L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation £7.99 - Link
L'Oreal Infallible Primer £7.99 - Link
Hola lovelies, I'm back off my jollies and must apologise for the lack of posts this month, I was literally so busy on the run up to my holiday that I did neglect my blog a little but I'm all refreshed and back to it! Normally I tend to shy away from drugstore/highstreet foundations just purely for the reason I am yet to find one that lives up to my higher end favourites, however after hearing some rave reviews surrounding both the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation and Mattifying Primer I knew I had to give both of these a shot!
The L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is described as a matte foundation that reduces the appearance of shine for up to 24 hours, and perfectly glides and fuses on the skin without leaving a cakey or dull effect. When I heard that this was a thicker foundation I was a little dubious about using it as I often find thicker foundations can venture into cake mode rather quickly. So I did start off a little gently with this to make sure I steered well clear of cake mode, but I have to admit I found that this blended into the skin rather easily and smoothly. Because the foundation is thicker I do find that this works better if I apply with my fingers first and then blend with a brush, as it just allows the foundation to heat up in my fingertips.
Application wise because this is a full coverage foundation I like to go in with a small pea sized amount first to create a lightweight base to begin with and then go over any areas that need a little more coverage such as blemishes or dark circles. What I have noticed about this foundation is that it doesn't leave your skin looking flat as this is something I have found can happen with matte foundations, instead this looks lightweight and gives the skin a healthy radiant glow.
This foundation has some great lasting power also when worn individually or teamed with the Infallible Primer. On its own I find it lasts anywhere from the 6-8 hour mark and when worn with the primer around the 8-10 hour mark. During the day it continues to look fresh also, and never patchy which is a big bonus especially if you suffer from oily skin and there is something so satisfying when you remove your makeup at the end of the day and see your foundation on the cloth (no? Maybe it's just me) knowing that it has stayed put all day! I can't comment on the 24 hour lasting power as claimed by L'Oreal because let's be honest who wants to wear foundation for 24 hours straight?
The only slight negative I would say about the range is the lack of shades, I think there are around 6 shades which is a disappointment for a product so great. Hopefully down the line they will add more shades to the range after seeing how popular the foundation has become!
The L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer is a matte base product that locks in shine while instantly transforming the skins texture, resulting in a matte finish and velvet soft touch. The primer itself does appear like a thick gel like consistency when applied from the tube, however once applied on the skin it feels extremely lightweight and glides on smoothly. As a silicone based primer this helps to refine the skins texture whilst smoothing the appearance of pores and fine lines. I find that a little goes a long way with this, and you only need the smallest amount to cover your face.
Now I have to admit I haven't noticed a lot of difference when it comes to reducing the appearance of pores, but I can say this does create the perfect matte base for foundation application. Now as someone with oily skin creating a matte base is often perfect but it's keeping that base matte that's the pain. Since using this however I have found that this does help keep the shine at bay throughout the day, with little to no need for blotting paper or powders. If you do suffer the odd shine patch you can use this primer on top of the skin also to act as a blotting product. Not only have I found this primer to help reduce shine this also helps prolong the wear of makeup which is a big plus, and I have to say this primer has left me pleasantly surprised in a good way!
Overall I'm glad I jumped on the bandwagon as I have been pleasantly surprised by both products, and for a mere £7.99 a piece both products have delivered the same quality and rival luxury products. With no shiny t-zone in sight this dynamic duo packs some serious mattifying punch that has me seeing thicker foundations in a new light.
I'd love to know your thoughts on L'Oreal's Infallible Foundation and Primer!