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The Best Coverage Foundations of 2019, Ranked

Coverage Foundation: The Best of 2019

It’s been called the most essential makeup item — especially since it’s the one beauty product that is capable of transforming our appearance with just a slight touch enabling us to get to step out into our day looking and feeling amazing.

We are of course, referring to foundation, that all-essential beauty product that not only creates the perfect backdrop to the rest of our artistry but highlights and enhances it, as well.

No wonder we spend what can feel like ages in the quest for the very best coverage foundation we can find and stick to it faithfully once we discover it. After all, wherever, would we be without it in our beauty arsenal? The answer to that is probably best left unanswered.

Read on to discover the 10 best coverage foundations available, and start looking flawless and fabulous.

Any beauty product which comes with extras is always worth a second glance and the Bella Terra Mineral Powder Foundation is no exception.

Especially since one of its main hallmarks is a versatility which enables it to provide sheer to full coverage meaning you'll be able to rely on it for a casual look or turn it all the way right up to a fully glamorous one whenever you feel like it.

There’s also the fact that this high quality mineral powder will feel light against your skin and stay out of your pores. It will also soak up sebum without causing any extra dryness reducing the risk of any acne breakouts as a result.

And just in case you were wondering what the delightful extra was, it's actually SPF15 UVA and UVB protection meaning that this versatile product also gets to function as a sunscreen in addition to making your skin appear as smooth as velvet.

And it's long lasting too and an ideal choice for warm humid weather making it a superb option for the summer or a tropical vacation.

If you'd love a foundation which is perfect for all ages and skin types — and occasions too — this delightfully versatile offering from a manufacturer which cares about ethics and quality is certainly worth considering.

Key Features
  • High-quality mineral powder capable of absorbing excess oil
  • Protection from UVA and UVB rays (SPF 15)
  • Unique formula which is ideal for all skin types and ages
  • Unique formula capable of providing sheer to full coverage
Specifications
  • Coverage: Sheer-full
  • Formulation: Mineral
  • Consistency: Powder
  • Sun Protection: SPF 15
Pros
  • Capable of providing sheer to full coverage
  • Ideal for all skin types and ages
  • High quality acne prevention formula
  • Feels light against the skin
Cons
  • Product color may not be as expected
Editors choice

2. Bellapierre Mineral Foundation

8.90 / 10

“A foundation that can do it all.” That’s the bold claim made by a manufacturer which prides itself on its dedication to providing high quality beauty products which are not only safe to use but are also cruelty free.

And it’s one which does invite a closer peek to see if it’s really capable of living up to the hype.

A first glance reveals that it's pretty versatile for a powder foundation and even surpasses most liquid foundations in that regard.

That’s because the Bellapierre Mineral Foundation is not only just a full coverage foundation, but is also a concealer, setting powder and finishing powder, and also an SPF15 sunscreen all rolled into one.

With all these features brought to you by this 5-in-1 product, you will be able to look forward to medium to full coverage from the foundation as well as protection from the sun’s UV rays. And since it contains its very own setting and finishing powders, you'll be able to step out into the day confident that it will keep you looking glamorous every minute thanks to its pure mineral pigments.

All these features as well as the manufacturer’s dedication to quality show that the Bellapierre Mineral Foundation does indeed live up to the hype. And even though we wish the range of tones provided was more extensive rather than the 10 ranging from ultra to double cocoa, we do consider this easy-to-apply foundation a superb choice for oily skin.

Key Features
  • Unique 5-in-1 formula consisting of setting and finishing powders
  • Protection from UV rays thanks to the presence of SPF15 sunscreen
  • Ability to provide medium to full coverage
  • Safe, ethically sourced ingredients
Specifications
  • Coverage: Medium-full
  • Formulation: Mineral
  • Consistency: Powder
  • Sun Protection: SPF15
Pros
  • Ideal for sensitive, oily skin
  • Versatile coverage options
  • Presence of UV protection
  • Finely ground pure mineral pigments for even coverage
Cons
  • Potential issues with coloring being off

Prepare to say goodbye to dark circles, blemishes and spots and even your primer for a period of no less than 24 hours thanks to a product which happens to be brought to you by one of the most illustrious brands in the beauty industry.

Part of the Infallible Total Cover line, this product comes packed with ingredients and pigments which will provide you with full coverage for no less than 24 hours at a stretch.

 

This product which will also feel extra light when applied and is also waterproof, promises to work perfectly with the rest of your makeup to ensure you create the perfect look for the day.

