Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer
If you have normal to dry skin and wear foundation, you must check out L’Oreal’s Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer. It’s an inexpensive, fragrance-free gem that works exactly as claimed!
Dispensed from an opaque squeeze tube, this sheer, soft peach-tinged primer smooths and moisturizes skin on contact. The subtle, skin-warming glow instantly enlivens dull skin without adding sparkles or glitter (which can be overkill when applied all over the face).
We want to emphasize that this primer is best for normal to dry skin; if you have oily or combination skin, this will feel too emollient and the finish will make your oily areas look ultra-shiny.
Bonus points go to this primer for also containing a good mix of antioxidants, including those naturally found in shea butter.
Does the glow last all day? Well, yes but that benefit applies to most glow-enhancing products; however, this primer can double as a moisturizer (something most primers don’t do well) as long as one of the other products in your skincare or makeup routine provides adequate sun protection.
- Smooths and moisturizes skin.
- Instantly enlivens dull skin.
- Works well under makeup if you have dry skin.
- Overall good mix of antioxidants, which is unusual for a primer.
- Fragrance free.
Infallible Glow Lock Foundation Primer primes for makeup, perfects and illuminates while it hydrates skin for a better makeup application. This Illuminating L'Oréal face primer leaves skin with a healthy, radiant glow that lasts all day.
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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