The Best BUDGET Foundations in India (Under Rs 1000)

by mehak on July 11, 2014

in Foundation, Reviews

When I was in my teens , I experimented with a whole lot of ultra crappy foundations. It’s not easy after all to get a foundation on a budget, and while in most photos I looked like something out of the Adams Family, some photos had me looking orange, while others just made my skin look grey. (Btw-I call my teenage years, my dark ages. I had buck teeth and thought wearing oversized turquoise glasses was  cool so the aweful attempts at foundation didn’t help ). But anyway,here are some budget superstars in India for foundation


Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation : Read full review here or read the snapshot below

Best suited for: All skin types specially dry

Coverage: Low to Medium

Finish: Dewy

Price: 1120 Rs (okay thats just a smidgen over 1000)

Photographs well

Chambor 3 in 1 Oil Free Foundation: Read full review here or read the snapshot below

Best suited for: Oily Skin

Coverage: Low to Medium

Finish: Matte

Price: 745/-

Revlon Photoready Foundation :  Read full review here or read the snapshot below

Best suited for: All skin types

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Soft matte

Price: 850/-

Photographs well

Kryolan TV Paint Stick:  Read full review here or read the snapshot below

Best suited for: All skin types, however clogs pores so use only on functions and dry skin should use moisturizer underneath

Coverage: Super full

Finish: Matte

Price: 800/-

Photographs very well


Deborah Color Copy Foundation:  Read full review here or read the snapshot below

Best suited for: Comes in three different variants for three skin types

Coverage: Medium to full

Finish: Matte

Price: 595/-


Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush finish foundation:  Read full review here or read the snapshot below

Best suited for: Dry skin

Coverage: Mediumto full

Finish: Soft Matte

Price: 575 /- Rs

Does not photograph well , can leave a cast.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Shailja @BeABrideEveryday July 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I not a huge picker of foundations, but these bottles never fail to fanaticise me :)


Lisha@HeartBowsMakeup July 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Superb compilation! Its so hard to find a decent foundation under 1k in India. I shall check out Revlon & Bourjois!


Shivi@COSMOCHICS July 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I have to use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and see how it would work on my oily skin ….
Revlon is gr8! :)


V July 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Dark ages? hahahah!! could not have been worse than mine.. I had super short hair – till my ear, braces on my teeth and my posture was just awkward!! How about the next photocall – send in your teenage pictures and current pictures!!


mehak July 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Lol! That would be a fun photocall but oh my god…ppl wold be scared


Clothes and Creativity July 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I’ve just used the Maybelline one and quite like it.

Another one that fits the category is the Loreal True Match Foundation.

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Gowthami@BeautyFrontline July 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I shall check out maybelline.. Awesome compilation x


Priya. N July 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

love the chambor one but want to try others esp the bourjois healthy mix, but the price has now increased to Rs 1480 which is insane for a drugstore product :(


nupur bhatia July 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I agree with priya 1480 is an insane price for drugstore foundation…but indeed it is one of the best foundation . The first time I bought it was only for Rs 850 :( …but now I almost pay double.


xuvious July 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I’ve wanted to try the Bourjois one for a long time! :)


zooni July 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

ive used chambor n maybelline one
bTW isnt the loreal one any good?


meena July 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

There is loreal true match as well which is around 950 and gives good coverage and suitable for Oily skin. :)


Gauri July 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Thanks for this!!!


Swati July 11, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I have the chambor one but in the wrong shade. Have to go get the correct shade soon. It works great with my oily skin


mily July 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm

even the inglot YSM cream foundation is pretty good….but i dont know the price right now last i checked it was 990…


A Golden Tulip July 12, 2014 at 3:15 am

Great compilation.. have to try the Maybelline and Bourjois…



ankita July 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

well this is an outstanding post! i love hoarding foundations as well as other makeup products….well thinking of giving the chambor and deborah ones a shot which i havent tried before…but the loreal true match is also really good…and the revlon colorstay is an amazing option!


Jyoti July 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Lovely compilation Mehak :)


Jo July 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I am going to check out Maybelline one :) wonderful post


Shriya July 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm


the link for chambor is going to revlon photo ready !!!


pinkvanitybox July 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

buorjouis is a winner for me..Nice compilation dear..


Vini @dndb July 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Need to check out the chambor one!


Somya July 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

i have heard a lot about loreal true wala foundation. going to try that soon.


krithi July 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

bourjois is 1480 now and it broke me out :(
nice compliation


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