And while the range of available colors does seem somewhat limited at just 12 available skin tones, each one of them does provide the same natural finish which will make you appear especially radiant whether you have to pop out to run errands, spend a day at work or head out for a day of shopping with your friends.

Best of all, a slight quantity is all that’s required to reap the full range of its benefits, showcasing your skills and ensuring the natural beauty of your skin tone shines right through.

All these qualities and more mean that the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation has what it takes to become a treasured part of your makeup routine.

Key Features
  • A full coverage, waterproof formula capable of lasting 24 hours
  • Unique formula which feels extra light when applied
  • Minimum application required for maximum effect
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: High-pigment, longwear
  • Consistency: Liquid
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • A formula which will perfectly complement the rest of your makeup
  • Easy to blend
  • Especially resistant to perspiration
Cons
  • Contents are slightly darker than shown on container

We've all dreamed of foundation capable of bringing the magic of airbrushes alive and with the Maybelline New York Dream Satin Liquid Foundation it might seem like those dreams have finally come true.

This mousse full coverage foundation brought to you by a manufacturer which is an expert in anticipating and meeting the needs of makeup fans all over the globe, promises to sit so lightly on your skin that no one will be able to tell it's there.

It also promises to deliver poreless perfection which will make your skin look as though it's been touched by a real life air brush which we think is nothing short of magical.

And if you're thinking it's really too good to be true, which it does seem to be at a glance, we're only too delighted to tell you that this marvellous full coverage mousse does live up to those promises wonderfully.

What's more, it also comes with a lovely and rather welcome extra — hyaluronic acid which will moisturize your skin throughout the day.

However, as impressive as these features are, perhaps they wouldn't matter all that much if the Maybelline New York Dream Satin Liquid Foundation wasn't long lasting. After all, there's something especially disappointing about perks which make a brief appearance only to vanish a few hours later. Thankfully this is one product which will stay the course through perspiration, heat and sebum.

But the true icing on the cake is the fact that it's suitable for all skin types and is also ideal for sensitive skin meaning that you too can get to experience its enchanting allure regardless of your skin type.

Key Features
  • Long lasting, full coverage mousse
  • Special formula which is extra light and perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin
  • Contains hyaluronic acid for moisturizing skin
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Contains hyaluronic acid
  • Consistency: Mousse
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Versatile application (may be applied with a brush, sponge or your fingers)
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Contains hyaluronic acid for moisturizing skin
Cons
  • Color of product is slightly darker than shown on container

If you’ve been in search of a coverage foundation that will not only last long but is also great for delicate skin, the Kiko Milano Full Coverage Foundation and Concealer might just be the one product which could meet your needs.

This 2-in-1, must-have beauty product, will not only efficiently eliminate any dark circles, blemishes or spots thanks to its concealer, but will also provide amazing coverage due to the perfect distribution of the pigments it contains.

And there’s no need to worry about the oxidizing effect which darkens foundation once you’ve applied it: the Kiko Milano Full Coverage Foundation and Concealer will maintain the same hue while keeping your skin looking unbelievably smooth while you go about your day.

There’s also the manufacturer’s dedication to providing you with a product which won’t just make you look beautiful but is also safe to use and has been produced using ethical means.

This is one product which has undergone rigorous testing to reduce the risk of any allergic reactions and which is also cruelty free.

However, it’s one drawback is the fact that it’s only suitable for normal to oily skin as opposed to other awesome offerings which are very often made available for all skin types.

But if you’re lucky enough to belong to either of the above categories, you will be able to add it to your collection of beauty products where it might just turn out to be a regular and all-essential fixture.

Key Features
  • Rigorously tested, cruelty-free formula
  • 2-in-1 full coverage concealer and foundation
  • Special formula which will provide a long lasting matte finish
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Cruelty-free, hypoallergenic
  • Consistency: Liquid
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Long lasting, smooth matte finish
  • Reduced risk of allergies
  • Ideal for normal to oily skin
Cons
  • Unsuitable for dry skin

There are times when a glance at a product's manufacturer might be a sure sign that you’re in for a treat. Especially when it’s earned a reputation for constantly delivering high quality products in an industry as ultra-competitive as the beauty sector and continues to remain one of the top brands,  too.

Hence it’s no surprise that we did feel we could only expect good things from Revlon’s ColorStay Full Cover Foundation and it most certainly didn’t disappoint.

With its special long lasting formula which is capable of withstanding both heat and humidity and its ability to moisturize your skin, it was immediately clear that this was a full coverage foundation for all seasons and all ages, too.

