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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.


Sheer...I ordered 120(N), and it was very sheer. I love the way it laid on the skin. The only thing I didn't like was it's supposed to be longwear, and it didn't last but three hours. ...This is IT if you want sheer coverage that COVERS...I have oily skin and get shiny on my forehead, nose and cheeks (T-Zone). I was looking for a sheer pressed powder that kills the shine and looks natural.

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.

bareMineralsOriginal Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15

Size: 0.28 oz·ITEM: 1229038

Color: Warm Deep 27 - for deep warm skin with golden undertones

19.6K Reviews


Sheer delight!...I love the sheer coverage of this foundation. I can cover any redness around my nose and the occasional pimple that appears ans still feel as if I am wearing nothing. ...Perfect foundation for sheer-medium coverage!!...I purchased this foundation and it looks just like skin. It is very sheer but can be builded up to medium coverage.

What it is: A lightweight, skin-improving mineral foundation that provides buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a natural, luminous finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provide mineral-based SPF protection.
- Mica and Bismuth Oxychloride: Provide a luminous finish with a silky, soft-skin feel.
- Iron Oxides: Clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

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.

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

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2143881

Color: Light 44 Cool - fair alabaster with cool undertone

79 Reviews


Honestly, more brands need to make a mini version of their foundations because this is absolutely genius! 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. ...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.

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.

NARSSheer Glow Foundation

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2165843

Color: Zambie - D5 - deep with warm undertones

5.3K Reviews


NARS Sheer Glow in Syracuse...I don't recommend using a beauty blender because it sheers the foundation out even more....Nars Sheer Glow Foundation...Absolutely great coverage, one of the best foundations I have tried to date.

What it is: A foundation with buildable coverage for a finish that enhances the look of skin, without masking the natural complexion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin C: Brightens skin and diminishes the look of discoloration.
- Turmeric: Enhances skin radiance and evens the look of skin tone.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of mineral oil, sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and fragrance.

PAT McGRATH LABSSublime Perfection Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml·ITEM: 2257012

Color: Medium 15 - medium with yellow undertones

1.9K Reviews


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?'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

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: 2309227

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

18 Reviews


It gets to stars for being light, a good sheer to medium coverage and sunblock. however after having it on for 20 minutes with primer!! ...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: 2318236


13 Reviews


I generally do not wear traditional foundations. Tinted creams and cushions with sheer coverage is my thing. ...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.

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: 2479350

Color: 5N2 Amber Honey - deep with neutral, subtle golden undertones

423 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: 2515617

Color: 7N1 Deep Amber - extra deep with neutral brown undertones

62 Reviews


Multi Use, Sheer to Full Coverage, Excellent...I was skeptical as all of my foundations are liquids ( full coverage). I bought this a few years back when they only had the liquid and it was an exact match for me. ...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.

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.

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