Best High-End Matte Foundations for Oily Skin for 2018

Best Matte Foundations for Oily Skin

Okay, I know that a post on best matte foundations for oily skin was long due but I just wanted it to be extremely comprehensive because I want the people with oily skin like me to benefit from it.

You all know how big of a makeup junkie I am and so, I have tried all kinds of foundations in order to find the best one in the market for oily and acne-prone skin like mine. From drugstore to high-end foundations, I have tried them all.

You might find a lot of reviews on drugstore foundations by Pakistani bloggers but finding a comprehensive review on high-end foundations is pretty rare as I noticed. So, I have decided to review my TOP FAVORITE high-end matte foundation for oily skin.

I will be telling you their pros, cons, my experience, price, where you can get them from and how you can apply them perfectly. For all these tiniest details, keep reading and don’t forget to share your feedback in comments below.


My #1 Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Fenty Beauty Foundation

Okay, this one is my absolute favorite and MAGICAL foundation ever. Wondering why I am calling it magical? Keep reading!

Claims of the Foundation

This foundation has a soft matte finish.  It is long-lasting and has a medium to full coverage. It comes in 40 diversified shades. It claims to be non-comedogenic (which means it will not clog your pores) and the formula is extremely light on skin.

My Experience

HANDS DOWN, BEST MATTE FOUNDATION FOR OILY SKIN IN TOWN! I can literally write an entire post on this foundation. NEVER have I EVER used such an amazing and miraculous formula. Yes, I said ‘miraculous’ because being a full coverage foundation, the formula feels SO SUPER light on the skin that nobody can even tell you are wearing foundation. That is exactly why they named it Pro Filt’r. The formula justifies the name at its BEST. Sorry for the capitalization in almost every sentence because that’s how much I LOVE IT.

It blends like a dream without any need of serums and covers up the scars and discoloration perfectly. I do not even need color correction under this foundation because of its amazing buildable coverage. It is super long lasting and has a perfectly matte finish. It does not oxidize so your shade remains your shade. It does not dry out fast like the other matte formulas which makes it easy to blend too. I am so SATISFIED with it that I do not feel like buying any other foundation after this one!

Fenty Pro Filt'r Foundation
Swatch: See how lightweight and matte it is. It matches my tone perfectly.


  • Extremely light formula yet buildable coverage
  • Non-comedogenic which makes it good for acne prone skin too
  • Does not oxidize and comes in a great range of shades
  • Smoothly blends out on the skin


  • Although I can’t say there is a con in this one but the only minor thing that might be a con for some is that it does not contain SPF.

Price and Where to Buy

You can buy it for Rs. 6000 only from If you live out of Pakistan, it is easily available at Sephora and Amazon as well.


My #2 Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay-in-Place Makeup

This one is my second favorite. It is a perfect foundation for occasional use but not a daily wear for sure. It is definitely one of the best matte foundations for oily skin.

Claims of the Foundation

Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay-in-Place Makeup works as a foundation and a concealer. It has 24-hour stay, water-proof and non-comedogenic formula. It also claims to be lightweight and fragrance-free. It is available in a huge range of around 56 different shades, from warm to cool undertones.

My Experience

I absolutely love its flawless finish and how it stays in place for hours. It also has SPF 15 in it which is a plus, although you will still need a sunscreen. However, I did notice a few things that I want to mention about this foundation:

  1. The formula is drying and you have to blend it quickly as you apply it on skin. When I first started using it, I could not get the best results because I found it hard to blend. Then, I got myself a serum which I use for blending the foundation smoothly.
  2. Although it claims to be fragrance-free, it does have a paint-like scent to it that I found a little odd in the beginning. However, it fades away after you blend it out.
  3. It is true that the foundation oxidizes and becomes a shade darker than the given one. I knew this point already and therefore, bought a slightly lighter shade than my skin tone.

I believe that this foundation works the best for makeup artists or those who want a flawless foundation for occasional use. I love using it for wedding and party looks because it covers up all the imperfections perfectly and it just stays intact for like as long as you remove it yourself. However, it does feel a little heavy on the skin unlike the Pro Filt’r Foundation by Rihanna.

