The Perfect Drugstore Foundation For Oily/Combination Skin

I’ve recently really enjoyed trying out some different foundations as I really want to find some perfect ones for oily skin types whether they’re high-end or more affordable. You may have seen my review on the Fenty Beauty Foundation which is more of a higher end choice or a while ago I reviewed the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. So I thought I would pick up a new drugstore one to try, this being the Seventeen Stay Time foundation which until recently I hadn’t heard much about at all.

So first of all, this foundation is only £6.49 and it’s one of the first products I’ve ever tried from Seventeen (I bought the concealer too – but I’m not gunna talk about that in this post). The packaging isn’t anything special, although I do like the fact it has a pump and you can twist the top to kind of lock the foundation so no more product comes out, which is perfect for keeping it in your bag or travelling. It also has SPF25 which is always a bonus and claims to be full coverage. As you can see, I picked up the shade ‘Fair’ but we’ll talk more about the shade range in a little while.

One of the main things I love about this foundation is that even though when you pump it out the consistency feels really thick, and the first time I did I thought ‘ot-oh this ain’t gunna be good’ but I was so wrong. It blends out really easily and it doesn’t feel heavy on your face, nor does it look cakey at all either which I really wasn’t expecting. In the photo below, I have compared the shade I picked up to some of my other foundations, it is a little hard to see just because the foundations are obviously supposed to match my skin tone but from top to bottom we have Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville, Seventeen Stay Time Foundation in Fair, Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in 150 and L’oreal Paris Infallible in 11 Vanilla.

Honestly once I’ve blended it in to my skin I’m in love with how good the coverage is and the matte finish it leaves behind. Your natural glow does come through but after that my oiliness is safe practically all day which is what I’m so impressed with, it looks so natural, has a flawless finish and just stays looking so nice for hours and hours I love it!

The major downside with this foundation is the shade range though, it is appalling with literally just 6 shades. I’m really hoping after Rhianna and Huda’s latest foundation releases with so many shades, that more brands might start to follow especially drugstore brands. If this foundation range had more shades I literally couldn’t have a single bad thing to say about it, It’s definitely my new go-to from the Drugstore. One good thing to know about the shades though is that they only oxidise the tiniest amount which I feel like actually could just be it literally drying down, in the photo below the top one is the foundation dried and the bottom is fresh on.

Also just a little extra note, the concealer from the same range goes so perfect with this foundation and so many others too, I’m also kind of obsessed with that as well – but stay tuned for a different post to include that in the future!

Have any of you tried this foundation?



  1. November 26, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Seventeen Stay Time Foundation is one of my favourite foundations, but I agree that although it’s perfect for me because I’m as pale as they come, the shade range is appalling and hasn’t increased for as long as I can remember.. 😩

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      It’s such a perfect foundation it’s so gutting that it doesn’t have a wide shade range, otherwise it would literally be the best thing ever! x

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      If you’re pale enough you should definitely give this a go, it’s amazing if you like matte full coverage foundations! x

  2. Lisa's Notebook
    November 26, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I can’t wear a cream foundation because I have such an oily T zone, I wear a powder one (Bare Minerals). But this looks like a formula with really good staying power and at that price I might check it out! x

    Lisa |

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      My T-zone is so oily but this works wonders! & yeah it’s definitely the perfect price for testing out too. If you do pick it up let me know how you get on! x

  3. November 27, 2017 / 7:19 am

    It sounds wonderful for an oily or combination skin. I am sadly dry so it probably won’t work for me. But what a great find especially at that price. X

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      It definitely is I’m so happy I came across it. I love finding a foundation I love at such a good price, no matte what I can always have this as a back up when trying others! x

  4. November 27, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Sounds likes a great foundation! My favourite at the moment is L’Oréal True Match as it suits my yellow undertones. Considering this has only 7 shades makes me wonder if I’ll find a colour to match but I’ll definitely have a look!
    Great post xx

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Oh I just can’t seem to get True Match to work for me! It makes me so oily I look like a mess which is such a shame as I really wanted to love it! Considering the shade range is so small this actually matches me so perfectly so you might be surprised! xx

  5. November 27, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I don’t have this brand available to me but I’m happy that you liked it. I agree, the shade range needs to be expanded.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      I’m so glad I came across it and decided to give it a try!

  6. November 27, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    This is my favourite foundation for my daily make up! I love it so much!

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      It’s so good isn’t it! I can’t get enough, and at that price you just can’t go wrong! x

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      It’s so so soooo good, I’m so happy I found it at such a fab price. Thank you! xx

  7. Terri Heckley
    November 28, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I haven’t tried much from seventeen before! Love the sound of this foundation x

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      It’s sooooo good and such an amazing price I love it! x

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      It’s so good! I only ever used to try drugstore foundations, then I went to trying higher end foundations, and now I decided to try drugstore again and I’m so glad I found this little beauty, I absolutely love it and at that price I can always have it as a back up if I want to try something new! It’s a perfect shade match and it just looks so good xx

  8. November 30, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I’ve never tried this foundation but it sounds really good! I can’t believe the shade range is so awful though!

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      The shade range is so ridiculous isn’t it! Considering that though, the shade I have is actually a perfect match somehow?! But it’s such a good foundation I love it! So happy I decided to give it a go xx

  9. December 3, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I love it when you find a product that ticks all the boxes! I’m loving dewy foundations at the moment but when I want to get a matte one I’ll definitely check this one out as I love full coverage! Really detailed post Ellie 🙂 Clare xxx |

    • ellieedx
      December 12, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Me too, especially when It’s such an affordable price! I’m scared of dewy foundations due to my oily skin, I’ve literally never tried one! But yeah if you do pick this up let me know what you think, I love it! Aw thank you Clare xxx

  10. January 16, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I’m desperate for a new foundation I too have a slightly oily t zone (more so time of the month) do you wear it with any powder? And if yes which one?

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