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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.

DiorBACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation

Size: 1.6 oz/ 50 mL·ITEM: 2070357

Color: 9 Neutral

3.8K Reviews

$40.00

The perfect foundation...I’m a fair-light olive complexion and I can wear shades 0 neutral , 1 neutral , 0 warm and 1 warm....I bought a couple for my kit and purchased all neutrals - they come out a little more yellow toned than I thought but I think neutral is a safe way to go.

What it is: A foundation for the face and body in a wide range of shades with a natural finish and medium, buildable coverage that's waterproof and sweat-resistant.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

Jouer CosmeticsEssential High Coverage Crème Foundation

Size: 0.68 oz/ 20 mL·ITEM: 2124741

Color: Cinnamon - dark skin with golden undertones

354 Reviews

$38.00

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.

Coverage:
✔ Full

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ 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

$140.00

I thought this was a great coverage for a cushion foundation so you don’t need a lot when using it. I’ve used Dior and Laneige cushions and the La Mer one is in my top of foundations. ...holy grail foundation...So when you think about, it really isn’t much different than the other prestige foundations. Pros- coverage is excellent. It isn’t as light as other cushion foundations.

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

SPF: SPF 20

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.

Natasha DenonaFoundation X+

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL ·ITEM: 2304996

Color: 96Nr Neutral Red - Deep - red undertone

68 Reviews

$45.00

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.

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

$40.00

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

20 Reviews

$15.00

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...It was nice but it did not work well with other foundations and I didn’t like the smell of the SPF

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

SPF: SPF 20

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

111 Reviews

$43.00

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

Finish:
Matte

Formulation:
Liquid

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 a balance of warm & cool undertones

69 Reviews

$15.00

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

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Liquid

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: 2476166

Color: 20N Light Neutral - light skin with very warm, golden or olive undertones

18 Reviews

$15.00

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. Color matches perfectly

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

Finish:
Matte

Formulation:
Liquid

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.

MAKE UP FOR EVERHD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 ml·ITEM: 2514149

Color: 2N22 Nude - for light to Medium skin tones with neutral undertones

1.7K Reviews

$43.00

Tan olive neutrals! True natural finish/full to me...Full coverage for my tan olive neutral skin! I like this adjustable foundation. ...Overall very impressed with this foundation. I will say the shades could use some work… neutrals and yellow undertones tend to be more orange/peachy.

What it is: An undetectable liquid foundation that blurs and covers imperfections for up to 24 hours, powered by a micro-skin system that syncs with the skin for true-to-skin finish.

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