Gone are the days when foundations existed solely to canvas our skin and hide imperfections – because now, they do everything. Especially when it comes to serum foundations – a skincare-makeup hybrid that gives you all the benefits of a serum with the natural, dewy coverage of a sheer foundation.
They’re light as air, give you the ultimate “no makeup makeup look”, and nourish skin from the inside out thanks to face-loving formulas full of nutrients and hydrating and protecting ingredients. If that wasn’t enough, they sink seamlessly into skin without blocking pores or looking cakey – perfect for hot summer months.
Offering natural, sheer coverage, their watery formulas can take a little getting used to, but they couldn’t be easier to use. Simply shake it gently and use your fingers or a flat foundation brush to spread it across skin. Because of their runny consistency, they travel quickly – so these tools give you the best and most controlled application. For more coverage, simply build up.
Makeup that looks good and does good for your skin? Sign us up. Read on to discover Savoir Flair’s top seven super serum foundations to boost your beauty from the inside out.
Dior ‘Diorskin Nude Air Serum’
There’s a reason Dior’s serum foundation gets five-star reviews from beauty bloggers, celebrities, and avid makeup lovers alike – it’s flawless. And it gives you flawless skin, too. As light as a breath of fresh air, it actually allows skin to breathe thanks to innovative ‘Oxygen Activ’ technology, which uses a combination of oils, vitamins, and minerals to revitalize and give skin a fresh, healthy glow.
Dior ‘Diorskin Nude Air Serum’
ILIA 'True Skin Serum Foundation'
“My main goal in creating this Serum Foundation was to have something that really looks and feels like the best version of your skin. It should be undetectable to the eye, yet still provide good coverage while making your skin look youthful and radiant,” explains creator Sasha Plavsic. It does just that using 100 percent natural dyes and a vegan, cruelty-free formula packed with nourishing ingredients including aloe, jojoba, and rosehip oils.
ILIA ‘True Skin Serum Foundation’
Stila 'Aqua Glow Serum Foundation'
This foundation does exactly what it says on the tin – gives your face a gorgeous, luminous glow while deeply hydrating the skin. Gliding on like silk, its ionized water-based formula – enriched with minerals and hyaluronic acid – sinks seamlessly into skin to boost moisture levels while blurring the appearance of imperfections and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Stila ‘Aqua Glow Serum Foundation’
Perricone MD 'No Makeup Foundation Serum'
A broad-spectrum, mineral-based SPF meets serum foundation, this super hybrid does it all – literally. Providing factor 30 protection against harmful UV rays, it also helps reverse signs of existing damage, moisturizes, unifies uneven skin tone, and encourages cell renewal with advanced neuropeptides. All while delicately coating skin with a sheer veil of translucent coverage, of course.
Perricone MD ‘No Makeup Foundation Serum’
The Ordinary 'Serum Foundation'
This foundation is far from, well, The Ordinary. Puns aside, this is one of the best serum formulas on the market. No, the price isn’t a typo, and no – its low price point doesn’t mean it compromises on quality. In fact, each bottle is brimming with a unique formulation made from pigments suspended in The Ordinary’s signature ‘spreadability system’, which means it lasts longer, doesn’t collect in lines, and blends beautifully. Finding your shade also couldn’t be easier as each hue is handily classified according to its undertone – from ‘P’ for pink to ‘Y’ for yellow and ‘R’ for red.
The Ordinary ‘Serum Foundation’
By Terry 'Terrybly Densiliss Anti-Wrinkle Serum Foundation'
Visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles while helping skin maintain its elasticity, this amazing anti-ager promotes the production of elastin and collagen to boost your beauty from the inside out. This is all thanks to By Terry’s clever ‘flawless time control complex’, which firms, tones, and plumps skin to perfection – all while imparting a featherweight, full-coverage finish.
By Terry ‘Terrybly Densiliss Anti-Wrinkle Serum Foundation’
e.l.f. 'Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum'
Packed full of good-for-skin ingredients, including vitamins A, C, and E, grape seed oil, goji berry extracts, and pomegranate oil, this vegan serum foundation is the next best thing to feeding your face a superfood smoothie. It leaves skin looking luminous and dewy and helps to boost suppleness while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. Even better? It protects against UVA and UVB rays with SPF 25.
e.l.f. ‘Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum’