Rarely do I feel the need to run out and buy a new foundation (probably because I am still trying to use up my foundation graveyard), however when I saw that the new L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation was released I had to try it! The main reason I had to track this down was because it claims to have 24 hour wear and a matte finish and it has been receiving pretty good reviews from US bloggers and vloggers.
Before you continue reading my review I do want to mention that I have oily combination skin, which means that I do look for a matte finish to my foundation (which will inevitably end up "dewy" after a few hours) and long wearing is a must because I wear makeup for at least 12 hours a day and I often struggle with makeup breakdown in my t-zone. I want to say from the very beginning that if you don't like a matte finish or you have dry skin then don't event consider getting this! I do have some strong opinions on this foundation (both good points and bad points) so keep reading if you want to see what I think of this foundation.
I bought this from Target when they were having 30% off, but you can buy it from any place that sells L'Oreal (Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Myer, Kmart etc etc). They have also released an Infallible Matte Priming Base.
This retails for $29.95 full priced (same price for the primer) which is definitely towards the higher end of a drugstore foundation. One positive is that this does contain 35ml of product compared to a standard 30ml.
I bought the shade 20 Sand which suits my skin really well, but there are only 6 shades in the range (compared to the US that has 12 shades).
This foundation claims to have a matte finish, be lightweight, non-cakey, last 24 hours, have a medium texture, high coverage and provide shine control.
We'll see how these claims hold up!
Before I talk about the actual product, I wanted to mention that I love the packaging! It is in a really small squeezy tube with a very fine applicator which allows for minimal mess and a lot of control over how much you dispense. I also love all of the details on the label as it shows all of the information in a very clear way and it would be very helpful when deciding which L'Oreal foundation would suit your needs.
In the above photo you can see me without foundation and me with one layer of the foundation (no powder, no primer). You can see that it does have a matte finish, it does cover a lot of redness and uneven skin tone and the colour match is great.
One thing that I have noticed about this foundation is that it is a lot thicker and more mousey than a regular liquid foundation. It applies a really nice thin layer that feels very lightweight and quickly dries to a matte powdery finish that doesn't look cakey (I will come back to this powdery finish soon). This also blends onto the skin beautifully and doesn't streak at all.
So it does tick most of the boxed with the claims, however I definitely doesn't provide a full coverage... I would say its a medium coverage that is slightly buildable. Also I haven't tested this for 24 hour (I have maybe worn it for 14-15 hours at the longest) but I do think it lasts a long time on the skin but it wears off a little patchy.
Pros: What I love about this foundation is that it definitely delivers on the matte claims. This is a very matte foundation and would suit people who have normal-oily skin. It also has a powder finish that means that you really don't need to set this foundation with a powder, and it is the only foundation that I have used that I can confidently wear without setting. This also lasts comfortably a whole working day for me (and beyond with a touch up). Even though the coverage isn't full, I think this is a really nice amount of coverage for a daily basis as it evens out the skin tone and can still look quite natural. This is also really lightweight, comfortable to wear and easy to apply.
Cons: My biggest con about this foundation is that it transfers. In the past week or two of using this there have been a couple of occasions where I have hugged someone when saying hello and my foundation has transferred onto their clothes which has been super embarrassing! I think the reason for this is that powder finish. My only other personal con is that it wears off around my nose, but I have learned that if I apply a waterproof concealer on my nose after I apply this then it all tends to stay in place all day. Some other general cons would be the shade range and that this is very drying and will cling to dry patches.
Overall as a daily foundation I love this! It is comfortable to wear and I know that once I have applied it then I don't really need to touch it up, repowder it or worry about it for the rest of the day. Although, I am very cautious of the transferring so I won't wear this to social events where I know I might be hugging people or wearing nice clothes that I don't want makeup to be transferred onto. I have been reaching for this foundation a lot lately and has become my go to work foundation. Even though there are other foundations that I love and that do last a longer without wearing off (eg Revlon Colorstay), I would still reach for this Infallible Mattifying Foundation on a daily basis because it is a lot lighter and more comfortable than any other long wearing foundations I have tried.
If you have oily skin or like a matte finish then I highly recommend trying this foundation out, but if you have dry skin/dry patches or dislike a matte powdery finish then I don't even entertain the idea of trying this foundation.
Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?