Review: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

June 11, 2015



I am never the one to really be such a huge fan of matte foundations, especially ones from the drugstore. Since I have rather combination skin —where my skin can be a tad oily around my nose and dry everywhere else— I find that matte foundation really make my skin look a bit dull and lackluster, nor do I find that they mattify my nose area very much. That being said, I did not have very high expectations for the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. Even though I had heard a lot of other bloggers and beauty YouTubers talk about this foundation and say that it isn't too mattifying and there is still some radiance in the skin, I brushed it off because I figured that was them and not me. However, I am not going to say I was wrong, but I will also not say I was right.

The foundation itself is supposed to have a demi-matte finish (at least that's what L'Oreal has placed on the back of the packaging), so I do find that the claim for it to be a 24hr pro-matte foundation to be a bit misleading. It's going to give you enough of a matte finish where I don't feel the need to set the foundation because it does dry to an almost powdery finish, yet still letting your natural skin shine through on the first layer where you tend to be a little oiler. If I had to give a comparison of the finish of this foundation to another one in my collection, I would probably say it is similar to the Tarte Amazonian clay full coverage liquid foundation. You guys know that the Tarte foundation is my favorite foundation, so for me to compare the L'Oreal one to that is saying a lot. However, I definitely would not say it's a dupe by any means. I just think the finish is the same. The Tarte foundation is full coverage with a light texture and demi-matte finish, whereas the L'Oreal Infallible foundation is medium coverage with a light texture and demi-matte finish. The L'Oreal foundation also doesn't have SPF like my Tarte foundation does which is a con for me, but it's great if you are using it for flash photography.

I have applied this foundation three separate ways: Beauty Blender, bareMinerals precision face brush, and the RealTechniques buffing brush. I personally prefer using the beauty blender because I find that it gives a much more natural finish to the skin. I love using the bareMinerals precision face brush for all my foundation, but I find that I have to go back in with my beauty blender to really smooth the foundation out to keep it from pooling up in my pores and leaving streaks. If you are really after that full coverage and matte look, I definitely would recommend using the RealTechinques buffing brush for sure.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation

Now if you are like me and you hate matte finish, even semi-matte finish foundation, this is where I am going to show you my hacks. When I use this foundation, I love to use the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, or I will use a more illuminating primer like the Maybelline Master Prime by FaceStudio in Blur + Illuminate. You all know that the Maybelline primer is one of my favorites, and even though I just recently picked up the Hourglass primer, I still think it is a great one to use if you don't want a strong glow like I do. The Hourglass primer will give you a glow, but not as strong as the Maybelline one will.

If primers aren't just enough for you and you still want an even stronger glow, I love mixing in my NARS Copacabana Illuminator with the foundation —yes, even on top of an illuminating primer. Now I know what you are thinking, I'm totally going against the entire point of this foundation. I agree and I know, but the reason I am doing this is because I find that the coverage is really great. I haven't found a foundation this great of coverage from a drugstore foundation in a really long time. I know it may seem like a lot of work in the morning, but by doing this, I get the exact coverage and finish from this foundation that can last me all day. It's matte where I need it and glowing where I want it without needing touch ups by the late afternoon. I can't attest to the 24 hour staying power, but I can attest to the 8-10 hour staying power. It lasts me an entire work/school day and that's exactly what I need.



In conclusion, whether you have been debating on purchasing this foundation, or if you are on the market for a new drugstore foundation, I would definitely check this baby out. I am aware that it does not have a great shade range (I am 101 Classic Ivory), but if you can find your shade, I would recommend giving it a try. If you have tried this foundation, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments down below and if you have found any beauty hacks for it!

xo,
embur.


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