La Mer

The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20, $120

Cushion compacts took the beauty world by storm, but La Mer taught our judges panel you can still get one step closer to perfection with this super-luxe compact. With a thin applicator pad and a sponge that dispenses just the right amount of product, this foundation leaves a glowy medium coverage finish and an unusually lightweight feel. Plus, you can’t overlook the skin care benefits: Not only does it have SPF, but a dose of the brand’s signature Miracle Broth to boot.

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“Great coverage and easy application. Perfect for someone who isn’t fussy with their complexion but wants coverage.” —Daniel Martin

“Nice feel, good coverage, but not cakey. I hate foundation that feels like heavy coating and this does not at all.” —Jane Larkworthy

“This foundation gave me a gorgeous natural-looking dewiness and is super buildable. I could easily throw the compact in my bag for touch-ups.” —Kahlana Barfield Brown

Finest Finish

Marc Jacobs

Shameless Youthful-Look 24-Hour Foundation SPF 25, $46

Our judges loved the reliable coverage of this 30-shade foundation. Judges Jane Larkworthy and Daniel Martin both raved about the radiance, and Kahlana Barfield Brown said it was a good everyday option: “I applied it with a damp sponge, so it melted into my skin and never looked patchy.” Marianna Hewitt tested it over New York Fashion Week and it lasted her all day.

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Best Steal


PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation, $11

This new drugstore launch got a lot of buzz for its luxury-level formula with a super approachable price tag. Our judge’s panel agreed. “I was really surprised by the amount of coverage this product gave me,” said Marianna Hewitt. “It has a natural finish but full coverage.” Daniel recommends applying it with a brush to help buff the formula to the level you like.

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