These 9 Full-Coverage Foundations Will Cover Your Pimples, Dark Spots, and Darkest Secrets

Pia Velasco
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When it comes to choosing your foundation formula, there are endless coverage options available. From sheer tinted moisturizers to full-coverage foundations—the limit does not exist. However, finding the right one that works for your makeup #goals, that gets a bit trickier. In the quest to find the perfect full-coverage foundation, we went through dozens of formulas, some too cakey, some too heavy on the skin, but these nine picks were just right. Keep on reading for the nine best full-coverage foundations that will make your skin look radiant, while also concealing any imperfections you may want to cover.

Best full-coverage foundation:

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MAC is the OG when it comes to full-coverage and long-lasting makeup—it's the reason the brand is a staple in every beauty expert's vanity. We tested this full-coverage foundation by applying it over a temporary tattoo. It covered the ink completely and stayed put throughout the day. If that doesn't convince you that this foundation is the GOAT, we don't know what will.

Best waterproof full-coverage foundation:

hellogiggles - $40 Available at Sephora

This new foundation became an immediate favorite. Its formula dries quickly, doesn't budge, absorbs excess oil to keep skin looking matte, and looks like a second skin. We applied it on our hands and ran it under water to see if it would pass our test, and we're happy to report that it stayed put. Plus, it's formulated with hyaluronic acid, so it's also hydrating.

Best full-coverage foundation with SPF:

hellogiggles - $39 Available at Sephora

This 2020 Beauty Crush Award winner received a score of 5/5 for longevity during our rigorous testing process, proving reapplication throughout the day isn’t necessary. “It's full-coverage but skin-like, which is my preference in any foundation formula,” says Mika Robinson, HelloGiggles contributor. We love that it also has SPF 20 to protect our skin from harmful UV rays throughout the year.

Best drugstore full-coverage foundation:

hellogiggles - $12.99 Available at Ulta

If you're looking for a full-coverage foundation that feels lightweight, doesn't look cakey, and won't break the bank, look no further. This foundation has a matte finish, feels velvety on the skin, and has an oil-free formula that keeps your face shine-free.

Best full-coverage foundation for sensitive skin:

hellogiggles - $39.50 Available at Sephora

All of IT Cosmetics' products are developed with sensitive skin in mind, and this formula is packed with ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides that help repair and protect the skin. We love that this one is color-correcting, highly pigmented, moisturizing, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and has SPF.

Best clean full-coverage foundation:

hellogiggles - $50 Available at Ulta

This foundation is a primer, foundation, and concealer all in one. Once applied, it leaves skin looking hydrated and radiant, and has a semi-matte finish. It has a buildable formula, so use just one pump if you want medium coverage and two if you want full.

Best powder full-coverage foundation:

hellogiggles - $37 Available at Sephora

This pressed powder is no joke. In addition to being super-convenient for on-the-go application, it also has impressive full-day staying power. It can be applied in as quickly as 60 seconds (yes, we counted), and the matte finish blurs imperfections and makes you look photo-ready. Bonus points for the kaolin clay in its formula that helps absorb excess oil—no shiny T-zones here!

Best full-coverage stick foundation:

hellogiggles - $46 Available at Sephora

This stick foundation is praised by reviewers for its long-lasting effect, natural-looking finish, and sweat- and water-resistant formula. One Sephora reviewer wrote that she wears it to work out and says it doesn't budge, and another said that while most foundations cake around her nose this one does not.

Best full-coverage cream foundation:

hellogiggles - $39 Available at Ulta

This foundation offers the fullest coverage by far. It will cover all your scars, tattoos, pimples, and more. It's not your everyday foundation though, as it does have a very thick formula, but it's perfect for taking photos and special occasions.