Are you looking for a cruelty-free foundation for your specific skin and needs? I’ve created this list with more than one skin type in mind. The foundations mentioned below also vary in terms of coverage, finish, and ingredients, as to suit every single cruelty-free shopper’s needs. Keep in mind that they’re in no particular order.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

“An oil-free, 12-hour liquid foundation formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters.”

This is one of my favorite foundations because of the long-lasting and decent coverage it provides at a fair price. Despite the name, I would call the coverage medium but buildable. It works with almost all skintypes although it might not be ideal for very dry skin. For me, it feels like skin and doesn’t cake.

  • BEST FOR: If you’re looking for a foundation that lasts ALL day long.
  • Price: 38.00$/1.7oz.
  • Skin Type: All
  • Coverage: Medium (Buildable)
  • Finish: Natural/Matte
  • Buy: Sephora

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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

“A breakthrough liquid to powder formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish—without the need for touchups.”

If you’re looking for a foundation for oily or very oily skin, this might be the one. It’s on the pricey side but it feels like a quality foundation on the skin. Although I don’t have oily skin myself, this definitely lasts all day on my oilier areas and feels matte and smooth yet lightweight.

  • BEST FOR: If you have oily skin.
  • Price: 42.00$/0.42oz.
  • Skin Type: Oily
  • Coverage: Medium (Buildable)
  • Finish: Natural/Matte
  • Buy: Sephora

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BareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

“Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultrathin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance.”

This one’s great for those with dry skin. It has a hydrating texture and doesn’t cling to dry patches. It also won’t settle into fine lines. If you pick this foundation, don’t forget to set it with a good finishing powder as it definitely tends to transfer from my experience.

  • BEST FOR: If you have dry skin.
  • Price: 29.00$/1oz.
  • Skin Type: Dry
  • Coverage: Sheer to Medium
  • Finish: Natural/Dry
  • Buy: Sephora

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

“This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.”

This foundation has been around for a while and it’s still going strong. Despite the name, it’s neither sheer nor glowy; the coverage is medium to full and the finish leans matte. I also love the amazing color range. A little goes a long way, so a bottle lasts me a while.

  • BEST FOR: If you have combination skin.
  • Price: 45.00$/1oz.
  • Skin Type: Normal to Dry
  • Coverage: Medium (Buildable)
  • Finish: Natural/Matte
  • Buy: Sephora

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COVER FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

“An antioxidant-rich, two-in-one foundation and concealer offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection with medium to full, buildable coverage.”

This is a cream foundation that’s perfect for those seeking full coverage. It covers redness and hyperpigmentation and works for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Again, this covers everything and has good lasting power. Application can be tricky for those with dry skin; personally I definitely need a primer.

  • BEST FOR: If you’re looking for full coverage.
  • Price: 42.00$/0.42oz.
  • Skin Type: Oily to Normal
  • Coverage: Full
  • Finish: Natural
  • Buy: Sephora

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

“This formula helps skin achieve a natural, illuminated and bright finish— like the beautiful skin you were born with. Naked Skin is formulated with light-diffusing spheres, transforming you to look professionally retouched.”

This foundation is very lightweight and feels like skin. It’s perfect for those who don’t need full coverage and don’t have much redness to cover up. The finish is described as luminous and semi-matte, but keep in mind that the formula itself isn’t ideal for dry skin.

  • BEST FOR: No-makeup makeup/Sheer weightless foundation.
  • Price: 39.00$/1oz.
  • Skin Type: All
  • Coverage: Sheer to Medium
  • Finish: Dewy
  • Buy: Sephora

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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

“Loved by professional make-up artists, Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation provides maximum, long-lasting coverage without feeling or looking heavy. It blends easily and hides problem areas perfectly.”

As the name implies, this foundation really is pigmented and offers full coverage. If you’re looking for a full coverage liquid foundation, you might absolutely love it — but keep in mind that it does look like you’re wearing makeup and might cling to dry patches unless you use something hydrating or a primer underneath. Overall amazing coverage and great as a special occasion foundation.

  • BEST FOR: If you want full coverage.
  • Price: 50.00$/1oz.
  • Skin Type: All
  • Coverage: Full
  • Finish: Matte
  • Buy: Illamasqua.com

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FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation

“Due to its unique blend of silicones in the formulation, Ultra Foundation forms a delicate, lightweight and flexible second skin with a natural breathing ability. It’s an out-standing performer on mature, troubled or sensitive skin.”

This foundation is silicone-based and doubles as a primer. For this reason, the application is really silky-smooth. It has a thick consistency and the coverage is full while still feeling breathable and light. It’s also available in adjusting shades such as pure white, dark brown, and red, making it a great foundation for your any cruelty-free makeup artist’s kit!

  • BEST FOR: Pro makeup artists.
  • Price: 48.00$/1oz.
  • Skin Type: Normal to Dry
  • Coverage: Full
  • Finish: Natural/Dewy
  • Buy: Cult Beauty

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W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Concealer Stick

“This feel good, creamy foundation instantly melts into skin giving it a fresh, healthy glow. The modern stick design is ideal for portability and mess-proof application on the go. Our new breakthrough formula delivers a weightless, satin, soft-focus finish while balancing skin tone and diminishing imperfections. Made with pure, natural and organic ingredients, so there’s no film, no grease, no crease just diva-friendly perfection.”

If you prefer green makeup, this is a beautiful stick foundation free of potentially harmful chemicals. It’s a cream foundation and I would say the coverage is medium; it’s not exactly a concealer contrarily to what the name implies, although it’s great for the under-eye area. It’s easy to blend and dries to a dewy skinlike finish.

  • BEST FOR: If you’re looking for a creamy/dewy natural foundation.
  • Price: 39.75$/0.35oz.
  • Skin Type: All
  • Coverage: Medium
  • Finish: Natural/Dewy
  • Buy:The Detox Market Target

sappho
Sappho Liquid Foundation

“Our luxurious liquid foundations are formulated with natural minerals suspended in certified organic aloe juice and certified organic jojoba oil providing flawless coverage without a heavy look or feel. Aromatic essential oils act as a natural preservative while also providing antioxidant qualities.”

This one’s made by a Canadian company and it really impressed me. It’s a natural foundation free from potentially harmful chemicals and I would totally recommend it for those looking for an everyday green liquid foundation that looks natural, offers good coverage, and doesn’t irritate skin.

  • BEST FOR: If you’re looking for a natural and organic liquid foundation.
  • Price: 52.00$/1oz.
  • Skin Type: All
  • Coverage: Medium
  • Finish: Natural
  • Buy: The Detox Market

Best Cruelty-Free Drugstore Foundations

best cruelty-free drugstore foundation

1. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. This is a beautiful medium coverage foundation that comes with a dropper. You can use as many drops as you want to suit your skin (more drops, more coverage). Velvetty matte finish.

2. Wet’n’Wild Photo Focus Foundation. This foundation has a “your skin but better” approach, meaning it’s formulated for light coverage that looks like skin. Light to medium coverage, matte finish.

3. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation. If you’re looking for full coverage from the drugstore, this is where it’s at. Best for oily to combination skin, matte finish.

4. e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation. This foundation contains Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree to treat and prevent breakouts, so it’s perfect if you have acne-prone skin. Medium coverage, semi-matte finish.

5. Wet’n’Wild Coverall Foundation. Like the name implies, this is a (medium to) full coverage foundation that gives you a flawless finish. It has a satin-matte finish and lasts all day.

6. Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation. This foundation provides light coverage as well as a luminous glow. If you have dry to normal skin and want your skin to show through, it’s perfect.

Do you have any other favorite cruelty-free foundations? Share them in the comments as they might be helpful to others!

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Suzana Rose
By Suzana Rose|
Suzana is the founder of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She believes in ethical businesses and wants to see a global ban on animal testing. She loves cats, debunking myths, and shoegaze music.