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15 Best Matte Foundations for Oily Skin

Skin-perfecting bases that'll keep you shine-free.

by Nicole M. Arcano | Jan 5, 2019

Keeping your oily skin free of shine is never a challenge with the perfect matte base. Stock up on our favorite non-greasy picks below!

When it comes to foundations, one of the best ways a product can impress someone with oily skin is with a matte finish that keeps the shine at bay (or non-existent). Combine that with flattering coverage and impressive lasting power and you'll have the perfect cocktail for a base for the slick-skinned. Of course, these combinations exist in different forms in different products, so we're giving you the freedom to choose your weapon for fighting shine. Keep scrolling for our mattifying picks for oily skin!

1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

This bestselling foundation from Estée Lauder has a natural matte finish and buildable coverage that never looks cakey. Makeup artists especially commend its longevity, making it the perfect base for events like weddings!

ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, P2400, Rustan's

2. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

Thanks to its thin, liquid consistency, Studio Fix Fluid can give medium to full coverage that controls oils without drying your skin out. With SPF 15 and a spectrum of 60 shades, it's near impossible not to find your perfect match!


MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, P1950, SM Megamall

3. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily Skin

A cult-favorite from the drugstore, the Colorstay Foundation for oily skin has been tested to last up to 24 hours—not that you should wear makeup that long, but at least you can count on it if the need ever arises. Don't be surprised at how pigmented it is, either. One pump is all you need for a full, shine-free face!

REVLON Colorstay Foundation for Oily Skin, P825, Watsons

4. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

This foundation might've broken the internet with its wide shade range, but its performance is worth the hype, too. Aside from keeping you matte, it can also blur the appearance of pores and blemishes—hence the name Pro Filt'r. With all those perks, what else do you have to worry about, right?


FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, P1950,

5. L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Apply a thin layer of this foundation for a weightless, demi-matte finish that can pass as your real skin. Difference is, of course, your skin with the Pro-Matte won't make you look shiny. Another perk? The base comes in a squeeze tube, which gives you more control of how much product you use, and most importantly, it won't smash to pieces if you stash it inside your makeup bag.

L'ORÉAL Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, P499, SM Beauty

6. Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

To achieve that "my skin but better" effect on oily skin, give this peach-scented foundation a shot. Don't worry, you most definitely won't smell like a fruit. However, it will instantly even out your skin tone and provide a smooth, natural-looking matte finish. And because it's oil-free, you can count on it to stay that way for almost the entire day—it even claims to last up to 14 hours


TOO FACED Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation, P2250,

7. Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation

Once this foundation is on your skin, it's really on your skin. This formula does not just give full coverage—it's also waterproof, transfer-resistant, and shine-controlling. Hence, if you're looking for a bulletproof base that won't let your skin's secrets show, this is one tough choice to beat.

KAT VON D Lock-It Foundation, P,

8. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Lasting Foundation

Lancôme's Teint Idole Ultra has everything you can ask for from a matte foundation: long lasting but never greasy, an impressive shade range, and a velvety finish that hides unwanted texture and discoloration from view.


LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Lasting Foundation, P2800,

9. Maybelline Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation

According to Allure and New Beauty, the top-selling drugstore foundation in the US in 2018 was this relatively new release from Maybelline. It became an instant hit thanks to its creamy texture and high coverage that's been formulated to last for an entire 24 hours—perfect for those long nights with early mornings.

MAYBELLINE Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation, P499, Watsons

10. Covergirl Clean Matte Liquid Foundation

This petite bottle houses a simple, fuss-free formula specifically created for oily skin. Oil-free and lightweight, it applies like a dream even without a brush so you can achieve a soft matte complexion in a jiffy.


COVERGIRL Clean Matte Liquid Foundation, P399, SM Beauty

11. EB Advance Two Way Cake

If you want to cover imperfections and eliminate shine in the quickest possible way, swipe on this powder foundation for instantly even-toned skin. Use it with your sponge wet to up the coverage, and dry for medium coverage and mid day touch-ups.

EB ADVANCE Two Way Cake, P220, Robinsons's Department Store

12. Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

The Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation adheres to the skin like a thin, matte veil that doesn't look mask-like. In fact, it's such a true matte you could be tempted not to set it with a powder at all—not that it needs any heavy setting at all.


SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation, P2900, SM Megamall

13. Sleek Makeup Lifeproof Foundation

This oil-free base has a surprisingly creamy texture that glides seamlessly over fine lines and pores to conceal them, doing the work of a full coverage foundation without that tight feel. It has Sleek's widest foundation shade range as well, comprised of more than 20 colors.

SLEEK MAKEUP Lifeproof Foundation, P795, SM Beauty

14. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Everyone loves a multi-tasking product, and that's exactly what this product is. It's breathable enough to wear as an all-over foundation, but also pigmented enough to be a concealer. While it's not specifically made for oily skin, it has a hydrating yet matte finish that sets until you're ready to take it off.


CLINIQUE Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, P2000, TriNoma

15. Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Foundation

Powder foundations are no-brainers for dealing with shiny skin. However, the adjustable coverage and flattering, natural appearance of the Pro Finish Foundation makes it stand out. You can wear it alone for a sheer layer or use it to over your liquid foundation to lock it in place.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Foundation, P2790, SM Megamall