It seems that finding the right foundation in terms of shade, formula and finish is a real challenge. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried most of the products that the high-street brands have to offer, and finally, I think I’ve found a couple of good’uns. When L’Oreal brought out the Infallible 24 Hour Matte foundation, I didn’t wait around long in picking one up.
It claimed to be long-lasting, perfect for oily skin and with an affordable price tag. Ideal. Then I noticed that L’Oreal had introduced the Infallible 24 Hour Matte’s sibling to the range – the Infallible 24 Hour Stay Fresh Foundation. This foundation claims to be just as long lasting as the first but with a more luminous finish. I’ve been trying both of them out, and I am impressed with both variations. Here’s why –
L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte –
I saw this foundation on the L’Oreal counter a few months ago and knew immediately that I wanted to try it. It claimed to mattify the skin and give a long-lasting, non cakey finish. Seeing as I have quite oily skin, this seemed perfect for me. On application, the formula glides on smoothly and then dries to a slightly powdered finish without looking too flat. I find that even though it is a matte finish, it still gives that luminosity that other glowy liquid foundations offer but there is no visible shine. Seeing as I’m quite pale, I usually struggle with matching the colour to my complexion, but this range carries a great match in 1 Porcelain which is light enough for my skin tone and covers any blemishes in one layer due to its medium to high coverage. The only thing I didn’t like about this foundation is that it’s not great for use on dry skin as the formula can cling to the dry areas so it’s best to make sure the skin is moisturised. But for under £10, that’s not all bad! It’s definitely a great drugstore foundation that offers a unique formula that is hard to match.
L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Stay Fresh –
Seeing as I’d had success with the Infallible 24 Hour Matte, I thought I’d give this one a go. The formula is soft and luminous and applies to the skin very smoothly to give an airbrushed finish. This foundation is also just under £10 which isn’t bad at all. I am the shade 015 Porcelain which, again, is a good match and great at covering redness. This foundation is better for when the skin has more dryness as the formula is packed with hyalurons which lift and hydrate the skin giving it moisture. It’s designed to last just as long as its matte counterpart with no transfer or visible shine. For me, this medium coverage foundation is great at giving that highly coveted glow but I do find it starts to break down in more oily areas after a few hours, so primer or powder might be needed with this product. This is a great foundation with a beautiful finish which isn’t as long lasting as the matte version on my skin, but one I shall continue to use.
Have you tried either of these foundations?