The 9 Mattifying Foundations Ideal For Oily Skin

While we’re partial to a glossy skin finish, greasy skin is an entirely different story. If your skin is prone to oil overproduction throughout the day, the answer to your mattifying prayers often lies in your choice of base.

Finding a foundation formula to suit an oily skin type can be complex. It needs to offer shine-absorbing, pore-blurring and bacteria-balancing benefits while also encompassing enough staying power to avoid slipping or sliding throughout the day. Quite the tall order.

When it comes to keywords, velvet, matte and oil-free are the primary ones to look for. There’s no need to equate ‘matte’ with ‘heavy’ either; oil-absorbing formulas aren’t always full coverage. Whatever your base preferences, there’s a balancing blend to fit the bill.

Here, Syrup’s edit of mattifying foundations equipped to deliver silky coverage while keeping shine at bay.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation by Tarte, $60 at Sephora

Infused with mattifying clay, this breathable base is all about balancing oil.

Transformatte Matte Foundation by Natasha Denona, $70 at Sephora

An oil-balancing, skin-smoothing blend that reduces the appearance of pores.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty, $53 at Sephora

This pore-diffusing soft matte offers light-as-air touchable texture.

Matissime Velvet Fluid Foundation by Givenchy, $85 at Sephora

A true velvet finish foundation that instantly imparts a matte effect.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Mousse Foundation by Dior, $77 at David Jones

This mattifying mousse melts into skin, blurring and balancing as it goes.

Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation by Laura Mercier, $73 at MECCA.

A tea-tree infused formula tailor-made for balancing oil-prone complexions.

Matte SPF 15 Foundation by BareMinerals, $51 at MECCA

Prefer powder? This one delivers oil-free coverage that won’t clump or cake.

Born This Way Foundation by Too Faced, $64 at MECCA

Formulated with coconut water and hyaluronic acid, it’s hydrating yet oil-free.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation by Estée Lauder, $60 at Sephora

A natural-looking matte that won’t require touch ups throughout the day.

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