What’s more, there was also its signature, extra light velvety smoothness which felt as great as it looked, not to mention its ability to hold up for hours on end without caking too. All of which we happen to think is rather impressive.

These qualities mean that the Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation is the ideal option for chic matte smoothness which will last without the need for any touching up during the day. And best of all, you will only need to apply a small amount to experience its awesome magic. We’re glad we took the plunge and gave it a try and believe there’s a high possibility of it proving just as amazing for you too!

Key Features
  • Special extra-light formula capable of moisturizing skin
  • Unique formula capable of providing a chic matte finish
  • 24-hour coverage
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Hydrating
  • Consistency: Liquid
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Long lasting, moisturizing formula
  • Capable of lasting 24 hours
  • Provides an impressively smooth appearance when applied
Cons
  • May have yellow undertones

Some products are so efficient at getting it right when it comes to banishing every spot, pimple and pore, that they seem to have superpowers of their own. And the Northshow Flawless Oil Control Full Coverage Foundation happens to be one of them. Its ability to provide your skin with a sleek matte finish with just a hint of dewy brilliance is just one of its essential features which sets it apart from similar products.

What’s more, it’s also been created using micro-powders and pearls which will make your skin appear poreless while also keeping its gleam to a minimum and reducing the risk of acne.

But best of all, it lives up to its main responsibility which is all about concealing dark circles, scars, acne and discoloration while providing that sleek even finish which can always be relied on for that combination of chic and refinement which seem to be the sole preserve of models and celebs.

But perhaps one of its most impressive superpowers apart from its abilities to control your skin’s gleam factor and even prevent acne, is also the fact that it’s waterproof and therefore sweatproof. Especially since it’s also long lasting and will feel extra light when applied.

With all these amazing qualities, the Northshow Flawless Oil Control Full Coverage Foundation is pretty likely to impress you just as much as it impressed us.

Key Features
  • Special formula containing micro-powders and pearls for an extra smooth finish
  • Special grease and acne control ingredients
  • Unique sleek matte finish
  • Waterproof, sweatproof, extra light full coverage foundation
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Waterproof
  • Consistency: Liquid
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Capable of resisting perspiration and sebum
  • Unique velvet matte appeal
  • Extra smooth finish
Cons
  • Color of product may be darker than shown on the bottle

For a long-lasting full coverage foundation which comes at a bargain price and is ideal for oily skin, you need look no further than Maybelline New York Super Stay Powder Foundation.

In a market filled with bold claims and unfulfilled promises, this is one product which does what it says it would on the cover. And that means you can look forward to a long lasting chic matte finish which is ideal for rosacea and uneven skin tones.

And even though we do wish its range of colors was more extensive — it’s only available in 12 tones — we have only good things to say about the hues it shows up in. From fair porcelain through to golden caramel and right through to Java, each tone will make your natural coloring come alive while eliminating that greasy shine known to make a rather unwelcome appearance when you’re least expecting it.

And there’s no risk of it vanishing right before you have to make that impromptu presentation to the entire department, leaving you with an oily shine beneath the spotlights, since it will last for a full 12 hours once it’s been applied.

What's more, it will work beautifully with your moisturizer, blusher and concealer, bringing an added touch of convenience to your makeup routine.

With all these awesome features and more, there's no doubt that the Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Powder Foundation might just be the answer you need for smooth, flawless skin all day long.

Key Features
  • A full coverage powder foundation for oily skin
  • Long lasting 12-hour formula
  • Chic matte finish for evening out your skin tone perfectly
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Long-lasting, high-pigment
  • Consistency: Powder
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Ideal for oily skin
  • Capable of lasting for long periods of time
  • Suitable for covering redness caused by rosacea
Cons
  • May be unsuitable for skin which is especially oily

Our next product features photo filter pigments which will provide you with a special airbrushed effect while looking exactly like your own skin.

And that's just the beginning of all the good things you can expect from this full coverage foundation which is not only vegan and cruelty-free, but is also free from parabens too.

Luscious Cosmetics’ Camera Stick Foundation has been tested by professionals to create a product which deserves pride of place in any makeup bag or cabinet.

As a result, it’s not only capable of perfectly concealing dark spots and circles, and acne, but will also provide a magical glow to your skin.

Hence, it's no surprise that it’s capable of making you appear enchanting in real life and pictures too while remaining as sleek as velvet hours after you’ve applied it.

It’s also extra easy to apply with a brush, a sponge or your fingers, and will blend in flawlessly with your skin to provide coverage that’s both full and long lasting.

