Recently there have been released many new foundations, both drugstore and high end and even though I definitely don't need a new one right now, the curiosity to try the next most perfect foundation takes the better of me. After rather disappointing experience with the new Maybelline Dream Touch foundation I just had to test the latest offerings from L'Oreal: the Infallible Mattifying Foundation and Primer.
I don't reach for a primer every day but if I want my makeup to last longer and look better I definitely use it and have my favourites, like The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser and Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer. So picking up this L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer, (£6.99), was basically the excuse 'for the blog' to test it out. But I'm really glad I got it because it's a very good primer.
It comes in a squeezy tube, containing 35ml of product which has clear gel-like consistency. It reminds me Maybelline Baby Skin primer but is definitely less silicon-y and doesn't feel greasy on the skin. The L'Oreal Infallible Primer feels very lightweight and leaves the skin instantly mattified. It doesn't do much in regards of blurring pores or lines but definitely keep the shine at bay for longer. I tested it under a foundation which normally looks very shiny on my skin after 3-4 hours and it extended its wear time for good 2 hours. I think this is a great primer for oily/combination type of skin as it really does make a difference to how long the skin stays matte.
The Infallible Mattifying Foundation, (£6.99), just like the primer, comes in a squeezy tube with 35ml of product. There is 6 shades to choose from and the one I've chosen for myself is #12 Natural Rose which is quite a good match for my Winter pale skin. The foundation has quite lightweight consistency but offers a medium to full coverage and still doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all. The finish is matte but doesn't look cakey and flat. It makes my skin look nearly flawless, it doesn't settle in my pores or lines and while it clings tiny bit to dry patches it doesn't particularly accentuate them.
It blends beautifully in to the skin with any makeup brush or Beauty Blender which is my preferred method of applying any foundation, especially those with full coverage.
I'm really loving how this foundation looks on my skin.
But what really impressed me the most while using the Infallible Mattifying Foundation is its staying power and the ability to control the shine. Normally, most of my foundations start to show signs of wearing off on the tip of my nose and on my chin after 4-5 hours, with this one, even 6-7 hours after applying it on my skin, it still looks as good as at the beginning. After around 4 hours I can see the tiniest bit of natural oils coming through which makes the foundation looks even better, more dewy but not shiny or oily. I notice some signs of the foundation wearing off from my nose and chin after 8-9 hours which is really amazing and through all this time I don't need to blot/powder my face at all.
I tested this foundation with and without primer and, in my opinion, it performs just as good on its own. I even don't need to set it with a powder which is something I always do with my foundations, I still do it though because I think the rest of powder products like blush/bronzer blend better with a bit of powder underneath but I like to have the option.
If you haven't guessed already I'm very impressed with this new L'Oreal foundation and it has become my favourite base product at the moment. The primer is nice but the foundation really is a little gem from drugstore for those with combination/oily skin who likes higher coverage without looking like wearing a mask.
Have you tried any of these new base products? What was your experience?
Ps. Personal update.
Me and my boys are getting much better, just in time for our trip :) I'll be back with a new post on Monday the 30th, and talk to you then :)