Apply this foundation after thoroughly moisturizing and prepping your face. It gives an amazing glowing finish if you use a strobe cream before its application.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation
Swatch, you can see that the tone is a little lighter on my skin but it looks fine after oxidizing. It has amazing coverage and very matte finish. Extremely long lasting but tough to blend.


  • Extremely long-lasting and stays in place
  • Conceals almost all imperfections in one go, great coverage
  • Contains SPF 15


  • Turns one shades darker after application
  • Not fragrance-free
  • A little tricky to blend

Price and Where to Buy

You can buy it for Rs. 7000 from . I bought mine from there too. It is costlier than fenty beauty, although fenty contains more quantity than this one. If you live out of Pakistan, it is easily available at Sephora and Amazon as well.


My #3 Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation

Well, this one made to my number 3 because it has a very hydrating yet oil-free formula that is perfect for daily use. It is not a famous one yet for me, it sure is one of the best matte foundations for oily skin.

Claims of the Foundation

It is a lightweight and oil-free formula that has the power to last for 10 hours. It has medium coverage which is buildable. Even though the formula is matte, it is hydrating enough to be used by those with combination or normal skin.

My Experience

Okay, my sister brought it for me from Dubai and I did not know much about it earlier. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it would work well as a daily-wear foundation. Despite being a very light and smooth textured formula, the foundation stays on for hours without budging.

It did not even cause my skin to break out, although I used it on a daily basis. Although I prefer full-coverage foundations because of my scars, this one is pretty buildable without being too heavy on the skin. I would recommend it to girls who use foundation regularly and have oily yet dehydrated skin. However, it does oxidize which does not bother me much as I am okay with a little tan effect.

Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation
Swatch: Although it looks a little lighter on my tone, it appears very natural after blending. Also, you can see that it has demi-matte finish. As you can see I have finished one bottle of it, it is in my regular use.


  • Very long lasting
  • Light and smooth formula
  • Easy to blend
  • Hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E
  • Good for daily use


  • Missing SPF
  • It oxidizes and turns a shade or two darker after application

Price and Where to Buy

You can check with or sheops. Since my sister gifted it to me, I don’t know where one can get it in Pakistan. It is available for $20 on Sephora and it should cost around Rs. 3500 in Pakistan. Sephora makeup products are only available online as far as I know. If you live out of Pakistan, it is obviously available at Sephora.


My #4 MAC Studio Fix Fluid

I absolutely love MAC studio fix fluid but I still feel like it has a little sticky formula that needs a lot of setting powder to stay in place. Otherwise, the foundation is a good choice for occasional use and this is why it is one of the best matte foundations for oily skin.

Claims of the Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is a matte oil-control formula that lasts for 24 hours. It is non-drying and does not appear cakey on the skin. It comes in 53 different shades, from warm to cool tones. It works well on all skin types.

My Experience

I won’t lie but I only use this foundation for events where I just have to spend an hour or two. Although the foundation gives a nice flawless finish and stays matte after setting, it does not last too long. It is transferable and you must prep your face before its application. You must also use a setting spray when you use it.

It has a paint-like scent and thick consistency. It is buildable but gets a little cakey. As I have been a makeup freak, I know tricks to keep a foundation in place and deal with its cons. However, if you are new to makeup and are looking for a foundation that you can use often, it is not the one for you.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
This foundation also has a demi-matte finish. It is easy to blend but you must use tapping motions as it easily transfers.


  • Good coverage, evens out tone
  • Stays matte after powder-setting
  • Does not dry out and easy to blend
  • Much more affordable than other high-end foundations


  • Easily transferable (therefore, setting spray is a must)
  • Has a paint-like scent
  • Might cause breakouts if used regularly

Price and Where to Buy

You can buy it for Rs. 4400 from If you live out of Pakistan, it is easily available at Sephora and Amazon as well.

If you have used any other foundations that you consider as the best matte foundations for oily skin, do let us know in the comments below. Also, you can let me know if you drop your queries and I will answer ASAP. 🙂

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