Drugstore cosmetics companies have been releasing tons of fun new products for the new year, and one of the items I knew I wanted to get my hands on was L’Oreal’s new Infallible Pro-Matte liquid foundation, which advertises an air-light texture and barely-there feel with a flawless, demi-matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours.
I bought my bottle at Bed Bath and Beyond because I knew I could use one of their 20% off coupons. This foundation is on the spendy end of drugstore products and regularly priced around $15. These are currently found in their own special display with some new Infallible powders, but they’re all new, permanent items that I imagine will eventually find a home among the other L’Oreal products.
I really enjoy that the squeeze tube is slim and lightweight, and you do get a full ounce of foundation inside, which is great.
Right up front, I found that it was difficult to locate a shade match. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find any information on L’Oreal’s website suggesting shade comparisons to their True Match line (L’Oreal helps you locate your True Match shade here), as I find that to be an easier system to navigate. The Infallible bottles have windows to the foundation, but the plastic is matte and makes all of the shades look lighter than they are as well as more difficult to differentiate.
I first purchased shade 103 Natural Buff, which on the L’Oreal website appears to be the third lightest shade, but in the display I found it was the second lightest, as they didn’t stock the palest shade. It ended up being a bit too dark and yellow for my skin, so I traded it in for 102 Shell Beige, which is much closer to my skin and leans a little pink, though I will say that I don’t think the pink tone is as obvious in Shell Beige as the yellow was in Natural Buff.
Here’s a swatch of 103 Natural Buff:
And here’s 102 Shell Beige:
The lighting in these hand swatch photos is washing out the colors, but hopefully it still gives you an idea of the difference in the two shades. 102 Shell Beige is still just a touch darker than my skin right now, but it definitely works and I think it will be quite usable throughout most of the year. In general, I’d suggest picking a shade lighter than you might think you need, as they end up looking darker on skin than they do in the bottle.
This foundation claims to basically be both lightweight and long-wearing. L’Oreal’s created a handy label on the back of the bottle that sums up the qualities the makeup offers. Infallible Pro-Matte is supposed to give an oil-controlling demi-matte finish and medium coverage with an air-light texture, and last up to 24 hours.
I do find that the foundation feels pretty light and fluid on the hand. It comes in a great little squeeze tube, so there’s no mess and I don’t squeeze out too much product all at once. The foundation applies nicely with what is generally my favorite foundation brush, the Sephora Pro #47, and when I use it I get pretty high coverage. I actually prefer using the Beauty Blender to apply it, though, because I get an even thinner layer of it while still achieving medium coverage. I’m someone who prefers to wear lighter layers of foundation because I think it creates a more flattering finish on skin, and I enjoy how much coverage this foundation offers while still feeling pretty light on skin.
It dries really quickly, which I think is another reason I don’t favor the brush. I squirt the product on my hand and dip into it (with a brush or sponge) directly from there and work on one section of my face at a time. I don’t recommend dotting it all over your face at once simply because of how quickly it dries.
The foundation is really easy to smoothly apply to skin, and it does dry to a demi-matte finish that doesn’t make skin look overly flat or dry-looking. With a thin layer on, the natural skin will still shine through a bit and I think it’s pretty flattering. It doesn’t emphasize fine lines, and it seems to hide pores and other texture imperfections a little, as well. If I have a specific spot that I need to conceal, I don’t find that the foundation can necessarily cover it on its own and I add a little bit of concealer (in contrast to, say, the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation, which I find can generally be layered in specific areas to fully conceal imperfections).
You can click the image above to enlarge and take a better look at my skin.
You can also take a look at my review of the Etude House BB cream in order to see what the L’Oreal Pro-Matte looks like layered over a luminous product.
The foundation dries quickly and doesn’t necessarily need to be set with powder, but I often run a little bit of silk powder (DreamWorld Hermetica’s Whipped Peach finishing powder – review) over it before moving on with the rest of my makeup. I’d definitely say it’s better than average at controlling oil, but it’s not a miracle. I do typically use some blot powder once during the day on my nose, the one part of my face where it breaks through. The rest of my face stays demi-matte without any maintenance, which is pretty normal for my combination skin.
The foundation otherwise wears really well throughout the day, and never creases, cracks, fades, or starts to look heavy. It also feels pretty nice to the touch – lightweight, dry, and soft. Not completely undetectable, but still skin-like.
While people generally shouldn’t be wearing foundation for 24 hours at a time, I have had a chance to test how it holds up over 18 hours on a particularly long and stressful day of travel, and I’m happy to say I had really good really good luck. I just needed to blot my nose, but I was happy with how I looked at the end of it. This will be a nice product to reach for on long days when I can’t continually check myself in a mirror.
One note I wanted to make is that because it’s so long-wearing, I’ve had to switch up my brush and face cleansing routine a little when I wear it. A little facial cleanser seems to clean the product off my brush better than my normal Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, and I noticed that my current makeup removing wipes from Kirkland Signature (Costco’s generic) weren’t doing to job on my face so I remove it with coconut oil before going in with my normal cleanser.
The bottom line:
I really like this foundation. I personally enjoy a little more luminosity than this one provides, but the texture is so nice and the long-wearing nature of it is so practical that it’s an easy one to reach for. The slim little tube is easy to pack away in a makeup bag, as well. This may replace the True Match liquid foundation (review) for me, as while they both have demi-matte finishes and I love True Match’s shade selection and consistency, True Match does make me shinier in the center of my face and Infallible deals with oil better and lasts longer. It has no SPF in it, so it’s up to you to layer that underneath (or not, if perhaps you’re expecting flash photography). It’d be nice if it was easier to locate the correct shade, and it’d be nice if it were cheaper, but I don’t see either of those as serious deal-breakers. It’s still cheaper than any foundation at Sephora and eventually will be subject to brand sales and coupons just like any other L’Oreal product, and so I’d suggest holding off from purchasing it at full price simply because of that.
Above is a finished face of makeup, where I’m also wearing: L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer in Light (used mostly as a highlighting concealer; mentioned on the blog here), DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Whipped Peach (review), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (review), a little bit of Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Berry Pop on my cheeks, NYX brow pencil in Medium Brown and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil on my brows, L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara (review) and Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool right at the base of my lashes, and some plain lip balm.
Infallible Pro-Matte foundation ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU DIMETHICONE ISODODECANE NYLON-12 ACRYLATES/POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER SILICA BUTYLENE GLYCOL PEG-10 DIMETHICONE ISOHEXADECANE ISONONYL ISONONANOATE PENTYLENE GLYCOL SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE MAGNESIUM SULFATE PHENOXYETHANOL CAPRYLYL GLYCOL ACRYLATES COPOLYMER DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE CALCIUM GLUCONATE PERLITE MAGNESIUM GLUCONATE TOCOPHEROL ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES ]
The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte liquid foundation costs $14.99 for 1 fl. oz. and is available at drugstores. They’re currently featured in special displays, but don’t worry if you haven’t spotted a display yet, these should be permanent and easy to find soon enough.
Have you tried it? What do you think?