Product Review | L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This is a bit long overdue, but I've had quite the adventure with this foundation. From wrong shades, to mixed feelings...
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation ($12.99*) comes in a variety of 12 shades. First off I picked up the shade 102 Shell Beige since it was the lightest shade in the store. I was a bit surprised cause it was a tad yellow and dark for me, but all the shades seem to run a little yellow? Already, not great.
*pricing depends on your local drugstore

I decided I'd try to make it work. And it did, sorta. I figured I could still test the formula and how it wore and then just mention the color match was off. But then I discovered there WAS a lighter shade, and luckily for me it was a better match. So I've been playing around with the 101 Classic Ivory as well.
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte swatch (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte swatch (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte swatch blended out (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
You can kind of see that where it blends the most naturally, is where the 2 shades meet.
I've really put this foundation to the test and for a while now. I'm sorta glad (in a twisted and painful way) I'm doing this now because my weekend was a little wilder than usual, and I tried some new products and well, now my skin is paying for it. On the bright side you'll really see the coverage and performance. Here we go!
PS: I used the shade 101 Classic Ivory mixed with a little bit of the 102 Shell Beige (the amount of one dollop in swatch above, combined) and applied with my Sigma F82 round top kabuki.
a picture of skin Before L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte
As you can see I have quite a bit of uneven skin tone/texture
a picture of skin After one layer of L'Oreal Infallible pro-matte
One layer evens out my skin tone nicely
a picture of skin close up of texture and coverage l'oreal infallible pro matte
As you can see there is still some redness peaking through and it's accentuating dryness & pores
a picture of Final results L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte on face
Final result (concealer, powder & blush)
Packaging : 4/5 I like the squeeze tube, it's convenient, it's hygienic, it's sleek. It's good, looks a little cheap and gets dirty easily, but good.
Coverage : 5/5 The coverage on this is pretty good as you can see, it evens out my skin tone and a little goes a long way. I'd say this is medium coverage (you can get a bit more coverage if you really build it up, which I don't recommend). 
Finish : 3/5 For a matte foundation with that amount of coverage, it's not that bad. It has a demi-matte finish so it's not too flat on your face. It's not really natural looking like my trusty Maybelline Dream Wonder but it doesn't look as thick as Revlon Colorstay let's say...It also can cling to dry patches and accentuate pores depending on your skin type so that also makes it look a little less "smooth & natural". You can see what I mean in the picture where it's blended out on my hand and the close up after an even layer...
Color match : 4/5  Technically I'm sorta the in between shade of 101 and 102 so it's good I have both and can mix them. However, if you have to get 2 shades to match, then it's $24.99 (depending where/when you buy it) and also I'm not sure everyone can find their perfect match with this...I don't know to me the selection seemed a bit off, maybe it was just the lighting in the store? haha 
Longevity : 3.5/5 It claims to be long wear and up to 24h at that! It definitely holds up pretty decently but my combo/dry skin (even with primer, powder and setting spray) got a little shiny and started to look a little cakey on my cheeks near my nose after 4 or 5 hours. 
Price : 5/5 Honestly, drugstore foundations are getting more and more expensive but they're also getting better and better! Considering it's closer to the $10 mark than $20, I'd say this is a fairly priced drugstore foundation.
Final score : 4/5 

Over all this is a great foundation, but I was not overly impressed with it, just because it wasn't performing on me the way I wanted it to. It is better suited for oilier skin and if that's your skin type I think you should definitely give it a try! If you have combination skin (that's on the oily side, but still gets annoying dry patches), I suggest you check out the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation, you can read my review on that one HERE! :)

Have you tried it? What is YOUR favorite drugstore foundation?

Talk to you soon,

-Val

**None of these photos were edited and were taken in natural light to show the truest results.

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