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The Best Water-Based Foundations For Combination Skin

These won't clog your pores!

Having combination is and has always been complicated—from finding the perfect facial cleanser, to moisturizer, and to foundation; it's always a battle on whether one should go for something hydrating or mattifying.

Well, when it comes to foundations, we say go with both, aka a water-based formula. Because your skin is both oily and dry, water-based foundations are able to nourish and moisturize dry areas and control excess sebum production at the same time. Plus, it won't block or clog your pores (preventing new pimples from coming out), it feels like nothing on your skin, and grants a natural-looking finish! It's literally the kind of product that will give you "your skin but better" vibes.

Ready to make the switch? Here are our picks for the best foundations for combination skin:

L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation

Whether you have a mestiza, chinita, or morena complexion, you'll find your perfect match in this L'Oreal foundation line. Its silky, shade-adjusting formula seamlessly meshes with your skin so it actually looks like you're not wearing any product. It also gives a radiant finish, without making you look oily, and blurs texture and blemishes!


Price: P500

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy:  Zalora, Lazada, Watsons, SM Beauty

Pixi H20 Skin Tint

A water-meets-gel skin tint which refreshes and cools your skin while covering minor imperfections. We love how it gives skin a matte, fresh finish, but is hydrating enough that it can work for combo, oily, dry, and sensitive skin types!

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Price: P1,295

Size: 1.8 fl. oz

Where to buy: Zalora, Watsons, SM Beauty

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

This light and breathable foundation will even out your skin tone, blur your pores and imperfections, and make you look natural, yet flawless. For the day, all you need is a light layer to perfect your complexion. And once you're ready to go out at night, you can easily build it up for a fuller coverage!


Price: P1,920

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: Robinsons Place Magnolia, Trinoma, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Rustan's The Beauty Source

VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Savvy 60 Foundation

If you're someone who loves a full coverage look, say hello to the VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Savvy 60 Foundation! It's long-wearing, can cover pimples and other blemishes, treats and lightens hyperpigmentation and dark marks, and feels as light as a feather on your skin. It also protects your complexion against dangerous UVA and UVB rays whether you're indoors or outdoors.


Price: P2,000

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: Landmark Department Store, SM Megamall, Trinoma, Rockwell, Glorietta 4, Estancia

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint With Goji Berry SPF30

For those of you who like barely any coverage in your foundation but still want to minimize the appearance of pores, blemishes, and redness, this one's for you! A few drops of this tint are all you need achieve a healthy, even complexion, thanks to its vitamin C-enriched formula, skin-protecting antioxidants, and SPF 30.


Price: P2,042

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 Oil Free

An award-winning tinted moisturizer which controls oil for a demi-matte finish, evens out, enhances, and protects your complexion, and doesn't oxidize. It also contains vitamins C and E to nourish your skin and brighten dark spots and marks. A pea-sized amount is all you need to achieve "effortless-looking" skin wherever you are!


Price: P2,050

Size: 50 ml

Where to buy: Rustan's The Beauty Source


MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation

An "elastic gel-serum" foundation that will make you feel like you're not wearing an ounce of makeup on your face. It is long-wearing, can be built up to a medium coverage, and moisturizes skin's dry patches. P.S. When you're finished using the foundation, make sure you twist the lid *really* tight to prevent it from coming loose and spilling everywhere.


Price: P2,200

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: SM Beauty, Rustan's The Beauty Source

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For a complexion that looks natural and will still look good in flash photography, try this uber lightweight foundation, better known as a "BB Water." It will give your complexion an all-day satin finish so you look healthy and fresh (like you woke up like that) all day!


Price: P2,300

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: Beauty Bar

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup

Love Estee Lauder's original Double Wear foundation? Meet its sister, the Double Wear Nude! This version has all the benefits of the OG base product, but it feels like nothing on the skin. Because this formula contains watermelon, lychee seed, and apple extracts, it hydrates and rejuvenates skin to deliver a ~*refreshed*~ look to your complexion.


Price: P2,400

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: SM Megamall, SM Aura, SM Makati, SM North Edsa, Rustan's The Beauty Source

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation

With a formula made up of 80 percent water, this one-of-a-kind water-gel foundation delivers a sheer, comfortable finish on the skin. Aside from being long-lasting and waterproof (Yup, you read that right!), it can also be used to even out discoloration on your body. So if you have unsightly dark marks on your legs, you can apply it on the area, but just make sure the shade perfectly matches the skin there.


Price: P2,700

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation

Koh Gen Do's famous serum-foundation hybrid has been reformulated to care more for your skin, have a tiny bit more coverage, and last longer! It contains ingredients to improve your complexion's hydration and health, and light-diffusing minerals to brighten and perfect it. The result? Skin that's bursting with radiance it looks like you just got a facial!


Price: P2,750

Size: 30 ml

Where to buy: Beauty Bar

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