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L'Oreal Paris

Infallible Matte-Lock Primer

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Infallible Matte-Lock Primer isn't bad, but it isn't great either. Its mattifying and smoothing properties are minimal at best, earning just a so-so rating.

Dispensed from a squeeze tube, this lightweight lotion primer isn't all that absorbent. The upside to that is that it's easier to blend than most mattifying primers and doesn't cause makeup to drag over it. The downside is that it doesn't hold back shine very well. (You may notice a slight mattifying effect at first, but it's very short-lived.)

In terms of blurring imperfections, don't count on much help there, either. Our pores were just as noticeable with or without this primer, although we do have admit it feels ever-so-slightly smoothing (which is true of most primers). With our split-face test comparisons, we didn't see a noticeable difference in makeup wear longevity.

All in all, this primer's results just weren't that impressive, leaving us to wonder why bother? Nevertheless, the formula is irritant-fee so if you want to give it a try and keep your expectations on shine control low, no harm, no foul.

Pros:
  • Easy to blend; makeup layers well over it.
  • Feels slightly smoothing.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Isn't absorbent enough to hold back shine.
  • Doesn't improve makeup wear longevity.
  • Not impressive for blurring imperfections as claimed.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Discover the secret for longwear matte makeup that lasts. L'Oreal's Infallible Pro Matte Lock Primer primes and perfects while it smoothes skin for a better makeup application. Face primer blurs imperfections and keeps oil at bay locking in a matte finish that lasts all day.
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Laureth-7, Tocopherol. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide.

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.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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