Looking for the perfect foundation is just like finding the ideal pair of shoes — there’s no one-size-fits-all. Every foundation has its own unique formula and finish, designed to suit different skin tones and types. What works for one person may not work for another.

While everyone has their own preferences when it comes to foundation, we can all agree on one thing: we want a good coverage to hide our imperfections and give us a smooth complexion.

Sometimes, full coverage foundations can feel heavy and thick on the skin, leading to a cakey appearance. That’s why we’ve done the research for you and found 15 of the best full coverage foundations that won’t cake up on your skin.

We’ve sorted them according to different finishes, satin (natural and skin-like), dewy, and matte. You can thank us later!

Satin Finish

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury is second to none in achieving the airbrushed effect. For flawless coverage that still looks natural, the Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a must-have in your makeup pouch.

Packed with hydrating components commonly found in skincare products, this foundation gives your skin a luminous glow that lasts all day, making it ideal for individuals with dry skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation retails for RM231.45 and is available on revolve.com.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Estee Lauder

If you’re looking for a foundation that stays put no matter what, trust the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place foundation to live up to its name!

This foundation is resistant to water, sweat, heat, and humidity, making it perfect for a night out or a day spent under the sun. Plus, it even offers SPF10 for that extra layer of sun protection.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation retails for RM235 and is available at Estee Lauder boutiques and counters, as well as sephora.my.

KVD Beauty Good Apple Full-Coverage Serum Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey KVD Liquid

KVD’s Beauty Good Apple Full-Coverage Serum Foundation proves that full-coverage foundation can be lightweight and comfortable on the skin.

Just a single pump is all you need to achieve flawless coverage for dark circles and acne scars, leaving you with a natural finish that feels weightless.

Skincare-infused makeup is a popular trend, and Beauty Good Apple Full-Coverage Serum Foundation is leading the way with its serum-like formula enriched with apple extract.

KVD Beauty Good Apple Full-Coverage Serum Foundation retails for RM211 and is available at sephora.my.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey MAC

The MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid is truly a game-changer when it comes to foundation shades, offering an incredible selection of 67 shades.

The inclusive shade range is not all there is to it though, this cult-favourite foundation also boasts an oil-control technology that ensures long-lasting wear, perfect for combating Malaysia’s humidity.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation retails for RM185 and is available at MAC Cosmetics boutiques and counters, as well as sephora.my.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Pat McGrath Labs

A good foundation should offer a nice range of skin tone shades. Pat McGrath Labs went a step further and delved into the realm of undertones, which is equally crucial when selecting the perfect foundation shade.

With just one application of the Sublime Perfection Foundation, you can effortlessly conceal imperfections and achieve a more even skin tone. And if you prefer a fuller coverage, feel free to layer it on without any concerns of it weighing down your skin.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation retails for RM340 and is available on sephora.my.

Dewy Finish

Dior Forever Skin Glow 24H Hydrating Radiant Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Dior

It’s often believed that the majority of full coverage foundations have a matte finish, but that’s not entirely true.

What’s interesting is that you can actually achieve a full coverage look with a radiant and dewy finish as well. Take the Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation, for instance.

If you have dry skin, you’ll love the natural glow that this foundation provides. It effortlessly gives your skin an airbrushed effect, without emphasising any dry patches.

Dior Forever Skin Glow 24H Hydrating Radiant Foundation retails for RM285 and is available at DIOR boutiques and counters, as well as sephora.my.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation​

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Lancome

If you’re already a fan of Lancôme’s matte edition, you’ll love their new Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation.

This foundation is packed with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and mandelic acid to help even and firm your skin while providing full coverage without looking cakey.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation​ retails for about RM229 and is available at Lancôme boutiques and counters, as well as selfridges.com. 

Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation

Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation

If you’re a fan of the dewy finish, you probably avoid foundations that feel too heavy on your skin. If that sounds like you, then you should definitely give Makeup by Mario’s SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation a try.

Even though it provides a full coverage, its moisturising formula helps to plump and hydrate your skin. Keep in mind that this foundation may not be the best at controlling oil production, so it will be more suitable for those with combination or dry skin types.

Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation retails for RM265 and is available on sephora.my.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey NARS

We couldn’t decide what we loved most about the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation: its impressive long-lasting formula (NARS says it can stay put for up to 16 hours!) or its incredible full coverage that lets you ditch your concealer completely.

If you’re looking for a foundation with a radiant and natural finish, you should think about adding the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation to your makeup collection.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation retails for RM225 and is available at boutiques and counters, as well as sephora.my.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Giorgio Armani

Achieve a flawless complexion and diminish signs of aging with Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation.

This lightweight formula, enriched with glycerin, effortlessly blurs fine lines and hyperpigmentation, leaving your skin with a radiant and dewy glow.

Suitable for all skin types, it works wonders on mature skin, providing an extra boost of effectiveness.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation retails for RM270 and is available on armanibeauty.com.my.

Matte Finish

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Liquid Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Huda Beauty

The#FauxFilter Liquid Foundation was Huda Beauty’s gateway into the world of matte foundations.

Providing flawless full-coverage, it is not only waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, and humidity-proof, but it is also non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, ensuring it won’t clog your pores.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Liquid Foundation retails for RM216 and is available on sephora.my.

KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Hydrating Foundation Balm

Full Coverage Non-Cakey KVD Balm

You’ve likely seen this TikTok-famous foundation balm that guarantees flawless coverage with a single swipe of your fingers.

Don’t be put off by the unique formula of the KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Hydrating Foundation Balm. It offers all the advantages of a regular liquid foundation, minus the inconvenience of leaks and spills in your makeup bag!

While this foundation balm provides a matte finish, it also contains nourishing elements such as apple extract and sodium hyaluronate, which work to moisturise the skin.

KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Hydrating Foundation Balm retails for RM211 and is available on sephora.my.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Fenty Beauty

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation offers incredible versatility. Its buildable formula allows you to achieve anything from a light to full coverage, making it the only foundation you need to create various looks and finishes.

Fenty Beauty revolutionised the beauty industry by providing an extensive shade range, ensuring that everyone can find their perfect match. And with its long-wear formula, you can trust that your makeup will stay flawless all day long.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation retails for RM205 and is available on sephora.my.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 32hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Loreal

You don’t need to break the bank to get a high-quality full coverage foundation—the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 32hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation is a great affordable choice.

It’s considered one of the top drugstore foundations for full coverage, being lightweight, waterproof, transfer-resistant, and suitable for all skin types including sensitive, acne-prone, and oily skin.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 32hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation retails for RM67.50 and is available at L’Oréal counters and  lookfantastic.com.sg.

Maybelline Super Stay Hybrid Powder Foundation

Full Coverage Non-Cakey Maybelline

Maybelline Super Stay Hybrid Powder Foundation may look like a powder, but don’t let that fool you. Users say it actually feels like liquid once it’s on your face.

The finish is soft and mattifying, providing full coverage in just seconds while feeling lightweight and comfortable.

Maybelline Super Stay Hybrid Powder Foundation retails for RM72 and is available at Maybelline counters and lookfantastic.com.sg.

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