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12 makeup brands with a wide range of foundation shades

Get the perfect foundation match. These are the brands with extensive shade ranges.

It's safe to say that nobody has time for foundations with limited shade ranges. Just look at the Tarte Shape Tape Foundation, which only launched with 15 shades. The Internet was not happy.

Fenty Beauty has set the bar for inclusivity, and this year we've been seeing makeup brand after makeup brand launch foundations with incredibly impressive shade ranges. So if you're in the market for a new foundation and really struggling to get a good colour match, then check out these brands and get yourself covered. The foundations in our list have a minimum of 25 shades.


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

Shades: 40

Coverage: Medium-buildable

Finish: Matte

In all honesty, this foundation really had to come first. The Fenty Beauty Pro Flit'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation was the one that changed the game. It set the bar for all the other makeup brands to be a lot more inclusive for those with deeper skin tones.

Where to buy: Sephora


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2. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Shades: 40

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

One of our favourite foundations has to be the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation. Not only does this foundation have an incredible formula, but it's totally affordable and comes in 40 different shades!

Where to buy: Priceline


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3. Huda Beauty #Fauxfilter Foundation

Shades: 30

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Matte

This foundation kind of broke the Internet. Beauty bloggers were going wild for the high coverage formula and the fact that it was so easy to find a colour match in the 30-shade range.

Where to buy: Sephora


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4. Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-Look 24-Hour Foundation

Shades: 29

Coverage: Medium-buildable

Finish: Semi-dewy

In case you haven't seen it yet, we reviewed the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation and in our eyes, it's a winner. The foundation comes in 29 shades and really focuses on undertones so you can find the perfect match.

Where to buy: Sephora


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5. MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation

Shades: 42

Coverage: Medium-buildable

Finish: Matte

This foundation has been a fan favourite for years. The Mac Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation is oil-free and lasts for up to 24 hours. It comes in a whopping 42 shades and also contains SPF 15 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Where to buy: eBay


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6. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Shades: 40

Coverage: Medium-buildable

Finish: Dewy

This foundation was created to battle the harshest of television technology, so you know it's the good stuff. It creates a naturally flawless finish with the help of its impressive formula and 40 different shades. You're bound to find the right tone for you.

Where to buy: Sephora


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7. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Shades: 26

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Matte

This foundation ticks all the boxes. It has a super easy application and just melts into your skin with a flawless and seamless finish that looks like your skin but better. The best part is, you can also use the array of shades for sculpting, highlighting and concealing.

Where to buy: eBay


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8. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

Shades: 40

Coverage: Medium-buildable

Finish: Matte

This foundation avoids that thick or greasy feeling, and with 40 different shades, gives beautiful, complexion-perfecting coverage. It's also retouch-free, shine-free and transfer-proof.

Where to buy: Sephora


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9. Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Shade: 33

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Dewy/matte

This foundation is the brand’s very first 16-hour foundation. It has a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula with a medium-to-full, buildable coverage. It not only comes in 33 different shades but it's transfer-proof and has a sweat-resistant formula that stays true to colour and is fresh all day.

Where to buy: eBay


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10.Cover FX Power Play Foundation

Shades: 40

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Matte

If the 40 shades don't impress you then maybe the fact that this foundation is waterproof might tickle your fancy. The Power Play Foundation lasts all day with its special formula and is perfect for those with oily skin.

Where to buy: Sephora


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11. Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation

Shades: 50

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Matte

Jouer knocked the ball out of the park with this one. The brand's most recent foundation was released with... wait for it... 50 different shades! I know. We couldn't help but slow clap the brand for this amazing step towards inclusivity. Plus, the foundation formula itself aims to please with an airbrushed matte finish.

Where to buy: Sephora


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12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

Shades: 30

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Matte

Another foundation that's been around for a while now, but it's a favourite for a reason. This was one of the first foundations to have such an extensive shade range, and it was one of the first stick foundations!

Where to buy: Cult Beauty

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