#1 Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm, US$52 (S$71.99)
Long before Kim Kardashian West popularised the highlight and contour makeup look, the late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin was said to have pioneered the technique. The brand launched a unique balm texture foundation that leaves a natural matte finish. Hyaluronic acid and antioxidants such as vitamin E have been added to impart the appearance of a soft, supple mien. The balm formula and compact container packaging also makes it easy to stash this foundation into your gym or travel makeup bag.
#2 Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation, $52
People who found Rihanna’s initial foundation launch — the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte version — too matte and drying might want to give this new addition a try instead. Said to have the same long-wearing power, the hydrating formula is made with grape seed oil and hyaluronic acid to impart a skin-like, natural radiant finish with medium to full coverage. You don’t have to worry about it sliding off in Singapore’s climate too, as the foundation claims to have a sweat and humidity-resistant formula. Available in 50 shades, users of the its older variant can easily find their shade — just pick the shade you’re already using in the Soft Matte line.
#4 Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation, US$38 (S$52.61)
Anastasia Beverly Hills is finally expanding its base makeup offerings with its latest release — the Luminous Foundation. Encased in a slim glass bottle that has the word ‘FOUNDATION’ proudly emblazoned across it (in case you can’t find it in the sea of makeup you have), the foundation is available in 50 shades. The product also claims to be water-resistant and gives a glowy, natural finish that feels weightless on the skin. Here’s hoping that this foundation will reach Singapore sooner rather than later.
#5 Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation, $55
Said to feel like your second skin — hence its playful name that’s a nod to its celebrated Naked eyeshadow palettes — Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation touts a 24 hour wear claim that gives a realistic matte finish. It has a medium, buildable coverage that diminishes the appearance of pores while claiming to be transfer-proof and waterproof. Available in 50 shades, only 24 of them will be available in Singapore. Pair it with the accompanying Stay Naked Colour Correcting Concealer (S$40) available in 12 shades.
#6 shu uemura Unlimited Breathable Lasting Cushion Foundation, $78
Fans of the earlier released shu uemura Unlimited Breathable Lasting Foundation will now have a new plaything. This cushion foundation gives semi-matte, medium to full buildable coverage and has a higher SPF rating than its predecessor (now 36, up from 24). Throw it into your purse and use it to touch up on the go. The cushion format makes it a fuss-free travel companion too. It has 24 shades specifically made to match Asian skin tones.
#8 Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, $39
Benefit is known for its brow products and cult favourite Hoola Bronzer, but it has also garnered a loyal following for its Boi-ing line of concealers. Its new range is said to not cake nor crack while imparting full yet lightweight, long-wearing and waterproof coverage. Available in 12 shades.
#9 Natasha Denona Transfix Matte Concealer, $42
Another concealer that promises to not crease, the Natasha Denona Transfix Matte Concealer is made with proprietary micronised pigments that lend to a lightweight, full coverage formula that’s also transfer-proof. It also touts anti-ageing and hydrating properties with the use of Vitalab Technology with Vitis Vita, hyaluronic acid and collagen. It is available in 23 shades.