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L'Oreal Infallible Foundation
Member Name: Kitchenbunny
L'Oreal Infallible Foundation
Advantages: Good longevity, luminosity and fresh scent
Disadvantages: Product is prone to rubbing off
I'm a long term fan of Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation for it's long term finish. Times are hard, so I thought I'd try a lower priced foundation that promised something similar. My eyes were immediately caught by the L'Oreal advertising campaigns with smooth skinned beautiful women and the captions that say about "All Day Radiance". I thought I'd give it a go, and here are my thoughts on it.
A smoothly curved bottle with a red dispenser, topped by a clear cap. This lets you see the shade and level of foundation left in the bottle easily. On the front, it proudly states "Infallible Make Up Lasting Perfection Foundation. Fights the signs of make-up meltdown. 16H All Day Radiance. Non-Transfer." On the back, it gives a bit more description about the product and it's composition, as well as having a peel-back section to see the full list of ingredients.
Price and Range:
I paid the £12.29 for the 30ml bottle and chose a shade which was surprisingly close to my own skin tone - normally the L'Oreal foundation shades are too orange for my skin so it was a nice surprise. I chose shade 125 - Natural Rose. There are about 7 different shades varying from palest Porcelain to tanned Golden Sun.
On the back of the bottle it states it has Co-Resistium Technology with Hydra-Luminous complex to help against make-up meltdown and to keep skin looking fresh all day. This product is for all skin types, and I'm pleased to say I didn't have any adverse reactions to it. It is also SPF15.
When I first pumped some product from the sleek red nozzle, I immediately noticed how powdery it felt. I put a little on my fingertips and started on my cheeks. The coverage wasn't what I was hoping for and I ended up needing to put on more product than I thought as some of the foundation had settled into my fingerprints and wasn't going onto my face. When I did get the coverage I wanted, it took about 15-30 minutes to settle down but then I was impressed with the finish. My skin did look dewy and fresh with good coverage. I applied some more make up on top of it and it stayed put - another bonus.
The smell is nice and light - it's a fresh scent that goes with the promise of luminous cheeks.
Duration and Testing the Non-Transfer Claim:
I have to say that I have given this product quite a rigorous workout. The first time I tried it, I did a couple of hours of housework while the weather was really warm, followed by some gardening. I did sweat, which is good so my skin is breathing, but the foundation didn't melt that much. At the end of the day, my face did look similar to how it was when first made up. My nose and forehead had suffered a little meltdown, as had my chin, but the rest of it didn't look too bad. It removed easily as well.
I did test the foundation very heavily on it's Non-Transfer promise. I took a trip by motorbike and naturally was full of hopes that the make-up would stay put. Sad to say that after application, the helmet had rubbed away a fair bit of foundation from areas under the helmet. For day to day use though where the only transfer will be rubbing a jumper while putting it on, or blowing your nose I'd say this isn't too bad (although I did see a foundation blotch on a tissue after a sneeze.)
Would I buy this product again? Probably not. I'll use it to the end of the bottle as I think it's worth it for day to day use, but for hot days and biking I shall look elsewhere.
Summary: A good try but there are better foundations out there.