It’s time for another foundation review!
Though it’s not a new product, the hype for the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation has been explosive over this past year, so obviously I had to test it out…
First up, let’s get you acquainted with my skin sitch …
- Very Pale (I almost always purchase the fairest foundation shade in a collection)
- Extremely dry in the Winter, but combination in the Summer
- If I ever get oily, it is around my nose
- Hyperpigmentation from previous acne scars
- Occasional pimples, usually on the chin area
Because my skin suffers from severe dryness in the Winter months, I figured that the Summertime heat would be the perfect opportunity to test out this “Pro Matte” Foundation! Some of the claims that L’Oreal makes about this fan favorite foundation include:
- 11 Shade Options
- 24 Hour Wear Time
- Air-light Texture with a Demi Matte Finish
- Absorbs Sweat and Oil without Disturbing the Coverage or Finish
- Medium Coverage
Starting off with the shade, I think that this actually is a decent match for my pasty skin, and has a solid range overall. With 11 options available, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation has slightly more options than a typical drugstore foundation range, which usually only hold about 8. As per usual with foundations, the majority of the shade range centers around the “golden” to “tan” range, with fewer options at either end of the spectrum. Out of the 11 shades, I would consider 3 to be suitable for the very fair, and 3-4 suitable for deep skin tones. While you may not be able to find a perfect, exact match, it is likely you will find a shade that you can make work. As for me, while the lightest option is pale enough, it is more cool toned and pink rather than yellow toned, which I usually prefer. That being said, I’m fine working with the shade I have.
Next up I want to talk about initial application. I have tested this foundation two ways- both with a brush and a beauty blender. Out of the two options, the results were relatively predictable—with the brush providing a fuller, yet cakier coverage, and the beauty blender providing lighter coverage but with a more natural finish. This may be different for people with different skin types, but I found that when I applied this foundation with a brush, it cling onto dry patches on my cheeks, which I never even noticed I had before using this foundation. However, I don’t get the same problem when I use the beauty blender.
As far as the “medium coverage” claim goes, I would definitely agree. While the brush provided slightly more coverage, I didn’t notice such a huge difference between the finish of the brush and the finish of the beauty blender that would sway my opinion on which I prefer. And when it comes to whether or not you can build this foundation, I would give a noncommittal “eh”. Yes you can get more coverage with a second layer, and no it doesn’t really disrupt the product underneath if you do, but I did find that by building up this foundation I looked far cakier, and the product looked significantly heavier than it normally would when I try to build up coverage. But overall, one layer of this foundation is enough to even out my skin tone with a nice and natural look.
When it comes to finish, I would also for sure agree with the demi-matte claim. When first applied, this can look very matte, but throughout the day it looks more and more natural. I will say that I can tell already that this would be a nightmare for my extremely dry skin in the winter. As for the summer, I actually love the finish. One thing that I did notice (that I don’t find to be particularly significant) is the fact that I noticed my usual oiliness peek through at the corners of my nose by the end of the day. However, because tends to happen no matter what for me, it’s not a huge deal.
I also noticed that, while it did last a decent time, by the end of the day I would see the foundation break up slightly along my chin. I don’t know if that is because of the foundation itself, or simply because I tend to rest my chin on my hand at work. Either way, it is also something that I don’t find to be a big deal.
All in all, I think that this is definitely a great option for anyone looking for a high coverage foundation that won’t melt off your face in the summer months. However, for me personally, I would only be able to use it when the weather is at it’s hottest. For those of you with oily skin I think this might be a better fit (which is to be expected). So, in the end, it’s a good foundation but it’s not something I would write home about.
If any of you have tried this please let me know your thoughts down below! I would love to hear 🙂 Also don’t forget to check out my Instagram here!
Hope you’re having a great day,