The wait is finally over – the L’Oréal Infallible Matte Foundation has finally reached Australian shores. Promising matte-but-not-flat, long-lasting full coverage, this foundation has so far exceeded all expectations. Want to know what I think about this new-comer so far? Believe the hype, friends. It’s real.
I’ve been wearing this foundation non-stop for the past two weeks. Not because I had to, but because I can’t put it down. So, I’ve had ample time to gather my thoughts whilst figuring out its application, wear, mixing it with things, testing it with different primers, etc; and now I feel I can share them with you all! Which is great, as this baby will be waiting for you at your nearest L’Oréal stockist as of July 1. Grab a cup of tea – it’s a long review!
Let’s start with specifics.
L’Oreal has outlined what can be expected from both these products in their packaging, which I think is excellent as it makes it so easy to identify what they offer.
Both the foundation and primer retail for $29.95 each, come in a travel friendly squeeze tube which contains 35ml of product. The foundation is oil-free and contains an SPF 11. The consistency is not runny, but not thick – a happy, creamy medium. I use the shade 22 – Radiant Beige. This is an OK match for winter, just a pinch light, and has yellow undertones which suit my skin best. For reference, I’m a MAC NC30 and have normal to combination skin; although in the last few weeks it’s gone a little bit oilier due to hormonal changes. There are only 7 shades available in Australia, although the US has 12.
The Infallible Matte Foundation has impressed me since the very first application. It provides a perfect medium to full coverage with a demi-matte finish. It’s not flat at all; I usually favour a satin finish for my base, but this looks beautiful on the skin. So for those who are a bit intimidated by the word matte (i.e. non-oily skin gals), don’t worry – I am sure you can work with this product all the same! It feels very lightweight and comfortable on the skin, which I love. I can’t think of anything worse than feeling makeup on your face.
The L’Oréal Infallible line is designed to be long lasting, and this is certainly the case with the Infallible Matte Foundation. I usually apply my makeup at 7-7:30am, and don’t remove it until 8pm, sometimes later. In the time I’ve used it so far, one thing remains unchanged – whether I wear it for 8 hours or 12+ hours, this baby holds up extremely well! Come the end of the day, it looks like it did when it was first applied. No settling into pores or accentuating lines. I have a lot of trouble keeping any foundation on my chin and nose, and I can safely say this is one of the few that is still holding on strong at the end of the day.
L’Oréal also claims the Infallible Matte to be water-proof, sweat-proof and steam-proof. The only thing I can attest to is that it’s definitely sweat proof. I’ve worn it outdoors in the sun for half a day whilst running around (I live in the tropics, it’s humid and usually 20-24 degrees during the day in “winter”) and it’s held up brilliantly.
With this foundation, I can skip concealer (except for the under-eye area, hello eye bags!). I am usually a light to medium coverage lover, but I have been enjoying the solid medium to high coverage this provides. I wouldn’t say this is extremely full coverage – skin still looks like skin, which I love. If you like fuller coverage, the Infallible Matte seems to build OK – I wouldn’t recommend packing on too many layers as it may result in some caking… and we all know that ain’t cute.
So far, I’ve tried applying it with my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush, a Beauty Blender and my fingers; and for me each of these provided a different, but non-the-less lovely finish. I reach for the Silk Finish brush to buff the product into the skin when I want fuller coverage, the Beauty Blender to push the product into my skin when I want medium coverage, and my fingers to dab it on when I want a more natural finish. The foundation dries quickly, so I’d recommend applying it in sections.
The only bad thing I’ve found about the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is that it will cling to dry patches or flakes really badly – I learned this the hard way. If you have any, I strongly recommend gently exfoliating the skin to ensure a smooth application. Because of this, I’d say if you’re on the drier side, this foundation may not work for you.
The primer is a light-weight, mattifying, silicone primer. It smooths over fine lines and blurs pores nicely. It really does make the foundation glide on with ease. These two together are a dream team; if you’re thinking of nabbing the foundation, I would also recommend picking up the primer. However, that’s not to say it’s completely necessary. I’ve tried the foundation on its own and with other primers (Hourglass, Chanel) and it’s still lovely. I’ve also mixed the Infallible Matte Foundation with my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and I loved the combination! The primer with a different base is OK, but I find that I definitely need to set my base with powder, as some oils will come through (with the Infallible Matte Foundation, I skip powder).
Things to consider:
– Shade range may be limited.
– Those with drier skin may have trouble making this work for them.
– Clings to dry patches.
– It sets very quickly, so make sure to work in sections.
– Price point is on the higher end of the ‘drugstore’ spectrum.
In short – this is a fantastic foundation, and combined with the primer, it makes for the perfect base! I haven’t been so impressed with a non-high end foundation since trying Bourjois base products. I definitely recommend picking it up.
Hope I didn’t miss anything and that you found this review helpful. I wanted to make it as detailed as possible so you can make up your mind about picking up these products! Just remember foundation is a very personal thing, and while it’s worked for me, it may not work for you.
Have you tried it? Are you thinking of getting it? Let me know your thoughts!