Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder
16 hours of shine-free wear is a far-fetched claim for any powder, but don't let L'Oreal's over exaggeration deter you. Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder is an excellent matte-finish powder to set or touch-up foundation, and the light coverage is slightly buildable if you prefer to wear this on its own. The fragrance-free, talc-based formula is absorbent enough to temper shine (oily to combination skin types rejoice!), yet it doesn't leave skin looking parched.
In terms of performance, this powder's soft, lightweight texture picks up easily with a makeup brush and blends evenly onto skin. Should you layer more—to achieve a bit more coverage—it can look a bit powdery at first, but settles into a more skin-real finish soon after. Getting back to the "16HR shine-defying" claim: If you have oily to very oily skin, this claim won't hold true. However, you can realistically expect at least a few solid hours of shine-control before touch-ups are needed.
Turning to the color selection, there are options for light to dark skin tones among the eight currently available, most of which have neutral undertones. Don't fear the shades that have obvious yellow undertones, as even these shades looked flattering on skin. The clear top compact allows you to see through to the color of the powder, and if you flip it over you'll notice it comes with a sponge applicator and mirror for touch-ups on-the-go.
In the end, Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder won us over for its comfortably matte finish that keeps excess oil in check + lightweight coverage that blends well with skin. Kudos to L'Oreal!
- Absorbent enough to temper shine, yet it doesn't leave skin looking parched.
- Lightweight, smooth, pressed powder texture is a breeze to blend.
- Suitable shades for light to dark skin tones.
- Works well for setting or touching up foundation with light coverage.
Up to 16HR shine-defying power. Creates the perfect matte finish. The pro look of longwear.
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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