I’ve said it time and time again, I’m a foundation fiend. I’ve bought 6 since December and I’m continually lusting after a list of about 10. This is not normal behaviour! So, as my NARS first impressions video did so well, I thought I’d strike whilst the iron is hot and test drive the new L’Oreal Infallible 24h-Matte Foundation (£6.99)….
As an oily t-zoned gal, I tend to favour more satin/matte finishes when it comes my foundation, especially as the seasons change to spring/summer and my natural oil wants to come out and play more. The new L’Oreal offering is a lightweight, non-cakey and matte finish for high coverage. In the past, many matte foundations with high coverage have been thick, cakey and generally – a nightmare.
In my ‘first impressions’ video, I applied the product in two ways – with a buffing brush and a damp beauty blender to see how the finish differed.
So, with this new style of foundation in my mind, I picked up the shade ‘Sand‘ which is the 5th darkest of the current 6 available shades. I don’t have the darkest skin by any stretch and I spent a good few minutes swatching the lighter shades – ‘Vanilla‘ sounded like a good match but it was so incredibly light on me. I hope the shade range improves over time because at the moment it’s pretty pants. My friend picked up ‘Porcelain‘ last night and it was way too light on her and she’s the palest gal I know. What I’m saying is – test out the shades first in store to avoid disappointment because buying blind isn’t the route to go down.
With foundations I either want a pump or a squeezable tube – thankfully this foundation comes in a tube and I can dispense as much foundation as I require. In the video, I squirted a pea-sized amount onto the back of my hand and this ended up covering 3/4 of my face. As with any foundation, start small and work your way up rather than overloading your face all in one go, especially with full coverage foundations. Once I’d buffed the foundation into my entire face, I found the coverage was medium and so I added a bit more to build the coverage up to full.
The texture is very light, almost whipped and blends very easily. When I first applied the foundation, I thought the consistency would mean that it would be quite hard to work with – not at all. Once your blending tool, whether it’s your fingers, a brush or beauty blender, starts doing the work, the foundation melts into he skin with ease and requires minimal effort.
I found the finish to be matte but with a natural luminosity which was unexpected but very welcomed. It gave the foundation a more 3D finish rather than looking very blank on the skin. I found I had to powder, mainly out of habit but not half as much as I normally would. The foundation didn’t break down over time, it let a little oil through but nothing too drastic that powder wouldn’t fix. I felt it was incredibly long-lasting and I’ve found myself reaching for it on a daily basis.
Have you tried this/what’s your favourite foundation?
Love, Kate xo
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