Wednesday 25 March 2015

BEAUTY: LOreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

I wasn't going to write about one of the latest foundation released from L'Oreal, mainly because a lot of bloggers have done. But when my L'Oreal True Match foundation (£9.99 from Boots) had run out I decided to buy the L'Oreal Paris Infalliable Matte foundation (£6.99 from Boots) - radical I know. When I first tried this foundation I wasn't impressed to be honest, which I was surprised about because I'd read so many positive reviews on other blogs. 
For reference here's a quick update on my skin at the moment - it's a combination of dry and oily (thanks pregnancy hormones), my preference is a fuller coverage foundation and I tend to use the Eco Tools buffing brush to apply my foundation. 

Right, back to the foundation...It just didn't sit nicely on my skin, didn't have the coverage I was looking for and seemed to take forever to blend in. None of which are qualities I look for in a foundation. I also didn't like the tube it comes in, it made it hard to squeeze out exactly the correct amount of product - a pump is a lot easier. Due to the squeezy tube it felt like I was getting through the foundation extremely quickly and for around £7 I want it to last for longer than 3 weeks. Another negative of this foundation is the shade range, it's limited compared to some of the other L'Oreal foundation ranges. I have extremely pale skin naturally and struggle to find a foundation that doesn't make me look yellow or orange. The C1 Rose Ivory shade of L'Oreal True Match foundation was the perfect colour match, which seems to be a rarity on the high street. But I couldn't find a shade of foundation in the Infallible Matte range that matched quite so perfectly, I ended up with 10 Porcelan which is very slightly darker than I would usually go for.
Having said all this you may think I really dislike this foundation but for me it was one I learnt to love, rather than it be an instant love like I had with NARS Sheer Glow, L'Oreal True Match and Estee Lauder Double Wear. I actually really like this foundation now and have found that a number of the issues I had with it have disappeared, as my skin and myself get used to working with this product. I've learnt that I actually have to apply more of this product than I usually would to get the desired coverage. I would usually use 1 1/2 pumps of True Match foundation over my whole face but I've needed more like the equivalent of 2 1/2 pumps of the Infallible Matte foundation. This isn't much of a problem, except the product will obviously run out quicker. 

When it comes to blending the Infallible Matte foundation I've found that a combination of a lot of buffing with a buffing brush and finally blending slightly with my fingers creates a smoother, more flawless appearance. Again, a bit more work than was required with the True Match foundation, but completely workable. 

Overall I now like this foundation, it's not a new favourite, but it's nice for everyday wear. It's not cakey and you can build up a good amount of coverage, with a bit of work.

How did you get on with this foundation?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

1 comment

  1. I have the same problem with foundations being too dark (even though I apply gradual tan). Foundations that are more on the matte side just don't work on my skin, so I tend to stay clear, even though I have combination/oily skin.
    Great review


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