These bargain buys are proof you don’t have to spend a lot of money to ace your base.

By Melanie Rud Chadwick

Foundation is a must for creating a flawless complexion, and while it used to be that you had to shell out a pretty penny for any kind of semi-decent formula, the latest batch of drugstore picks now tout all of the same standout qualities as their (much) pricier counterparts. Think long-lasting color, flawless texture, and extensive shade ranges. These bargain buys deliver everything you could want in a foundation—and more.

Since there’s no shortage of these fabulous drugstore foundation finds, we asked four top makeup artists to share their favorites and help us narrow it down. Keep in mind that these pros are also using some of the most expensive foundations out there, so if they’re fans of these wallet-friendly alternatives, you can feel confident that these bases are the best of the best.

Whether you prefer a lightweight, glowy finish or a full coverage matte formula, these nine picks offer something for everyone. And at these prices, you may even consider trying all nine.

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