L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation Review

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The second I heard about the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, I knew I had to try it. I’ve been on a major drugstore foundation kick lately and after trying the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation I didn’t really think I needed anymore. But, again a matte foundation draws in an oily-skinned girl like nothing else. According to L’Oreal, this foundation provides:

  • Long-lasting, buildable coverage that lasts for 24 hours
  • Air-light, barely there feel
  • Flawless, demi-matte finish

I’d been waiting for this to pop up at my local CVS, just incase I didn’t like it or needed another shade I could easily return it, but it was taking forever to show up. Then I saw it at Target and decided to just take the plunge despite the risk of either hating it or getting the wrong shade. I don’t mind the packaging of this foundation, it comes in a squeeze tube, but the window for showing the shade is kind of frosted so it’s hard to see clearly what’s inside. There’s also a metal tab covering the tip of the dispenser which is great because you know it’s never been used or touched, but you can’t actually see what the color looks like. I used the little pictures of the shades most brands typically give to decide on mine. I chose 104 Golden Beige.

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L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation in 104 Golden Beige

This foundation is pretty thin and lightweight as described by L’Oreal. They recommend using a “rolling motion for flawless coverage” so I used my beautyblender to apply this to my face with only moisturizer on, no primer, to really test out the 24 hour claim. I felt that it applied easily using the beautyblender and I do really like the “demi-matte” finish. It also is one of those foundations that dries down pretty quickly, even faster than the Maybelline Matte + Poreless that I recently review here. It felt smooth and I didn’t feel the need to powder. In terms of coverage, I would say it is a good medium-I went over the areas that needed more coverage with another light layer. I didn’t feel like it completely wiped out every single blemish, but my skin tone was evened out and the lighter areas of hyperpigmentation were covered. FYI, I’ve also applied this using a brush and I really do recommend the beautyblender. I found that it accentuated any dry areas when using a brush and wasn’t as easy to blend.

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L to R: bare face, L side covered, both sides covered, an extra layer just on places that needed it, full face

I agree that this foundation has an air-light feel, it’s probably the one of the lightest foundations I’ve ever tried. I do think moisturizing well before application is important here, as my face felt kind of dry after putting it on. Not in an uncomfortable, my skin feels tight kind of way, but I think the extra hydration would help to combat that feeling. After 3 hours of wear, it still looked awesome, pretty much just as good as when I first put it on. There was the slightest hint of oil around my nose, but just barely. By 6 hours, it was maybe a little shinier in the same area. The overall coverage was still there and I still didn’t really feel like I needed to touch up, but on closer inspection the foundation was starting to emphasize the areas of dryness on my cheeks & the sides of my mouth. Eight hours later and it actually looked slightly better in the dryness department, I think because I was getting a steam facial from cooking dinner! The coverage was still there and I was super impressed by how much my oil was controlled. With primer and setting powder I think this foundation would do even better.

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L to R: 3 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours after application. Please excuse the terrible lighting in the last two pictures.

The verdict is that I do like this foundation, but more so for the warmer months of summer. This is also good for long days when you don’t want to touch up a ton. The oil control was probably the best part of this foundation. It did emphasize some of my dry areas as the day went on when looking up close, but unless someone is really examining your face up close it’s not noticeable. So this is a pretty good buy in my book. I’m not sure how this would fare for someone with dry skin, I think it would accentuate the dryness more.

And I have to say I’ve been pretty impressed by the drugstore foundation offerings as of late! I kind of gave up on them after trying the Revlon PhotoReady of past years (did not like the glitter particles no matter how small) and the Neutrogena Healthy Skin (ironically broke me out). I’m eager to see what they come out with next!

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