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Friday, 14 August 2015

Review | L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation

I picked up L'Oreal's Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation in shade 10 'Porcelain' a few weeks back now; I had high hopes for a base that offered a great coverage with a matte finish and a good amount of lasting time. I've never yet needed a base that lasts 24 hours but if I can manage 14 I'll be happy! Claiming to offer a medium-texture yet full-coverage, non-cake base for 24-hour matte perfection, this sounded like a strong contender for my perfect base product!
L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation Review
The squeezy tube has quite a fine nozzle once you remove the screw-cap, making it easy to dispense the right amount of product. The foundation is quite runny in formula, which makes it easy to spread over the skin and means a little goes a long way. I have to admit I have really struggled to get to grips with applying this; as well as clinging to even the slightest bit of dry skin (which makes it a nightmare if you've had a spot or a bit too much sun!), I also found that it basically headed straight for my pores and sat in them looking frankly horrible. Not cool. The photos below show my skin on a fairly good day, on the left with just primer, and on the right with primer and foundation. As you can see, 'Porcelain' is a pretty perfect shade match for me.
L'Oreal Infallible Matte Before & After
I've found an application method that kind of works, but it does take some doing, so this really isn't a foundation I'd go for when I'm in a hurry; I need a good ten minutes just for my base, whereas usually I can do my whole face inside ten minutes! I've tried this over a few primers and have found it works best for me over Benefit's The POREfessional, which is a shame as that's far from my favourite primer... I've been applying the foundation directly to my skin from the tube, then buffing in with my dampened Beauty Blender; this seems to be the best way to reduce the pore problem. I've then been buffing in a little more with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which doesn't work for application straight off, but seems to help in blending out the product pooled in my pores. Below you can see, mostly on my nose, how the foundation gathers in my pores after application with the Beauty Blender.
L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation Pores
Once it's on, the finish is definitely matte and is one I could get away without powdering to set; it's not chalky or unnatural, just soft and matte. I do still powder over it, mostly through habit and also because my skin is just so oily! I'd hope after all that fuss to get it on my face in the first place, that it would stay put. Sadly, I've found that oil starts to show through within 1-2 hours and the foundation seems to go patchy after about six hours - falling well short of the 24 hour claims. This has really been an all-round disappointment to me, and more so because I had such high hopes for it I think!
FOTD L'oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation
[Products used: Benefit The POREfessional; L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte
Foundation in 10 'Porcelain'; Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer in 'Light';
George Silky Pressed Powder; Deborah Milano Natural Blusher in 'Cherry';
Makeup Revolution I ♥ Brows Kit in 'The Fairest Of Them All';
L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation is priced at £7.99 for 35ml of product and is available in six shades. Overall, it's far from the best base I've tried and it's not one I'd choose in future, because it's just such a faff to use and doesn't really give the results I'd hoped for! Have you tried L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation? How did you get on? I'd love to hear if you have any tips to share on how you've made it work for you?



  1. I've heard such wonderful things about this and wanted to give it a go, and the only reason I haven't bought it yet is because I can't work out what shade I need (stupid shop lighting). Maybe I'll just be sticking to my trusty Rimmel Match Perfection then powder all over - I love a matte finish. I might give this a go if it's on a good offer but now I won't be going out of my way to pick it up. Thanks for your honest review.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  2. I really like this foundation. I do find it is a little bit fiddly to blend well and takes a little longer to apply than others. I like it best is used with fingers then I bounce over it with a sponge afterwards. Once it's on, though, it lasts super well for me. I have really quite oily skin and I was finding that with Revlon Colorstay I was starting to get oily really quickly (after about 3 hours). Combined with the Max Factor primer, I can get through most of the day without blotting with the L'oreal, so for me it's worth the extra effort. I went on a city break at the weekend and did a LOT of walking up steep hills/ sightseeing. I kept getting hot and was convinced my make up would slide, but no, it still stayed put! Em x

  3. Aww I was so excited to pick this up when I go to Australia next month, but I'm super oily too so I probably wouldn't buy it. My wallet says thanks! Haha :)

  4. I have not tried this yes, I have always only heard great things - so have been curious to try it. But I had so many other foundations in my possession that I have not had a chance to. But sounds like I may skip it, I am not fond of foundations that are difficult or more time consuming to apply. :(

  5. I haven't tried this foundation, but I think it would be a disaster on my dry skin. Sinking into pores is a no-no for me, so I'll definitely pass on this!

  6. Too bad about the staying on power, I was so hoping it would be a good one x

    Pink Frenzy


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