Sweldo Splurge: These Foundations Are *Worth* Your Money

For that 'plakado' or 'fresh lang' look, we got you!

Hello, it's (almost) payday again! We can almost hear the sighs of relief as we're assured that our bank accounts will be replenished soon. Next up on our Sweldo Splurge seriesFoundations! 

Foundation is probably the last thing on your mind when it comes to spending your sweldo. There are much better things to splurge on, like food or clothes, right? But trust us when we say that a good base is important if you want your finished makeup look to be on point. It helps other makeup products such as your concealer, blush, contour, and highlighter look better. Always remember that a flawless base equals a flawless makeup look! 

Whether you want a natural, glowy look, or a super plakadong look, here are the best matte and dewy foundations *worth* every peso:

  1. Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Liquid Foundation

    This cult-favorite foundation promises a "matte, not flat" finish with its buildable coverage. Thanks to this baby, your face will be shine-free for 24 hours—no need for retouch!

    Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Liquid Foundation, P2,500, Sephora

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  2. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

    I think we can all agree that Rihanna's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation was one of the brands that pushed for an inclusive shade range. Others quickly followed suit, but we all know it was kween Riri who did it first. The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation has 50 shades in its lineup, so you can be sure to get the perfect color for you. This foundation has a soft matte finish that doesn't look mask-like on the face.

    Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, P2,030, Sephora

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  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

    If you're a medium coverage, dewy kind of girl, look no further than ABH's Luminous Foundation. It grants your skin a super luminous finish, like a lit-from-within glow. This foundation is cruelty-free, vegan, and suitable for all skin types.

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation, P2,800, Sephora

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  4. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

    If you don't like the feeling of foundation on your face but you still want coverage, try this foundation from NARS. It's a long-wearing breathable foundation that feels comfortable on the skin. It has raspberry, watermelon, and apple extracts to help smoothen and improve the texture of your complexion.

    NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, P2,950, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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  5. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

    There's a reason why this foundation is a cult-favorite of many beauty YouTubers and flight attendants—it has a second-skin finish that stays on all day.

    Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup, P2,400, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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  6. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

    If you always have photoshoots or you just want a plakado look, you can count on this foundation from Make Up For Ever. Its micro-pigments create a flawless, natural-looking finish. Although it's a full coverage foundation, it's lightweight and breathable!

    Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, P2,830, Sephora

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  7. Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation

    This foundation has unique light-reflecting pigments that capture your skin in the best light, which will give you a soft luminous glow. Its formula is light as air, so you won't even feel like you're wearing any makeup!

    Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation, P2,450, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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  8. Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

    They weren't messing around when they said the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate was full coverage. It offers twice as much pigment than your usual foundation, so you only need a few dots to achieve a flawless look.

    Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, P2,848, Sephora

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  9. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

    Ever wonder how beauty YouTuber James Charles achieves his flawless base? This is his secret! It's very buildable, so you can adjust the coverage to your liking. It's infused with coconut water and Alpien rose extracts to hydrate and brighten the skin.

    Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, P2,350, Sephora

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  10. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

    Another beauty YouTuber favorite, this full-coverage, matte finish foundation can literally last ~all night~. It's loaded with a higher amount of pigment so a little goes a long way! 

    Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, P2,555, Sephora

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