Having rounded up my favourite budget foundations a few months ago, I didn’t expect to be revisiting the topic anytime soon. Then I discovered the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation which I just had to try – and once I did, I had to write about it because I now think I prefer it to those three (which are still great, of course).
I would probably have never picked this product off the shelf because it calls itself ‘full coverage’ and ‘matte’ – not things that are high on my priority list for a base. It also boasts about lasting for 24 hours and, well, who needs foundation that stays on that long? But, after seeing A LOT of great reviews and then noticing the price tag, I couldn’t resist trying it.
The L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation has a thick consistency – by far the thickest of any of the many (many) foundations I own – but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all. The coverage is very good, but if you want a bit less then simply using slightly less product and working it in well with a brush like this one does job very nicely. To sheer it out slightly and also amp up the dewiness, I like to mix it 50/50 with this Bourjois base. I also find you don’t need a primer at all as it doesn’t settle and sit in my pores like some bases can. On a regular day you can skip the powder altogether, too.
As for this product’s lasting power, it really is quite astonishing. I can’t vouch for the 24 hours claim, but I will say that I wore this every day while I was in NYC (including some days where I got really quite sweaty) and it didn’t’ slide off my face in the humidity. I found after a hard day’s sightseeing, I still I had a good amount of product left on my face.
So, to sum up: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation has got great coverage but you can build it up or sheer it out to suit your mood/needs; there’s no primer or powder required; it lasts incredibly well even in heat and humidity; and for a matte formulation it doesn’t dull your skin at all. Oh, and did I mention that it costs eight quid?
Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Are there are other budget base gems I should try? Let me know by leaving a comment below.