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neutral foundations

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for neutral foundations.

Neutral foundations are designed to be worn alone, without any other makeup. They're also great for people with sensitive skin who don't want to wear heavy makeup. Here are some great neutral foundations options.

Jouer CosmeticsEssential High Coverage Crème Foundation

Size: 0.68 oz/ 20 mL·ITEM: 2125110

Color: Sand - light skin with very warm and peachy undertones

352 Reviews


Best Foundation...It doesn't oxidize-- maintaining its true color. This foundation is long-wearing as well. I use pebble it has the perfect neutral undertone for light to medium skin tones....I received some samples direct from Jouer and cannot find one out of all the medium shades, they’re all too yellow on me. I’d live a darker neutral or less peach tone shade because I do like the formula.

✔ Full

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

✔ Matte

What it is:
A lightweight, long-wearing foundation with supreme coverage and an impeccable airbrushed, matte finish.

Highlighted ingredients:
- Chamomile Extract: Helps to calm sensitive skin through hydration.
- Cucumber Extract: Softens and hydrates the skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Works by binding and holding onto moisture to naturally plump the appearance of skin through hydration.
- Tripeptide Complex: Promotes healthy, more youthful-looking skin.

La MerThe Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20 + Refill

ITEM: 2132207

Color: 12 Neutral Ivory - Very Light Skin with Neutral Undertone

76 Reviews


I’ve used Dior and Laneige cushions and the La Mer one is in my top of foundations. I love the original liquid foundation and having a cushion version is very convenient. ...holy grail foundation...It isn’t as light as other cushion foundations. Very similar to their other foundation but has a lighter feel.

What it is: A foundation with healing hydration from Miracle Broth™ and color capsule technology, giving a fresh, flawless look and a plumper, firmer feel.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide 6.5%: Sunscreen that protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

KVD BeautyMini Lock-It Full-Coverage Long-Wear Matte Liquid Foundation

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2143899

Color: Light 48 Neutral - light sand with neutral undertone

78 Reviews


The shade M55 Neutral matches me perfectly- medium with warm undertones (even though it's labeled as 'neutral'). it's not orangey like most warm undertoned foundations. ...I guess I'm suppose to be matched for the 41 neutral fair porcelain but the store didn't have it.

What it is: A vegan, full-coverage liquid foundation that delivers extreme coverage and all-day long wear with just a droplet—a little Lock-It goes a long way.

Natasha DenonaFoundation X+

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL ·ITEM: 2213296

Color: 94 NDeep - Neutral - neutral undertone

67 Reviews


I have light skin with neutral undertone and shade 10 is too light while shade 20 is too dark. ...I'm C2 in Mac face and body, usually a light warm olive-neutral undertone works well for me. It did not oxidize on my skin and is transfer proof and very smoothing.

What it is: A long-lasting, full-coverage foundation that doesn’t look thick, dry, or cakey on the skin, and doesn’t set into fine lines.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Grapefruit Extract: Naturally supports skin longevity.
- Pomegranate Extract: Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and diminishes visible signs of aging.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. This product is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Foundation X is formulated with special ingredients that help balance the T-zone area and absorb excess oils on the skin.

Fenty Beauty by RihannaPro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 2267979

Color: 140 - for light skin with warm yellow undertones

2.2K Reviews


I have a problem with foundations matching me perfectly because I'm a neutral shade but I am peachy and not yellow and this matches me perfectly! ...true neutral and good coverage...Thank you Fenty! This brand understands shades. Neutral is truly neutral here. So many brands pull yellow or pink in their neutrals.

What it is: A hydrating, natural finish foundation that delivers comfortable, long-wear in medium-to-full coverage perfect for normal to dry skin.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Highlighted Ingredients:
-Grape Seed Oil

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Get a perfectly smooth, natural finish that lets skin look like skin. Rihanna created this longwear formula with grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate for instant hydration in 50 shades, each delivered in a portable tube. For best results, prep skin with Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer before application.

