I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a foundation addict. I love trying new foundations, whether it be drugstore (I don’t discriminate!) or high-end, I’m totally interested.
I recently picked up L’Oreal Infallible Foundation on my recent trip to CVS because I had some extra-cash to blow that was ready to expire (literally – it was around 11:30 PM and it expires at midnight).
I’ve tried L’Oreal’s Infallible Lipgloss in the past and √ Liked it, Recently tried their new Infallible Eyeshadows and √ Loved it. So naturally, I became curious to see if their other products were just as good.
L’Oreal Infallible Foundation claims to provide 18 hours of flawless, fade-proof and shine-free coverage, while withstanding heat and humidity and providing sun protection (SPF 20). It’s also supposedly ideal for all skin types.
I chose Nude Beige, which is alright, but it’s not the best match for my skintone. It’s a little too neutral (gray) for me, but it’s workable. It seems like a good match, but when blended, it appears slightly darker.
Alright, so the consistency of the product is pretty nice. I was expecting it to be thick, considering many say it has pretty good coverage, but it’s actually on the thin side (not runny or watery – somewhat comparable to Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation). It’s definitely thinner than Maybelline Superstay Foundation and Revlon Colorstay Foundation. It’s light and creamy and blends nicely. Just make sure to give it a good shake before you apply it.
The coverage is a light medium, that is buildable to a higher-medium coverage, but it never fully reaches a full coverage. I have a couple red blemishes (Thank you, Infallible) on my cheek and it doesn’t conceal the redness 100%. I’d like to mention that it builds very nicely. While testing out the coverage, I actually built three thin layers and it didn’t look cakey. Two coats is pretty good coverage for me though. One light coat with a standard flat foundation brush, and an additional with a stippling foundation brush. I’ll make sure my face is primed/moisturized, so the foundation won’t adhere to any dry areas.
The finish is semi-matte, with a slight radiance. I don’t feel the need to set with a powder, but after a few hours I’ll get a little shiny, so especially for those who are prone to shine, powdering is probably a good idea.
I don’t find the staying power to be very good though for a foundation that states to last for 18 hours. There are extremely mixed reviews for the wear time – some say it lasts for 12 hours, some say it merely lasts 3 hours. On my skin, this foundation fades a bit within 5 hours and has faded considerably after 8 hours. It’s definitely not the worst, it’s pretty average for a drugstore foundation, but I had higher expectations for it. Maybelline Superstay definitely beats the wear time in my experience with the two.
So here comes the bad news. It broke me out. And I mean, it broke me out like crazy. I look like a hormonal teenager. After wearing it for one day, I woke up with several pimples on both cheeks, in my hairline, above my eyebrows and even a nice large on one of my ears. WTH!? I think this is the first pimple I’ve had on my ear in my life.
I think this is a foundation you’ll either love or hate. Unfortunately, I can’t say I love it, and I won’t be wearing it again due to the break-outs and the not-so-great color match. I think the claims for this foundation are a little too large. Otherwise, it’s not all that bad.
PROS: This foundation has a light texture with easy blendability, a good medium coverage and a pretty nice finish. The color selection is decent (14 shades), that caters to light, medium and dark skintones.
CONS: Although I don’t find this foundation to be at all cakey, it can look very unnatural if too much is applied. This foundation claims to be shine-proof, but I experienced shine in a short amount of time and my skin right now is actually on the drier to normal side. Also, the wear-time doesn’t come close to it’s claims. It claims to last for 18 hours, but I’d say 8 at best – which is pretty average. The biggest con is that it broke me out badly. I haven’t had a product break me out this bad in years. Lastly, I purchased this for $14.99 at CVS, which I think is a joke for a drugstore foundation.
PACKAGING: The packaging is great. It comes in a lightweight glass bottle with a pump dispenser. No messy hands here!
OVERALL: Your mileage will vary with this foundation. I would say it’s mostly ideal for those looking for a medium coverage with normal to combination skin, as the semi-matte finish can accentuate dry skin, and the shine that appears within a few hours can be bothersome to those with oily skin. I’ve read several reviews and they are extremely mixed. There are those with dry, normal, oily and acne-prone skin that love it – and there are those that hate it. I would of course forewarn those with sensitive or acne-prone skin to take precaution, as this foundation can cause breakouts.
I’m really curious to know if any of you tried this foundation. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!