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L'Oreal Paris

Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation Octinoxate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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L'Oreal has some impressive offerings in its ever-expanding lineup of foundations, but Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is not among them. The inclusion of problematic ingredients (particularly for the skin type for which it's intended) mean it's a product we don't recommend.

This liquid foundation comes conveniently packaged in a plastic squeeze tube. The texture is quite fluid, but still allows for easy application with fingers, a brush, or a sponge. While spreading it out initially is simple, there is a bit of a "drag" when it comes to blending because the formula dries quickly, so you have to work fast. If you do, you'll find that it sets to a soft semi-matte finish that's attractive and natural-looking, not cakey (though you won't see the "glow" finish that's advertised).

We didn't try this out for the full 24 hours that L'Oreal says it can last (sleeping in makeup is never a good idea), but this foundation did wear well throughout a standard workday without fading and with minimal creasing. It didn't emphasize pores or imperfections, and provided medium coverage. It also comes in a good range of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones.

As far as sun protection, this contains the sunscreen ingredient octinoxate, though it's not likely you'll use enough of this foundation for this to serve as your primary sunscreen. For true broad-spectrum protection, it's best to use a moisturizer with sunscreen underneath your foundation.

The main reason we're not thrilled with this foundation is that it contains a high amount of potentially drying alcohol. As the third inactive ingredient included, it's the reason this formula dries so quickly while blending, and you can smell the alcohol when you're applying it. This potentially-drying ingredient is an issue for all skin types, but especially for those with dry skin; this is supposed to be a hydrating foundation!

Summing up, Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation winds up being only an average option. For better offerings, see our list of Best Foundations with Sunscreen.

Pros:
  • Attractive semi-matte finish.
  • Wears well without fading and with minimal creasing.
  • Doesn't emphasize imperfections.
  • Good range of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones.
Cons:
  • Formula dries quickly, meaning you have to work fast to blend.
  • Contains a high amount of potentially drying alcohol.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Discover the new pro finish of long-wear: up to 24- hour wear with a hydrating glow. Lightweight and creamy, this long- lasting foundation goes on smooth with a glow finish that lasts. With medium coverage, it instantly hides imperfections for a clear complexion. The hydrating foundation with SPF is ideal for normal to dry skin.

Active: Octinoxate 3.2%. Inactive: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Talc, Silica, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3, Glycerin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Stearate, Silica Silylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Alumina, BHT, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol. May Contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.

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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