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Monday, 6 October 2014

Bloo's Reviews | L'Oréal Infallible Foundation

"Whether I'm wearing lots of make up or no make up, I'm always the same person inside."
Lady Gaga

When I did my first make up review a couple of weeks ago, I said they wouldn't happen very often because I don't change my make up very often. In that review I reviewed some GOSH Natural (no. 12) foundation I'd bought that happened to be a shade darker than the GOSH Porcelain (no. 11) foundation I usually buy because it was out of stock. It ended up being too dark for my skin so I decided to try a different brand instead. After using it for a couple of weeks, I had some opinions on it that I felt like I had to share. So here we are. 

I opted for the L'Oréal Infallible Foundation Porcelain (no. 15). I can't remember who it was that recommended it, but I'd seen it recommended for those who want a pale make up at an affordable price. She was a professional make up artist and she hadn't mentioned GOSH so I had high hopes that it would be as good, if not better. Especially since it was a couple of pounds more expensive at £9.99 (purchased at Superdrug).

When it arrived I was really happy with the colour of it in the bottle and was still happy with it when I applied it. I really liked the texture of it as it had kind of a velvety feel. Initially I had been worried about the pump dispenser (is that what it's called?) as I do have trouble with them sometimes, but that is a personal worry in relation to my disability that wouldn't be applicable to the average person. However so far it hasn't been too much of an effort to use and has come out rather easily. 

Everything seemed like I was on to a winner, however I wasn't prompted to write this because of it's brilliance. Quite the opposite really. Unlike Ronseal, this foundation does not do what it says on the tin... or well, the glass bottle thing. L'Oréal claim it is a 'stay fresh foundation' that 'fights make up meltdown' with a big red 24H that you can't miss. I assumed that 24H meant twenty four hours but I guess they didn't actually specify that. It could be twenty four horses or twenty four... hippies? But I digress, it did not last twenty four hours. After a few hours I noticed I didn't have great coverage on my nose anymore. I kind of have a rosy nose and I am quite self concious about it. My aunt's friend once called me Rudolf and I never quite got over it. So a good foundation that can make me look like any of the other reindeer is important to me. I also noticed that unlike GOSH, it would sink into all my pores and wrinkles and make them more pronounced. If I raised my eyebrows and my forehead wrinkled, the wrinkles would stay rather than go away like they usually would. 

In the end I felt really let down with this product. The colour, texture and even how it looked when first applied seemed great. The problem with L'Oréal Infallible Foundation is the fact it is not infallible at all. I don't expect to actually get twenty four hours out of a £9.99 foundation, and I could probably get over the fact the coverage isn't great after a couple of hours. I've found using a powder along with it as helped keep coverage for longer. But that along with the fact it highlights my pores and wrinkles means I would not recommend this product or think I'd buy it again. 

I'm really disappointed, because finding affordable pale foundation is so difficult and this had great potential. I'm tired of the fact only Superdrug carry GOSH locally and Porcelain tends to be out of stock in store and online. If anyone can recommend a good, affordable, high street brand that carries pale foundation, I'd really appreciate it! 

Edit: After continuing to use it, this foundation ended up growing on me. It's staying power wasn't as bad as I first thought.


  1. I struggle with the same! Most drugstore foundations are too dark for me.

    Ana Leote

    1. I guess it's all the people obsessed with looking tanned that are screwing us over! :D



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