Best Foundations for Dry Skin | Silicone Based | Cruelty Free

 dry skin foundations


As my makeup wears throughout the day, I usually deal with dry patches and flakiness popping up. My foundation tends to settle in fine lines and accentuate texture. After going through a ton of foundations, I’ve finally discovered some favorites that I cannot be without!

Most of these are silicone based which dry skin responds really well to. Silicone allows the foundation to apply smoothly, float over fine lines and pores, and create a barrier to keep hydration in.

Check out your ingredient list to determine whether or not a foundation is silicone based. Generally, the silicone is the second ingredient after water and ends in (-siloxane, -silocate, and -cone).

I included light to full coverage and both drugstore and high end foundations. Most have more of a dewy or satin finish. So lets lets get started!


NYX BB Cream

My Shade: Natural

Details: Oil free, mineral enriched, available in 3 shades

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Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide [Nano], Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Stearoyl Inulin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hydrated Silica, Propylene Glycol, Tilia Cordata Wood Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Mannitol, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Glycogen, BHT, Yeast Extract / Faex Extract / Extrait de levure, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Fragrance / Parfum, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Thoughts: This feel like a thick moisturizing cream as you apply it to your face, but it melts into your skin as sets into a satin finish. I can almost detect a slight glow to my face as well. There are no noticeable glitter flecks, but it definitely has a brightening effect to it. It has light to medium coverage- just enough to even out my completion and cover my hyperpigmentation. It keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day and has never broken me out. This is such a highly underrated BB!


Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation

My Shade: Light

Details: Ultra light feel with a radiant finish. Contains Vitamin E and Sodium Hyaluranate.


Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Polysilicone-11, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Yeast Extract, Sea Salt Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Decyl Glucoside, Squalane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tromethamine, Phospholipids, Propanediol, Panthenol, Stearoyl Inulin, Sodium Benzoate, Simethicone, Hydroxystearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phytantriol, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Dimyristate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Thoughts: This is the foundation I reach for when I’m looking for a glow.  It makes your skin looking healthy and luminous. This is described as light coverage, but it’s buildable to medium. Sometimes I’ll mix this with a more full coverage foundation when I wanting a dewy look.  Just be aware if you are feeling the least bit oily, this can look streaky and separate. But for those extra dry skinned gals out there, this foundation makes your skin dewy and radiant!



Urban Decay Naked Skin

My Shade: 3.5 (go one shade lighter, this can oxidize)

Details: Oil-free, lightweight liquid with a demi matte finish, anti aging ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000, a peptide that maintains and restores skin barrier, protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant green tea, and sodium hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption.

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Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tribehenin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides).

Thoughts: This foundation is packed with good for your skin ingredients. It feels amazingly weightless on the skin with a skin like finish. This is considered demi matte, but this looks perfectly dewy on my skin. I’m super impressed at the coverage of this foundation for being sooo lightweight! They really packed a tone of pigment in here. And I of course love all the skin nourishing ingredients. This foundation just keeps my skin looking plump and healthy throughout the day!




The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

My Shade: 1.1P (go a shade lighter, the shades look darker online!)

Details: Lightweight full coverage foundation with SPF 15


Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Coconut Alkanes, Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Sucrose Laurate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Dimethicone/ Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. 

Thoughts: I love this foundation! It feels like a luxury foundation as it goes on rich and silky smooth. You can sheer this out for medium coverage or build it up for full coverage. It starts off demi matte, but as the foundation wears throughout the day, it transforms into more of a dewy foundation. For such a great price, I’m so impressed as the performance of this!


It Cosmetics CC Cream 

My Shade: Fair and Light

Details: Color-correcting cream provides full coverage, SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen, antiaging serum with collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants.


Ingredients: Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium Edta, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cholesterol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine Hcl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine Hcl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Thoughts: This foundation is more than a “color corrector”. I think of it as a full coverage, dewy foundation. It has a rich cooling sensation on application, and my skin feels instantly hydrated. It smooths out my skin, and I never have to worry about flakes or texture popping up. It’s not the most long lasting foundation, but it’s great for when you want something quick and easy that performs!



Too Faced Born This Way

My Shade: Nude

Details: satin finish, undetectable medium to full coverage, Oil-free containing coconut water and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated


INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isododecane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water/Cocos Nucifera Water, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hexylene Glycol, Lecithin, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum/Pistacia Lentiscus Gum, Polysilicone-11, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tribehenin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Thoughts: This is one of my favorites. I can build up to full coverage, and it never looks cakey or feel heavy. It floats over my fine lines making my skin look super smooth. I love that it contains Coconut Water and hyaluronic acid to keep my skin feeling balanced.


Wet and Wild Photofocus Foundation

Details: Medium, matte coverage with light diffusing particles

My Shade: Nude Ivory


Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Water / Eau, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polysilicone-11, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Laureth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide / CI 77891, Mica, Iron Oxides / CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499.

Thoughts: This gives my skin a beautiful satin like finish. It really makes my skin look like MY skin without it every looking cakey even when you build it up. It keeps any dry patches at bay. I also love the little spatula it includes. It makes application a breeze!


Smashbox Studio Skin 15 HR Wear

My Shade: 2.1

Details: medium to full coverage, natural matte coverage, light diffusing particles with 15 hr wear

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Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Thoughts: This is probably one of my most high coverage, long lasting foundation that I own. It’s a thicker foundation yet easy to blend. The littlest bit goes a long way. This makes your skin look flawless covering every imperfection without making skin look cakey. It listed as a matte foundation, but on my skin it has more of a satin finish. I just love the coverage and longevity of this foundation


If your interested in swatches or hearing more about these foundations, check out my latest YouTube video!


Hope you enjoyed!



  1. I didn’t realize that It Cosmetics CC Cream has a cooling sensation? You’re the first person to mention that. I want to try it but I don’t like things that feel cooling on the skin…

    I got The Ordinary Serum Foundation and initially I didn’t like it at all but I experimented with different primers and now it’s ok. Still not my favourite (it rubs off easily, the colour isn’t a great match, and feels drying on my skin) but maybe I’ll have to try the Coverage version next.

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  2. This post is an absolute godsend! you and I are kindred spirits – I have dry skin and suffer from dry flakes and cakey bits as the day progresses! I tend to stick with No7 super light foundation or their City Light tinted moisturiser but wanted to try something new for a change but it’s so hard to find one suitable for dry skin. I’m so glad I read your review as I was looking at both the UD Naked skin and The Ordinary. Thanks for helping me out!

    Samantha x

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  3. This is such a great post!
    I have dry skin and I am always looking for good foundations that won’t look dry or cakey in my skin! So many of these I really want to try especially the two faced and wet n wild one! This was super helpful! 💗

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