Can we talk about how hyped this Loreal Infallible line is getting? I never really gave into the hype until they came out with this gem… The total cover foundation. Since I have combination skin, the other members of the infallible line: Pro-Matte seemed like it would be too drying for my dry areas, and the Pro-Glow would not last on my oilier areas.
Upon purchasing this item from the drugstore, I realized how expensive drugstore foundations have become. This is between $10-15 depending on where you look. AND I also noticed that the consistency was similar to the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation… Which is closer to $5-7. Well my friends. Is this new Loreal foundation truly worth twice the price? Let’s do a side by side comparison and wear test to see!
My skin concerns..
I have oily combination skin, prone to break outs. It is relatively clear as of late… but with 10 years worth of acne scarring including hyperpigmentation and box car and ice pick scars (aka severe texture). I prefer my foundation to look relatively natural no matter the coverage level, and prefer not to have to powder or blot throughout the day.
The claims and the brand…
Infallible: Claims to give up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish! “L’Oreal’s Infallible Total Cover Foundation blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion. The foundation is formulated with highload pigments for full coverage and is enriched with Alliagel.”.
Rimmel: Claims ” delivers a natural soft matte look and helps to control shine.”
Upon swatching you can see that the shades I picked were dead on for each other… but then after swatching my other foundations for comparison, the edges of the Loreal Total Cover had oxidized to a slightly deeper shade (at least it’s not orange right or I’d have a half orange face!)
These foundations were truly similar in texture, they both come in squeezy tubes, and if I place them on my hand, they keep their shape. Thicker foundations usually don’t look the best on textured skin so I hope this isn’t a sign that I will be looking like a weirdo all day.
Without any primer, I first applied the Rimmel Stay Matte to half of my face. You can see that it covered up the redness around my nose and reduced the appearance of some blemishes.
Upon placing the Loreal on the other side of my face, I realized that the shade was a little lighter than my neck making my look ghostly face, but on the skin the two foundations were a dead on match.
Now I don’t really want to go into public with ghost face… so I put on the rest of my make up on and it didn’t look half bad. You can see some of the redness on my cheeks now that I’ve been moving around getting ready… so I don’t think I would call either of these “Full coverage foundations”, but they are definitely high coverage. Both look matte in finish with the rimmel looking and feeling slightly more matte. Loreal feels more light on the skin than the Rimmel. So let’s get on with the wear test. Round 1… FIGHT!
1st check in…
After putting on my make up and eating breakfast I decided to do some strength exercises. No cardio, so the foundation wasn’t going to get a beating with sweat, but I might get a little warm. I just did a few push ups and weight exercises and there was a very clear difference with how the foundation wore however…
2nd check in…
So I just came back from having my face jammed in a massage table so I’m looking all sorts of ways. Let’s dissect this nonesense shall we?
Final Check in…
I could not capture the little bumps on camera, but I experienced a some break outs on the Loreal side, but not on the Rimmel side. The foundation did not feel itchy initially so I don’t suspect there is anything pore clogging about the formula itself. I feel that I might have a slight sensitivity to their new ingredient “Alliagel”, so unfortunately I returned this foundation.
Attempts to make the product work for me…
Usually I would have some tips and tricks in this section to make Loreal Total Cover work for me. However since only half of my face had little red bumps, I refrained from placing this on my face again. (Rule #1 is skin care, folks! All beauty starts from a beautiful base!) But I feel that otherwise, if you don’t mind looking a little shiny at the end of the day, this is a great long-lasting, transfer resistant foundation.
In regards to the Stay Matte, I feel that I would feel comfortable using this product alone if it were a perfect shade match. Because I have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me, and is more dewy than I prefer, I use it as a mix in. It takes a lot of work, but you can mix the mousse texture of Rimmel stay matte with a bb cream into a cushion and it will stay combined.
Mattifying Level (At initial application)
Coverage Level (At initial application)
Longevity and wear (Includes level of greasiness, fading, and end of the night appearance)
Maybe she’s born with it?
If you have normal skin the Loreal total cover foundation might be your new best friend. You may also be able to pull it off with oil skin if you powder, and use a setting spray… but I prefer to have less steps in my day to day routine. It did perform slightly better than the Rimmel stay matte, however, not enough to be worth more than double the price! Due to my break outs, I returned the total cover… since it has a fancy new ingredient in it, I would purchase it at a retailer that accepts open returns. Overall its a great foundation but it’s not the best thing since sliced bread.
…Pssst! Hey ! You! Neither of these foundations seem like your cup of tea? Check out my other drugstore foundation reviews!
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******FULL DISCLOSURE: This are my personal experiences and thoughts. I am not being paid by the brand or the company to review this product or talk about any claims. This product was not sent to me. I have no affiliation or monetary gain at stake for rating this product highly or poorly.*******