Bobbi BrownSkin Long-Wear Fluid Powder Foundation SPF 20

Size: 1.4 oz/ 40 mL·ITEM: 2307403

Color: Neutral Almond - dark brown with yellow & red undertones

120 Reviews


Because of the quarantine I wasn't able to try it on so was relieved to see there is a great variety in color choices unlike most light coverage SPF brands. I wear neutral golden in Bobbi Browns "long wear weightless foundation" formula and chose the same color in this "fluid powder foundation", perfect match. ...This product has an expansive range for a tinted moisturizer. I purchased the Neutral Golden shade in April. The shade did not correspond with the Bobbi Brown foundations in the same range.

What it is: A first-ever liquid-to-powder foundation from Bobbi Brown that self-sets into a comfortable soft-matte finish.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Best for Oily, Good for Combination

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Power Protein Complex: Helps skin look smooth and healthy.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Sweat resistant, transfer resistant, and non-acnegenic, this mask-friendly formula controls oil and stays color true all day while keeping skin protected with environmental, blue light, and UV filters.

tarteMini babassu foundcealer™ skincare foundation SPF 20

Size: 0.33 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2309193

Color: 22N light neutral - light skin with neutral undertones

18 Reviews


I love how lightweight this is! I don’t usually wear foundation because I hate the feeling, but I’ve been using this as concealer and a light foundation and love it! ...I liked it it was good but I will not be buying it again their are lots of way better foundations and this was just not worth it for me but it was great for the price so I would recommend

What it is: A vegan makeup and skincare hybrid that’s an everyday foundation for achieving an ultra-comfortable, natural-radiant finish and custom coverage.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Babassu: Nourishes, moisturizes, and soothes.
- Sunflower Seed: Rich in vitamins A and E to help hydrate, regenerate, and condition skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Retains moisture for optimal hydration and a refreshed appearance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, and triclosan.

CLINIQUEEven Better Clinical™ Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2422616

Color: WN 94 Deep Neutral - medium, warm-neutral undertones

107 Reviews


For reference, I'm an NC5/Makeup Revolution F2/NYX Vanilla Nude/Maybelline Superstay 110/Shiseido Natural Radiant Gobi, so I chose the very lightest warm shade, Flax - which is said to be "warm neutral." I would call it simply neutral, & this shade looked very pink on me. ...The shade meringue is SO yellow! Not warm neutral, just extremely warm. The foundation was a med-full coverage and seemed to wear nice on me on warmer days but after seeing myself in a picture wearing this I couldn't believe how yellow I looked.

What it is: A breakthrough clinical foundation with three serum technologies and an oil-free formula that includes hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin C, and UP302 to leave skin looking better than ever.

Coverage: Full



SPF: 25

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Visibly plumps skin with hydration for a youthful, dewy look.
- Salicylic Acid: Visibly re-texturizes and restores the radiance of skin.
- Vitamin C and UP302: Deliver beautifully even coverage and improve the look of bare skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates.

tarteMini SEA Hydroflex™ Serum Foundation

Size: 0.33 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2453959

Color: 32N medium neutral - medium skin with neutral undertones

65 Reviews


Shade-wise I don’t know if this is a true “neutral.” I lean warm since I’m asian, but the 32N —my best match out of the minis— was still a little bit warmer than I’d prefer. ...I have light to medium skin with neutral undertones leaning a little more towards yellow (does that make sense?)

What it is: A vegan serum-infused foundation that flexes with your skin to cover imperfections, hydrates, and promotes better bare skin.

Coverage: Medium



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Helps improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles by making skin look plumper.
- Niacinamide: Visibly smooths, brightens, reduces inflammation, and minimizes the look of pores.
- Vegan Collagen Complex: Improves skin elasticity for skin that looks plumper and more youthful.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation provides feather-light medium coverage.

tarteMini Amazonian Clay 16-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2476208

Color: 51N Deep Neutral - deep skin with neutral undertones

17 Reviews


I'm so happy I tried this for myself. This foundation is in my top 5 favorite foundations for sure. xoxo...Best Tarte foundation. Such a good coverage and buildable.

What it is: A mini oil free, 16-hour full-coverage foundation. Formulated with Amazonian clay for a light-weight feel and matte finish.

Coverage: Full



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Amazonian Clay: Acts as nature's most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and triclosan. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This skin-mimicking full-coverage foundation never cakes or creases.

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