I've written (probably extensively, by now) how much I love a good, light coverage base. My preferred method of base makeup is to use a light coverage all over, and then go in with concealer where I need it. I just like how this keeps my skin looking natural, and as I have quite dry skin, this keeps everything from going cakey and keeps it dewy.
MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour | This is the newest of the three I'm going to mention, and it's a new favorite for sure. It's meant to provide a sheer wash of color that gently evens out the skintone. It's a rather balmy consistency that beautifully melts in to the skin. It leaves quite a glossy, almost wet look without feeling super tacky or transferring. I've found it applies best with a beautyblender, although MAC did come out with a specific brush that I haven't tried. I hadn't tried a MAC foundation before, but I'm so impressed with this one. Bottom line - if you're looking for a sheer base that'll leave you with an almost editorial glossy (but not greasy) look, then this is for you.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (20% off here) | I just had to mention this one - it's probably my number one favorite base ever. It's super versatile, as it's a little bit buildable and also mixes with higher-coverage bases beautifully. I think I've heard this referred to as "Spanx for your face" somewhere, and it really does seem to firm and subtly lift the skin. It's definitely good skin in a bottle. It doesn't cover blemishes at all really, but it somehow still makes them look better. It's just like adding a nice blurring effect to your face, without the FaceTune. It leaves a lovely dewy finish that lasts a decent amount of time on me.
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion | I've tried several cushion foundations now, and this one is definitely my favorite (as well as the most affordable). It's quick and easy to apply on the go, and again, it leaves the skin looking glowy and almost juicy. This one lasts the longest of the three on me, and it never cakes up. It layers well up to almost medium coverage, I'd say, and there's a good amount of shades to choose from, especially for a drugstore product. I'd say this is more for normal to dry skin, but if you're looking for an affordable cushion foundation for more oily skin I'd recommend the Maybelline one - my sister swears by it.
What's your favorite sheer base product?