Loreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
Bought for: Sale at P350 | SRP: P700
Bought from: Lazada Philippines
Starting this year with a review on a product that is probably my best find the previous year. Why just now? I have to do some road test on the foundation first to make sure it wasn't just the first-time-so-it-is-amazing notion that fascinates me. You get what I mean--we think a product is nice the first time we use them and just seem to suddenly lose its fitting as we get used to it? There, that's why. I'm perfectly aware now though that this product will be one of the front liners among all my foundations and will be one of my options to use during momentous events!
Here's what the product claims:
Up to 24H matte without the flat. Air-light texture. Demi-matte finish. The pro look of long wear. Achieve a matte finish that won't fall flat with this air-light, long-wearing liquid formula. Lightweight and creamy, foundation goes on smooth with a demi-matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours--hiding imperfections for a smooth, clear complexion. - Loreal
The product is housed in this slim squeeze-type packaging (with seal) which I adore for it's something handy that I can bring during travels without the worry of it getting broken. The tube has this translucent body cover wherein the foundation can peek through from the inside so if you are buying it from stores, then you can easily have an idea which shade to pick. I can also easily control the amount to dispense with that slim nozzle. I like that it displays all necessary information such as claims, directions for use, ingredients, etc.
The shade that I got is in 104 Golden Beige which appears a tad light for me based on the packaging but surprisingly fits my complexion better than I thought in action. I actually bought Loreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation way back in 2016 and I got the shade 103 Natural Buff which is way too far from my skin tone (also appears peachy on me) so I didn't have the opportunity to use it for full makeup. When Lazada went on sale last December, I knew it's my time to pick a different shade that I presume is nearer to my complexion with 103 as my reference. It was really hard considering that Pro-Matte line only came up with few shade selections. According to Loreal website, they only have 12 shades to choose from. The good thing about it though is that most of it have warm undertones which is predominant for Asian skin tones and which is a but a downside for those with cool undertones.
Texture, Consistency, Ease of Application
Loreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation has this light, almost runny consistency that tends to drip like that of Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundations so I know it will be very lightweight on the skin which is true enough. The product dries easily with an air-light texture and matte finish so if you are applying it on your skin, make sure to act fast. One thing I notice with fast-drying foundations with matte finish is that they tend to look streaky and cake-y but I didn't experience anything like that with this foundation. I can also say that the foundation blends just as nice either with the use of a stippling brush and sponge (dry or wet) and you won't have problems distributing the foundation at all. Using a brush yields a sheerer coverage though.
Performance, Longevity, Coverage
Let me tell you a story. When I bought this foundation, it wasn't me who road tested it first. Ate Mitch (a colleague), borrowed it from me when she saw my Instagram post where I featured this foundation in my haul. One day, she arrived at the office and I noticed that her makeup was flawless. I asked her if that's already my foundation and she said yes. The finish was really nice and she can't help saying she's impressed as she already walked a long way to office and her makeup still looked very decent. A lot complimented her makeup as well that day. I let Ate Chari (another colleague) borrowed the tube that same day and she was equally pleased with the result. The next day, I tried the foundation for myself and received the same feed back. I was personally pleased with how smooth my makeup was despite the fact that I was breaking out and my skin's not on it's best condition.
Coverage wise, the foundation was blendable from medium to full coverage with the help of other makeups. For that pretty coverage, I use my deluxe size Hour Glass Mineral Veil Primer I got from Sephora, a damp Real Techniques Miracle Sponge and Cover FX Blotting Powder which are all for my base. With only one drop, I was able to completely cover my redness and pimple scars. Please do take note that they were not that huge and pigmented though. I don't suggest adding another layer too as it may lead to patchiness, if you are to do so, use a damp sponge so you can easily distribute the product.
|It looks very nice and photogenic without the white cast.|
Its longevity is a winner (again, this is with the aid of few other makeups). I had my makeup at 8:00 P.M. all set. Usually, my face needed to be blot after 2 hours (approx. my commute time too) but I arrived to work with my makeup still look like it's just applied. I took an early out at around 12 midnight that day and all my makeup needed was some dust of powder and it looked good as new. I went eating with my friends until 5:00 A.M. (no retouch at all for I left my bag at work so there's minimal fading and oxidizing) and I noticed that my face was really shiny all over but the makeup was still pretty much intact. Even my cheap blush on survived! Woah, that was already a huge feat to begin with!
I rarely had my makeup on for 6 hours but this is already 9 hours from the time I set it! So I try to blot excess oil by the time I get back to the office at 6:00 A.M. and I know I had to reapply blush on which I didn't do yet 'cause I need to sleep. I can't go home still 'cause I will be meeting up my old friends in college at 11:00 A.M. Just imagine how hard my makeup needed to hang on until I get home lol. So I slept at work and woke up at 9:00 AM and I can still see my makeup, but it has oxidized completely a shade darker. By the time I went to SM San Lazaro at 11:00 A.M., my makeup did not feel as comfortable on the face as I had it on earlier. After noon, it felt oily and greasy to the touch that I badly want to take a wash right there and then. I couldn't so I just dab some powder to make it through. Basically, I had the foundation for 19 hours. 19 HOURS! Just say that it was still wearable for 15 hours and that's totally amazing! I never had a foundation that lasted that long, even my high-end ones.
This foundation really works amazing that you don't have to have that professional blending skills to achieve a very decent full makeup. The result is a smooth, natural, even-toned finish that's matte and lightweight and is comfortable for daily use. It's also one of the few foundations that is friendly for those with oily skin and does not move even when not set with powders. For its price, you're really getting a quality at par with high-end ones and I'm totally hooked. This is worth every raves and is highly recommended.
Please let me know your thoughts about Loreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation by commenting down below. I apologize for the long post! Until next, sweeties.