Hera Black Cushion SPF34/PA++, $75
This cushion makes it to the list because of the excellent coverage and staying power it offers. The formula contains an ultra-fine powder that adheres the foundation to the skin for long-wearing, semi-matte finish. Plus, amino acid derivatives mimic the skin’s natural proteins to enhance brightness and translucency.
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, $51
This sets to a second-skin finish with its light-to-medium coverage. The formula blurs out imperfections with something called soft-focus optical blurring spheres that keep skin looking flawless, not cakey.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation Balm, $120
This balm foundation goes on like a cream and sets to a powder matte finish. A little bit goes a long away and it stays put all day even though you skip applying setting powder.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF 15, $68
This is another long-wearing foundation that doesn’t require a setting powder or spray. It’s oil-free and gives medium-to-full coverage, and has silica that absorbs sebum for a shine-free complexion.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10, $70
This oil-free foundation gives a natural matte finish that stays the entire day without needing any touch-ups. Its waterproof, oil-controlling and transfer-resistant formula also helps your complexion stay shine-free and fresh, whether you’re indoors or out.
Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation – 16h Wear, $94
This liquid foundation is formulated with 97 per cent natural ingredients such as mineral pigments and marine and plant extracts. These help protect skin from pollution and blue light, and strengthen skin barrier functions to prevent skin from getting dehydrated and developing signs of premature ageing such as hyperpigmentation and dullness. It gives a dewy finish, so those with oilier skin types may feel the need to layer on loose powder to set it, but we don’t find that we need it.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $52
This liquid foundation also has an oil-free formula that gives medium-to-full coverage. It’s resistant to sweat and humidity, but gives a second-skin finish.