I'm always on the hunt for a nice pale foundation - something that matches well, has good coverage and doesn't give that ghost / mask look. My usual pale foundation is Revlon ColorStay in #150 Buff but I'm not a fan of the consistency, it reminds me of paint! I saw a few tweets about the new L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation and since being a fan of their previous foundations (L'Oreal Infallible Foundation and L'Oreal True Match Foundation) I decided to purchase it.
I picked up the lightest of 6 shades, #10 Porcelain, which I was pretty happy with. I have combination skin so I got the matte finish, but there is a dewy finish for those with dry skin. It was €12.29 (£7.99) in Boots, which makes it a very affordable foundation to purchase for everyday wear.
What They Say
L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation is a matte result that lasts up to 24 hours. Clinically proven; waterproof, steamproof. All the comfort, none of the shine. Perfect coverage. No Cakey effect. Easy to apply, enriched with perlite technology, and reduces the appearance of shine up to 24 hours.
The ResultsThe texture and consistency are really nice, it's very soft and typically doesn't feel too heavy on the skin or sticky (as Colorstay can). The colour suited well and didn't oxidise during the day. It looked well on the majority of my face but I hated it on my t-zone - dry patches, melted off, etc.
I think the trick with this foundation is finding an application method that really works for your skin. I tried with a Sigma SS187 Stipping Brush which resulted in some dry patches around my nose and a very light coverage. I also tried with Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush, which resulted in good coverage but a slightly cakey "I'm wearing foundation" look. Then after few hours it "separated" between brows and around my nose.
I found it works best when you add an extra layer of moisturiser (if applying it a few hours after your morning skincare routine), then primer and then apply the foundation using a Beauty Blender. It can still cling to dry patches / dehydrated areas which aren't visible on naked skin so that's something to keep in mind, I would only use this on really good skin days.
Would I repurchase?Although there are things I like about this foundation I won't be rushing out to repurchase it. Just like Revlon ColorStay you have to work fast with this, it quickly turns from liquid to powder. I found that unless I went with a very light layer using a sponge then it was pretty obvious that I was wearing foundation, looked cakey and creased under my eyes.
The majority of the time it then went patchy in places as it separated / gathered in oily areas (t-zone) and emphasised dry areas (around the nose and blemishes) that weren't all that noticeable without foundation. I did like it much better when applied with a sponge but I still wasn't completely happy. I was never quite sure how it was going to look when applied so it wouldn't be one that I regularly reach for.What are your thoughts on this foundation? Have you tried the dewy finish, how was it?
|FOUNDATION - RIGHT AFTER APPLICATION|