layer of sunscreen before you put on your makeupーjust make sure that it has at least SPF 30 if you're going for this route!
Let’s face it, sometimes finding the right foundation might not be enough to keep your skin from oiling up. So we’ve prepared a few tips to help keep your makeup from sliding off.
The perfect canvas for makeup is healthy skin. Always use a gentle cleanser, broad-spectrum sunscreen, and moisturizer for your skin type. For those with oily skin, lightweight moisturizers in gel or lotion format are best to avoid the heavy and greasy feeling with cream moisturizers. Look for moisturizers with more humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid as compared to occlusives.
Another trick to make your foundation last longer is by using a primer. Just make sure to choose one suitable for oily skin. Also, if your skin is acne-prone, make sure to check whether the ingredients are non-comedogenic.
Primers are used to make the foundation last longer. Mattifying primers are recommended for those with oily skin. Nowadays, sunscreens and moisturizers can be used as a good makeup base so using a primer is just optional.
Finishing powders can absorb excess oils that a simple foundation can’t control. That means they can also tamp down on shine and help your makeup stay on longer.
Finishing powders do not contain pigment, unlike powder foundations. They also have sheer coverage. They are used to set the foundation in place and to absorb excess sebum, especially on the T-zone.
We compiled all your most asked questions about choosing a foundation for oily skin. Here are the answers from dermatologist, Dr. Meg Sison.
Products with salicylic acid are great for those with oily skin because they can also unclog pores and minimize their appearance. Retinoids are also recommended because they help with acne, have anti-aging benefits, can also unclog pores. Niacinamide, alpha hydroxy acids, and green tea can also help keep oiliness at bay. Caution is advised not to use all of these at once to avoid stripping the skin barrier.
Use only the essential products in your skincare routine: gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen. Avoid layering so many skincare products because this can lead to irritation and more breakouts. Consult a board-certified dermatologist if you have acne for personalized treatment and for guidance in your skincare regimen.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to oily skin. These are genetics, hormones, gender, ethnicity, and certain medical conditions. Acne has a complex pathogenesis and having oily skin does not always lead to having more acne.
Never worry about your face being shiny or greasy ever again! Check out these products to keep your skin matte and looking fresh all day long.
An adequate skincare routine plus a foundation that matches your skin’s needs is what you need to find. May we all be able to find that perfect match to give us smooth and flawless skin!
Re-editor: Laura Mercado
Reviewed by: Dermatologist, Dr. Meg Sison
Curious to know how we chose the products on our list? Our buying guide was carefully crafted by the mybest team of writers and editors, so we used it as a basis for choosing and rating. For the top 3 product recommendations, we also looked at reviews from Lazada in addition to the buying guide.
*Please note that we did not test the products and were not paid by any of the brands to include their product on the list.
Ratings and Reviews
For each product on the top 3, we looked at and referenced more than 100 reviews, as well as product ratings in Lazada.
Get a Mattifying Foundation to Stay Shine-Free All Day
To keep oil at bay and be shine-free, a mattifying foundation is one of the top picks of people with oily skin. With this in mind, we checked the claims of the brands and read reviews to see whether the claims are valid or they are just too good to be true.
Light, Medium, or Full: Pick a Foundation With the Amount of Coverage You Want
We did not include this as part of the criteria as the coverage is up to the preference of the user.
Choose a Formulation Based on Your Intended Purpose
We did not include this as part of the criteria as the choice for the formulation is up to the preference of the user.
Identify Your Shade and Undertone to Get the Right Match
For this criterion, we looked at the available shade range of each product and gave higher points to those products that are more inclusive.
Opt for an Oil-Free and Non-Comedogenic Formula to Avoid Clogging of Pores
To avoid getting more skin problems and to avoid aggravating the current skin condition, oily-skinned individuals would benefit more from oil-free and non-comedogenic formulas. In this regard, we checked the ingredients to determine whether the 'oil-free' and 'non-comedogenic' claims of the brand are true.
Look for a Foundation With SPF for More Sun Protection
Since most foundations only offer minimal SPF, we regarded this as a bonus point. The higher the SPF and/or PA level, the higher the point we gave.
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