Aren’t we always in search for a holy grail foundation! For me it has been quite a journey…I have combination/leaning more to oily skin. In my 20s, I used to get away with Mac Studio Fix Powder plus foundation. As I crossed the dreaded 30 milestone, my skin started to need more…
Unfortunately, I had cystic acne and it left me with a few pitted scars. And as other oily skin beauty lovers, I also have large pores…all these factors coupling with the natural changes in my skin and after years of sun-worshipping contribute to the difficulties of finding a perfect liquid foundation. Maybe I was not as fussy but I have been content with Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation in shade 5.0. It is very skin like and does not cover much. However I recently notice it is a tad too dark and too golden for me…is my skin still evolving?..:) And that was when the search began…
After watching and hearing the raves from beauty bloggers, I purchasedL’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation. The shade range available in the UK is pathetic…many are way to rosy for my oriental skin. I settled with 30 Honey although I did think it was too dark.
Here are the swatches taken under direct sunlight. The photo with my blog name shows the foundation once bended out completely. My goodness, this thang does last…I really had to really scrubbed it out with baby wipes.
L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is definitely matte and is fragrance-free. The silicone-rich formula dispenses as a creamy fluid and quickly sets to a powder-like finish. It dries down so quickly that I found it so hard to blend it out well. You need to moisturise your skin quite thoroughly prior to using this foundation too as it will draw attention to dry patches. It did keep my skin shine-free for about 4-5 hours. Although it offers a medium coverage but it feel really lightweight.
To me the fallible part is how this exaggerates pores and looks very flat:( I also feel that the dry-down is too fast and requires swift and speedy blending. Mixing the foundation with my moisturiser or my primer helps with the blending but I will never get the right proportions and more importantly I don’t have time to fuss with all the mixing in the morning.
Verdict: I love the shine control and the lasting power of this foundation but the shade range and the emphasising of pores prevent me from loving this foundation. If you need shine control and have relative smooth skin, then you’ll likely be pleased with this foundation.
Have you tried L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation? What is the best foundation for oily skin you would recommend?
Quote of the day: “Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.”