water based foundation

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Water-based foundation is a type of foundation whose base is, well, water. Water-based foundations are ideal for people with sensitive skin, dry skin, or those looking for something a little more lightweight. Pro tip: when using a water-based foundation, be sure to pair it with a water-based primers to avoid your foundation separating on your face (water and oil don't mix!).

DiorForever Natural Velvet Matte Compact Foundation

Size: 0.4 oz / 10 g·ITEM: 2595064

Color: 5N - medium

37 Reviews


Recently, I wrote another glowing review for a different base product and spoke way too soon (it started to make my skin itchy)... so I've actually exchanged it for the Dior. ...I highly suggest dior foundations and concealers to anyone with a lighter neutral undertone!

What it is: A transfer-proof compact foundation that visibly reduces shine and provides up to 24 hours of natural-looking, matte coverage with a smooth, refined finish.

Coverage: Medium


Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Iris Extract: Delivers antioxidant benefits.
- Wild Pansy Flower Extract: Preserves hydration.
- Rose Extract: Visibly refines pores.

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. It is also gluten-free.


bareMineralsOriginal Pure Serum Radiant Natural Liquid Foundation Mineral SPF 20

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2682482

Color: Medium Neutral 3.5 - Medium rich neutral skin with a peach hue

364 Reviews


Only issue I had was that it can be very watery and you can even tell when you shake it up because it sounds like water. Overall though it’s nice light foundation....Like water...If you like very light weight foundation this will be perfect for you. It feels like water.

What it is: A liquid serum foundation that is infused with 93 percent skincare ingredients and mineral SPF 20 for a naturally radiant finish.
Coverage: Medium


SPF: SPF 30 and under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Water Lily Extract: Soothes stressed skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Intensely moisturizes and plumps the skin.
- Coconut-Alkanes: Naturally derived silicone alternative provides weightless, silky serum.

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

What Else You Need to Know: Plumping hyaluronic acids, hydrating glycerin, and skin-nourishing white water-lily flower combine for smoother skin in as little as

Laura MercierTranslucent Pressed Setting Powder

Size: 0.3 oz/ 9 g·ITEM: 2107852

Color: Medium Deep

88 Reviews


I have dry skin so wear hydrating primer and water based foundation and this powder did not dry my skin and did well in keeping me slightly matte without turning oily! ...Easy to use, portable, and sets my foundation nicely

What it is:
A high-performance translucent powder that sets makeup for lasting wear without weight or texture, in a convenient, portable compact that's perfect for touch-ups on the go.

What it does:
Prolong the wear of your makeup while staying color-true throughout the day with this high-performance, translucent powder. This lightweight formula sets and perfects makeup with a shine-free, natural-matte, velvety finish for up to 12 hours. This no-flashback formula means you'll look great in photos, and it creates a soft-focus effect to smooth away the look of fine lines and imperfections. It’s available in two shades designed to look and feel natural on all skin tones.

MAKE UP FOR EVERMini HD Skin Hydra Glow Skincare Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 0.4 oz / 12 mL·ITEM: 2738201

Color: 4N62  - Almond - for deep skin with neutral undertones

58 Reviews


I’ve tried sooo many foundations for dry skin and this is by far my favorite! ...I love using this foundation for full coverage and it is perfect. I would definitely recommend this foundation to my friends and others who are looking for a flawless base.

What it is: An 86 percent skincare-based foundation with medium coverage and a naturally luminous finish that hydrates, smooths appearance, and visibly plumps and brightens skin rapidly and over time.

Coverage: Medium



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hydra-Skin Booster Complex™: Mimics the hydrating effect of a sheet mask.

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.

What Else You Need to Know: Inspired by skincare sheet masks

MAKE UP FOR EVERReboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2308542

Color: R560 - Chocolate - for deep skin with very red undertones

955 Reviews


I used this with a water based primer and worked really well. Covered up and redness I had and did not irritate my acne prone skin....10/10 Fave foundation...I use the Eva Garden lifting base as my primer as I find others tend to slide makeup off my face.

What it is: A skin revitalizing foundation that adds a radiant, satin finish while hydrating, smoothing, and firming the skin for up to 24 hours.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Supports natural collagen.
- Camellia Japonica: Helps to support skin’s natural glow.
- Mondo Grass: Helps to support the skin’s protective barrier.

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation is ideal for normal to dry skin types and nurtures tired-looking skin over time by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing hydration for up to 24 hours.

Iconic LondonSuper Smoother Blurring Skin Tint

Size: 1 oz / 30 mL·ITEM: 2609188

Color: Neutral Light

134 Reviews


I use it as a light base for daylight business meetings because i love how natural it looks . ...Me encanta esta base com un tinte natural fluye miy bien al aplicarse y no se hace grumos.

What it is: A lightweight, ultra-hydrating skin tint that delivers a blurred and flawless, satin-matte, second-skin, long-wearing finish for up to 12 hours.

Coverage: Light



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Plant-Derived Amino Acids: Hydrate and condition skin for a smoother, plumper appearance.
- Pea Extract: Promotes skin elasticity and firmness.
- Peach Flower Extract: Protects skin against the harmful effects of free radicals.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Bridging the gap between skincare and makeup, this skin tint hydrates like a hero while delivering light to medium cov

NUDESTIXTinted Cover Skin Tint Foundation

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2661486

Color: NUDE 2

98 Reviews


GO-TO Skin Tint/Foundation...I love that this product has light coverage: it covers enough but not everything! The perfect everyday base product with a natural finish that can be adjusted to be more satin or dewy. ...My all time favorite foundation...I love Mac face and body. I loved the water foundation from makeup forever. This tops those foundations by a mile.

What it is: Skin tint liquid foundation with buildable coverage for getting an even skin tone and a flawless natural makeup finish.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Rosemary Extract: Packed with skin-loving phenolic compounds

- Coffee Seed Extract: Powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E plus other natural antioxidants

- Green Tea Extract: Packed with plant polyphenols, soothing Antioxidant, Anti-pollution

HourglassVeil™ Hydrating Skin Tint Foundation

Size: 1.2 oz / 35 ml·ITEM: 2690899

Color: 5 - Light with warm undertones

731 Reviews


Best foundation ever!!...I struggle with acne prone skin and most foundations break me out so I usually avoid heavy bases. ...My skin looks like skin but the most hydrated and healthy version. I recommend using a water based primer though to improve the staying power.

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.


this is a long lasting foundation with such a natural glowy finish ! I love it !...Full coverage dewy foundation...If you love full coverage and dewy this is the foundations for you

What it is: A hydrating and glowy foundation that's waterproof and reduces shine for a notch above natural finish.

Coverage: Medium



What Else You Need to Know: This is a long-wearing, medium-coverage foundation that gives golden-hour glow in a bottle. It hydrates, brightens, and improves the look of skin tone immediately and over time, while resisting sweat, humidity, and transfer.

Bobbi BrownSkin Foundation SPF 15

Size: 1 oz·ITEM: 1288745

Color: Espresso 10 - deepest brown with red/brown/yellow undertones; for the deepest skin

1.1K Reviews


best foundation...I use a water-based primer and setting spray to prep/set this foundation (silicone-based primer causes this foundation to separate). ...Water based...It's watery, but then again it does say it's water based. This foundation is intended for people who probably have drier skin.

✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

✔ Natural

- SPF 15

What it is:
A water-based, oil-free foundation that delivers undetectable coverage and a fresh, hydrated glow for the most natural skin-like finish.

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