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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

145 Reviews


Really sheer coverage, gives such a beautiful glow! I personally love to mix it with a medium coverage foundation...Love this, just a little too sheer, but great finish. really good under a pore filling primer...really good sheer tint

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.

Estée LauderDouble Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF 19

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2479483

Color: 1W1 Bone - light with warm undertones

460 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 don’t really gravitate towards sheer foundations but I do like this one because it still gives some coverage.

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.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 g·ITEM: 1922657

Color: Soft Medium 11 - for very light cool skin with pink undertones

7.9K Reviews


I was a sheer cover customer but I didn't like the fact that you had to be set up on autoshipment to purchase the product. ...The matte coverage is very nice for the 50+ clientele and anyone wanting a sheer but complete coverage in a foundation. The travel package is a great bonus.

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.

Wander BeautyFlash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick

Size: 0.32 oz/ 9.07 g·ITEM: 1813989

Color: Deep

111 Reviews


Not this foundation!! This foundation blends smoothly and makes my dry skin look flawless, without drying my face throughout the day as well! ...An easy to blend and build cream foundation!...This is an easy to blend, non-greasy formula cream foundation that allows for buildable coverage. Whether you like sheer or full, this product will work.

✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry

✔ Radiant

What it is:
A hydrating foundation stick enriched with a special blend of skin care ingredients that glide effortlessly onto skin.

What it does:
The Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick glides easily onto the skin for a flawless, smooth finish. Perfect for all skin types, the buildable, lightweight formula calms redness and reduces discoloration. Portable and precise, it is easy to apply on-the-go. Versatile enough to deliver sheer, medium or full coverage that looks natural, this creamy formula can be used for spot treating imperfections or all-over coverage from day to night.

tarteMini babassu foundcealer™ skincare foundation SPF 20

Size: 0.33 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2309227

Color: 44s tan sand - tan skin with yellow undertones

25 Reviews


I have tried other foundations, still my personal fave! The mini size is perfect for travel...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


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.

MILK MAKEUPSunshine Skin Tint Clean SPF 30 Foundation

Size: 0.54 oz/ 16 mL·ITEM: 2414233

Color: Sand - light medium with golden undertones

713 Reviews


Good foundation...This foundation has become my go to foundation. It is very sheer and light weight so definitely not a full coverage foundation. ...Sheer and non-irritating...I was pleasantly surprised by this skin tint foundation! It is very sheer but buildable. It works really well with the hydrogrip primer as they are both water based.

What it is: A sheer, clean skin tint with SPF 30 and hydrating skincare ingredients that visiby evens out your skin tone for weightless coverage and a dewy glow.




SPF: 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Plant-Derived Squalane: Boosts skin's moisture levels for fresher-, plumper-looking skin.
- Grape Seed, Avocado, Mandarin, Jojoba, and Olive Oils: Visibly hydrate and moisturize to help smooth skin.
- Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen: Protects skin against UVA/UVB rays. Contains non-nano zinc.

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


Probably best for summertime if using as a foundation....Sheer...I live in New Mexico, and the summers are hot, so I always wear powder in the summer and cream and liquid foundation for winter. I was a little disappointed

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.

NUDESTIXTinted Blur Foundation Stick

Size: 0.2 oz / 6.2 g·ITEM: 2079416

Color: Nude Medium 4 - light-medium nude

473 Reviews


amazing sheer coverage! Does what the description says and the packaging is very functional. ...It's too sheer to cover blemishes or dark spots so I still use concealer with it.

What it is: A multitasking, five-in-one, lightweight, cream-to-powder foundation stick.


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin E: A natural antioxidant that nourishes and hydrates.
- Green Tea: Visibly improves overall tone and texture for a youthful-looking complexion.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This is a lightweight, cream-to-powder, ultra-soft, natural-matte foundation stick, available in 11 shades, that visibly transforms skin to have a naturally smooth appearance.

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

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2318251

Color: 720 - VERY DEEP WARM

14 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.

TOM FORDTraceless Foundation Stick

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 g·ITEM: 2292993

Color: 0.0 Pearl - very fair, neutral undertone

306 Reviews


Amazing stick foundation. Color range is excellent. This can be worn sheer or medium-full coverage....Beautiful foundation that can be worn sheer or build it up for more coverage.

What it is: A unique cream foundation that creates a flawless, smooth finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Stick

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

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

What Else You Need to Know: This portable stick achieves versatility in application for sheer, medium, or full coverage that’s always beautifully natural and undetectable. When used as a concealer, it swiftly diminishes the look of imperfections, leaving a soft-matte finish.

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