L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation

I'm a fussy one when it comes to foundations - I need something matte, high coverage and pale enough for my skin tone, and that's hard to find. Estee Lauder Double Wear is probably my favourite foundation but at £30 a bottle it's not exactly student budget friendly, so I went in search of a drugstore alternative. I still use my Double Wear, but only for nights out/special occasions etc.

I picked up the L'Oreal Infallible Matte foundation a few months ago and have been loving it ever since. The lightest shade, Porcelain, is great for my skin tone, but even the next shade, Vanilla, still works. When I got home from Barcelona I actually had a bit of a tan for once, so was using the Vanilla shade whilst that faded, and now I've gone back to Porcelain.

This foundation is definitely matte and if you have dry skin it may not work for you. My skin seems to be combination at the moment and sometimes if I use a bit too much it clings to my dry patches, but I find that as long as I use a good moisturiser it's normally fine. It's a full coverage foundation - not as full as Double Wear but not far off it either. It covers any blemishes and scarring well and is easy to apply.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation Review Porcelain Swatch
How the foundation looks on my skin. I'd already had it on for about 3 hours at this stage.

The issues only start to arise if you use too much, which I am guilty of doing at times. I suffered with very bad acne in my younger years and am still in the habit of piling the foundation on to cover it up, even though it's not much of a problem anymore. It becomes hard to blend after a few layers, but with the coverage this has, it's really not necessary to have too many layers anyway. I just find it difficult not to go overboard sometimes!

It lasts well throughout the day - I usually have to top it up on my nose and chin after a few hours, but those are my problem areas anyway so I expect that. I don't put too much powder on top because of how matte it is, as it can look a bit cakey that way, so my nose gets oily throughout the day but I have no problem dusting some powder on every now and then.

I'd definitely recommend this foundation for anyone with oily, combination or normal skin who is looking for quite a full coverage and a matte finish that lasts well throughout the day. At £7.99 it's far cheaper than many rival foundations, and honestly, it's just as good, if not better, than many of the high end foundations I have tried.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?


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