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sheer foundation

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for sheer foundation.

Sheer foundation is a liquid foundation that is thin enough to allow your skin to breathe but still provides coverage for blemishes or discoloration. Here are some great sheer foundations available today.

Armani BeautyDesigner Lift Smoothing Firming Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 20

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1682483

Color: 2 - for fair skin with neutral to cool undertones

51 Reviews


Matched even better than my sheer glow! So i would suggest getting a sample first. ...HG Foundation...Can't go wrong with any of Armani's foundations- truly the best!

What it is: An anti-wrinkle, buildable, full-coverage foundation that smooths the look of fine lines and makes skin appear firmer, more youthful, and radiant.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Octinoxate 7.5% and Titanium Dioxide 1.9%: Provide sun protection.

What Else You Need to Know: This visibly firming and brightening, lightweight foundation has a radiant, dewy finish and is formulated with SPF 20 for daily sun safety. Made with micro-fil technology, it seals in hydration, visibly plumps skin, and blurs wrinkles for a more supple appearance.

Josie MaranArgan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1820968

Color: Medium/ Dark - for medium tan skin all the way to the deepest skin tones

1.8K Reviews


sheer, smooth coverage...I love this foundation! It really it more like a CC cream with it's sheer coverage but it is build-able. ...I don't like to look made-up, so I hate most liquid foundations. I am biracial and have a terrible time getting tinted moisturizers or sheer foundations that match my complexion.

✔ Light

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry

✔ Natural

What it is:
An age-defying serum foundation formulated with innovated chameleon pigments that instantly adjust and match your unique skin tone.

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


This is admittedly a difficult foundation to work with. The way I've learned how to use it is to build it up in sheer layers using a damp beauty blender. ...The very first foundation I ever bought for myself was the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation and it is still one of my top five favorite foundations of all time to this day.

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.

KosasTinted Face Oil Comfy Skin Tint

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2250835

Color: Tone 9.5 - deep with neutral undertones

1.7K Reviews


Sheer, even coverage....This foundation is very yellow. The coverage is very sheer.

What it is: Clean, comfy light coverage makeup meets active skincare made with six nourishing botanical oils for more even, healthy and balanced skin.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Avocado Oil and Meadowfoam Oil: Moisturizes and plumps skin’s appearance.
- Red Raspberry Oil and Jojoba Oil: Soothes.
- Camellia Seed Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil: Balances and brightens.

PAT McGRATH LABSSublime Perfection Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml·ITEM: 2256931

Color: Light 7 - light with yellow undertones

1.9K Reviews


it's a pretty good foundation but i'm not completely blown away. i was expecting a little more for the price. i only go for sheer coverage foundations so i did like this for being sheer and natural looking but once again nothing mind blowing and i have tried slightly better options...It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Is it a full coverage foundation? No, it’s quite pigmented when it’s pumped out of the tube but it sheers out upon application Why not 5 stars?

What it is: A long-wearing, customizable foundation that builds from sheer to medium coverage in a wide range of universal hues that manifest the ultimate sublime skin standard.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Unique Polymers: Provide lasting wear, ultimate smoothness, and a luminous finish.
- High-Purity Pigments Treated with Amino Acids: Deliver enhanced wear, a creamy feel, and controlled and easily buildable coverage.
- Diamond Core Powder: Enhances radiance and skin luminosity and decreases appearance of skin imperfections.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

tarteMini babassu foundcealer™ skincare foundation SPF 20

Size: 0.33 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2309185

Color: 13N fair neutral - fair skin with neutral undertones

18 Reviews


It gets to stars for being light, a good sheer to medium coverage and sunblock. ...That may have helped. It was also very sheer with minimal coverage. No doubt it’s good for your skin but not up to the task of a good foundation.

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.

OriginsPretty in Bloom™ SPF 20 Flower-Infused Long-Wear Foundation

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2318251

Color: 720 - VERY DEEP WARM

13 Reviews


FAVORITE FOUNDATION...I absolutely love this new foundation! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and my skin looks flawless every single time. ...I generally do not wear traditional foundations. Tinted creams and cushions with sheer coverage is my thing.

What it is: A skin-caring, 24-hour-wear foundation that delivers silky, lightweight coverage and naturally radiant, petal-smooth skin.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Highlighted Ingredients:
- 12 Flowers including Reclaimed Buttery Flower Waxes from Perfumeries, Crushed Petals, Flower Honeys, and Essential Oils

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Made with a nourishing blend of 12 flowers, this skin-caring formula is everything you want in a foundation.

Estée LauderDouble Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF 19

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2479426

Color: 3N1 Ivory Beige - medium with neutral undertones

415 Reviews


Best sheer foundation on the market...Best sheer foundation ever! Usually sheer foundations either do absolutely nothing or aren’t actually that sheer. ...I have tried other sheer foundations that I prefer, like Dior Backstage, Chanel Aquavitamine, or Perricone No Foundation Foundation.

What it is: A sheer, natural matte foundation with up to 12-hour-wear, SPF, and skincare benefits.

Coverage: Light


SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

What Else You Need to Know: Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF 19 gives you skin that is visibly perfected with a softly diffused matte finish. Its undetectable formula enhances skin with enough coverage to let your natural beauty show. The foundation visibly evens skin tone and smooths skin’s surface.

Estée LauderDouble Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Refillable Powder Foundation

Size: 0.42 oz/ 12 g·ITEM: 2515377

Color: 1N2 Ecru - light with neutral rosy undertones

60 Reviews


Best powder foundation ever...I’ve tried almost all high-end brand foundations. This one beats them all. I am sensitive combination skin type and this one doesn’t give me any trouble. ...Multi Use, Sheer to Full Coverage, Excellent...I was skeptical as all of my foundations are liquids ( full coverage).

What it is: A multi-use, refillable powder foundation with flawless custom coverage, up to 12-hour wear, and a matte finish.

Coverage: Full


Pressed Powder

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation reduces the look of pores, stays color true, is waterproof, and is sweat- and humidity-resistant.

Cool (C) undertones: For bare skin that has a rosy tone and burns easily.
Neutral (N) undertones: For bare skin that is more even toned, not too pink or golden.
Warm (W) undertones: For bare skin that has a golden or olive tone and tans easily.

calirayFreedreaming Clean Blurring Skin Tint

Size: 1 oz/ 30 ml·ITEM: 2546711

Color: The 16 - slightly deep with a golden undertone

148 Reviews


Received both shades 6 & 8, really like how the product melts into the skin and appreciate how I'm able to use both shades since it's so thin and sheer. Easy to blend in, but it can be a bit hard to control how much product you dispense and don't love the sticker used to differentiate shades, but solid product....Sheer perfection...I love this product. It’s sheer, which is exactly what I want. I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but sometimes I need a little help just feeling brighter.

What it is: A clean, super-lightweight tint with 94.5% natural origin ingredients and regenerating antioxidants that hydrates and blurs to minimize imperfections.

Coverage: Light



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Prickly Pear Extract: Antioxidant that hydrates.
- Vitamins C & E: Firm and plump.
- Jojoba Oil: Amps up cellular energy, detoxifies, and helps skin glow.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Enjoy breathable, topless texture with a nothing's-there-feel and natural finish.

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