sheer foundation

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

Sheer foundation is a 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.

GlossierPerfecting Skin Tint for Dewy Sheer Coverage

Size: 1 oz / 30 mL·ITEM: 2649093

Color: G11 - light neutral

390 Reviews


However, I am so sad that I have to return this because the coverage is just not enough for me (esp as I have acne). I don’t mind sheer foundations (like Reboot), but this one is even so much more sheer than that, I can’t see it on my skin at all. ...Really sheer coverage, gives such a beautiful glow! I personally love to mix it with a medium coverage foundation...Amazing formula but too sheer

What it is: A lightweight skin tint with sheer coverage that evens out the look of skin tone, minimizes appearance of pores, and leaves skin with a smooth, dewy finish.

Coverage: Light



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Glycerin: Helps skin attract and retain moisture.
- Diamond Powder: Visibly minimizes the look of pores with a brightening and blurring effect.

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

HourglassVeil™ Hydrating Skin Tint Foundation

Size: 1.2 oz / 35 ml·ITEM: 2690956

Color: 11 - Medium deep with warm undertones

731 Reviews


This is a very nice sheer foundation. It gives the skin a very nice sheer and natural finish. ...Sheer goodness...I have so much trouble finding a good foundation because my face is so red half the time but this foundation is amazing!

What it is: A lightweight skin tint that boosts moisture levels by up to 52% for a dewy glow, and provides a sheer veil of coverage for comfortable, all-day wear. 

Coverage: Light



Highlighted Ingredients: 
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Replenishes with nourishing fatty acids to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier.

- Hyaluronic Acid: Attracts water to plump skin with hydration.

- Plant-Based Squalane: Protects against moisture loss to help retain skin’s natural radiance.

MAKEUP BY MARIOSurrealSkin™ Liquid Foundation

Size: 1 oz / 30 mL·ITEM: 2620342

Color: 12O - medium wth warm undertone and olive undertone

1.6K Reviews


It is a bit thick though, so might mix it with a more sheer or more lightweight foundation....It wasn’t patchy by the end of day, and it is definitely one of my favorite foundations I’ve ever tried.

What it is: A breathable, luminous foundation that effortlessly builds and blends to illuminate the complexion with customizable, long-wearing coverage.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Grapeseed Oil and Vegetal Squalene: Provide restoring moisturizing benefits.
- Perfecting Powders: Works with skins natural texture for a smoothed and enhanced finish​.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation reveals skin’s natural luminosity. It features MoistureG

PAT McGRATH LABSSublime Perfection Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml·ITEM: 2257038

Color: Medium 17 - medium with neutral yellow undertones

2K 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...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.

Bobbi BrownLimited Edition Lunar New Year Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Size: 0.38 oz / 10.7 g·ITEM: 2631992

Color: Pale Yellow - a very light yellow

4 Reviews


It keeps my liquid foundation in place all day and does not look cakey!

What it is: A pressed powder that sets and perfects foundation for a smooth, flawless finish in limited-edition packaging.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: The unique, yellow base complements all skin tones to create a natural-looking tone—it even looks natural on pink complexions. Sheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder comes with a powder puff. The powder is wrapped in a peony Lunar New Year design that symbolizes personal evolution and flourishing good fortune.


I've tried other powders and foundations and they've all caused some kind of breakout on my face. ...Most porcelains I see have yellow undertones, but this foundation goes on beautifully, feels great, and makes my skin look flawless.

What it is: A sheer-to-full-coverage powder foundation has a versatile, mattifying, and long-wearing finish that is perfect for all skin types, including oily.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Pressed Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

What Else You Need to Know: This versatile matte foundation is buildable, long-lasting, and can be used wet or dry. The face powder is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, covering imperfections, and as a sheer-coverage setting powder. The lightweight formula does not cake and offers a shine-free, natural look.

Laura MercierReal Flawless Luminous Perfecting Talc-Free Pressed Powder

Size: 0.24 oz / 7 g·ITEM: 2643104

Color: Translucent Honey - for light medium to medium skin tones with olive, warm, and golden undertones

246 Reviews


Sheer Glow...This powder is perfect over foundation or on its own. I tend to lean more towards a natural look and this definitely looks great on its own and gives a subtle glow. ...Light but matte finish powder. Nice for natural, sheer wear.

What it is: A pressed finishing powder that enhances the look of skin and makeup with a natural, luminous finish, instantly adding dimension and enlivening skin.
Coverage: Light


Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Chamomile Extract and Rose Oil: Provides all-day skin comfort that becomes one with skin.
- High Resolution Pigments and Custom-Pearl Blends: Enliven complexion, instantly lift sallowness and dullness.
- Auto-Balancing Technology: Helps balance moisture and control shine immediately and over time.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SL

HourglassVanish Airbrush Pressed Powder

Size: 0.37 oz / 10.5 g·ITEM: 2757870

Color: Translucent Light - sheer cool beige

318 Reviews


I absolutely love this pressed powder. It’s sheer and it’s very comfortable on the skin. Super lightweight. ...Talc free, very finely milled, sets makeup, eliminates shine, and literally just melts into the skin. Has very sheer coverage with an airbrushed finish. It’s so beautiful!!

What it is: A talc-free, sheer, pressed powder clinically shown to instantly reduce shine for an airbrushed finish that lasts all day.

Coverage: Light


Pressed Powder

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This weightless, shine-controlling powder allows you to set, perfect, and touch up on the go. This non-drying formula instantly absorbs excess oil while minimizing and blurring.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 g·ITEM: 1195361

Color: Medium Tan 18 - for medium-tan neutral skin with subtle rosy undertones

7.9K Reviews


It builds up for great coverage or dusts on to absorb oil and just look sheer. The matte foundation is very matte. I love both bareMinerals foundations although the new sifter top is the light feel but I recently bought Nars sheer matte foundation and I like the coverage better.

What it is: A clean, loose mineral foundation that delivers buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a matte finish while helping to control excess oil.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provides mineral-based SPF protection.
- Silica/Calcium Silicate and Lauroyl Lysine: Provide a matte finish with a silky, soft-skin feel and helps controls oil.
- Iron Oxides: Provides clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

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