Best High End Foundations for Dry Skin?


Hey everyone!

I’ve received some queries regarding High End foundations for Dry Skin recently and I thought of doing a post on it! While I don’t have dry skin myself, I have tried some of the foundations I mention in this post for times when my skin gets on the combination side. Here are my recommendations for High End foundations for Dry Skin. Please feel free to add your own in the comments below!



1. MAC Face and Body Foundation (Rs 2000, USD $27 )

This is a very runny, sheer foundation that is a big hit with makeup artists and consumers as well! It glides very easily on the skin due to  its very liquid texture, doesn’t cling to dry patches and has a dewy finish that would work great with dry skin. It makes the skin look natural and glowing! You can layer it to build the coverage. The best thing though is that it dries down to a transfer proof finish (it is designed to be used on the body as well so won’t stain clothes) and wears quite well! Available in India. Reviewed HERE.



MAC Face and Body Foundation C4 ~ Review

MAC Face and Body Foundation C4




2. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (Rs 3600, USD $57)

This is one of the best products from YSL’s makeup range! This is a light weight foundation that gives light to medium coverage and a beautiful radiant finish. Makes the skin look healthy and natural with a soft glow. I have tried a sample of this and while I loved the illuminating finish, it was a little rich for my oily skin. I think it would work better for normal to dry skin.  Available in India.



YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation - For dry skin

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation




3. Clinique Super Balanced Foundation (Rs 2000, USD $23)

The Superbalanced foundation is great for people with combination or dry skin. It has a runny liquid texture, gives about medium coverage and a beautiful dewy finish. I love this for days when I want my skin to look healthy and dewy. It has a lovely radiant finish and is great for people with sensitive skin as well.  Available in India. Reviewed HERE.



Clinique Super Balanced Foundation (05 Vanilla)

Clinique Super Balanced Foundation (05 Vanilla)




4. Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation (USD $45-$58)

Chanel’s Vitalumiere range of foundations containing Vitalumiere, Vitalumiere Aqua and Vitalumiere Cream is great for people with dry skin. This rich moisture infusing formula hydrates the skin and you can pick the texture that works best for you. Vitalumiere Aqua is the lightest one with a thin formula that gives a beautiful natural finish to the skin. It is a very popular foundation with makeup artists (like Lisa Eldridge) and consumers alike.  Available in India.



Chanel Vitalumeire Foundation

Chanel Vitalumeire Foundation




5. MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation (Rs 2250, USD $32)

MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation is great for dry skinned women as it has a light reflecting, natural satin finish and a hydrating formula (it contains Shea Butter and Vitamin E). This is great for everyday wear – it has sheer to medium coverage, doesn’t cling to dry spots, contains SPF 15 and is supposed to stay 8+ hours. Also good for those who are beginning to see fine lines as it helps blur out imperfections.  Available in India.



MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation-

MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation




6. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (USD $45)

This is the best selling foundation from NARS that is designed for normal to dry skin. Its has sheer buildable coverage combined with a natural satin finish that makes it excellent for a natural, real-skin look. Would recommend you moisturize well before application as it blends best on well hydrated skin with no dry patches. It doesn’t contains SPF so its great for photography as well. This is quite popular with a lot of Youtube Gurus.  Not available in India.



NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation




7. Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (USD $61)

Guerlain’s Parure de Lumiere is a moisture infusing foundation with a buildable medium coverage a lovely light reflecting finish. I personally have this and love using it when I’m taking pictures because it makes my skin radiant with a beautiful glow! It contains light reflecting particles that are responsible for the glow. While it looks great in person and non-flash photos, I wouldn’t recommend this for flash photography as the light reflecting particles might make your skin look a little oily (or that may be the case because I have oily skin. Dry skinned ladies may not have this issue). The texture feels luxurious but not heavy on the skin and its really easy to blend. Available in India. Worn HERE.



Guerlain Parure de Lumiere foundation

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere foundation




8. Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation (USD $40)

This is similar to the MAC Face and Body Foundation – light runny texture, water based formula, sheer buildable coverage and long stay, non-staining color. It adds the same dewiness to the skin that MAC F & B does and its great for using on the body as well! Available in India. 



Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation

Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation




9. Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation (Rs 3000, USD $48)

Bobbi Brown is known for her amazing foundations! She was the first one to offer yellow toned foundations in the market and Indian women would find a very good shade match with Bobbi Brown foundations. The Moisture Rich foundation is designed for dry and/or aging skin and gives medium coverage with a natural satin finish. I’ve heard many dry skinned ladies rave about this foundation! Available in India.



Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation - For dry skin

Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation




10. Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation (Rs 2800, USD $35)

This is one of my favorite foundations and I think it would work just as well with dry skinned ladies. It has a runny, thin texture that feels weight less and natural on the skin. But despite its sheerness it gives a perfected, flawless look to the skin on account of the optical powders that it contains (color correction). If you have very dry skin, moisturize well before application and it will work perfectly! The coverage is light to medium but because of the color correction properties, it diminishes the look of pigmentation, spots etc. really well and makes the skin look naturally flawless! Available in India. Review HERE.



Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation

Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation



[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Hope this would be helpful to ladies looking for a high end foundation for dry skin! If you have any recommendations, do add them in the comments section below! [/note]



  1. September 14, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    woah thats a great compilation! You should do one on drugstore brands as well!

  2. September 14, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    I have dry skin and I like Mac Face and Body and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.
    Nars Sheer Glow is also good, it gives a bit more coverage than the other two in one layer.

    I want to try the Shiseido one next! ^_^

  3. apeksha
    September 14, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    I don't have dry skin but I'd love to try the shiseido and the nars. Have heard so much about the latter.

  4. apeksha
    September 14, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    You should do a compilation for oily skin as well!

  5. aliyajamshed7
    September 14, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    agree with Lisha…………

  6. Joo
    September 14, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Thanks a lot for this post.. I was looking for foundation for dry skin.. M just noting down the cosmetics product for my bridal vanity whenever I ll gt married :p in future… Thanks a lot u have also given links for review posts of all the foundations as well…

  7. Joo
    September 14, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    In drugstore brands my favorite is Maybelline dream liquid mousse foundation … That's really amazing & high end foundations as I need for the special occasions… Thanks for this post

  8. Geetu
    September 14, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Nice review Ankita. Please do some recommendations from drugstore brands also. Because none of these brands are not available in kerala.
    My marriage will come soon. That's why I need a foundation and concealer. Which is photographs well. And also dewy finish.

    • September 14, 2014 / 8:06 pm

      Same request from my side as well! 🙂 wedding bells are ringing! Am from Kerala as well 🙂

      • Geetu
        September 16, 2014 / 2:45 pm

        Supi, happy to know that you are also from kerala. We have only aniz anzare's makeup studio for purchasing high end brands. But I heard there is only duplicate products. I bought mac studio fix fluid foundation which is not worked for me. (May be duplicate). Im not dare to buy foundation online. So I need any drugstore brand suggestions.

        • September 16, 2014 / 9:30 pm

          Oh ok.
          Wish you all the best for the wedding 🙂

  9. nivea
    September 14, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    lovely round up…please do one post for oily skin as well.. 😀

  10. September 14, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    Great List.I am using MAC ones and since it has suited me quite well I keep grabbing that 🙂

  11. September 14, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Ankita, is revelon photoready suitable for dry skinned? Please share your view on it.

    • September 14, 2014 / 8:07 pm

      Yes Revlon Photoready will work for dry skin.

      • September 14, 2014 / 9:27 pm

        Thank you 🙂

  12. September 15, 2014 / 10:29 am

    hi ankita i want to know which compact doesn’t give cakey look and could be used for dry skin .

  13. MJ
    September 15, 2014 / 11:18 am

    How about the Bare Minerals BareSkin foundation?

  14. September 15, 2014 / 11:41 am

    what about Oily skinned ones? pls give your list for them too

  15. September 15, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    awesome compilation. would love if you could do the same for oily skin, especially MAC foundations

  16. aliyajamshed7
    September 15, 2014 / 11:33 pm

    nice post……you should do same for drugstores products also

  17. CravingCoralsNPrettyPinks
    September 16, 2014 / 1:01 am

    could you also please do a post on drugstore foundations for dry-sensitive/combination skin?

  18. Joo
    October 6, 2014 / 9:47 am

    M really looking forward to try MAC face & body foundation & clinique super balanced foundation..

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