And there’s no need to worry about it giving the game away by cracking or peeling as you go about your day either since it’s capable of maintaining that special smoothness and full, even coverage for over 12 hours.

With all these qualities, it’s quite safe to imagine that the Camera Stick might be considered to possess superpowers of sorts where foundation is concerned. And we think that availing yourself of them would be an excellent idea.

Key Features
  • Photofilter pigments capable of providing a real life airbrushed effect
  • Perfect coverage for spots and blemishes
  • Easy application with sponges, brushes or fingers
  • Long lasting formula which will provide a delicate glow to your skin
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Vegan, paraben-free
  • Consistency: Cream
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Long lasting full coverage for concealing blemishes and spots
  • Free from parabens
  • Suitable for vegans
Cons
  • May cake on certain skin types

If you have oily or combination skin and love liquid foundation, then you’ll be delighted with this dermatologically tested product which promises to sit lightly on your skin and stay out of your pores eliminating the likelihood of an acne invasion.

And if you happen to have dry skin, you need not feel left out either since it’s perfect for all skin types.

Brought to you by a manufacturer which is renowned for its dedication to making everyone appear especially beautiful, the Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Liquid Foundation which comes at an amazing price, is not only oil-free but also long lasting.

And its ability to last 24 hours — and under tropical temperatures, no less — will eliminate any worries you might have about your carefully applied foundation suddenly deciding to call it quits under the combined onslaught of heat and sebum.

Part of the Super Stay range, which is available in no less than 28 shades, this item will completely conceal every blemish so that your complexion gets to stand out in all its allure and will provide a matte finish for that ultra-sophisticated look.

We believe that happens to be a rather impressive set of features which makes it worth considering if you'd love to purchase a long lasting foundation which will accentuate the beauty of your skin.

Key Features
  • A dermatologically tested product which is perfect for all skin types
  • Light, oil-free formula capable of lasting 24 hours
  • Matte finish, full coverage foundation
Specifications
  • Coverage: Full
  • Formulation: Oil-free
  • Consistency: Liquid
  • Sun Protection: None
Pros
  • Ability to withstand heat and oil
  • Does not clog skin pores
  • Ideal for a sophisticated matte finish
  • Ideal for covering rosacea
Cons
  • May turn significantly darker as it oxidizes

One of the very best things about foundation is not only its versatility but the fact that there’s coverage for every occasion. There’s light for when we want a mere touch of glamour for hanging out with our friends and medium when we feel like switching it up.

And there’s a third option for those times that we intend to effectively banish every blemish or pesky pimple to oblivion and step out with skin which looks as though it’s been bestowed on us by a fairy godmother: full coverage.

But how do you set about selecting the perfect product? Considering the following points will enable you to pick out the best coverage foundation for each occasion, each time you go shopping:

  • Skin type: Do you have oily skin? Opt for powder foundations which will keep that dreaded gleam at bay and keep your skin looking smooth and even. But what if you have your heart set on liquid foundations and the versatility and amazing variety they often offer? You don’t have to give up on them either. Several brands offer oil-free, water-based, moisturizing and protective formulas which are just right for oily skin. If you have dry skin, on the other hand, liquid foundations are your best bet for a satin-smooth finish while you may have to avoid powder foundations since they may absorb any moisture on your face and accentuate its dryness. And for combination skin which is so often left out of these conversations, an oil-free, liquid foundation will prove ideal. Stick foundations are also an excellent alternative, although they will also need to be oil-free as well.
  • Accessories: This is one aspect which is often overlooked, but there's a special allure which comes when everything about you is perfectly coordinated. If you enjoy wearing gold jewelry, warm tones will highlight the beauty of your skin and your accessories. If you love silver or platinum, on the other hand, opt for cooler tones to add that extra touch of magic to your ensemble.
  • Skincare ingredients: Extras are always a good thing and an ever-increasing number of manufacturers are incorporating them with regards to skincare. These include sunscreen which is commonly available as SPF 15 and SPF 30, as well as moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated all day long. A number of them even incorporate ingredients for taking care of acne making them a superb option if you happen to experience breakouts since they'll not only highlight the beauty of your complexion but treat your skin, as well.

Thanks to the pointers provided above, you will have an idea of where to begin when it’s time to navigate the vast and wonderful world which consists of not just foundation, but of makeup. And to make your search for the right coverage foundation even easier, we’ve provided an overview of 10 of our very favorite products which have what it takes to make you feel and look perfect all day long.

Resources— Science.org, Makeup.org, AdoreBeauty

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